The Uefa Executive Committee has approved the official match schedule for the Euro 2012 finals between June 8 and July 1, 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. 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, as well as a quarter-final and a semi-final. Poland will play their first two games in Warsaw, and their third in Wroclaw. In Ukraine, Kharkiv and Lviv will stage […]
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Ukraine and Poland would set up a coordination council for 2012 Euro football tournament, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has said. Yushchenko held a meeting with his Polish counterpart Lech Kaczynski in Ukraine Monday to discuss the issues pertaining to the organization of Euro 2012.
The ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association, which runs the campaign ‘Let’s Kick Racism out of Stadiums’, held an online debate on fighting antisemitism and bigotry at stadiums in Poland and Europe. Antisemitism continues to be a serious issue, both inside and outside football stadiums, in Poland and worldwide. However, more often than not it is also glossed over by football associations and the media. Participants in the debate presented the results of the international educational project ‘Changing the Chants’, conducted in cooperation with Anne Frank House (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and two football clubs: […]
The ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association brought together creme de la creme of Polish sports journalists as well as Members of Parliament, former sports champions and representatives of key institutions to participate in an awards ceremony and an informed discussion on sports and discrimination on the eve of the UN Anti-Racism Day. The ‘Stop racism in sports’ competition for professional print, radio and television journalists covering issues of racism and discrimination was held under the auspices of Elzbieta Radziszewska MP, Deputy Speaker of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) and former Minister of Equality. […]
An anti-discrimination football exhibition prepared by the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association has been opened in the main hall of the Polish Parliament on 19 February 2014. The opening ceremony was hosted by Deputy Speaker Wanda Nowicka, Poland’s leading campaigner against discrimination and for women’s rights. The exhibition was brought to the Parliament on the initiative of Robert Biedron MP, the founder of Campaign Against Homophobia and a longtime ally of the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association. Since autumn 2013, Robert Biedron is the General Rapporteur on LGBT rights in the Parliamentary Assembly of […]
The Poland-Ukraine World Cup qualifying game at the National Stadium in Warsaw provided an opportunity for both nations to celebrate the legacy of Euro 2012 through anti-racism and pro-diversity activities organized by the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association. Thousands of fans and hundreds of journalists received Polish and Ukrainian-language leaflets with information about anti-racist activities run by ‘NEVER AGAIN’ and the FARE network. An anti-discrimination manifesto was read out on the stadium tannoy shortly before kick-off and a video reminding of the Euro 2012 ‘Respect Diversity’ message was shown on the big […]
France will host football European championships in 2016, decided in Geneva the Executive Committee of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). It will be the third tournament organized on the Seine – previously the Old Continent championships were held there in 1960 (triumph of USSR) and in 1984 (host’s victory). In the second round of the Executive Committee voting the French received one voice more than Turkey and won 7:6. The third candidate – Italy dropped out at the first round of voting. 13 representatives participated in voting. The UEFA […]
Riding the wave of enthusiasm caused by Euro 2012 many Poles started dreaming. When will an event of this kind take place in Poland again? An analysis conducted by sport redactors it shows that it would be relatively easiest go obtain rights to organize the summer Olympic Games in Warsaw in 2024. It is also possible to organize the football Mundial, but not before 2030. An analysis by Michał Kiedrowski. Poland surely has some assets to organize football Mundial or summer Olympic Games in future, but it won’t happen within […]
The Spaniard Andres Iniesta has been named the test player of the tournament. He was awarded a prize by a UEFA committee consisting of 11 persons. The 28-year old Spaniard has been also recognized the best Sunday final match player. After goals scored by Silva, Alba, Torres and Mata the Spanish team defeated Italians scoring 4:0. “Andrea Pirlo was magnificent; Xavi won the prize at the previous championships and could have repeated that success also this time. Xabi Alonso also played excellently and Iniesta gave a show of creativity,” said […]
200 days before the beginning of the European Football Championship UEFA sees progress in Ukraine in preparations and has no significant objections to the preparations – said Markiyan Lubkivskyi, director of the Organizing Committee of the Euro 2012 at a press conference in Kiev. ‘We will do everything to make next year’s tournament the best event’ – he stressed. The greatest achievement of the past hundred days, mentioned by Łubikowski, is completion of stadiums in Kiev and Lviv. At these stadiums first matches have already been played. – They have […]