Euro 2012 playoff seeds announced

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    • UEFA have announced the seeds for the Euro 2012 playoffs
    • Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Czech Republic and Croatia are the seeds
    • Turkey, Montenegro, Estonia and Bosnia Herzegovina complete the draw
    • The two-legged ties will be played on November 11/12 and 15
    UEFA have announced the seeds for the Euro 2012 playoffs, after the final round of qualifying matches were completed on Tuesday.
    The four teams seeded for the draw are 2004 hosts and beaten finalists Portugal, Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland, Euro 1996 runners-up Czech Republic and Slaven Bilic's Croatia.
    The four other nations in the draw are 2008 semifinalists Turkey and three countries bidding to reach their first major soccer tournament -- Montenegro, Estonia and Bosnia Herzegovina.
    The playoff draw will be made in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on Thursday, with the two-legged ties set to be played on November 11/12 and 15.
    Next year's tournament will be the 14th European championship and will be co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine.