Visitors, fans, the first persons of states and the president of UEFA didn’t stint their nice comments and praises. I was lucky enough to visit this football holiday, and I’d like to share my impressions.
All planned events of the championship have been held successfully, without any serious problems. Fans could size up new stadiums and the high quality of organization of THIS EVENT. The safety was provided at the highest level. It was especially pleasant to see the work of the joint patrols of the Ukrainian and Spanish police keeping order in streets of Kiev on the day of cup final. The fans-zones and the basic tourist routes were full of volunteers providing in case of need gratuitous guidebooks and maps.
Summing up the championship’s results, the president of UEFA Michel Platini said that Ukraine and Poland had proved to the world community their ability to organize events of world significance. In his opinion, the Euro2012 has been held triumphantly. “This championship, being the first one in the Eastern Europe, had REALLY BOFFO SUCCESS. It’s a real triumph. Ukraine and Poland have proved their capacity to organize such great event and absence of any problems related with it. The countries can be proud of the done work, their enthusiasm and the end result. I am really proud of them!» - said the president of UEFA.
To say the truth the beginning of the championship wasn’t so optimistic. Numerous charges, among others an awful infrastructure of cities and towns, low quality of service, and the overestimated prices for transport and houses, faced Ukraine and Poland before start! Constant mass-media accounts on an adverse political situation in Ukraine as well as calls of the European politicians to boycott the Ukrainian part of the championship have aggravated the situation.
However it is safe to say, that Euro2012’s boycott hasn’t turned out well. For the period of this magnificent event political passions have ceased. In the first days of tournament, the political establishment of the Netherlands, at first supporting the idea of boycott, before a match of its national team declared the desire to support the command from terracing.
But who really boycotted the championship? Government officials of Austria and Belgium who had nothing to do here, as their national teams hadn’t reached the cup final. As far as concerned German chancellor A.Merkel, she was present at a match of a national football team in Gdansk, and promised to visit to Kiev, to support the national
team if the Germany team reaches the cup final. But, unfortunately, the national team of Germany hasn’t reached it.
The discontent of the European officials was caused by legal proceedings on case of the ex-prime minister of Ukraine J.Timoshenko being considered by them as politically motivated. At the same time, there is no surprise and suspicions in political reason as to initiation of criminal case against the ex-president of France N.Sarkozi who is suspected of participation in the corruption scandal related with bribery to the high ranked officials and complicity in evasion from taxes.