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Schedule for 2012 European Championship announced

Schedule for 2012 European Championship announced

The Technical Commission of the Confederation of European Baseball announced the approved schedule for the 2012 European Championship in Rotterdam, Haarlem and Utrecht, Netherlands on Friday. The tournament will be played from September 7 to 16, 2012.

No change to the format in comparison to the 2010 edition in Germany. After a preliminary round robin, the top three teams in each pool move up into the second round, which again will be played in a round-robin format. The top two teams will play in the championship game.

Italy is the defending champion after defeating the Netherlands in the Gold Medal Game in Stuttgart in the summer of 2010. Germany finished in third place, Greece in fourth.

Pools:

Pool A
Italy
Greece
Sweden
Spain
Croatia
Russia

Pool B
Netherlands
Germany
France
Czech Republic
Belgium
Great Britain

Schedule:
Preliminary round

Friday 7-sep-12.
1. Haarlem 14:00. ESP-GRE
2. Utrecht 14.00. SWE-RUS
3. Rotterdam 14.00. CZE-GER
4. Utrecht 19:30. FRA-GBR
5. Haarlem 19:30. CRO-ITA
6. Rotterdam 19:30. BEL-NED

Saturday 8-sep-12.
7. Haarlem 14:00. RUS-ESP
8. Utrecht 14:00. GER-BEL
9. Rotterdam 14:00. GRE-CRO
10. Utrecht 19:30. GBR-CZE
11. Haarlem 19:30. ITA-SWE
12. Rotterdam 19:00. NED-FRA

Sunday 9-sep-12.
3. Utrecht 14:00. FRA-BEL
14. Rotterdam 13:00. NED-CZE
15. Haarlem 14:00. SWE-CRO
16. Rotterdam 19:30. GER-GBR
17. Haarlem 19:30. ITA-ESP
18. Utrecht 19:30. GRE-RUS

Monday 10-sep-12.
19. Utrecht 14:00. CRO-RUS
20. Rotterdam 14:00. SWE-ESP
21. Haarlem 14:00. FRA-CZE
22. Utrecht 19:30. BEL-GBR
23. Haarlem 19:30. ITA-GRE
24. Rotterdam 19:30. NED-GER

Tuesday 11-sep-12.
25. Rotterdam 14:00. GER-FRA
26. Utrecht 14:00. ESP-CRO
27. Haarlem 14:00. GRE-SWE
28. Utrecht 19:30. CZE-BEL
29. Haarlem 19:30. RUS-ITA
30. Rotterdam 19:30. GBR-NED

Classification ranking 7th – 12th
Wednesday 12-sep-12.
31. Utrecht 14:00. 4A – 4B *
32. Haarlem 14:00. 5A – 5B *
33. Rotterdam 14:00. 6A – 6B *

2nd Round
Thursday 13-sep-12.
34. Haarlem 14:00. A2 – B3
35. Haarlem 19:30. A1 – B2
36. Rotterdam 19.30 A3 – B1

Friday 14-sep-12.
37. Rotterdam 14:00. B2 – A3
38. Rotterdam 19.30 B1 – A2
39. Haarlem 19.30 B3 – A1

Saturday 15-sep-12.
40. Haarlem 14:00. A3 – B3 *
41. Haarlem 19:30. A2 – B2 *
42. Rotterdam 19:00 A1 – B1 *

Final
Sunday 16-sep-12.
43. Rotterdam 13:00. #1 – #2

*Home team to be decide by draw of lot

If the Netherlands qualifies for the 2nd round their games will be played in Rotterdam at 19.30, except on Saturday 15th when the game starts at 19.00.

If Italy qualifies for the 2nd round their games will be played in Haarlem at 19.30 except the game versus the Netherlands which will be played in Rotterdam.

Courtesy IBAF.org

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Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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