Warsaw – Poland’s National Stadium, which is to host the opening match of the Euro 2012 football championship, was unlikely to be ready by the June 30 deadline amid a series of construction mistakes, local media reported Wednesday. The stairs leading up to the stadium in Warsaw were faulty as inspectors said they would not withstand the weight of thousands of football fans. ‘I’m aware there are tensions at the construction site, especially because of the stairs,’ said Sports Minister Adam Giersz. ‘They are faulty, which means the deadline might […]
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Prime Minister Donald Tusk has met with the sixteen chairmen of Poland’s Ekstraklasa football clubs to talk about stadium safety and a proposed crackdown on hooliganism. Sports Minister Adam Giersz and Deputy Interior Minister Adam Rapacki were also present at the meeting, as well as the Chairman of the Polish FA (PZPN), Grzegorz Lato. Before the meeting, Donald Tusk, himself an avid football fan, said that he would announce government decisions as to stadium safety. The Prime Minister said that his cabinet would continue to employ measures seen at the […]
All the Polish parties involved in organising UEFA EURO 2012 met in Warsaw and spoke positively of the state of preparations for a tournament that can help drive the country forward. “There is no risk that we will delay any of the important EURO investments. Everything is going fine, including the construction of the stadiums – the four Polish stadiums will be ready on time, in the summer of 2011.” That was the message from Adam Giersz, Polish minister for sport and tourism during a special meeting of all the […]
CNN’s new series i-List takes you to a different country each month. In June, we visit Poland focusing on changes shaping the country’s economy, culture and its social fabric. Warsaw, Poland (CNN) — Football fever is already gripping Poland ahead of co-hosting the European Championships in 2012. Despite the national team’s absence from the World Cup in South Africa, the country’s sports fields are packed with children and amateur footballers getting into the mood. When Poland and Ukraine host Euro 2012, they will be the first Eastern European countries to […]
Wrocław, despite the delay in construction of the stadium not only will not lose the possibility to organize Euro 2012, but apart from three group matches it may obtain right to play one of the championships quarter-final meetings. For the time being, UEFA decided that the Euro 2012 opening match will be played in Warsaw, and the final of championships in Kiev. It is also settled that semi-finals will also take place in these cities. However, the unsettled question is still the place of four quarter-final matches. At some websites […]