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UEFA Euro 2012 bids

Lviv, Ukraine: counting down to start of UEFA Euro 2012

The bidding process for UEFA Euro 2012 ended on 18 April 2007 when a joint-bid from Poland and Ukraine was selected as the host.


  • Selection process 1
    • Final round 1.1
  • Bids 2
    • Poland and Ukraine 2.1
      • Further development 2.1.1
    • Croatia and Hungary 2.2
    • Italy 2.3
  • Aftermath 3
    • Losing countries 3.1
    • Poland-Ukraine: Criticism of preparations 3.2
  • References 4

Selection process

The organisation of the event was initially contested by five bids representing seven countries: Croatia–Hungary (joint bid), Greece, Italy, Poland–Ukraine (joint bid), and Turkey.

On 8 November 2005, UEFA's Executive Committee narrowed the candidates down to a short list of three:[1]

  • Italy (11 votes)
  • Croatia–Hungary (9 votes)
  • Poland–Ukraine (7 votes)
  • Turkey (6 votes, eliminated)
  • Greece (2 votes, eliminated)

On 31 May 2006, all three bids completed the second phase of the process. This was by submitting more detailed dossiers, before UEFA conducted site visits to candidate countries in September.[2] The final decision was due to be announced on 8 December 2006 in Nyon, but this was postponed to "give bidding associations more time for the fine-tuning of their bids".[3]

The hosts were eventually chosen on 18 April 2007, in Cardiff, by a vote of the members of the UEFA Executive Committee. Owing to their affiliation with associations bidding to host the competition, two of its 14 members, namely Italy and Ukraine, were not permitted to vote.[4] In the first of potentially two rounds of voting, each member had one vote (a total of 12 votes were therefore cast).

Final round

Voting results
Country Votes
Poland – Ukraine 8
Italy 4
Croatia – Hungary 0

The Poland–Ukraine bid received an absolute majority of 8 votes, and was therefore announced the winner without requiring a second round. Italy received the remaining four votes, while the Croatia–Hungary bid failed to win any votes.[5]


Poland and Ukraine

The original bid

These cities were the original candidates of the winning bid:[5]

Two more Polish cities, Kraków and Chorzów, were listed as reserve venues in Poland, while in Ukraine Odessa was a reserve city and the Olympic Stadium in Donetsk a reserve stadium.

Further development

Afterwards, there were some changes regarding the venues. The final decision was taken on the UEFA meeting on 13 May 2009.:[6] Kharkiv replaced Dnipropetrovsk, while the mentioned reserve venues were turned down. The result was this:

Warsaw Gdańsk Wrocław Poznań
National Stadium
Capacity: 50,000[7]
PGE Arena
Capacity: 40,000[8]
Municipal Stadium
Capacity: 40,000[9]
Municipal Stadium
Capacity: 40,000[10]
3 matches in Group A
opening match, quarter-final, semi-final
3 matches in Group C
3 matches in Group A 3 matches in Group C
Kiev Donetsk Kharkiv Lviv
Olympic Stadium
Capacity: 60,000[11]
Donbass Arena
Capacity: 50,000[12]
Metalist Stadium
Capacity: 35,000[13]
Arena Lviv
Capacity: 30,000[14]
3 matches in Group D
quarter-final, final
3 matches in Group D
quarter-final, semi-final
3 matches in Group B 3 matches in Group B

Note: Capacity figures are those for matches at UEFA Euro 2012 and are not necessarily the total capacity that the stadium is capable of holding.

Former candidates

The following venues were also considered but fell out of the running as a result of the UEFA meeting on 13 May 2009.

Photo City Stadium Capacity Main tenants Notes
Chorzów Silesian Stadium 55,211 Polish national team not selected by UEFA, orig. reserve
Kraków Municipal Stadium 33,680 Wisła Kraków not selected by UEFA, orig. reserve
Odessa Chornomorets Stadium 34,362 Chornomorets Odesa not selected by UEFA, orig. reserve
Donetsk RSC Olimpiyskiy 25,678 None, owned and formerly
used by Shakhtar Donetsk
not selected by UEFA, orig. reserve
Dnipropetrovsk Dnipro Arena 31,003 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk original plans stated it would host 3 group matches

Croatia and Hungary

Hungary was bidding for the third time consecutively after failing to win either the Euro 2004 or the Euro 2008 bid. It teamed up with Croatia after its previous partner, Austria, opted to unite with Switzerland to (successfully) bid to host Euro 2008. While Hungary had never hosted similar major tournaments, Croatia's capital Zagreb was a host city of the Euro 1976 as part of former Yugoslavia.

The following cities were proposed to host matches:[15]

| style="width:50%; text-align:left; vertical-align:top;" | Croatian Football Federation

| style="width:50%; text-align:left; vertical-align:top;" | Hungarian Football Federation


Italy was the most experienced of all the bidding nations, having already twice hosted the European Championship (in 1968 and 1980), and the FIFA World Cup (in 1934 and 1990).

The following venues were proposed by the Italian Football Federation to host matches:[16]

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Losing countries

After not being chosen as hosts for this championship Italy and Turkey delivered UEFA Euro 2016 bids.

Poland-Ukraine: Criticism of preparations

In January 2008, UEFA President [17] prompting Scotland to volunteer as an alternative host twice.[18][19] By June 2008, however, UEFA stated they were "not discussing any plan B in terms of new countries" hosting.[20]

Ukraine reported several problems which threatened their ability to co-host, including delays in the renovation of Kiev’s Olympic Stadium,[21] and difficulties funding infrastructure work after the economic crisis struck.[22] After an inspection in April 2009, Platini re-affirmed that Ukraine would remain co-host, hinting that most matches could go to Poland.[23] Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk stated that his country would be capable of the task, but was committed to the original plans,[24] as was the Polish Football Association (PZPN).[25]

In September 2009, Platini announced that "Ukraine has made sudden progress in their efforts to stage the tournament,"[26] and it was soon confirmed that their four cities (Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kiev, and Lviv) would host matches. Kiev was also confirmed to host the final match.[27]

An interview Platini gave to the German Football Association (DFB) in May 2010 suggested that Germany and Hungary could replace Ukraine unless improvements were made, casting new doubt on the nation's readiness.[28] By August, however, Platini revisited that and stated, "You can consider that the ultimatum no longer exists,"[29] and that he was optimistic about preparations in both countries and saw no major obstacles.[30] After a UEFA delegation visited Ukraine in September 2011, he stated the country was "virtually ready for Euro 2012."[31]

In April 2012, while on an inspection trip to the host city of [35]


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