Poland hosts Euro 2012!

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Yes, against all the odds, Poland and Ukraine will be hosting the European Football Championships in 2012! Their joint bid was announced successful by UEFA chief Michel Platini in Cardiff on 18th April 2007, winning out over more favoured bids by Italy and Croatia/Hungary - and causing widespread jubilation throughout the two Eastern Europe countries.

The action will be spread over six cities in Poland: Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan, Wroclaw, Chorzow and Krakow; and four cities in Ukraine: Kiev, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk. Kiev's Olympic Stadium, which hosted the football at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, is the proposed venue for the final.

Winning Euro 2012 will result in a great deal of construction investments and enormous financial benefits to both Poland and the Ukraine, with some analysts putting the figures as high as 3 billion US Dollars worth of revenue. The tournament will also help shift the balance of power in football, and bring in resources and prestige to help boost the games of East European countries which have traditionally made little mark in international competitions. Euro 2012 will be the first major footballing event held by a country behind, or formerly behind, the Iron Curtain since Yugoslavia hosted the European Football Championships in 1976. It will be the first major sporting event of any kind hosted by an East European country since Moscow Olympics 1980.

Great news then for this part of the world, and a fantastic chance for Poland and Ukraine to show the world what they're capable of, both in terms of organising the event and competing in it! Of course, we'll keep you in the know with all the latest Euro 2012 news, fixtures and results - and, if you're coming to Warsaw to watch a match, we'll give you the low down on accommodation for booking hotels and apartments, give you travel information and details on getting to and from the airport, plus provide you with a very handy map for tracking down those stadiums. Oh, and we might have a few titbits on pubs, bars and nightlife you might want to read up on!

If however you are travelling to Euro 2012 for matches in other Polish or Ukrainian cities be sure to call on our friends in Gdansk, Poznan, Wroclaw, Krakow, Kiev and Lviv for the most complete guides to the action and the cities.

If you can't wait for 2012 however then check out all the latest news and views on Euro 2008 in Austria, courtesy of our colleagues in Vienna. See you at the game!

Euro 2012 Groups:

Group A: Germany, Turkey, Austria, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan

Group B: Russia, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland, FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Andorra

Group C: Italy, Serbia, Northern Ireland, Slovenia, Estonia, Faroe Islands

Group D: France, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus, Albania, Luxembourg

Group E: Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Moldova, San Marino

Group F: Croatia, Greece, Israel, Latvia, Georgia, Malta

Group G: England, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Wales, Montenegro

Group H: Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Cyprus, Iceland

Group I: Spain, Czech Republic, Scotland, Lithuania, Liechtenstein

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Damati
United States

Spain100%

Reply Jun 27th, 2012
Dambeauty82
United States

Its Portugal! Its Ronaldo ''Bravo!!!...

Reply Jun 25th, 2012
United States

spain for life

Reply Jun 18th, 2012
vivek
India

its germany,,chaps........

Reply Jun 13th, 2012
arjun
India

portugal or spain may win this euro cup. football rocks

Reply Jun 10th, 2012
black
Spain

this time its for spain again its belong to them

Reply Jun 7th, 2012
Heramb Dongre
India

good luck portugal

Reply Jun 7th, 2012
Raju Das
India

I HOPE PORTUGAL WILL WIN THE EURO

Reply Jun 7th, 2012
saron chhorm
Cambodia

German is going to won this time.

Reply Jun 5th, 2012
chinos
United States

France and Holland in final.

Reply Jun 5th, 2012
Shabri
Indonesia

Bravo for Netherland team!!!

Reply Jun 3rd, 2012
bismo
Indonesia

Viva Germany!

Reply Jun 3rd, 2012
Joaquim Henrique Afonso Raimundo
United Kingdom

Hello, I think the Euro of 2012 in Poland will host this time the World cup of football winners and them challengers of the title of the new winners of the Euro 2012 in Poland. Many Thanks.

Reply Jun 2nd, 2012
mohammed
Nigeria

England will win euro

Reply May 31st, 2012
david limbu
Nepal

c.ronaldo but giving support to netherland. because only one best player can not make the every game winnnnnnnn

Reply May 30th, 2012
Daniel
United Kingdom

really england stand no chance at all they will come 3rd germany 2nd and spain 1st get real guys...

Reply May 26th, 2012
Mustapha haruna
Nigeria

England for european cup 2012 win give fifa i dont not play is a friendly in ukrain or poland

Reply May 22nd, 2012
Jan
Canada

common guys, of course the final four will be : Spain, Holland, Germany and Portugal, England will not qualify, neither will Scottland, ireland, croatia etc.Get real, dudes!!!

Reply Apr 30th, 2012
oliver
United States

wow wigan won 4-0

Reply Apr 29th, 2012
afolayan daniel
Nigeria

countries like Spain,Germany,England are the countries thats are going to perform very well in this coming EURO 2012

Reply Apr 26th, 2012
nicolle white
United States

animals are being burned alive for this friggin joke of sissies playing 'football' c'mon.

Reply Apr 22nd, 2012
Zdena
Australia

The Czech Republic will win Euro 2012. Kluci do toho, drzime palce.

Reply Mar 17th, 2012
Bubun pramanick
India

"THE FACT IS SPANISH TEAM IS THE GREATEST TEAM EVER PLAYED IN THIS WORLD,Torres,INIESTA,XAVI,PEDRO,VILLA"

Reply Jan 21st, 2012
MOHAMMED NASEEB.T
India

THE FACT IS SPANISH TEAM IS THE GREATEST TEAM EVER PLAYED IN THIS WORLD,INIESTA,XAVI,PEDRO,VILLA HMMM....,INCREDIBLE.

Reply Dec 23rd, 2011
MOHAMMED NASEEB.T
India

'I AM WAITING FOR GERMANY,I LIKE TO WATCH THIER GAME PLAN.

Reply Dec 23rd, 2011
tarek taher
Congo

we cant say anything cuz you know there is alot of good players also good teams coming out..i just wish germany de best ..

Reply Dec 3rd, 2011
rolf
Canada

Germany will be champion in 2012

Reply Dec 2nd, 2011
Ashley
United Kingdom

i think england are going to win the whole thing well i dont think they are i know they are come on england!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Dec 1st, 2011
Janosik
Poland

Polska is the number 1 football. Country in the world. Polska gora

Reply Nov 18th, 2011
Eagle
Bhutan

Polska will defeat the west Polish called German in the final!

Reply Nov 16th, 2011
Helder
Canada

boys and girls u can't forget Portugal to win...everybody know they are contenders....

Reply Nov 15th, 2011
Partha Sarathi
India

Germany gonna grab the title surely this time and Spain also has a fair bit of chance.Dream final(GERMANY V SPAIN)

Reply Nov 11th, 2011
sunny
India

Germany can play well and win the Euro 2012,where as Spain are the second best.

Reply Nov 11th, 2011
Andrew
Czech Republic

who can tell me, is better buying a ticket to matches and then booking a plane and hotel by myself or throung travel agency?

Reply Oct 19th, 2011
Greta
Austria

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Reply Oct 13th, 2011
James
Ireland

Thank god IRELAND wont be cheated out of it again by the french. can any one tell me were IRELAND'S games will be played when they get true????

Reply Oct 12th, 2011
Steve Chadwick
United Kingdom

What are the actual dates of the championships

Reply Oct 4th, 2011
Geoff
United Kingdom

What are the actual dates of the championships

Reply Oct 2nd, 2011
studentttt
Poland

Hi All, I can sell a several tickets for Euro 2012. For more details please contact with me by mail: euro.poland1@gmail.com Best regards, Mariusz W.

Reply Sep 15th, 2011
gone
Nepal

germany gonna make it this time i am dam sure

Reply Aug 8th, 2011
Joseph
Ghana

I have a great feeling that this Euro cup will be way better than the American cup. I believe that this time England will prove people wrong.

Reply Jul 27th, 2011
Matthias
Ireland

Poland is one of the most successful footballing Nation. They were 3rd in the World in 1982 & 1974! If they find the same spirit they will amaze once again!

Reply Jul 24th, 2011
Mariusz
Poland

Poland is going to put on a GREAT party! Be there!

Reply Jun 20th, 2011
i am number six
Bosnia

I think Euro 2012 Croatia time, which has incorporated a harmonious team. There are plenty of quality players who have important positions in their clubs and some of its engine of teams and clubs. Luka Modric Tottenham (each attack goes through him and think he's 50% of the Tottenham team), then Da Silva Brazilian with a Croatian passport, which at one time played in the arsenal that I think is now in the Shakhtar Donetsk 'fiery forward, "mostly I want to say that some teams are strong in attack some in the defense Croatia simply has the quality to any place without a strong domestic league, most players play in big European clubs, but when play for the national team can beat anyone just unified and coordinated team that is consistently among the 10 teams of the world.

Reply May 8th, 2011
RICKY
United States

I WONDER WHICH GROUP THE HOME TEAM WILL BE PLACE. CAN SOMEBODY LIST THEM

Reply May 3rd, 2011
Kakarot
United Kingdom

Wow England have an easy group again, they always do qualify for the knock-out stages and then out they go, it's a pity that they get rubbish after the group stages, would be interesting if they somehow managed to get into the final.

Reply Apr 28th, 2011
UkrEuro2012
Ukraine

Maybe you will find some interesting facts why Ukraine has been chosen as a host and next time will be more objective in your comments.

Reply Feb 22nd, 2011
Jameson
United Kingdom

The euro 2012 will be brilliant. Pity the final is in Kiev.

Reply Jan 31st, 2011
Anna
United Kingdom

Poland has got exactly the same sort of football fans as any other countries...lets avoid stereotyping...so sad

Reply Jan 29th, 2011
Chris
Canada

England, yes will end up 2nd...IF they get really lucky

Reply Sep 2nd, 2010
lukeashman
United Kingdom

come on england!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Sep 1st, 2010
lukeashman
United Kingdom

come on england!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Sep 1st, 2010
Arben
Albania

I believe for Euro 2012 my country Albania will be number two in grup D.Together with France. I hope and I wating

Reply Aug 30th, 2010
Arben
United States

I believe for Euro 2012 my country Albania will be number two in grup D.Together with France. I hope and I wating

Reply Aug 30th, 2010
rory o' kane
United Kingdom

why do England always get the easy group?.Scotland have a challenge against Spain but I think we could qualify.CO MON SCOTLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Aug 6th, 2010
Deccaroony
United Kingdom

scotland have the hardest group in these tournments but still we will win the group with domanet force! spain will be a challenge but im cofadent we will beat them. c'mon sctoland

Reply Jul 10th, 2010
Edvinas
Lithuania

I think we have really hard group the hardest same for the world cup we had the hardest team and i really hopr lithuania go through

Reply Jul 6th, 2010
Yessica
Spain

Vamos que Viva Espana,ole ole ole.We are gonna Win again,Viva Espana ole ole

Reply Jul 1st, 2010
slawko
Poland

Polska i tak nie da rady na ME 2012 bo jest zbyt cienka.

Reply May 31st, 2010
Artur
Poland

euro 2012 - good web about euro 2012

Reply Feb 26th, 2010
Robert
Georgia

Hi i am from georgia but i think that england is the best of the best and england must be champion

Reply Feb 24th, 2010
United States

did england get to pick the group opponents again

Reply Feb 19th, 2010
Kasia
Poland

I think we are going to win the cup this time and if not at least we are going to have a good time.

Reply Feb 10th, 2010
ryan farrell
Ireland

Ireland to win euro 2012.

Reply Feb 10th, 2010
Mark
United Kingdom

Poland and Ukraine as hosts automatically qualify for the finals - so they are not included in this preliminary draw for qualifying groups.

Reply Feb 9th, 2010
Håkan Liljeberg
Sweden

The european championship will a great boost for tourism and economy in Poland and Ukraine. It´s very smart of Poland and Ukraine to join forces and do it together. In fact I will try to get there and see the countries that gave birth to Henryk Sienkewicz(Potop) and Mazepa(cosackleader). Greetings from Sweden

Reply Feb 8th, 2010
eddy
United Kingdom

we're not brazil we're northern ireland we will top our group

Reply Feb 7th, 2010
peter liddell
United Kingdom

are poland & ukraine automatically in the finals?

Reply Feb 7th, 2010
Mark
United Kingdom

I really hope England get Poland in the same group during the draw today!

Reply Feb 7th, 2010
Dave
United Kingdom

PAFC and England Fans are on there way...Hopefully.

Reply Jan 16th, 2010
Witold
Poland

Dear Piotr if you can't speak english, do not write please, becouse they would laugh at you.

Reply Dec 15th, 2009
KRZYSZTOF
Australia

squeeky clean Spain will kindly defeat most European hard-ballers!

Reply Nov 14th, 2009
United States

POLAND WILL WIN POLAND POLAND POLAND

Reply Nov 5th, 2009
Stanislav
Ukraine

Hi! I think that it is realy a good opportunity for both countries. In the preparation of the championchip Ukraine is the same as Poland, at least you can go to Wikipedia and see the results, you will find the real photos of the ukrainian stadiums and only the project images of the poland stadiums... So Ukraine is weldone. And we welcome all the visitors in 2012 in Ukraine.

Reply Oct 26th, 2009
MH
United States

First class information. It's why I'm giving 1/5. If only there was information WHEN (day/month) I would give 2/5.

Reply Sep 23rd, 2009
Joel quintero
Canada

EURO CUP IS SOO SICK but dont diss the americas !! ARGENTINA URUGUAY BRAZIL MEXICO COSTA RICA some of the best teams in the world im rooting for england france or spain!

Reply Sep 2nd, 2009
Jen
Mexico

Polish preparation to the euro in 2012 is good but Ukraine has significant delays. I hope Ukraine will contiune to organized with Poland

Reply Aug 18th, 2009
Patryk
Poland

Poland is the best!!!!

Reply Jul 11th, 2009
Damian
Spain

Que lo sepais que en la final de Eurocopa de 2012 Polonia jugará con España!!! Pero ya sabeís quien se llevara la copa a casa:-)

Reply Jul 10th, 2009
Damian
Spain

I think Euro2012 in Poland and Ukraine was very good idea. I'm sure that it will be succes for bouth countrys, maybe not in football but in economy. I think that they must beter promote east Poland and Ukraine, not only citys where will be maches. All region of Lublin for example. Lovely.

Reply Jul 10th, 2009
pawel
United Kingdom

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Reply Jul 9th, 2009
Alex Drou....
Canada

Damn house is 3 hours away from kiev and 4 hours from odessa. I am for sure going to euro 2012

Reply Jul 2nd, 2009
Williams
Nigeria

I thank God that Euro 2012 come to poland and ukraine that is amazing for foreigner to have a look into a new world, new life and new developed cities... to my view ukraine is qualified country to become EU member before the games.

Reply Jun 22nd, 2009
Keith
United Kingdom

Will Lublin have an international airport by 2012?

Reply May 25th, 2009
Iwona z Polski
Poland

Nawet je¶li nie wygramy(my- bo jestem Polk±), to nic nie szkodzi. Cieszê siê, ¿e chocia¿ wiele osób bêdzie mog³o na w³asne oczy przekonaæ siê jaka jest naprawdê Polska. A wierzcie mi- odwiedzaj±c nas, nic nie stracicie, bêdziecie mieli na pewno piêkne, ciekawe wspomnienia ;-) Polska na serio jest fajna, ma bardzo interesuj±c± historiê, kulturê i obyczaje ;-)

Reply May 15th, 2009
eyüphan
Turkey

türkiye ev sahipligi yapsa o kupa kesin bizim olur keþke türkiyede olsa

Reply Apr 16th, 2009
john
Poland

hi (if thats your name) poland are a great side and may win it. i think spain v poland final. CMON U POLAND!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Apr 16th, 2009
hi
United Kingdom

poland will not win euro 2012 get real...

Reply Apr 16th, 2009
önder
Turkey

euro2012

Reply Dec 27th, 2008
poland lover
Poland

iam soo happey that poland can have euro and one thing brazil and usa cant have euro beacuse they are in america soo euro is just in europ

Reply Nov 7th, 2008
Hugo
Portugal

anyone knows which campany will produce the opening and the closing ceremony??

Reply Oct 14th, 2008
Ronaldo
Portugal

Come on PORTUGAL

Reply Oct 6th, 2008
JAllin
Ukraine

POland will not win Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 it's unreal....

Reply Jun 19th, 2008
Vivek Bheroo
Mauritius

POLAND CAN WIN THE EURO 2012 and 2008. Even if they are not host they can qualify to the competiton thanks to ZURAWSKI!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Jun 6th, 2008
Mariusz
United States

At least Poland will get an automatic qualification to the finals!

Reply Apr 21st, 2008
Chinners
United Kingdom

Saleh, the reason it can't be hsted in usa or brazil is cause they are not in Europe!!!!!!!! der!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Feb 27th, 2008
roman walczak
United States

i think having euro 2012 in Poland is great

Reply Feb 22nd, 2008
Timto
United Kingdom

so where will the Euro 2012 final be? in Poland or Ukraine? Kiev or Warsaw?

Reply Feb 8th, 2008
greg
United States

Do marka! jestes totalym pesymista i tacu jak Ty niszcza nasz wlasny kraj, Im really sad for Mrek who said that we are not preaper to do the euro2012 , well, anyway that your opinion I hope that is not true

Reply Jan 21st, 2008
Saleh
United Kingdom

Why not any other country because what time would i have to make available to watch the ENGLAND matches? Oh well England will bring the trophy home {Hopefully}under Fabio /capello!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Jan 16th, 2008

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