Thursday, February 9, 2012

Lviv opens to the world

Situated 70 km from the Polish border in western Ukraine, Lviv is a vibrant cultural and historical center famous for its picturesque old town and easy-going coffee-house culture. The area around Ploshcha Rynok (Market Square) is a UNESCO world heritage site, its cobbled streets and stunning architecture a proud symbol of the city's rich past.
Lviv, has long been a focal point for tourists, whose experience will now be enhanced by the investments made in infrastructure in the build-up to UEFA EURO 2012.
While the crowning glory is the newly constructed Area Lviv, with a tournament capacity of 30,000, fans will feel the impact of regeneration work throughout their stay - from the new terminal building at the airport links and excellent hotel accommodation.
And aside from the stadium itself, there will be few stunning places from which to watch a match than the beautiful surrounds of the official fan zone in front of the Lviv Opera on Svobody Square.

Arena Lviv Welcomes you!

The Arena Lviv was inaugurated on 29 October, with a concert by Ukrainian and international pop stars. Work had begun in November 2008 on the 30,000 - seat stadium, which will stage three Group B matches during UEFA EURO 2012 before becoming home to local side FC Karpaty Lviv.
While the stadium pays homage to the past with traditional Ukrainian ornamentation enhancing the modern exterior, inside, its two-tiered stands offer the perfect sightliness for watching a game. A transparent roof protects fans from the elements, while a walkway at the back of the lower tier provides a sense of space and comfort.
With the seats in the upper deck predominantly blue and those below mostly yellow in the design of the Ukrainian flag, the stadium's allegiances were firmly aligned when Oleh Blokhin's team played their first match there against Austria in a friendly on 15 November.

UEFA EURO 2012 Club Prestige An unforgettable experience

Watch the drama and excitement unfold in style and comfort by purchasing UEFA EURO 2012 Club Prestige corporate hospitality package. Club Prestige guarantees the best seats for every game in each of the tournament's eight stadiums, as well as gourmet catering provided by the acclaimed DO & CO. Pre- and post - match entertainment, a selection of fine wines and complimentary parking passes are also included in the packages; perfects for leading business looking to entertain clients. There are two main products available: Club Prestige Platinum, which gives access to a private skybox, and Club Prestige Gold, which allows access to a shared hospitality business lounge.
Examples of packages:
Kyiv 3: Club Prestige Gold: three group matches in Kyiv, shared business lounge.
Warsaw 5: Club Prestige Platinum: three group matches, a quarter-final and semi-final in Warsaw, private skybox.
Further information can be found on  www.uefa.com
UEFA offer the only in-stadium
Club Prestige hospitality program
Customer service:
+48225009444 (from Poland)
+380445219403 (from Ukraine)
+48225009440 (from all other countries)
customer-service@uefa-club-prestige.com
hospitality.uefa.com
Some of the most respected names in Europe will be gathering in Poland and Ukraine during the summer of 2012.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fabio Capello resigns!



Capello has quit as England manager.
Fabio Capello resigned following a meeting with FA chairman David Bernstein and general secretary Alex Horne.
An FA statement read: 'The Football Association can confirm that Fabio Capello has today resigned as England manager.'
The statement went on: 'This follows a meeting involving FA chairman David Bernstein, FA general secretary Alex Horne and Fabio Capello at Wembley Stadium.
'The discussions focused on the FA board's decision to remove the England team captaincy from John Terry, and Fabio Capello's response through an Italian broadcast interview.
'In a meeting for over an hour, Fabio's resignation was accepted and he will leave the post of England manager with immediate effect.'
Bernstein said the resignation was the right course of action.
The FA chairman said: 'I would like to stress that during today's meeting and throughout his time as England manager, Fabio has conducted himself in an extremely professional manner.
'We have accepted Fabio's resignation, agreeing this is the right decision. We would like to thank Fabio for his work with the England team and wish him every success in the future.'
Bernstein and the Club England management team will hold a media conference at Wembley at 12 noon on Thursday.
The shock resignation brings an end to Capello's four years in charge of England - he had been due to step down after the European Championship and leaves the FA needing to appoint a replacement as soon as possible.
The next international is later this month, a friendly against Holland on February 29 at Wembley.
The timing of the meeting coincided almost exactly with Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, the outstanding candidate to replace Capello, being cleared of tax evasion charges.
The FA's decision to go over Capello's head and strip Terry of the captaincy until after his July court case where he will deny racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand led to the Italian quitting his £6m-a-year post.
Capello told Italian TV that he 'absolutely' disagreed with the action against Terry and that set him on a collision course with the FA.
The FA's decision to go over Capello's head and strip Terry of the captaincy until after his July court case where he will deny racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand led to the Italian quitting his £6m-a-year post.
Capello told Italian TV that he 'absolutely' disagreed with the action against Terry and that set him on a collision course with the FA.

On the home straight

29 February - 100 days to go!!!
8/9 March - Finalists' workshop in Warsaw
April-June - Trophy tour in Poland and Ukraine
2-4 April - 4th sponsors' workshop in Kyiv
30 April-3 May - Referees' workshop in Warsaw
9 May - Stadium handover
5 June - Official opening of the International Broadcast centre (IBC) in Warsaw
8 June - UEFA EURO 2012 opening match at the National Stadium in Warsaw
1 July - UEFA EURO 2012 final match at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv