Image (C) Austin Nicholas,

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

It has been revealed that 13 of the 16 teams participating at Euro 2012 have chosen to base themselves in Poland rather than Ukraine. And with one of those three non-Poland based teams being Ukraine itself, it means that only Sweden and France have elected to base their training headquarters in Ukraine.

Despite the fact that Krakow is hosting no matches during the tournament, both Holland and England have decided to base themselves in the Polish cultural capital. Second favourites Germany will be based right up on the Baltic Sea coast in Gdansk, meaning the team will have to make a 3,000-kilometre return trip for their group match in Kharkiv.

Photo (c) Justin Walley 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Republic of Ireland will play Bosnia and Hungary in the days leading up to the European Championships. The Irish will play their final warm-up matches in Dublin on May 26 against Bosnia and then travel to Budapest to play Hungary on June 4.
The FAI believe that up to 25,000 Irish fans will travel to Poland for the team's three group matches in Poznan and Gdansk, with tough encounters ahead against Croatia, Italy and European Champions Spain.
Ireland will also play the Czech Republic in another warm-up match on February 29.