Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 7:55 AM
The European Championship kicks-off on 7th June 2008 in Switzerland and to celebrate Google is introducing some new features for football fanatics (that's soccer for Americans).
Fans will be able to keep track of the events of the tournament using the new Google European Football Championship 2008 Fan Map. Learn about the stadiums - the tournament kicks off at Basle's St Jakob Park and the final will take place at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna on 29th June.
As well as stadium details the Fan Map includes vital information on the 16 squad lists and the tournament matches. To help organize your viewing schedule you can look up useful information on local bar and club venues where you might be able to watch matches on screen if you're not lucky enough to have tickets. You can also view photos of the surrounding areas to help you plan your football tour. Share your plans with friends and other fans by creating and uploading your own football map and discover what other fans are up to by checking out their personal European Championship fan maps.
The Google Fan Map is available in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and Sweden.
As well as the Fan Map Google is celebrating Euro '08 with dedicated YouTube channels where you can upload and share videos to demonstrate your football skills, share football anecdotes and try out as the next sports journalist or commentator. You'll also be able to keep updated during the 23 days of tournament using the Euro' 08 iGoogle page with a fixtures gadget and a football game gadget to get you in the mood.
So what are you waiting for? Pick your team now!