Group A does not boast of the regular big names, but nevertheless have the ammo to get to the big guns. It consists of The Czech Republic, Greece, Poland and Russia.
The Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has one of the most prolific stoppers of all time in Petr Cech, whose heroics at Chelsea helped them win their maiden Champions League title this season. Tomas Rosicky and Jaroslav Plasil will have to do with most of the creative work in the mid-field with their creativity and speed. Rosicky needs to replicate the form he displayed at Arsenal, for his team to get to the knockout stages of the tournament. Though injuries have been a problem for this creative mid-fielder, coach Michal Bilek might hope for a fully fit Rosicky.
Jan Rezek is one more player, who will have a vital role to play if coach Michal Bilek's plans of playing a 4-3-2-1 formation has to succeed as he forms the fulcrum of the formation. Milan Baros, the former Liverpool star who was banned for off-field issues got a recall the same year from the Czech squad, but he has still to come out of his lean scoring patch, to boost his team's fortunes.
The Monaco Grand Prix is one race of the season, where glamour, speed and technology all have their day in the sun together.
Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber drove a sensational race to finish first, Nico Rosberg followed in second place and Fernando Alonso took the final podium place.
The weather dictated most of the strategies as drivers went from soft compound to super soft tires. Webber started brilliantly by fending off Lewis Hamilton in the first corner and after pitting for the first time, Vettel took the lead for a few laps. It was evident that the Red Bull team had instructed Webber to hold up the rest of the pack until Vettel pitted and built up a considerable lead before he went for his round of stops. Vettel joined back in before Hamilton or Massa and finished fourth. This superior driving by Webber helped the team gain additional points and kept Rosberg and Alonso at bay.
Pastor Maldonado drove an excellent race to take the chequered flag at the Spanish Grand Prix in Catalunya.
This win was the first for the Williams team since the 2004 Brazilian grand prix won by Juan Pablo Montoya. Also there was a fire that broke out in the Williams garage in the fuel storage area, while the mechanics were celebrating.
Maldonado is the first driver from Venezuela to win a Grand Prix. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took second place, 3.1 secs behind the leader after fighting hard in the finishing laps. Alonso had an excellent start, leading the race for the first 27 laps. He was over taken after the first round of stops. The second round of stops offered some hope to the Ferrari driver, who pushed hard for a win but had to be content with second place. Kimi Raikkonnen of Lotus was third. Lotus showed some excellent pace during the practice sessions and Kimi was disappointed after finishing third. After the race he commented "The car did not run when it mattered the most" as the car struggled in the initial stages and only threatened the Ferrari towards the end. Kimi finished only half a second behind Alonso.
Juventus clinched their 28th Serie A title after defeating Cagliari 2-0 on Sunday at Nereo Rocco.
The end of the nine-year drought is a welcome boost to the morale of the players after their two titles of 2005 and 2006 were revoked following match-fixing scandals and the club being relegated to the second tier.
AC Milan were the closest of competitors who could have spoiled the party for the Turin-based club, but their city rivals, Inter, came back from a 2-1 score to finish off AC Milan, 4-2. With AC Milan mathematically out of title contention, Juventus were declared the champions with a match remaining.
Juventus also automatically qualify for the 2012-2013 Champions League season, as they move forward in their long road back from being disgraced by scandal.
It took some time, but Juventus can finally say their back.
Pep Guardiola, the famed manager of Barcelona, resigned from the club on Friday, after winning 13 trophies with the Catalan club during his tenure.
The entire Barcelona team was present during this announcement for the the 41-year-old manager who spent several seasons with the club as a both a manager and defensive midfielder.
The press conference was a very emotional time for the entire team, as the departure of Guardiola followed the huge loss to Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday, as well as a defeat to Real Madrid in La Liga at Camp Nou on Saturday.
Guardiola has not announced any plans about his future yet. He also said he was very proud of his players and was confident they would do well without him.
Guardiola was replaced by Tito Villanova, has been appointed as his successor
Club president Sandro Rosell, also conveyed his fond regards for Guardiola.
"Thank you, Pep, for all the happiness you have brought us and for bringing a model of football that can never be questioned," said Rosell. "The thanks from everybody at Barcelona will be eternal for the best manager in the history of the club."