Poland hosts Euro 2012!

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 from United States Reply Jun 27th, 2012

Spain100%

Dambeauty82 from United States Reply Jun 25th, 2012

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

from United States Reply Jun 18th, 2012

spain for life

vivek from India Reply Jun 13th, 2012

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

arjun from India Reply Jun 10th, 2012

portugal or spain may win this euro cup. football rocks

black from Spain Reply Jun 7th, 2012

this time its for spain again its belong to them

Heramb Dongre from India Reply Jun 7th, 2012

good luck portugal

Raju Das from India Reply Jun 7th, 2012

I HOPE PORTUGAL WILL WIN THE EURO

saron chhorm from Cambodia Reply Jun 5th, 2012

German is going to won this time.

chinos from United States Reply Jun 5th, 2012

France and Holland in final.

Shabri from Indonesia Reply Jun 3rd, 2012

Bravo for Netherland team!!!

bismo from Indonesia Reply Jun 3rd, 2012

Viva Germany!

Joaquim Henrique Afonso Raimundo from United Kingdom Reply Jun 2nd, 2012

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.

mohammed from Nigeria Reply May 31st, 2012

England will win euro

david limbu from Nepal Reply May 30th, 2012

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

Daniel from United Kingdom Reply May 26th, 2012

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

Mustapha haruna from Nigeria Reply May 22nd, 2012

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

Jan from Canada Reply Apr 30th, 2012

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!!!

oliver from United States Reply Apr 29th, 2012

wow wigan won 4-0

afolayan daniel from Nigeria Reply Apr 26th, 2012

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

nicolle white from United States Reply Apr 22nd, 2012

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

Zdena from Australia Reply Mar 17th, 2012

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

Bubun pramanick from India Reply Jan 21st, 2012

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

MOHAMMED NASEEB.T from India Reply Dec 23rd, 2011

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

MOHAMMED NASEEB.T from India Reply Dec 23rd, 2011

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

tarek taher from Congo Reply Dec 3rd, 2011

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

rolf from Canada Reply Dec 2nd, 2011

Germany will be champion in 2012

Ashley from United Kingdom Reply Dec 1st, 2011

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

Janosik from Poland Reply Nov 18th, 2011

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

Eagle from Bhutan Reply Nov 16th, 2011

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

Helder from Canada Reply Nov 15th, 2011

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

Partha Sarathi from India Reply Nov 11th, 2011

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

sunny from India Reply Nov 11th, 2011

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

Andrew from Czech Republic Reply Oct 19th, 2011

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

Greta from Austria Reply Oct 13th, 2011

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James from Ireland Reply Oct 12th, 2011

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????

Steve Chadwick from United Kingdom Reply Oct 4th, 2011

What are the actual dates of the championships

Geoff from United Kingdom Reply Oct 2nd, 2011

What are the actual dates of the championships

studentttt from Poland Reply Sep 15th, 2011

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gone from Nepal Reply Aug 8th, 2011

germany gonna make it this time i am dam sure

Joseph from Ghana Reply Jul 27th, 2011

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.

Matthias from Ireland Reply Jul 24th, 2011

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!

Mariusz from Poland Reply Jun 20th, 2011

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

i am number six from Bosnia Reply May 8th, 2011

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.

RICKY from United States Reply May 3rd, 2011

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

Kakarot from United Kingdom Reply Apr 28th, 2011

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.

UkrEuro2012 from Ukraine Reply Feb 22nd, 2011

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.

Jameson from United Kingdom Reply Jan 31st, 2011

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

Anna from United Kingdom Reply Jan 29th, 2011

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

Chris from Canada Reply Sep 2nd, 2010

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

lukeashman from United Kingdom Reply Sep 1st, 2010

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

lukeashman from United Kingdom Reply Sep 1st, 2010

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

Arben from Albania Reply Aug 30th, 2010

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

Arben from United States Reply Aug 30th, 2010

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

rory o' kane from United Kingdom Reply Aug 6th, 2010

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

Deccaroony from United Kingdom Reply Jul 10th, 2010

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

Edvinas from Lithuania Reply Jul 6th, 2010

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

Yessica from Spain Reply Jul 1st, 2010

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

slawko from Poland Reply May 31st, 2010

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

Artur from Poland Reply Feb 26th, 2010

euro 2012 - good web about euro 2012

Robert from Georgia Reply Feb 24th, 2010

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

from United States Reply Feb 19th, 2010

did england get to pick the group opponents again

Kasia from Poland Reply Feb 10th, 2010

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

ryan farrell from Ireland Reply Feb 10th, 2010

Ireland to win euro 2012.

Mark from United Kingdom Reply Feb 9th, 2010

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

Håkan Liljeberg from Sweden Reply Feb 8th, 2010

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

eddy from United Kingdom Reply Feb 7th, 2010

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

peter liddell from United Kingdom Reply Feb 7th, 2010

are poland & ukraine automatically in the finals?

Mark from United Kingdom Reply Feb 7th, 2010

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

Dave from United Kingdom Reply Jan 16th, 2010

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

Witold from Poland Reply Dec 15th, 2009

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

KRZYSZTOF from Australia Reply Nov 14th, 2009

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

from United States Reply Nov 5th, 2009

POLAND WILL WIN POLAND POLAND POLAND

Stanislav from Ukraine Reply Oct 26th, 2009

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.

MH from United States Reply Sep 23rd, 2009

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

Joel quintero from Canada Reply Sep 2nd, 2009

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!

Jen from Mexico Reply Aug 18th, 2009

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

Patryk from Poland Reply Jul 11th, 2009

Poland is the best!!!!

Damian from Spain Reply Jul 10th, 2009

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:-)

Damian from Spain Reply Jul 10th, 2009

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.

pawel from United Kingdom Reply Jul 9th, 2009

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Alex Drou.... from Canada Reply Jul 2nd, 2009

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

Williams from Nigeria Reply Jun 22nd, 2009

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.

Keith from United Kingdom Reply May 25th, 2009

Will Lublin have an international airport by 2012?

Iwona z Polski from Poland Reply May 15th, 2009

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 ;-)

eyüphan from Turkey Reply Apr 16th, 2009

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

john from Poland Reply Apr 16th, 2009

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

hi from United Kingdom Reply Apr 16th, 2009

poland will not win euro 2012 get real...

önder from Turkey Reply Dec 27th, 2008

euro2012

poland lover from Poland Reply Nov 7th, 2008

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

Hugo from Portugal Reply Oct 14th, 2008

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

Ronaldo from Portugal Reply Oct 6th, 2008

Come on PORTUGAL

JAllin from Ukraine Reply Jun 19th, 2008

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

Vivek Bheroo from Mauritius Reply Jun 6th, 2008

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

Mariusz from United States Reply Apr 21st, 2008

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

Chinners from United Kingdom Reply Feb 27th, 2008

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

roman walczak from United States Reply Feb 22nd, 2008

i think having euro 2012 in Poland is great

Timto from United Kingdom Reply Feb 8th, 2008

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

greg from United States Reply Jan 21st, 2008

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

Saleh from United Kingdom Reply Jan 16th, 2008

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!!!!!!!!!!

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