Euro 2012 logo unveiled in Kiev

The official logo for Euro 2012, to be jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine, was unveiled on Monday

The official logo for Euro 2012, to be jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine, was unveiled on Monday.

The logo and slogan were presented by Polish Football Association president Grzegorz Lato, his Ukraine counterpart Grigoriy Surkis and UEFA President Michel Platini at a ceremony in Kyiv's Mykhailivska Square.

The logo is a stylized flower featuring the Polish and Ukrainian flags and a football, and the slogan is "Creating History Together." Euro 2012 is the first major football tournament to be awarded to Eastern Europe.

"I think the logo is very special and it shows the soul of our two peoples. When I see the colors of the Ukrainian flag in it, my heart fills with pride and happiness," Surkis said.

"It is of tremendous importance for such a worldwide event to have such a beautiful logo," Lato said. "It gives a flavor of the competition and of our two countries. The slogan also contains a clear message that Poland and Ukraine are ready to surprise the world and will deliver a unique experience to visitors in the summer of 2012."

Guests at the ceremony included Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Ukraine has been hit hard by the global economic downturn and there was some doubt that it would be able to host its full share of games. But, after months' of uncertainty, the Ukrainian cities of Kharkov, Lvov and Donetsk finally received UEFA approval on Friday to host Euro 2012 matches. Kiev was confirmed as the venue for the final.

The Polish cities that will host games are Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan and Wroclaw.

MOSCOW, December 14 (RIA Novosti) 


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