Poland and Ukraine will host the European Championships for the first time, welcoming 14 other teams and football fans from across the continent.
Before the prestigious tournament begins Friday, and amid some concerns about racism in the sport, we wanted to help break down the second biggest soccer tournament for you.
Here's a look at Euro 2012 by the numbers:
16 – The number of teams participating in the monthlong event. Each squad is made up of 20 players. Check out an in-depth look at the squads here.
Two – The number of countries hosting games – Ukraine and Poland. It's the first time the tournament has been held in Eastern Europe.
Eight – The number of stadiums hosting the games.
Three – The number of times Germany has won the tournament. That’s more than any other nation. Spain and France are tied for second, with two wins apiece.
70,050 – The capacity of the Olympic National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine, where the final will be held. It’s one of the world’s largest stadiums.
58,145 – The capacity of the Warsaw National Stadium, where the opening game will be held.
29 – The number of players of color on the squads. That’s less than 10% of the total 320 players representing their countries.
0 – The number of players of color on the host countries’ squads.
Three – The number of teams with six or more players of color on their teams. The Netherlands has six, France seven and England the most with eight.
18 – The number of countries sending police or representatives of public order agencies, according to the Polish Interior Ministry. The countries are Greece, Russia, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Croatia, England, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and Ukraine.
6,900 – The number of Polish police officers monitoring host cities during the tournament, according to the Polish Interior Ministry.
22,000 – The number of law-enforcement officers monitoring host cities in Ukraine, according to the country's information center.
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