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2012 European Baseball Championships Start Today

2012 European Baseball Championships Start Today

NETHERLANDS – The 2012 European Baseball Championships start today, Friday September 7 and play will continue through September 16. Twelve teams are divided into two pools as play begins as Italy looks to defend its championship from 2010.

Games will be played in Rotterdam, Haarlem, and Utrecht with the final taking place in Rotterdam.

The opening games for Friday September 7th are as follows:

Spain vs Greece
Sweden vs Russia
Czech vs Germany

France vs Great Britain
Croatia vs Italy
Belgium vs Netherlands

In 2010, Italy defeated The Netherlands 8-4 in the championship game winning their 9th gold medal at the European Baseball Championships. Germany finished with the bronze medal and Greece finished a strong 4th place.

Historically The Netherlands and Italy have dominated the tournament winning 20 and 9 gold medals respectively. Only Belgium (1967) and Spain (1955) have also won a gold medal.

A few teams are looking to get back onto the medal stand in Great Britain and Greece. Great Britain won the silver in 2007 when the tournament was in Spain. However, they finished a disappointing 8th in 2010. Greece won its only medal, a silver, in 2003. Since then they have finished 9th in 2005 and didn’t even qualify in 2007.

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About Eric Bynum
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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