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Ukraine’s UEFA Euro 2012 hopes in jeopardy again?

8. April 2010 by Gregg 0 Comments

In the wake of the political changeover and the current economic climate, Ukraine’s attempts to ready their country to co-host the 2012 European Football Championship with neighboring Poland have been experiencing some stopping and starting. While concerns about the infrastructure of some of the Ukrainian cities have been largely relieved, the major worry coming from the UEFA is about the construction of one of the stadiums.

While most of the participating cities are using or renovating existing stadiums, a couple had to be built from scratch. Donbass Arena – built in the blue-collar but economically fruitful Donetsk area for the local FC Shakhtar Donetsk football team as well as the UEFA and to house other major sports games, pop concerts and other events opened last August with almost no hitch. The stadium being constructed in the city of Lviv, however, has not fared so well. Lemberg Stadium, as it is being called, is supposed to seat 32,000 people but work has not taken place on the stadium between November and February due to rights transfers between the construction company, investors, and the local government.

UEFA President Michel Platini has also mentioned his worries about the renovation of Kiev’s Olimpiysky Stadium, citing his feelings that “Without Kiev, there is no Ukraine” and the slowing of the work on the arena due to the harsh Ukrainian winter.

After a meeting with Ukraine’s President, Platini announced that he had given Ukraine two months to catch up with the production schedule, adding that he believes in Ukraine’s ability to meet the deadline. Poland have stated that while they much prefer to take on the events as a team along with Ukraine, they would be willing to host the entire Championship by themselves if necessary.