Media details have been released for the draw for the UEFA EURO 2008™ final tournament at the Culture and Convention Centre in Lucerne, Switzerland on Sunday 2 December (12.00CET). Media accreditation requests can be made from today.
Under the draw procedure, host associations Switzerland and Austria are automatically qualified and will be allocated into positions A1 and B1 respectively. The other 14 teams will be split into four pots. Pot 1 will comprise the reigning European champions Greece, if they qualify, as well as the nation with the highest coefficient. The other teams will then be placed in the three remaining pots, based on the coefficient obtained in the qualifying competitions for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2008™.
Filling first positions
The draw will start with Pot 1 in order to fill the first position in each group. A first ball will be drawn from Pot 1 and the drawn team placed into the first position in Group C. Thereafter, the second ball from Pot 1 will be drawn and the respective team will be placed into the first position of Group D.
The draw will then continue with Pot 4 and end with Pot 2. A ball will be drawn from Pot 4 and placed into Group A. In order to determine the position of the team within the group and the fixtures order, a ball will be drawn from Pot a (either A2, A3 or A4). Moving to Group B, another team will be drawn from Pot 4. Once again, to determine the position of the team within the group, a ball will be drawn from Pot b (either B2, B3 or B4). The same procedure will be repeated for Group C and D (in consecutive order) until all balls from Pot 4 have been drawn and positioned in each group. The same procedures will be followed for Pot 3 and Pot 2.
The draw will be followed by a photo shoot on stage with the coaches of the qualified teams and UEFA President Michel Platini, and by a press conference for each of the four groups.
Media representatives wishing to apply for accreditation for the UEFA EURO 2008™ final round draw must apply directly to UEFA and can do so as of today via the online accreditation service on www.uefa.com. All media representatives and/or their companies need to be registered in FAME before they can apply for accreditation. Individual media representatives can register at https://tinyurl.com/2ltrb2.
Non-rights-holding medium and large-scale media, broadcasters and radio stations are invited to contact Euro 2008 SA’s media accreditation department for details about the CFOU policy (person responsible for entering and managing all accreditation requests for a company with more than five media event staff).
The deadline for accreditations is Friday 23 November, thereby allowing media representatives from countries whose national team only qualifies in November to apply. Confirmation/rejection emails will be sent out on 26 November.
In case of cancellation
Applications received after the deadline may not be considered. In case of cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances, please immediately advise UEFA Media Accreditation Services by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. No-shows will be taken into consideration for future UEFA events.
The next meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee will also take place in Lucerne on Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December. More details on the agenda and the accreditation procedure for this meeting will be announced in due course.
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