In the previous 13 editions of the European Championship, the hosts have ended the tournament in top four positions a whopping 12 times. Can Poland do so?
For a team which has achieved qualification only two times, this seems to be too much. The run in to the championship has seen Poland putting up strong performances. Under Coach Franciszek, Smuda team has looked energetic and has gradually improved as the Championship nears.
The key player for Poland is striker Robert Lewandowski who playes for Bundesliga Champions Borussia Dortmund and was the third top goal scorer with 22 goals. With home support firmly behind the team, the first target for the Poles will be to get through to the second round.
Key Player - Robert Lewandowski, Striker
The 2004 Euro Champions are coming to the Championship in good form. They won their Euro Qualifying group. Under Coach Fernando Santos they have added a new element a new attacking dimension to their game.
The backline remains the backbone of the team and the key player for Greeks will be Sotiris Ninis. An attacking midfielder he is expected to combine with the strikers and bring in some badly needed goals. A worrying stat for Greece is that they haven't had much success against the fellow Group A rivals.
Key Player - Sotiris Ninis, Midfielder
Euro 2008 was the best finish for Russia since the dissolution of Soviet Union in 1991.Under Dick Advocaat Russia managed to win the Qualification Group and play an attacking brand of football.
The squad has quality names in Andrey Arshavin and Roman Pavlyuchenko. Both of them hadn't much to celebrate for this season for their clubs but their performances go significantly better in the national shirt. Alan Dzagoev will be the player to watch for. An attacking midfielder by trade he is the one to supply defense splitting passes to the forward line.
Key Player - Alan Dzagoev, Midfielder
The Czechs have been among the most consistent performers in the Euros and have some creative names in their lineup. However things are different this time. With injuries to key players the onus falls on some of the senior members of the squad. Tomas Rosicky, Milan Baros and Petr Cech are expected to carry the burden.
For Czechs the key would be their creative midfielders. A fit Luka Modric along with a rejuvenated Tomas Rosicky and Rising star Adam Hlousek expected to unlock the opposition defense.
Key Players - Midfield (Tomas Rosicky, Adam Hlousek and a fit Luka Modric)
Group A is the weakest group in the Championship but also an unpredictable one. With no outright contenders, the mystery surrounding who could qualify for the second round it makes it an interesting group.