Preparations for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine are well on course and three of the eight stadiums have been completed, UEFA has revealed.
The announcement came almost exactly one year after Ukraine were given a reprieve by UEFA, which had refused to confirm three of their four cities as hosts because of the slow progress of work on hotels, stadiums and other infrastructure.
UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino said that two of the four stadiums in Ukraine – at Kharkiv and Donetsk – were already finished.
“Work in the four cities in Ukraine is progressing well, he said. “Kiev and Lviv are on track with some issues at airports, which are all being renovated, the projects are promising and everything will be done in time.”
He was similarly upbeat about Poland, where the Poznan stadium has already been completed.
“We are a little behind the ideal schedule on the practical implementation of security, transport logistics and other things, but in general it is well on track and we are confident that, with the collaboration of governments, it will all be ready on time,” he said.