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Platini issues Euro 2012 warning to Ukraine

Uefa president Michel Platini has warned co-hosts Ukraine and Poland not to allow their Euro 2012 preparations to fall further behind schedule.

Work on Ukraine's Lviv stadium "made no progress whatsoever" over winter, according to ex-France star Platini.

And with the project an estimated five months behind schedule, the Frenchman admitted Uefa was pinning its hopes on the assurances of the authorities.

"We would like to see things are moving in the right direction," said Platini.

With Poland on track to be ready in time, the president of European football's governing body warned there could be no "step backwards".

He added: "The Euros will take place in 2012 and not in 2013. That is why now some decisions have to be taken."

As he began a tour of Ukraine's four host cities on Wednesday, Platini said the stadium in the capital Kiev, which will hold the final, and the stadium in the western city of Lviv were far from nearing completion - a consequence, in part, of adverse weather conditions.

"We have trusted in Ukraine for a long time already and we have trusted in Poland for a long time," said Platini.

"In Lviv, the stadium is not completed but there are lots of hotels. In Donetsk, there is a fine stadium but for a city that will hold a semi-final there are few hotels."

Ukraine's new president, Viktor Yanukovich conceded that preparations for the tournament were "in terrible shape" but he stressed everything would be done to make sure work is finished on time and avoid a national disgrace.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/8608263.stm

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I'll give them the benifit of the doubt. They're rightly giving Ukraine every chance to prove they can be ready, especially given how much money Ukraine are putting into this. Pulling that plug and letting Poland host alone has to be very much a last resort. I'm not quite sure the situation that bad yet, although it's getting close.

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They're rightly giving Ukraine every chance to prove they can be ready, especially given how much money Ukraine are putting into this.

Rightly? Uefa is not supposed to do charity. If Ukraine can't assure minimum standards for a decent host I don't see why keep insisting on them (other than to save Uefa's face obviously)?

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If they can't meet the standards it'll be taken away from them. But they're being given another chance to prove they can, which is fair enough.

UEFA isn't a charity but nor were they forced to choose Poland/Ukraine as hosts. They knew it could be trickier than picking Italy, for example, so pulling the tournament from one of the co-hosts should only be a very last resort. That's all I'm saying.

UEFA have given them two months to sort themselves out; that's hardly a soft-line to take.

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I don't know. I'm sure UEFA know what they're doing though.

UEFA aren't stupid. Having a shambles of a tournament is a much worse scenario than losing face by pulling Ukraine out. If they thought the former was more likely than not, they'd have said "no" to Ukraine already. They obviously think giving Ukraine more time is a good tactic, so let's see how it goes.

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The election is long gone, history. They made their bed, and they have to make the best of a bad situation.

I seem to recall discussion regarding back up plans and huge insurance policies in the year or two leading up to Athens 2004 on this forum. Did you take such a hard line against the IOC and against Athens when every other newspaper article with the word "Olympic" in it also had the words "race against time"?

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I seem to recall discussion regarding back up plans and huge insurance policies in the year or two leading up to Athens 2004 on this forum. Did you take such a hard line against the IOC and against Athens when every other newspaper article with the word "Olympic" in it also had the words "race against time"?

What's your point?

I wasn't even on this board yet back then. I wasn't much into Athens hosting- troubles at that time, but I didn't recall them being as risky as this one.

Beside, Athens was a very special sentimental choice. Those Games were kinda destined to Greece.

Anyway, after all debating, you seem to agree that Uefa did some bed decisions.

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I said risky. Whether it was ultimately "bad" or not we'll only find out in the next two years. At the moment it's not looking good, but that doesn't mean it was and history will see it as a bad decision.

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Blatter sends message of sympathy to Euro co-hosts after President's death

LONDON/WARSAW, Apr 10: The air crash in which Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and political entourage died, will spark subsequent concerns - ill-timed as they may seem - about the infrastructural preparations for Euro 2012.

As one source close to the European federation's executive commented: "If they cannot keep their own head of state safe, what does that say about security and transport provisions for everyone else?"

The tragic irony is that far greater sceptisim hangs over the state of preparations - or last of them - in neighbouring co-host Ukraine. UEFA president Michel Platini has warned the Ukraine government that it has two months in which to demonstrate significant progress.

Critics of Platini fear that, out of loyalty to his stated policy of opening up elite opportunities to 'middle Europe,' he has waited almost too late before starting to talking tough on the Euro 2012 issue.

A significant message of condolence to the Polish government came from FIFA president Blatter. He said: “It was with immense sadness that I learned of this tragedy in Smolensk.

"That President Kaczynski should lose his life while travelling to commemorate the anniversary of the loss of thousands of Polish lives in Katyn heightens this tragedy.

"President Kaczynski was a huge supporter of Polish football, which manifested itself on one historic occasion at a meeting which I had the honour of attending alongside him in Warsaw in 2007.

"On behalf of the worldwide football family, I have extended my condolences and deepest sympathy to the Prime Minister of Poland, the President of the Polish Football Federation, the Secretary General of the Polish Olympic Committee at this harrowing time, and wish them strength and fortitude for the challenging days that lie ahead."

http://www.sportsfeatures.com/soccernews/story/46742/blatter-sends-message-of-sympathy-to-euro-co-hosts-after-presidents-death

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What a bullsh*t connection that "source close to the European federation's executive" draws -- the crash near Smolensk has absolutely nothing to do with the preparations for EURO 2012. Unless they wanted to employ careless pilots for flying the fans to Poland, that is. But some attention whor*s will jump on any bandwagon just to read their statements in the media.

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Wroclaw venue opens to the tune of George Michael

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The third UEFA EURO 2012 venue in Poland has been officially opened with the staging of a George Michael concert in Wroclaw.

Around 30,000 people were in attendance at the Municipal Stadium Wroclaw to see the pop star perform with the aid of symphony orchestra. The 44,000-capacity arena, which will be home to Ekstraklasa club WKS Śląsk Wrocław, will host three group matches at next summer's final tournament. Before then it will stage Poland's friendly with Italy on 11 November.

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Wroclaw venue opens to the tune of George Michael

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The third UEFA EURO 2012 venue in Poland has been officially opened with the staging of a George Michael

concert in Wroclaw.

Around 30,000 people were in attendance at the Municipal Stadium Wroclaw to see the pop star perform with the aid of symphony orchestra. The 44,000-capacity arena, which will be home to Ekstraklasa club WKS Śląsk Wrocław, will host three group matches at next summer's final

tournament. Before then it will stage Poland's friendly with Italy on 11 November.

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UEFA

Amazing stadiums we'll se in Euro next year I prefer polish ones ;)

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Ukraine ready for Euro 2012, says Platini

UEFA President Michel Platini expressed confidence that Ukraine will be ready to host next year's European Championship, and that only "some little problems" remain to be sorted out.

"We have been completely reassured and we expect to see a very beautiful Euro here in Ukraine," Platini told reporters after touring Kyiv, Lviv Donetsk and Kharkiv, the four cities that will be hosting the prestigious tournament along with four cities in neighbouring Poland.

"Today I am a president rather satisfied, but of course there are still small things to do," he said.

Ukraine's preparations had fallen behind schedule, hampered by the financial crisis and political infighting, raising concerns about whether the country would be ready in time.

But Platini praised the "tremendous" progress that has been made in the last year.

"There aren't any big problems anymore," he said. "There are still some little problems."

Those include finishing the roof of the stadium in Lviv and completing the construction of some hotels in Donetsk and roads in Kharkiv.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2011/09/27/sp-platini-ukraine.html#ixzz1ZAHErOYi

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Kiev opens host stadium for Euro 2012 final

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The host stadium for the 2012 European Championship final has been officially opened.

Inauguration festivities on Saturday for the 60,000-seat Olympiskiy Stadium included a performance by Colombian pop singer Shakira.

The downtown Kiev venue was originally built from 1937 to '41.

Euro 2012 matches will be played in eight cities — four in Ukraine and four in co-host Poland — with the final on July 1.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/article/Kiev-opens-host-stadium-for-Euro-2012-final-2209171.php#ixzz1aEi1DrND

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Pics from the opening ceremony of the Kyiv stadium

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More pictures here: http://lyoshko.livejournal.com/17058.html

The whole opening ceremony of the stadium for anyone interested

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDe7SKRuWRk&feature=player_embedded

And aerial pics of the stadium that will host the Euro 2012 final

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Technicaly, its still not fully ready since they have to finish the athletics track.

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Rooney banned for three Euro 2012 matches

NYON, Switzerland — England striker Wayne Rooney was on Thursday banned for three matches by UEFA for his red card against Montenegro, a decision which will rule him out of the group stages of Euro 2012.

Manchester United star Rooney was punished for his 74th-minute sending off in the 2-2 draw in Podgorica last Friday in England's final qualifier when he kicked out at Miodrag Dzudovic.

"The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has today handed down a three-match suspension to England forward Wayne Rooney following his dismissal during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro last Friday," said a UEFA statement.

The Football Association is yet to decide whether or not to appeal, an action which could lead to an even longer suspension.

"Further to UEFA's decision to impose a three-match suspension on Wayne Rooney, the FA await the full reasons from the disciplinary committee, and will give full consideration to the decision internally, before deciding on any response to UEFA or making any further public comment," the statement said.

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Rooney's absence gives a host of players their chance to cement their places in the England squad for the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine.

Tottenham's Jermain Defoe, Rooney's United teammate Danny Welbeck, Darren Bent of Aston Villa and Liverpool's Andy Carroll will be the leading strikers in the shake-up.

AFP

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Official Euro 2012 ball to be 'Tango 12'

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The official ball of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship in Ukraine and Poland, which was developed by UEFA's technical partner, Adidas, will be called the "Tango 12," the Ukraine 2012 Information Center has reported.

The official ball of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship in Ukraine and Poland, which was developed by UEFA's technical partner, Adidas, will be called the "Tango 12," the Ukraine 2012 Information Center has reported.The name recalls the traditions of the past, as the first Tango ball at the world and European championships was introduced in 1978 during the World Cup in Argentina.

At Euro 1980 in Italy, the developers presented the Tango Italy ball, and two years later, at the World Cup in Spain, when Poland came third medals, there was the Tango Spain, at Euro 1984 – the Tango Mundial, and at Euro 1988, the Soviet team played in the final against the Netherlands with the Tango Europe ball.

The official ball of the tournament will be presented during the Euro 2012 finals draw in Kyiv on Dec. 2.

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/guide/guidenews/detail/117757/

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EURO finals schedule

The schedule for UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine has been confirmed following the draw in Kyiv.

Poland will launch the tournament on Friday 8 June at 18.00CET against Greece in Warsaw followed by the other Group A opener between Russia and the Czech Republic at 20.45CET. The next day the Netherlands face Denmark in Kharkiv and Germany take on Portugal in Lviv to begin Group B, and on 10 June Group C starts as holders Spain play Italy and the Republic of Ireland are matched with Croatia.

Ukraine are involved in the last of the opening set of fixtures, meeting Sweden in Group D in Kyiv after England tackle France in Donetsk. The group stage runs until 19 June, then, after a rest day, the quarter-finals take place over four consecutive nights. The semi-finals are on 29 June in Donetsk and the following evening in Warsaw, before Kyiv stages the 1 July decider.

Match schedule

Friday 8 June 2012

#1: POL v GRE, 18.00CET, Warsaw

#2: RUS v CZE, 20.45CET, Wroclaw

Saturday 9 June 2012

#3: NED v DEN, 18.00CET, Kharkiv

#4: GER v POR, 20.45CET, Lviv

Sunday 10 June 2012

#5: ESP v ITA, 18.00CET, Gdansk

#6: IRL v CRO, 20.45CET, Poznan

Monday 11 June 2012

#7: FRA v ENG, 18.00CET, Donetsk

#8: UKR v SWE, 20.45CET, Kyiv

Tuesday 12 June 2012

#9: GRE v CZE, 18.00CET, Wroclaw

#10: POL v RUS, 20.45CET, Warsaw

Wednesday 13 June 2012

#11: DEN v POR, 18.00CET, Lviv

#12: NED v GER, 20.45CET, Kharkiv

Thursday 14 June 2012

#13: ITA v CRO, 18.00CET, Poznan

#14: ESP v IRL, 20.45CET, Gdansk

Friday 15 June 2012

#15: SWE v ENG, 20.45CET, Kyiv

#16: UKR v FRA, 18.00CET, Donetsk

Saturday 16 June 2012

#17: CZE v POL, 20.45CET, Wroclaw

#18: GRE v RUS, 20.45CET, Warsaw

Sunday 17 June 2012

#19: POR v NED, 20.45CET, Kharkiv

#20: DEN v CRO, 20.45CET, Lviv

Monday 18 June 2012

#21: CRO v ESP, 20.45CET, Gdansk

#22: ITA v IRL, 20.45CET, Poznan

Tuesday 19 June 2012

#23: ENG v UKR, 20.45CET, Donetsk

#24: SWE v FRA, 20.45CET, Kyiv

Wednesday 20 June 2012

No matches

Thursday 21 June 2012

#25: 1A v 2B, 20.45CET, Warsaw

Friday 22 June 2012

#26: 1B v 2A, 20.45CET, Gdansk

Saturday 23 June 2012

#27: 1C v 2D, 20.45CET, Donetsk

Sunday 24 June 2012

#28: 1D v 2C, 20.45CET, Kyiv

Monday 25 June 2012

No matches

Tuesday 26 June 2012

No matches

Wednesday 27 June 2012

#29: W#25 v W#27, 20.45CET, Donetsk

Thursday 28 June 2012

#30: W#26 v W#28, 20.45CET, Warsaw

Friday 29 June 2012

No matches

Saturday 30 June 2012

No matches

Sunday 1 July 2012

#31: W#29 v W#30, 20.45CET, Kyiv

*All kick-offs CET, Ukrainian time is one hour ahead

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