The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship
The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly called Euro 2012, will be the 14th European Championship for national football teams organized by UEFA. The final tournament will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine between 8th June and 1st July 2012. It is the first time for both countries that they have hosted the tournament.
The final tournament features sixteen nations, the last European Championship to do so (from Euro 2016 onward, there will be 24 finalists). Qualification was contested by 51 countries from August 2010 until November 2011 to join the two host nations in the tournament. The winner of the tournament automatically gains entry to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup which will take place in Brazil.
The host cities Warsaw (in Polish ‘Warszawa’, the capital of Poland), Gdańsk, Wrocław, Poznań, Kiev, Lviv are all popular tourist destinations, unlike Donetsk and Kharkiv. The bid package requires the expansion and modernisation of roads and transport links.
The obligatory improvement of the football infrastructure includes the building of new stadiums: six of the eight venues are brand new stadiums currently being constructed ready to open in advance of the tournament; the remaining two (in Poznań and Kharkiv) have undergone major renovations to improve them. Three of the stadiums will fulfill the criteria of UEFA's highest category stadiums.
Each group will be based around two stadiums. In addition to the eight host cities, Euro 2012 will also include other places, referred to Base Camps, as training centres for teams. In October 2010, announced the final list of 21 recommended accommodation centers in Poland: Gdańsk, Gniewino, Gdynia, Jelenia Góra, Józefów, Kielce, Kołobrzeg, Kraków, Legionowo, Lubawa, Międzychód, Opalenica, Ostróda, Puławy, Słupsk, Tychy, Warka, Warsaw, Wieliczka, Władysławowo and Wrocław. Finally, in 2011, national representations cooperated with UEFA to choose the final base camps. 13 will stay in Poland and 3 in Ukraine in the following towns:
• Croatia - Warka
• Czech Republic - Wrocław
• Denmark - Kołobrzeg
• England - Kraków
• France - Donetsk
• Greece - Jachranka
• Italy - Kraków
• Germany - Gdańsk
• Netherlands - Kraków
• Poland - Warsaw
• Portugal - Opalenica
• Republic of Ireland - Sopot
• Russia - Warsaw
• Spain - Gniewino
• Sweden - Koncha-Zaspa
• Ukraine – Kiev
- WarsawNational Stadium: Capacity 50,000, 3 matches in Group A, opening match, quarter-final, semi-final
- Gdansk PGE Arena, Capacity 40,000, 3 matches in Group C, quarter-final
- Wroclaw Municipal Stadium: Capacity 40,000, 3 matches in Group A
- Poznan Municipal Stadium: Capacity 40,000, 3 matches in Group C
Logo and slogan
The competition slogan is Creating History Together (in Polish: ‘Razem tworzymy przyszłość’, in Ukrainian: ‘Творимо історію разом / Tvorymo istoriyu razom’). The slogan reflects the fact that Poland and Ukraine were united in the past as one country and now represent ambitions of two eastern nations to perform the best tournament in the history of European Championship.
The official logo takes its visual identity from ‘Wycinanki’ or ‘Vytynanky’, traditional form of paper cutting practised in rural areas of Poland and Ukraine. The art form symbolises the nature of the rural areas of both countries. As part of the event, landmark buildings in the eight host cities were illuminated with the tournament logo.
The official match ball for UEFA Euro 2012 is the Adidas Tango 12, which is designed to be easier to dribble and control than the reportedly unpredictable Adidas Jabulani used at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Slavek and Slavko are the official mascots of the UEFA Euro 2012. They are twins and represent Polish and Ukrainian footballers in national colours.
Tickets were sold directly by UEFA via its website, or are to be distributed by the football associations of the 16 finalists. Prices varied from €30 (£25) (for a seat behind the goals at a group match) to €600 (£513) (for a seat in the main stand at the final). In addition to individual match tickets, fans could buy packages to see either all matches played by one team, or all matches at one specific venue. In May 2012 UEFA will start sending tickets to fans which bought tickets also immediately UEFA will start selling additional tickets on ticketing website.
Euro 2012 in Krakow
Cracow (in Polish ‘Kraków’) is said to be the 5th unofficial city of Euro 2012 in Poland. In the capital of Lesser or Little Poland, (in Polish Małopolska), the southeastern region of Poland, no match will take place. However, it is here where English, Dutch and Italian representations will stay. That is why the city of Cracow is planning to organize a special football fanzone in the Cracovian Village Green (‘Krakowskie Błonia’) for 30 thousand people. It should be open to the public starting from 6th June until the end of the Championship, i.e. 1st July.