Euro 2012 - the fourteenth European Championship of football. Euro 2012 will be held simultaneously in two European countries: Ukraine and Poland. Start Cup Championship is scheduled for June 8, 2012, and ending - July 1, 2012.
Football fights Euro 2012 will be held at eight stadiums of the two host countries - Poland and Ukraine. In the football matches will be attended by 16 teams from different European countries. It's the last championship in the finals which will involve only 16 teams. Starting from Euro 2016 the number of teams increased to 24.
Sanctions against the Ukrainian team will not be applied
Officially, the Ukrainian team is no longerthreatened with expulsion from Euro 2012, said Michel Platini.
The Ukrainian side had been warned earlier that the Ukrainian team may be excluded from the championship Euro-2012 and subjected to sanctions if political leaders will continue intervention in the affairs of Football Federation of Ukraine.
But Michel Platini, clarified that the national team will participate in the tournament and the situation in Ukrainian football returned to normal.
"We are pleased with recent positive trends in Ukrainian football. I can say with complete certainty: the sanctions against this country's national football team, we will not accept"- said Platini.
Euro 2012: Union chief fears racism in Poland and Ukraine
Europe`s leading players are at risk of being racially abused at this summer`s European Championship, the head of the worldwide union for footballers says, according to BBC Sport. Theo van Seggelen...
Europe`s leading players are at risk of being racially abused at this summer`s European Championship, the head of the worldwide union for footballers says, according to BBC Sport.
Theo van Seggelen, secretary-general of FIFPro, also fears visiting fans will face problems with Polish and Ukrainian supporters away from stadiums.
He said some fixtures will be played "in the middle of nowhere" and that Ukraine was not a suitable host nation.
"Ukraine will be very difficult for fans," Van Seggelen told BBC Sport.
"I think that this tournament will not be remembered for the atmosphere - that for me is 100% sure. Ukraine is not the ideal place to play this kind of event."
FIFPro`s own research into racism, violence and match-fixing in eastern Europe, published in February this year, revealed that just over 10% of professional players surveyed had been victims of violence, with over half of all those incidents blamed on supporters.
And, with 9.6% of players in the region claiming in the report they have been racially abused, Van Seggelen fears that teams playing at Euro 2012 may be subjected to similar abuse from Ukrainian and Polish supporters.
"We have to hope [the eastern European fans responsible for racism and violence] are not the same people who are watching the games in Poland and Ukraine [at Euro 2012] because then we have a real problem.
"I`m sure that the fans from the European countries who have qualified... will not be any problem. Four years ago in Switzerland and Austria it was fantastic.
"If the majority of fans are coming from these two countries [Poland and Ukraine], then I`m not 100% convinced that we will not have accidents, even in the stadiums."
"I think that Uefa is capable, with the support of the government, of preventing these kind of events. But I have more fear for what happens outside the stadium, especially for the fans, especially in Ukraine."
Both countries have invested heavily in infrastructure projects and new stadiums - Poland alone is understood to have spent around 20bn euros (around £18bn).
But criticism over preparations for the tournament still remain. Last week Uefa president Michel Platini hit out at hoteliers in Ukraine, describing many of them as "bandits and crooks" for setting exorbitant prices for accommodation.
The Ukrainian government has promised to address the issue within 30 days as it makes final preparations for the biggest sporting event to be held in the country since it gained independence following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.
But for Van Seggelen other issues persist.
"There are some problems, especially in Ukraine, with the transportation," he said. "There are also problems with the language. These people do not speak other languages."
The draw for the tournament has also ensured that some of the giants of European football will meet during the group stage of the tournament.
But Van Seggelen is dismayed at some of the locations for the eight host cities - including the choice of Ukraine`s second largest city, Kharkiv, for the Group B match between Netherlands and Germany.
The old rivals are due to meet at the 38,500-capacity Metalist stadium on 13 June.
"At FIFPro we have some doubts about the choices of the locations in Poland and Ukraine," he added. "Holland against Germany is played in the smallest stadium in Ukraine, somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
"Football is about fans, and I don`t want to be too critical, but how is it possible that these kinds of games, which are highlights of the tournament, are played in these stadiums in the middle of nowhere?"
For Fan's Information: Euro-2012 Banned List
Three weeks before European Championship's start, the organizers published the regulations about banned objects and rules of conduct at the Euro-2012 stadiums. Everyone who is coming to Ukraine and Poland to watch the European football championship will find these regulations useful to know.
First of all, the organizers prohibit bringing objects that contradict stadiums' safety rules. These are explosives, firearms and cold steel, particulate pollutants, inflammable or toxic substances, pyrotechnic products, and all other objects that may be used as a weapon.
Umbrellas, bottles and other glassware, metal or plastic packing, alcoholic drinks, stimulators, narcotic or psychotropic substances also ended up in the banned list. Moreover, aficionados carrying materials that contain racist, xenophobic, political or religious propaganda won't be allowed at the Euro-2012 stadium.
According to the regulations published by Championship's organizers, it's forbidden to bring to the stadiums professional photo and audio equipment, laser pointers, bulky bags and rucksacks. Special attention is paid to banners that fans often bring with in order to support their favorite team.
Thus, Euro-2012 fans are allowed bringing flags and banners, which size exceeds 2x1,5 meters only with direct permission from the UEFA. At that, the official fan groups, which are going to use such banners, must inform UEFA representatives about this at least one day before the match. Otherwise the banners will be confiscated by stadium's guards. Smaller banners are freely allowed, provided that they are made from non-inflammable material and correspond to the national regulative norms and standards.
Furthermore, the Euro-2012 organizers forbid brining helmets, stools, folding-chairs, boxes and other large objects that exceed the size of 25x25x25 cm and can't be put under viewer's seat.
The ban also applies to mechanical and electrical acoustic devices, such as loudspeakers, horns, klaxons and famous vuvuzelas - long pipes that became the symbol of the World Cup 2010 in the South Africa. Moreover, advertising and commercial products are not allowed as well.
By the way, although smoking is officially prohibited at the Euro-2012 stadiums, fans are freely allowed to carry standard pocket lighters through.
Regulations also detail children's access to the stadiums. Children under 14 years are allowed to attend the Championship's matches only if accompanied by adults.
At the same time, the organizers note that the published banned list is not exhaustive. They stress that, if the guard should have doubts regarding some object carried by an aficionado to the stadium, arena's security service officer will decide whether to let it through or not.
Kharkiv has prepared parking for 4,000 cars at Euro-2012
Kharkiv has prepared parking at entrances to the city for guests of the Euro-2012 football tournament that will place about 4,000 buses and cars. This is what the Information Centre Ukraine-2012 learnt from the press service of Kharkiv City Council. In particular, parking located at the entrance to the city from the side of Donetsk near to the underground stations "Traktorniy zavod” (Tractor factory) and "Proletarska” (Proletarian) will take 250 buses and 500 cars.
Along with the underground station "Heroyiv Pratsi” (Heroes of Labour) a parking lot work for 300 cars will operate in the shopping centre. There will also be space for cars to park in the Epicentre shopping centre in the Oleksiyivka housing estate.
At the entrance to the city via the Derhachivsk and Kharkiv districts four intercepting parking lots with a total area of 18 hectares will also be prepared. In particular, the parking area in the Derhachivsk district is designed for 380 seats, and in Kharkiv district (on the territory of the settlement of Pisochyn and village of Zatyshshya) - parking will accommodate 2,400 cars.
The parking area will be equipped with toilets and clinics and a regular bus service from underground stations and bus stops for minibuses will also be provided.
Ukrainian national team will hold training camp in Germany
In addition to the planned stages of preparation for the European Championship in Turkey and Austria, the national team of Ukraine will also hold a short-stay camp in Germany. As team manager Oleh Taraday told the Information Centre Ukraine-2012, before the start of Euro-2012 Oleh Blokhin’s team will spend two days in Germany’s Ingolstadt.
The team will stay there on 4-5 June, travel to Konsha Zaspa, where it will prepare for its first match of the championship – on 11 June against Sweden.
The Ukrainian team will play the national team of Turkey in Ingolstadt on 5 June. In the German town, which has a population of just over 100,000, tickets are already on sale for this match.
A reminder that the team’s preparations will involve Oleh Blokhin holding three training camps with the squad. The first is in the Turkish city of Belek from 15 to 24 May. Then the team will go to the Austrian Tyrol, where it will train for another 10 days.
On 28 May a game is scheduled against the national team of Estonia in Kufstein, and on 1 June in Innsbruck the Ukrainian team will play a match against the Austrians.
Olsen leaves three spaces in Denmark party
Morten Olsen has confirmed 20 of the Denmark players he will take to UEFA EURO 2012, with three further call-ups to be announced by 24 May at the latest.
Perhaps the most surprising inclusion is Évian Thonon Gaillard FC midfielder Thomas Kahlenberg, who has not been involved with the national team since autumn 2010. "He has played many games recently, and we have seen them all," said Olsen. "He may not be a fast player, but he is a fast-thinking player, and he can be a good asset at the tournament."
In addition to the 20 definite names, Manchester United FC goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim defender Jannik Vestergaard and FC Groningen forward Nicklas Pedersen have also been invited to join Denmark's training camp. The hopeful trio, though, are not assured of making up the remainder of the final squad next week. "I am at least going to watch the games this coming weekend before I decide," said Olsen.
Denmark face Brazil on 26 May and Australia on 2 June in their two pre-finals friendlies. Seven days later they meet the Netherlands in their opening Group B match in Kharkiv before switching to Lviv to play Portugal and Germany.