Sunday, April 8, 2012

Where the teams will be staying

The 16 EURO 2012 contenders have chosen their base camps for this
summer’s final tournament, with Ukraine one of two sides based in
Kyiv, while co-hosts Poland will be in Warsaw along with Croatia, Greece
and Russia. The local organising committees in Poland and Ukraine
identified a selection of 38 outstanding accommodation options for the
finalists, combining a hotel with nearby training facilities, all of which
were included in the team base catalogue distributed to all 53 UEFA
member associations in September 2010.
After an application process, the associations with teams in the final
tournament confirmed their bookings after the final draw in December
2011, with 13 of them having elected to stay in Poland for the duration of the tournament. Poland, Croatia, Greece and Russia will all be based
in and around the capital, where the co-hosts will use the home of KSP
Polonia Warszawa as their training ground. The Gdansk region proved
to be equally popular: Denmark, Germany, the Republic of Ireland and
world and European champions Spain will all feel the fresh air off the
Baltic Sea during the finals from 8 June, and will hope to have reason
to stick around until the final on 1 July.
Krakow does not boast a EURO 2012 venue, but Poland’s second city
will get its share of the action off the field when England, Italy and the
Netherlands settle in for their tournament campaign. England will
train at the Hutnik Stadium, with Italy and the Netherlands using the
facilities of local clubs MKS Cracovia Kraków and Wisła Kraków respectively.
Portugal, meanwhile, will have Poznan to themselves, while the
Czech Republic are staying close to home, just over the Polish border in
Wroclaw. Ukraine will stay in their own capital, Kyiv, where they will be
joined by Sweden. France will be in Donetsk. UEFA took initial bookings
for the base camps on a first-come, first-served basis, with each
visiting national association being invited to book six facilities – two
as preferred options and the remainder as waitlisted choices.
TEAM Hotels Training Ground
ESP Hotel Mistral Sport in Gniewino Municipal Stadium Gniewino
IRL Sheraton Sopot Hotel Municipal Stadium Gdynia
GER Hotel Dwor Oliwski in Gdansk Municipal Sport Center Gdansk
DEN Hotel Marine in Kolobrzeg Municipal Stadium Kolobrzeg
POR Hotel Remes Sport & Spa in Opalenica Municipal Stadium Opalenica
GRE Hotel Warszawianka Wellness & Spa in Serock Municipal Stadium Legionowo
RUS Hotel Le Meridien Bristol in Warsaw Municipal Stadium Sulejowek
CRO Hotel Sielanka in Warka Training Ground Sielanka
CZE Hotel Monopol in Wroclaw Municipal Stadium Oporowska Wroclaw
NED Sheraton Krakow Hotel in Krakow Municipal Stadium Wisla Krakow
ITA Turowka Hotel & Spa in Wieliczka Municipal Stadium Cracovia
POL Hyatt Regency in Warsaw Municipal Stadium Polonia Warszawa
ENG Stary Hotel in Krakow Hutnik Stadium
FRA Kirsha Training Facility in Donetsk Kirsha Training Facility
UKR Dynamo Kyiv Training Center in Kyiv Dynamo Kyiv Training Center
SWE Platium Hotel, Kyiv Region Koncha Zaspa Training Center

Pulling out the stops to meet hotel requirements

Accommodating all the fans who will be travellingto Poland and Ukraine this summer has proved a challenge for the authorities in both countries, but one they have responded to with vigour. Poland has met UEFA’s requirements in full, while in Ukraine building is continuing apace. In both countries, massive strides have been
made to meet the challenge of UEFA EURO 2012. In Poland, Warsaw built 30 new hotels
between 2008 and 2010; in Gdansk that number increases to 42; in Wroclaw 11 new
hotels provide an additional 980 rooms; and Poznan has 6 new hotels. Ukraine too has risen to the challenge. In Kyiv 5 hotels with 200 rooms or more have been
built, adding 1,217 rooms in all, and 7 hotels have been built in Kharkiv. Lviv and the neighbouring area of Truskavets – a touristic destination – already has a well-developed hotel infrastructure and is considering using spas to accommodate fans. In addition, accommodation in areas surrounding the host cities in
Ukraine will be used to meet the demand for overnight stays, as will dormitory-type accommodation, bed and breakfasts and campsites. Several dedicated fan camp projects are currently being developed, in particular in the cities of Kyiv and Donetsk, and they aim at offering a few thousand additional beds, in much the same way as had been done at previous championships. Fans looking for accommodation should try these links:
A practical link to find accommodation,in both Poland and Ukraine A link for fans who want to discover Poland during UEFA EURO 2012 A site dedicated to hotels and hostels
in Ukraine.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

UEFA EURO 2012 official song

Having had a No.1 single in both co-host countries, German-American pop star Oceana is the natural choice to sing the official UEFA EURO 2012 song, the upcoming release of which is widely anticipated. Oceana – whose 2009 hit Cry Cry topped the charts in Poland and Ukraine as well as other European countries, and featured a video shot in Kyiv – is to deliver the song that will showcase this summer’s much awaited UEFA European Championship to the world. The 29-year-old not
only won the audience award at the prestigious 2009 Sopot song contest, she also participated in the Polish version of the popular Dancing with the Stars television show. Presenter on the German/French Arte TV channel, she was introduced to UEFA by the Embassy of Music. Oceana connects black to white, funk to soul, modern soul to jazz and pop. Her new song will be released ahead of UEFA EURO 2012.
“I’m looking forward to the EURO 2012 championships and am so happy to be part of this amazing event! I love football and can’t wait to perform my song in a stadium. Soon the wait is over and we can all celebrate when the goals are scored!” she said.

Poland select 18 old ladies to perform their official Euro 2012 song:

The bar for European Championships theme songs was set extraordinarily low with Shaggy's Euro 2008 anthem 'Like a Superstar', which is good news for Poland and their Euro 2012 ditty 'Koko Euro Spoko'.
The Poles were given the right to choose their Euro 2012 song on an X Factor-style TV show on Wednesday night. Pop groups, ska bands and a rapper were beaten by Jarzebina — Polish for rowanberry — an 18-member ensemble of heavyset Polish women in traditional rural dress.
Some Polish football fans have reacted angrily online, suggesting the "kitschy" and "embarrassing" song might have won the competition through some sort of vote sabotage. Even the staunchest of Jarzebina critics, however, will have to admit the chorus is pretty infectious.

The official ball EURO 2012

The official ball for UEFA EURO 2012 is the adidas Tango 12, the fourth incarnation of the iconic Tango ball used at three previous finals. The adidas Tango 12 – the 11th official adidas EURO ball – was unveiled at the draw for the final tournament in Kyiv in December by Ukrainian Olympic legend Serhiy Bubka. It includes a coloured outline based on the Polish and Ukrainian flags and is a modern interpretation of the classic design. The Tangoinspired designs used at earlier tournaments were the 1980 Tango River Plate, the 1984 Tango Mundial and the 1988 Tango Europa.
Developed over a two-year period and tested by players of all abilities in eight countries, the
adidas Tango 12 will be used for the first time in a competitive international when Poland get
the tournament under way against Greece in Warsaw on 8 June. Shortly after the draw, every
association taking part in the summer tournament received an allocation of 30 adidas Tango 12 balls for training and match use.