Poland-Ukraine to host Euro 2012

Poland and the Ukraine will co-host the 2012 European Championships. The tournament is exactly the same as the World Cup but involves European nations only, and is for the right to become European Champions.

Greece surprisingly won Euro 2004 in Portugal.

Euro 2008 is to be hosted in Austria and Switzerland.

VICTORY ... Ukraine's and Chelsea's Andriy Shevchenko

Poland-Ukraine land Euro 2012
(Italy, the favourites to win the bid, lose out due to match-fixing scandal and recent violence and hooliganism)

Euro 2012 logo

April 18, 2007

UEFA have made Poland and Ukraine the shock joint hosts of Euro 2012.

The two countries overcame bids from Italy and Croatia-Hungary.

UEFA overlooked the Italians, whose bid was overshadowed by last season's referee corruption scandal and their continued crowd problems.

The decision was taken by 12 members of UEFA's executive committee at a meeting in Cardiff.

Poland and Ukraine had staged an impressive presentation yesterday with Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko and Liverpool keeper Jerzy Dudek backing the bid.

World heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, former polevault Olympic champion Sergei Bubka and Ukraine president Victor Yushchenko were also in attendance.

The victory signifies the first step in new UEFA president Michel Platini's plan to spread the benefits of football throughout Europe.

It is even more surprising as there has been a match-fixing scandal in Poland and the country's government was also warned by FIFA and UEFA about political interference in the Polish FA.

Four Ukrainian cities and six Polish sites have been lined up as venues for 2012.

The four Ukrainian venues are Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kiev and Lviv, while Gdansk, Krakow, Poznan, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Chorzow have been earmarked for games in Poland.

Some of the impressive stadia to be built for the tournament

Gdańsk, Poland

Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine

Warsaw, Poland

The cities where games will be played

Last edited by Blackleaf; Apr 18th, 2007 at 02:52 PM..
That is good, albeit surprising news.

Another reason why Italy shouldn't have gotten it is because Serie A is boring.