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Countdown to Euro 2012: The stadiums

By Tom McGowan, CNN
December 9, 2011 -- Updated 1655 GMT (0055 HKT)
All 16 competing nations at Euro 2012 will head to Poland and Ukraine next year dreaming of reaching the final at Kiev's Olympic Stadium on July 1. The venue in the Ukrainian capital has been renovated ahead of the championship, having originally been constructed in the 1920's. In addtion to the final, the Olympic Stadium will also host a quarterfinal and some Group D matches. All 16 competing nations at Euro 2012 will head to Poland and Ukraine next year dreaming of reaching the final at Kiev's Olympic Stadium on July 1. The venue in the Ukrainian capital has been renovated ahead of the championship, having originally been constructed in the 1920's. In addtion to the final, the Olympic Stadium will also host a quarterfinal and some Group D matches.
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Olympic Stadium, Kiev
Donbass Arena, Donetsk
National Stadium, Warsaw
Arena Gdansk, Gdansk
Ukrayina Stadium, Lviv
Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv
Miejski Stadium, Poznan
Municipal Stadium, Wroclaw
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • There are less than 200 days until Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine
  • Eight cities will host the four-yearly tournament across both countries
  • The opening match will be in Warsaw on June 8, with the final in Kiev on July 1

(CNN) -- With less than 200 days to go to Euro 2012 and the 16-team line-up for the four-yearly championship decided after a grueling qualifying campaign, football fans across Europe can start to look forward to the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

Eight cities across the two countries will play host to the championship, with arenas having been either renovated or built from scratch ahead of the competition kicking off at Warsaw's National Stadium on June 8.

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A total of 31 matches will be played at eight different stadiums, with each team hoping to earn a place in the final at Kiev's Olympic Stadium on July 1.

The next key date in the build up to the tournament is the group stage draw, which will be conducted in Kiev on December 2.

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