Virtual Euro 2012

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The 2012 European Football Championship, also known as Euro 2012, marked the 14th European championship organised by UEFA for national football teams. Hosted for the first time by Poland and Ukraine, it featured a 16-nation final tournament. In July, Spain successfully defended their 2008 title in the championship match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, where they defeated Italy by a score of 4–0.

To commemorate the tournament and give fans an opportunity to experience the excitement of wagering on matches round by round, “Virtual Euro 2012” provides a highly realistic simulation of the real Euro 2012. The game consists of all 339 matches, from qualifiers through the finals, involving the 52 competing national teams. Each round of matches lasts for 120 seconds.

The Virtual Euro 2012 display resembles the betting page of any online bookmaker. Wagers can be placed on the Outright Winner as well as the nine Group winners at fixed odds. There is match betting on each and every pairing, not just on home and away winners and draws but also on Asian Handicaps, +/- 2.5 Goals, Correct Score and First Goalscorer.

Bets are made by clicking directly on the blue Odds button appearing next to the team or selection desired. Additional wagering options may be accessed by clicking on the “+51” button at the end of any betting line. The wager must then be confirmed by selecting the amount of the stake from 10p to £20 at the lower right section of the screen. Singles, accumulators or multiple bets are available up to 247 combinations. Bets are accepted up to 5 seconds before each game is played.

Each full-length tournament starts with the Group phase, with five or six teams from each of nine Groups, A~I, playing against each other, both home and away. Points are awarded using a typical league formula: 3 points for each win, 1 point for a draw and zero points for a loss. The top teams from each Group survive to the round of 16 along with the five top 2nd place finishers. Should two teams achieve the same points in 2nd place at the end of the Group stage, then the team with the best goal difference go through. If two teams are equal on points and goal difference, the team with the lowest rating progresses to the next stage.

Once the first Group stage has been completed, the draw is made for the final Group stage to be held in Poland and Ukraine. There are four Groups, A~D, with four teams each. The draw for this part of the game is conducted in line with the actual competition, the two host nations, Poland and Ukraine, are given a top rating along with defending champion Spain, if they qualify. After the final Group stage, the Winners and Runners Up of each of the four groups progress to the Knockout rounds. After each round in the Knockout phase, the number of teams is halved until eventually two teams meet in the Virtual Euro 2012 final.

Virtual Euro 2012 proceeds at a lively pace. One match is randomly selected from each round to be the “Featured Match.” A screen showing a stadium with players on the pitch and a huge scoreboard brings the action to life—the names of goal scorers and the times of their scores flash on the board as the match is in progress, and then the results of all that round’s matches are displayed.

After the very last round of a tournament, the Champion is declared and 180 seconds are provided before the next tournament begins. This is sufficient time for reviewing the recent results and studying the Groups allotted for the upcoming competition.

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