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There's no getting away from each other.
World Cup 2006 finalists Italy and France were drawn in the same group for the 2008 European Champions finals -- and their coaches saw it
The Azzurri and Bleus will face the Netherlands and Romania in Group C, forming the most difficult of the four groups for next year's finals drawn Sunday at ceremonies in
Italy and France -- and the Netherlands and Romania -- both also met in Euro '08 qualifying.
"We didn't have an easy qualification group and we
haven't been lucky here either," said Italy coach Roberto Donadoni.
"I had a gut feeling on the way here it would turn out like this."
France coach Raymond Domenech
, who had been highly critical of the seedings before the draw, repeated his dissatisfaction, calling then
For France, the draw is reminiscent of the Euro 2000 draw in which it was placed with the Netherlands, 1998 World Cup quarter finalist Denmark and the Czech
Republic, second at Euro 1996. The Bleus managed to overcome that draw to win their group and eventually win the tournament.
Co-hosts Austria and Switzerland will both be underdogs in
Switzerland will face the Czech Republic, Portugal and Turkey in Group A, while Austria will meet Croatia, Germany and Poland in Group D.
champion Greece will face Spain, Russia and Sweden in Group C. In 2004, Greece also faced Spain and Russia in group play in Portugal. EURO 2008
SCHEDULE: Group A June 7 in Basel
Switzerland vs. Czech Republic June 7 in Geneva
Portugal vs. Turkey June 11 in Basel
Switzerland vs. Turkey June 11 in Geneva
Czech Republic vs. Portugal June 15 in Basel
Switzerland vs. Portugal June 15 in Geneva
Turkey vs. Czech Republic Group B June 8 in
Austria vs. Croatia June 8 in Klagenfurt
Germany vs. Poland June 12 in
Croatia vs. Germany June 12 in Vienna
Austria vs. Poland June 16 in
Poland vs. Croatia June 16 Vienna
Austria vs. Germany Group C
June 9 in Zurich
Romania vs. France June 9 in Berne
Netherlands vs. Italy June 13 in Zurich
Italy vs. Romania June 13 in Berne
Netherlands vs. France June 17 in Zurich
France vs. Italy June 17 in Berne
Netherlands vs. Romania Group D June 10 in Innsbruck
Greece vs. Sweden June 10 in
Spain vs. Russia June 14 in Innsbruck
Greece vs. Russia June 14 in
Sweden vs. Spain June 18 in Salzburg
Greece vs. Spain June 18 in
Russia vs. Sweden Quarterfinals June in 19 Basel
1. Winner Group A vs.
Runner-up Group B June 20 Vienna
2. Winner Group B vs. Runner-up Group A June 21 Basel
Winner Group C vs. Runner-up Group D June 22 Vienna
4. Winner Group D vs. Runner-up Group C
Semifinals June 25 Basel
1. Winner QF 1 vs. Winner QF 2 June 26 Vienna
2. Winner QF
3 vs. Winner QF 4 Final June 29 in Vienna
Winner SF 1 vs. Winner SF 2