Euro 2012 is here

Warsaw host city

“This is it. Don’t get scared now!”

– Kevin McCallister

Big Day today, the opening of  European Football Championships, known as Euro 2012 hosted byPoland together with Ukraine. 5 games will be played on a newly built National Stadium in my city, first of them tonight. Hundreds of thousands of people are suppose to come here from all over Europe during the period of next three weeks. This has never happened before. This is going to be a crazy June. There’s nowhere to run. We need to face it.

This tournament  is one of the biggest sport events in the world and Poland has been preparing for it for the last five years. It was a great challenge for our country  because we had to built almost all from the scratch. Four new stadiums, new higways, new train connections, renewed railway stations, repaired roads and so on, and so on… Normally, it would take us 20 years to build that all. I’m sure that nothing is 100% ready but let’s be honest: we’re not in Germany 🙂 Poles are not the champions of organization and I’m really, deeply amazed that we’ve achieved that much. I’m sure there will be a lot of minor shortcomings, but generally all should work fine. I’m not worried about organisation issues, the only trouble can be made by some idiots so “proud” of their nationality that they can offend any person coming from the outside world.Well, like anywhere else in the world, we’ve got some ass-holes here too…

Out of 16 national teams taking part in the competition, 12 are camped in Poland, even those that are about to play their matches in the Ukraine. So right now we’ve got here the large collection of absolutely top world and european football stars. Thousands of people come to see their open training sessions and local communities in the villages and cities where the teams are stationed are excited as hell. The Polish team… Well, milions of people belive our team will be successful and at least will be promoted to the play-offs. But I would call it  wishful thinking. It’s the best team we’ve had for years but still not good enough to beat Germany, Russia or even Greece.

Fanzone

Yesterday, we saw the opening of huge Fan Zone in the middle of the city. The vast area around the Warsaw Palace of Culture is the place where football fans can watch all the games on huge displays, drink, eat and have fun in general. There’s enough  space to hold up to 100 thousands of people there. The first day it was visited by 50 thousands, although no game was played yet! That can tell a lot about the excitement many Poles feel about the upcoming tournament.

There are of course many bad sides of being the host country of such event, but let’s say this post is about more optimistic feelings I have about it. Anyway, tonight at 6 PM in Warsaw we’ll see the beginning of something very special. Wish us luck!

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10 thoughts on “Euro 2012 is here

  1. Oh oh… Greece have tied the match in the second half! Good luck to your Polish team today and throughout the tournament. Myself, I am a proud Germany supporter since 1982 🙂

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    1. 1982 World Cup was great also for Polish team – 3rd place…
      Past glory…
      Germans will play their first game tomorrow in Gdansk against Portugal. Mustsee!

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  2. And enjoy the fun and excitement of being a host city! Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics in 2010 and it was so exciting to see all the visitors from all over the world.

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    1. Yes, I watched the broadcasts, it was one of the best Winter Olympics I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen many). Also because Polish team won some medals in your city 🙂

      I’ll enjoy Euro as much as possible!

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  3. You must have got this badge during the Powitaj Puchar. I’ve got one too 🙂 The Fan Zone is awesome!! The whole thing is really amazing. Did you get the chance to watch any matches in Stadion Narodowy? The price ticket is too expensive for me, but I’ll be checking if the price would go down. Polska..bialo czerwony!!!! 😀

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    1. Hi!

      Got this badge the other way, from a colleague. I havent been to the Fan Zone so far, but I pass it everyday on my way to and from my workplace. Seemes really impressive and it’s obvious that people there are having real fun. I wish I could see one of yhe fames on SN but, as you said, the ticket price is much too high, so I haven’t even tried to get one. I’m planning to go and see some game after Euro is finnished.

      The moment I’m writing it Poland is out of the tournament. Fan Zone will never be the same again I think 😦

      BR

      Paweł

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      1. Yeah..I watched the match online. I was kind of upset. I’m sure the team played their best. I agreed with what you said about the Fan Zone, I don’t think it will be as lively with red and white as before. But I went to the Fan Zone again the day after the Poland-Czech match because the whole football team was there. The crowd, including me of course 😀 cheered for them and we all showed gratitude towards them.

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