The seeds have been dished out for the 2016 European Championships.
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So far 20 teams have qualified for the tournament next summer in France and eight more teams are heading into the playoffs in November to battle it out for the final four spots. The draw for those two-legged playoff games takes place on Sunday and those seeds have also been released.
England, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and hosts France have all been placed in Pot 1 for the finals draw which take place on December 12 in Paris. The seeds are based on UEFA’s national team coefficient rankings and take into account performances in past tournaments with a weighted system in place. 20 percent weight is given to EURO 2012 results and 40 percent each to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and EURO 2016 qualifying results.
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In Pot 2 are Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Austria and Croatia, while Bosnia could join them if they win their playoff. If Bosnia lose and Ukraine win their playoff they will be in Pot 2, and if both teams lose in the playoffs, Czech Republic will move up to Pot 2. Got it? Good.
Definitely in Pot 4 are Iceland, Wales, Albania and Northern Ireland, while already qualified Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey must wait until the playoffs are over to find out which Pot they will be in.
Looking at a potential “Group of Death” scenario from those teams already qualified, you could have Spain, Italy, Poland and Wales all in the same group.
In terms of the seeds for the playoff draw which will take play on Sunday, the four seeded teams are Bosnia, Ukraine, Sweden and Hungary, while Denmark, the Republic of Ireland, Norway and Slovenia are all unseeded. The first team drawn in each playoff tie will play the first leg at home to keep a fair advantage.