Negotiating Europeanness: the Euro2012 Championship and Spectator Narratives in an Enlarged Euroepan Perspective

In June 2012 teams and supporters from all over Europe and beyond gathered in Poland and Ukraine to attend the UEFA European Football Championship. Sixteen national teams, including the hosts, qualified for what was to be the first European championship to take place in post-socialist Europe. While some football-crazy countries such as Turkey did not qualify, the media in the countries that did soon bowed their heads in sorrow: would Poland and Ukraine be capable of organising such a challenging event? And, more importantly, would they be able to ensure that visitors could survive the trip to the ‘Wild East’? Not only international observers, but also local populations, put the host countries under scrutiny. The critics questioned the huge public spending and the effect this had on the weakest members of society.


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B. Z. Alpan, Negotiating Europeanness: the Euro2012 Championship and Spectator Narratives in an Enlarged Euroepan Perspective. 2015, p. 21.