By Ollie Irish
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Uefa have green-lit the match schedule for the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine.
Michel Platini’s lovely bureaucrats approved eight stadiums in both countries at their executive meeting in Minsk this week, in between slurps of fine Bordeaux and mouthfuls of truffles soaked in gravy. This is what was decided:
Poland will hold games in Warsaw, Wroclaw, Poznan and Gdansk. Ukraine will hold games in Kiev, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lviv.
The the draw for the group stages will take place on December 2, 2011. Pencil that in your diary, footy fans. We can hardly wait.
A colourless Uefa statement said: “In Poland, Wroclaw and Poznan will host three group stage matches, while Gdansk will stage three group stage matches and a quarter-final.
“Warsaw will host three group stage fixtures, including the opening Group A game featuring Poland, a quarter-final and a semi-final. Poland will play their second group match in Warsaw, and their third in Wroclaw.”
“In Ukraine, Kharkiv and Lviv will stage three group stage matches with Donetsk hosting three group stage games, a quarter-final and a semi-final. Kiev will be the venue for three group stage matches, a quarter-final and the final.”
Ukraine will play their opening Group D fixture in Kiev, and their other two group games in Donetsk.
In Poland, the first of four stadiums was inaugurated on September 20 at Poznan. The Gdansk stadium will be finished at the beginning of 2011 and Warsaw next June.
Uefa noted that there were “delays but also noteable progress” at the Wroclaw venue. So, er…
In Ukraine, the stadia at Donetsk and Kharkiv are finished, with the reconstruction of the old Olympic stadium in Kiev set to be completed next summer (June 2011). Uefa officials – who are these people?! – expressed confidence that the stadium at Lviv would also be completed next summer.