After all the media hype and the talking, Euro 2012 gets underway today with co-hosts Poland against Greece in Warsaw.
Sixteen of Europe’s best nations will compete for the Henri Delaunay trophy with the final to be held at the impressive Olympic Stadium in Kiev on July 1st.
Also playing on this opening day are Russia who take on the Czech Republic.
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe flew back to England following the death of his father but FA officials say he will return to take part in the tournament.
England get their campaign underway on Monday against France with a number of key players already absent through injury.
Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry, Gary Cahill and keeper John Ruddy.
Some newspapers are reporting the Chelsea skipper John Terry could also be doubtful but there has been no official word from the England camp.
This opening weekend provides one of the highlights of the tournament as defending European and World Champions Spain take on Italy in their opening Group C match on Sunday.
The Republic of Ireland are quietly confident of getting a result against Croatia.
Nick named the “group of death”. Holland face Denmark in their first game in Group B while Germany, one of the pre-tournament favourites play Portugal.
It’s the Canadian Formula 1 on Sunday, the seventh race of the season and so far there have been six different winners.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso heads the drivers championship but McLaren, Red Bull and the emerging Williams, Mercedes and Lotus could all be challenging for a podium finish.