In less than an hour the Euro 2012 Football Championships in Poland and the Ukraine will kick off with a game between Poland and the 2004 winners, Greece. The coming three weeks will provide football fans the world over with a steady diet of games, goals and shots of WAGs in the crowd. During the group stages some very interesting games will be played sucvh as France vs England, Italy vs Spain and Holland vs Germany. What happens afterwards is anyone’s guess, but we’ll be watching the beautiful game.

TOTALLYCOOLPIX PHOTO CONTEST

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Players compete in mud at the Swamp Soccer World Championships in Hyrynsalmi. Lehtikuva Lehtikuva/ Reuters

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Children play football in a flooded field in Palakkad. Dipak Kumar/ Reuters

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Prison warden watches inmate stop ball during soccer match in Volnovakha prison near Donetsk. Alexander Khudotioply/ Reuters

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Two young men play football on dried up ground on West Common in Gerrard's Cross as heatwave continues. Toby Melville/ Reuters

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Afghan boys play football on the snow in front of a damaged palace in Kabul. STRINGER/AFGHANISTAN/REUTERS

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Afghan boys play soccer in front of the gaping niche where a giant Buddha statue used to stand in the central town of Bamiyan. Goran Tomasevic/ Reuters

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Children attend a football training session near Cote D'Ivoire's capital Abidjan September 17, 2007.The pitch is riven with gullies gouged by rain and stray balls sometimes splash into cauldrons of stew steaming in nearby street kitchens. Despite the shortcomings, the Future Talent Academy hopes to discover the next Didier Drogba. The Chelsea striker and the Ivory Coast Elephants he captains are leading a soccer renaissance in the West African country, their spirited if unsuccessful World Cup finals debut and African Nations Cup hopes offering relief to a nation divided for years by civil war. Thierry Gouegnon/ Reuters

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Brazilian dwarf soccer team the Gigantes do Norte listen to a pep talk from their coach Lucena. STRINGER Brazil/ Reuters

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Children play with a soccer ball on an Indian Ocean beach near Somalia's capital Mogadishu. Feisal Omar/ Reuters

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Children play soccer at the Manguang township outside Bloemfontein. Jorge Silva/ Reuters

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A girl controls a soccer ball in Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro. Ricardo Moraes/ Reuters

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A boy holds a soccer ball as players of Nova Olinda EC pray after a Peladao Verde championship match against Amigos do Kidao in Manaus. Ricardo Moraes/ Reuters

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Boys juggle soccer balls during the opening ceremony of the Premier Skills referee development programme in Khartoum. Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/ Reuters

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Locals dressed in swimming costumes play football on snow-covered shore of Songhuajiang River in Jilin, China.. China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC/ Reuters

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Goalkeeper prepares to throw the ball in as players warm up for their match at the World Swamp Soccer championships in Hyrynsalmi. Bob Strong/ Reuters

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Players from the mixed division stand on the stage during medals presentation at the World Swamp Soccer championships in Hyrynsalmi. Bob Strong/ Reuters

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Children play soccer during sunset at a beach in Lima. Enrique Castro-Mendivil/ Reuters

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Internally displaced boys play inside a recreational centre at the UNHCR Yar Hussain camp in Swabi district. STR New/ Reuters

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A boy plays with a soccer ball in a public square in Buenos Aires. Enrique Marcarian/ Reuters

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A child plays on a dusty field at sunset in Lobito, outside Benguela. Amr Dalsh/ Reuters

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A disabled soccer player belonging to a Turkish amputee football team, whose members are soldiers wounded in the line of duty, goes for the ball during a practice session in Ankara. Umit Bektas/ Reuters

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A boy jumps for the ball during a soccer game on a beach in the capital Luanda. Mike Hutchings/ Reuters

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An Angolan youth plays soccer in the streets of the capital Luanda. Rafael Marchante/ Reuters

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Residents play soccer outside the collapsed justice palace in Port-au-Prince. Kena Betancur/ Reuters

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Afghan orphans play football in northern city of Mazar-i-Shariff. Ahmad Masood/ Reuters

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A Uros woman plays soccer with children near their reed homes at a Uros island on Lake Titicaca. Mariana Bazo/ Reuters

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Erotic actresses from Austria and Germany play a five a side beach soccer match on the Danube river island in downtown Vienna. Kai Pfaffenbach/ Reuters

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Young Northern Ireland fan Samual Stewart kicks a soccer ball in front of a mural in Belfast. Stringer UK/ Reuters

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Boys play soccer with U.S. soldiers with 1st Platoon, Alpha Company in Baiji. Stefano Rellandini/ Reuters

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Players compete in Euro of Mountian Villages soccer tournament in Gspon in Swiss Alps. Denis Balibouse/ Reuters

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Andean women wait before playing a game at the national native women soccer championship in Lima. Enrique Castro-Mendivil/ Reuters

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Andean women pose for the media before playing a game at the national native women soccer championship in Lima. Enrique Castro-Mendivil/ Reuters

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Winter swimmers wearing Santa Claus hats, play with a ball on a snow-covered river in Shenyang. China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC/ Reuters

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A member of an amputee soccer team hits the ball during a training session for an upcoming exhibition match in Port-au-Prince. Kena Betancur/ Reuters

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People practice soccer in a slum on outskirts of Sao Paulo. Paulo Whitaker/ Reuters

Jun 08, 2012