MOSCOW, May 28 (Itar-Tass) — The Ukrainian capital of Kiev is making finishing touches ahead of the forthcoming European football championship.
“We have been dreaming of it for the past five years. Now our dream is coming true. The Euro-2012 is on our threshold. A high-level tournament is not our only dream now. We want to see the triumph of our national team,” Grigory Surkis, the president of Ukrainian Football Federation, said on Monday.
The demonstration of the Euro-2012 main trophy, the Henri Delaunay Cup, in various Ukrainian cities inspired the whole country. The tournament’s organizers are brushing up the city and football infrastructure in Kiev, while the fans are feeling themselves as an inseparable part of the European football family. The famous Ukrainian forward, Andrei Shevchenko, urged Ukrainian fans to support the national squad. “Support us and we are going to win. We will raise the Delaunay Cup in our hands and leave it at home until the next championship,” Shevchenko said.
All Kiev-based media, especially television, are supporting this emotional uplift. Televised reports from Kiev’s central streets and the Olympiysky stadium, the Euro-2012 main venue, appear on the screen every day.
“Ukraine has met the demands of the Union of European Football Associations related to the EURO-2012 championship. All the stadiums that will host football matches in Kiev, Donetsk, Lvov and Kharkov have been placed under the UEFA management. They are waiting for dramatic football battles,” Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure Boris Kolesnikov said.