S.PERVEZ QAISER Three-time champions Germany are the favourate to win their first match of the 13th Euro Cup Football tournament against Poland to be played at Worthersee, Klagenfurt on Sunday (June 8). This match will start at 00.15 hours (IST). It will be 16th international match between the two teams and third in European Cup. Germany never loss an international match against Poland. They have won 11 and drew four in 15 international matches played against Poland. Germany scored 27 and conceded only seven goals in these matches. Germany defeated Poland 3-1 when they met for the first time in Euro Cup match at Warsaw on October 10,1971. Their second meeting at Humberg on November 17,1971 was a goalless draw. Germany were involved in the finals for the ninth successive time, qualifying for the eighth successive occasion having hosted the final tournament in 1988. In those eight qualifications, they have finished top of their qualification round group every time. Germany lead the way with three tournament victories to date. In 1972 and 1980 they won the competition as West Germany, but their 1996 success came after reunification. France are the only other country to have won the competition more than once following successes in 1984 and 2000. They had appeared in the European Championship on eleven occasions, and had played 110 matches. In that time, they won 67, drawn 29 and lost 14 of those fixtures with 224 goals scored and 77 conceded. The number 13 proved to be a luck one for Poland as they secured their first European Championship final round appearance at the 13th attempt in qualifying for EURO 2008. Prior to securing their first qualification this time around, Poland's best campaign saw them come close to qualifying for the 1980 European Championship final round in Italy, finishing one point behind the Netherlands in their qualifying round group. Poland had appeared in all 13 European Championship qualifying competitions, and had played 90 matches. In that time, they had won 38, drawn 24 and lost 28 of those fixtures with 131 goals scored and 100 conceded. Austria take on Croatia in the first match of the day at Ernst Happel, Vienna. This group B match will start at 21.30 hours (IST). It will be the fourth international match between the two teams and first in the European Cup. Croatia have a perfect record against Austria in international matches. They have won all three matches against the co-hosts. They scored seven and conceded two goals in these matches. Croatia have missed only one European Championship final tournament since independence, missing out on a trip to EURO 2000. Their best performance to date came in their first involvement in the competition. Having topped their qualification round group for EURO 96 with 23 points from 10 games, the Croatians were pitched against Denmark, Portugal and Turkey in the final tournament group phase. Opening with two victories against Turkey (1-0) and Denmark (3-0), the Croatians qualification for the knockout phase was guaranteed prior to their 3-0 defeat against Portugal in their last match. Facing eventual winners, Germany, in the quarter-final phase, the Croatians exited following a 2-1 defeat. Until the end of qualifying for EURO 2008, Croatia had appeared in the European Championship on four occasions, and had played 47 matches. In that time, they had won 28, drawn eleven and lost eight with 86 goals scored and 38 conceded. Austria have never qualified for an European Championship final tournament, and playing in the finals for the first time when they co-host. They came within one round of the four-team final tournament of the inaugural 1960 competition, but lost 9-4 on aggregate to France in the quarter-finals. Before the final round, Austria's record in the tournament was 80 matches played, with 33 wins, 13 draws and 34 defeats, and 146 goals scored and 125 conceded. EUROPEAN CUP FOOTBALL: DAY 2 FIRST MATCH: AUSTRIA V CROATIA: HEAD TO HEAD: INTERNATIONAL MATCHES: Played: 3 Croatia won: 3 Austria won: - Drawn: - Goals for Croatia: 7 Goals for Austria: 2 ** First meeting in European Cup finals SECOND MATCH: GERMANY V POLAND INTERNATIONAL MATCHES: Played: 15 Germany won: 11 Poland won: - Drawn: 4 Goals for Germany: 27 Goals for Poland: 7 EUROPEAN CUP MATCHES: Played: 2 Germany won: 1 Poland won: - Drawn: 1 Goals for Germany: 3 Goals for Poland: 1 EUROPEAN CUP MATCHES RESULTS: Date Venue Result Score 10-10-1971 Warsaw Germany beat Poland 3-1 17-11-1971 Hamburg Germany drew with Poland 0-0 FAISEL FEATURES