The 16 UEFA EURO 2012 contenders have chosen their team base hotels and training facilities for the finals – with Warsaw, Gdansk and Krakow all proving to be big draws.
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The 16 contenders for UEFA EURO 2012 have chosen their base camps for this summer's final tournament, with Ukraine set to be one of two sides based in Kyiv while co-hosts Poland will be in Warsaw.
Thirteen of the finalists have elected to stay in Poland for the duration of the tournament. Poland, Croatia, Greece and Russia will be stationed in and around the capital – where the co-hosts will use the home of KSP Polonia Warszawa as their training ground.
The area around Gdansk has also proved a popular destination: Denmark, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, and world and European champions Spain will all feel the fresh air off the Baltic during the finals from 8 June – and will hope to have reason to stick around until the final on 1 July.
Krakow does not boast a UEFA EURO 2012 venue but Poland's second city will get its share of the action off the field when England, Italy and the Netherlands settle in for their finals campaigns.
Portugal, meanwhile, will have Poznan all to themselves while the Czech Republic will be billeted rather closer to home, just across the Czech border in Wroclaw.
Ukraine will remain in their own capital, Kyiv, where they will be joined by Sweden. France have decided to head for Donetsk.
The local organising committees (LOCs) in Poland and Ukraine identified a selection of 38 outstanding accommodation options for teams at the finals – combining a hotel with nearby training facilities, all of which were included in the Team Base Catalogue distributed to the 53 European national associations in September 2010.
Team base camps for UEFA EURO 2012
|Team||Hotel||Training base (nearest host city)|
|Croatia||Hotel Sielanka, Warka||Training Ground Sielanka, Warka (Warsaw)|
|Czech Republic||Hotel Monopol, Wroclaw||Municipal Stadium Oporowska Wroclaw (Wroclaw)|
|Denmark||Hotel Marine, Kolobrzeg||Municipal Stadium Kolobrzeg, Kolobrzeg (Gdansk)|
|England||Stary Hotel, Krakow||Hutnik Stadium, Krakow (Wroclaw)|
|Spain||Hotel Mistral Sport, Gniewino||Municipal Stadium Gniewino, Gniewino (Gdansk)|
|France||Kirsha Training Facility, Donetsk||Kirsha Training Facility (Donetsk)|
|Germany||Hotel Dwor Oliwski, Gdansk||Germany – Municipal Sport Centre Gdansk (Gdansk)|
|Greece||Hotel Warszawianka Wellness & Spa, Serock||Municipal Stadium Legionowo, Legionowo (Warsaw)|
|Republic of Ireland||Sheraton Sopot Hotel, Sopot||Municipal Stadium Gdynia, Gdynia (Gdansk)|
|Italy||Turowka Hotel & Spa, Wieliczka||Municipal Stadium Cracovia, Krakow (Wroclaw)|
|Netherlands||Sheraton Krakow Hotel, Krakow||Municipal Stadium Wisła Kraków, Krakow (Wroclaw)|
|Poland||Hyatt Regency Warsaw, Warsaw||Municipal Stadium Polonia Warszawa (Warsaw)|
|Portugal||Hotel Remes Sport & Spa, Opalenica||Municipal Stadium Opalenica, Opalenica (Poznan)|
|Russia||Hotel Le Meridien Bristol, Warsaw||Municipal Stadium Sulejowek, Sulejowek (Warsaw)|
|Sweden||Platium Hotel, Kozyn||Koncha Zaspa Training Centre (Kyiv)|
|Ukraine||Dynamo Kyiv Training Center, Kyiv||Dynamo Kyiv Training Centre (Kyiv)|