Episode 95 of The Sound of Football will know that we recently staged our own draw for the Finals of Euro 2012. It's something we like to do before a major football tournament because (a) you get a feel for which teams might end up playing against which other teams, and (b) we're really very silly.
Anyway, with a week to go before the real UEFA Euro 2012 draw is made, we thought we'd remind you first how the 16 finalists will be seeded beforehand. See thus...
Pot 1: Spain, Netherlands
Pot 2: Germany, Italy, England, Russia
Pot 3: Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Sweden
Pot 4: Denmark, France, Czech Republic, Republic of Ireland
Poland and Ukraine, the co-hosts, are effectively in Pot 1 but have already been assigned to their groups. Poland will be in Group A and Ukraine will be in Group 4.
Now, let's show you how our draw came out. For the benefit of people that don't want to listen to the podcast (and who could blame you) or simply want a reminder of how it all panned out, here it is:
Republic of Ireland
So what do you think? Any groups you particularly like the look of? Any matches you'd particularly look forward to seeing? Which teams got a bad deal at the hands of Graham's supercomputer brain and a farrago of folded paper?
We'd love to hear what you think, even if it's only to tell us we should grow up. With only a few days left before the real draw takes place, could this be how it all pans out? Remember, you can hear the podcast by downloading it here...