Keep your eye on the ball; the 2012 European Football Championship is just eight weeks away, and as an avid England supporter, I can assure you that the tournament is going to be a great start to our European summer. Known as the ‘Euros,’ the tournament is held every four years, and – after the FIFA World Cup – is the highest accolade a national European football team can win. (England has yet to do just that, although with a relatively straightforward first round, fans are – ever so – quietly optimistic.)
Taking place between June 8 and July 1, the tournament this year is co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine, with matches held in each country’s major cities:
Poland: Warsaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Wroclaw
Ukraine: Kiev, Donetsk, Kharkivnd, Lviv
Tackling the Challenges
Thousands of football supporters from across Europe are expected to attend the tournament, and this will surely impact relocation assignments in key cities in Poland and Ukraine. Whilst significant rearranging is being done by the hosts to ensure that travel moves as smoothly as possible – e.g., Ukraine’s host city airports are being revamped in preparation for the traffic increase – some transport disruption is inevitable, especially at the countries’ major airports and on main roads.
In addition, sourcing serviced apartments or hotel rooms in the run up and during the tournament may be challenging. Don’t forget, it isn’t just football supporters who are booking rooms, but sports and media companies, too. Should you be able to find suitable accommodation quickly, it may come at a price due to high demand, so if you know of moves taking place during this time, we recommend that you act fast to book necessary accommodation now.
Stay Ahead of the Game
Advance planning remains key to success … ahead of the 24-day tournament, my football shirt will be pressed and ready, ice-cold beverages will be lovingly stacked in the fridge, and the television will be perfectly positioned. Similarly, if you have scheduled international assignments in either Poland or Ukraine this summer, make sure that you’re ahead of the game.