European champions Spain must negotiate a tough group including the Czech Republic if they are to defend their title in Poland and Ukraine after Sunday’s UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying draw in Warsaw.
There are 14 places available alongside the co-hosts for the tournament which runs from 8 June to 1 July.
The nine winners and the runner-up with the best record against the top five sides in their pool qualify directly for the final tournament, the last before the championship is expanded to 24 teams. The eight remaining runners-up go into play-off matches in November 2011 to decide the final four sides to join co-hosts Poland and Ukraine.
Euro 2008 runners-up Germany are in Group A alongside neighbours Austria, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkey.
Euro 2012 qualifying draw
Republic of Ireland