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Euro Cup 2012: Soccer Comes to Poland

In summer 2012, both Poland and Ukraine will co-host the UEFA Euro 2012 football (soccer) championship -- the biggest event in soccer after the FIFA World Cup. Participating teams are drawn from around Europe in a series of qualifying matches in the run-up to the tournament, which kicks off June 8, 2012, in Warsaw. The final will be held in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on July 1.

If you're a soccer fan, these 3 short weeks are certain to be the closest thing to heaven on Earth as tens of thousands of like-minded fans from around the globe descend on the country in droves for games in Gdansk, Poznan, Wrocaw, and Warsaw. High hotel prices, fully booked restaurants, and packed train cars are just part of the "fun;" a small price to pay if you're a soccer fanatic and want to take part in the party. On the other hand, if you've got only a passing interest in the game, you might consider planning your trip to avoid the tournament, though Polish officials have made a point of saying there will be sufficient accommodation for all.

Tickets for the Polish matches go on sale in spring 2011. For more information and schedules, consult the UEFA website: www.uefa.com/uefaeuro2012.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.