By Dr. Abdul Ruff
Against background of grim Euro crisis shattering all hopes of Europeans and even as thousands have protested in Greece against the far-right Golden Dawn party after one of its members assaulted a woman on live TV, shouting “Neo-Nazis out” in rallies called by left-wing and anti-racism groups in Athens, Euro 2012 Foot ball tournament has been kicked off with Poland kicking into the net its very first goal against Greece. The 2012 European Football Championship, , commonly referred to as Euro 2012, is the 14th European Championship for national football teams organized by UEFA, kicked off on Friday, the June 8 in both Kiev and Warsaw, the capital cities of co-hosts Ukraine and Poland. Qualification was contested by 51 nations between August 2010 and November 2011 to join the two host nations in the tournament.
The winner of the tournament gains automatic entry to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup hosted by Brazil. The final tournament, featuring 16 nations, is being hosted by Poland and Ukraine between 8 June and 1 July 2012. As the 2012 European Football Championship kicks off in Ukraine, all eyes are on the event’s co-hosts, Poland and Ukraine. It’s the first such event to take place in Eastern Europe, and young Poles and Ukrainians alike hope it will help improve perceptions of their countries.
Hardly any other country is, the visitors say, as Europe-friendly as Poland. Young people, in particular, understand that they have profited from joining the EU. They feel membership offers them big opportunities and huge profits, many of them professionally. And many even imagine spending a few years working abroad in Germany or Britain for more money.
Kiev, the backward world of the Ukrainian capital, with its corrupt apparatchiks, unscrupulous oligarchs and headline-making human rights abuses, is still dynamic. Some 760 kilometers west of Kiev is the Polish capital of Warsaw. In Warsaw, reminding the Cold War’s Socialistic military alliance led by Soviets, the idea of Europe has long since become ingrained in the minds of students.
People now did/do not experience communist Poland, having grown up after the 1989 transformation that took place in their country. The Polish youth seem like “modern” pragmatic and self-confident members of the anti-Islamic European Union. Their joint bid was announced successful by UEFA chief Michel Platini in Cardiff on 18th April 2007, winning out over more favored bids by Italy and Croatia/Hungary – and causing widespread jubilation throughout the two Eastern Europe countries. Winning Euro 2012 will result in a great deal of construction investments and enormous financial benefits to both Poland and the Ukraine, with some analysts putting the figures as high as 3 billion US Dollars worth of revenue.
The Euro tournament would also help shift the balance of power in football, and bring in resources and prestige to help boost the games of East European countries which have traditionally made little mark in international competitions. Euro 2012 will be the first major footballing event held by a country behind, or formerly behind, the Iron Curtain since Yugoslavia hosted the European Football Championships in 1976. It will be the first major sporting event of any kind hosted by an East European country since Moscow Olympics 1980. Great news then for this part of the world, and a fantastic chance for Poland and Ukraine to show the world what they’re capable of, both in terms of organizing the event and competing in it! The competition, however, seems to be very tough and it is tool early to predict or even speculate any particular team to take away the Euro2012 cup.
Each nation in Europe wants to showcase its footfall prowess. Let us wait and watch the tournament! One important word, meanwhile, is necessary here. In fact it does not make any difference to the world no matter which team wins the Euro cup. It makes no difference at all when this is not going to change the mindset of European states engaged in massacre operations under the NATO terror syndicates led by USA-UK English terror twins, targeting Muslims in occupied nations like Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nor will Euro 2012 make any difference to the rising prices globally or the advancement of imperialist wars, targeting global energy resources and energy energy routes.
Will the outcome of Euro 2012 in nay manner rampant corruption and state criminal operations world wide or arrest the rising number of pathetically poor people even in Europe or rotting food grains in Indian food storing fields?