Poland “not happy” with Euro 2012 co-hosts

Updated: March 9, 2012

Polish organisers have said they are “not happy” with efforts made by co-hosts Ukraine for Euro 2012.

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We expected more [from them] but I’m sure Ukraine is very determined,” Wojciech Folejewski, the chief operating officer of the Poland 2012 organizing committee, is quoted as telling uefa.com.  ”UEFA choosing us, they thought we were very similar, but the reality is very different.”

During its preparations for this summer, the Ukraine has faced numerous delays in construction of stadia, hotels and other infrastructure.   The country was badly affected by the global economic crisis of 2008 which came one year after the awarding of the hosting of Euro 2012.  Poland managed to avoid many of such problems due to the support of the European Union.

“If you look at past co-hosts like Switzerland-Austria or Belgium-Holland, they were very easy [to organize]. Let’s do more challenging and complicated projects [in the future]. Poland-Ukraine is very fresh,” the Polish official added.

Despite all the problems caused by their partners, Folejewski added that he is eagerly awaiting the European football championships and expects the tournament to be a “great adventure”.

Euro 2012 kicks off in Poland on 6th June with the Final being played in Kyiv, Ukraine on 1st July.

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