Euro 2012 in Poland came to an end. Italy vs Germany semi-final was the last game played in the Euro 2012 in Poland. Euro 2012 Final was held on July 1 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.
UEFA European Football Championship 2012, the official UEFA EURO 2012 has been organized jointly by two countries – Poland and Ukraine this year. More than 600 thousand football fans have visited Polish stadiums last month. The European and the Fan Zone nearly 2,5 million football fans. After matches in Poland the Daily Journal wrote : ‘ What we saw, did no show the horror, who has been presented in a sensational movie of the BBC Panorama program last month, called ‘ Stadiums Hate ‘. Guests appeared to a young, dynamic and tolerant of Poland. ‘
The real achievement of the Euro 2012 in Poland is to strengthen national identity and the create a new kind of patriotism. In favor of changing a Polish image in the eyes of Europeans.
Journal notes that it has also changed how the Poles see themselves. For many decades, they had not much reasons to be proud of them, but now it looks different. The new Poland is more confident of its strategic position in Europe and relaxed in dealing with its neighbors on the globe.
‘ With the Euro 2012 Poland came as a real winner ‘ / Poland after Euro 2012 football games
The number of visitors in Poland which came for one of the biggest football event Euro 2012 is splendid. Around 700 thousands people in the Fan Zone, 106 thousand spectators at Municipal Stadium, and over 125 000 foreign spectators visited Poznan during Euro 2012. Poznan airport checked-out almost 160,000 people who have benefited from 1822 aircraft and passengers served by more than 200 officers of the Border Guard.
Football tournament has attracted to Poland more than 3 million fans in 110 countries worldwide. Apart from the riots in Warsaw before the match between Poland and Russia, there were no serious incidents. But during Euro 2012 in Poland, unfortunately died one fan – a 21-year-old James Nolan from Ireland, who drowned in a river in the city of Bydgoszcz.
The success of promotion will be summarized for several years, but Poland have already shown it is a modern country of the European Union, and the Poles are open, happy and tolerant to the others.
Poles are proud of the EURO 2012 / National media says the organization of EURO 2012 in Poland was successfull
In the time of EURO 2012 in Poland there has been a huge expansion and upgrading of infrastructure on an unprecedented scale in Polish history. Lots of foreign tourists and football fans says the image of the country has very positively changed, as well as the Poles themselves. Almost 90 per cent of polish residents are proud of how Poland has prepared and organized EURO 2012.
In preparation for one of the biggests tournament football event’s EURO 2012, Poland has received over 94 billion zl – to create a modern multi-functional stadiums, airports, railway stations, motorways and expressways. The Director of Communication, Mikolaj Piotrowski said the effects of the investments has become a considerable improvement in the comfort life of many Poles. A journey by car from Poznan to Gdansk takes today less than 1 hour and 20 minutes, from Wroclaw to Gdansk at 1 hour 30 minutes less, from Warsaw to Gdansk at 1 hour 30 minutes. From Warsaw to Berlin is today at 2 hours and 30 minutes less, the journey from Krakow to Dresden is shorter by 50 minutes.
How football event EURO 2012 has changed polish reality / EURO 2012 in Poland
But the success of the EURO 2012 in Poland was determined not only by the expansion and modernization the infrastructure. During organizations for the EURO 2012 with over 170 national partners, Poland has realized 252 projects of the organization, having direct influence on safety service quality to all football fans.
Over three milion sport football fans EURO 2012 have visited Polish Fan Zone – in Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan, Wroclaw and Krakow. It was an absolute record in the scale of the European Championships.
More than 70 per cent of Poles believe the preparations for EURO 2012 has contributed to increase Polish economic in the time of world’s economic crisis. According to current statistics, as much as 92 percent visitors said that Poland was very attractive for tourists and EURO 2012 was an uncredible football event.