On April 18, 2007 the Executive Committee of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), which is the governing body of football (soccer) in Europe, granted a hosting of the 14th European Championship, aka Euro 2012, to Poland and Ukraine. Four cities from each of two Eastern European countries will host games of the upcoming championship. In Poland soccer games will take place in the country’s capital Warsaw, and the cities Poznan, Gdansk, and Wroclaw. In Ukraine host-cities are the capital of the country Kiev, and the cities Lviv, Donetsk, and Kharkiv.
The Euro 2012 mascots have already been presented to the public in Warsaw on November 16, 2010. They appeared to be football players-brothers, each wearing a jersey in the national colors of his country (their hair also dyed in the national colors), which are white and red for Poland, and yellow and blue for Ukraine. Their names will be decided in a public vote through the UEFA official web-site. By December 4, 2010, voters will choose between Slavek and Slavko or Siemko and Strimko or Klemek and Ladko. Unnamed yet mascots are currently touring the hosting cities, visiting local schools, and meeting with fans.
Sixteen of the best European football (soccer) teams will compete for the Henri Delaunay Trophy, the most prestigious trophy in European football (soccer). The first game of the championship starts in Warsaw (Poland) on Friday, June 8, 2012. The quarter final games will be played in Warsaw and Gdansk (Poland) on June 21 and 22, 2012 and in Donetsk and Kiev (Ukraine) on June 23 and 24, 2012. The semi final games will take place in Donetsk (Ukraine) on June 27, 2012, and in Warsaw (Poland) on June 28, 2012. And the final game of the championship will be played in Kiev (Ukraine) on July 1, 2012.
Based on the past experience there are expected to be more fans than tickets. Let’s take the 13th European Championship in 2008 as an example. More than ten million applications were received for one million fifty thousand tickets for Euro 2008. One third of all tickets were sold immediately, and almost nine million applications went into the ticket draw.
This time, luckily for fans, a few more tickets will be available. Tickets will go on sale in spring 2011. Both hosting countries are putting big efforts into the reconstruction of stadiums and infrastructure, which is helping to increase the number of offered tickets. It is planned to sell one million four hundred thousands tickets for the thirty one matches of Euro 2012. According to UEFA the majority of the tickets will be sold to the public directly via euro2012.com.
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