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Poland/Ukraine to host Euro 2012.

The BBC reports...

By Steve Goff  |  April 18, 2007; 9:16 AM ET
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Grow the game a little. Huge populations in both countries. National teams that both made it to the last World Cup. If they make them build decent stadia in Poland and Ukraine, it will only help their leagues develop.

Much more exciting than Switzerland-Austria (yawn).

Posted by: Shmenge | April 18, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

A real shocker, and a good one at that! Apparently it didn't hurt that Blatter was pro-Ukraine/Poland and anti-Italy on this one.

Posted by: Kev | April 18, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Fantastic, please someone explain to me why UEFA decided to give the Euro Championish to the two most anti-semitic countries in Europe, excluding France of course? Awful decision.

Posted by: DC United Fan | April 18, 2007 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Talk about wow - I just read that Toronto has acquired Marvell Wynne for peanuts (well, a 2d rounder and partial allocation). Um, why couldn't we have done that?!


Posted by: DE | April 18, 2007 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Because RBNY aren't in the business of helping thier rivals out.

Now, before you get all tweaked, what do you bet mo trades wynne to us for Dyachenko and a 2nd rounder?

Posted by: DCAustinite | April 18, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

"Now, before you get all tweaked, what do you bet mo trades wynne to us for Dyachenko and a 2nd rounder?"

I'd bet pretty much anything against that.

Posted by: Goose | April 18, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Maybe not Dyachenko because we wanted him back, but there has got to be a trade coming with Toronto. We need, they need, simple as that. They have to unload an american as well. We have cap space.

Either that or Shalrie, who is about to start a strike says 'send me where they got money'. We got money. 450,000 large.

Posted by: DCAustinite | April 18, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse


This is a Euro comment area.


Posted by: Goff | April 18, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Superb! Grow the game and help move those countries forward in other ways, too.

Posted by: Erik | April 18, 2007 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps toronoto will trade POLAND to D.C. for a 2nd round KIEV and a defensive Mid-UKRAINE.


Posted by: DCAuistinite | April 18, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse bad.

Posted by: DE | April 18, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Oh, wait, EURO posting area, I get it. Ok, Ich denke, daß DCUnited für Wynne handeln sollte. Eine erste runde Vorwähler entweder sowie Simms oder Carroll würde genügend sein.

Posted by: DCAustinite | April 18, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Good for Poland and Ukraine. I was really afraid it'd go to the cheating-@ss Italians despite their fantastic track record over the past few years.

Posted by: Hacksaw | April 18, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

This is both surprising and great. Per yesterday's discussion about Italy and it's depravity, it would have been a disgrace if they'd been awarded the tournament. To have suggested that another major championship in the country was the necessary impetus for cleaning up the calcio system is shameful (I don't whether this claim was made explicit, but one can imagine).

Italy has one of the most established leagues in the world, and they're not exactly hurting for money. The governing body there needs to figure out how make things work on their own - without the financial windfall from UEFA.

The economic impact of these tournaments has never been clearer, and it's comendable that those in charge have begun to spread the wealth outside the old guard.

Posted by: mike | April 18, 2007 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Re: Euro comment.

Wasn't Dyachenko born in the Ukraine?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 18, 2007 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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