The UEFA European Championship Soccer will be hosted from 8 June 2012 until 1 July 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. The opening match will be played in Poland's capital Warsaw, while the final of this event will be played in Kyiv, the capital of the Ukraine.
This will be the third time that the final tournament is jointly hosted by two countries. Belgium and the Netherlands were the first countries to jointly host the tournament, followed by Austria and Switzerland in 2008.
The European Championship 2012 consists of three stages: the qualifying group stage, the play-offs and the final tournament in Poland and Ukraine. The sixteen national European teams that qualify will play in total 31 matches. Euro 2012 will, by the way, be the last 16-team finals. In 2016, when the European Championship moves to France, the tournament expands to 24 teams.
The matches at this event will be played in eight stadiums, four in Ukraine (Kyiv, Donetsk, Lviv and Kharkiv) and also four in Poland (Warsaw, Poznan, Gdansk and Wroclaw).
Tickets for Euro 2012 will go on sale in spring 2011. For the 31 matches at the European Championship, around 1.4 million tickets will be made available, including team specific packages and single match tickets. The majority of the tickets will be sold via the official Euro 2012 website to the public and also via the participating national associations.
For interested fans with the need of a wheelchair requiring an accompanying person or fans with a visual impairment, the UEFA has reserved special tickets. More information on those tickets will also be made public via the euro2012.com website.
The demand and interest in Euro 2012 is very high and the supply is short, so the UEFA is also planning fan zones in the host cities in Poland and Ukraine, to accommodate the soccer fans that still want to experience the unique Euro 2012 atmosphere, but were unable to get tickets.
Spain, as winner of Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, are the current European Champions.
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