The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship begins on June 8. This is the first UEFA European Football Championship which will be staged in central and east Europe and the last European Championship, which final tournament consists of 16 nations, because it’s going to be 24 finalists from Euro 2016.
The opening ceremony will be held at the National Stadium in Warsaw, before the tournament’s opening match between Poland and Greece. More than 150 million live viewers are expected to watch this opening match and its ceremony, which will start 20 minutes before the match.
More than 800 volunteer performers from more than 63 countries of the world will participate at the opening ceremony which will start 20 minutes before the opening match. The concept for both the opening and closing ceremonies has been developed by Marco Balich, who is the creative director and executive producer of Italian events and ceremonies company “Filmmaster Events”. Sport and culture with an emphasis on local traditions, innovative technologies and the values of UEFA are combined to create an amazing opening ceremony show. The famous Hungarian pianist Adam Gyorgy will also perform with a Chopin etude for piano and will try to mix the sports atmosphere with classical traditions at this ceremony.
The UEFA 2012 Closing Ceremony of Tournament will take place at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, on July 1.
Senegalese striker Diouf Mame who can not gain a foothold in the “Manchester United”, has signed a contract till June 2014 with “Hannover”.
Participant of UEFA Champions League “Hannover” purchased from “Manchester United” Senegalese striker Diouf and mother signed him up to June 2014.
On Friday, the 24-year-old player from the stands watching the match of “Hanover” – “Nuremberg” (1:0), and on Monday Senegalese will begin training already with their new partners. Diouf moved to the “MU” in 2009 from the Norwegian “Molde” and played the 2010-2011 season on loan at “Blackburn”. In the current campaign forward, on whose account three matches in the national team of Senegal, is not held any formal meetings, although in 2009-2010 went five times to replace the “MU” and distinguished only once.
“I am delighted that we have another striker Mama Diouf, – said the coachof ” Hanover “Mirko Slomka. – We will try as soon as possible to bring it into the composition, so that he could help us in the Bundesliga and UEFA Europa League.” In 1 / 16 of “Hanover ” will meet with “Bruges.” The first match will be held in Germany on February 16.
Participant of UEFA Champions League “Salzburg” strengthened with forward of “Barcelona” Zhonatan Soriano.
On Friday 26-year-old underwent a medical examination at the Austrian Club, and then signed a contract with him until 2015. “Jonathan” – a real striker who can score goals – assured the mentor of ” Salzburg “Ricardo Moniz. – I spent with him an interesting conversation and learned how much he wants to join our team despite on offers from England and Portugal.”
Former striker of youth team of Spain moved to “Barcelona” in 2009 because of “Hispaniola,” which spent eight years and won the Spanish Cup. In the reserve team of “Barcelona” in the second division Soriano scored 32 goals in 37 matches.
Soriano became the second rookie of “Salzburg” for the winter break. Earlier, the Austrians have acquired 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder Cristiano da Silva. The team of Moniz is in the national championship in the third place with two-point gap from the “Rapid” and “Reed”. In 1 / 16 finals of the League of Europe “Salzburg” fight with the Kharkovian “Metalist”. The first match will be held on February 16 in Austria.
“Lion” for two seasons, extended his contract with Deyan Lovren. A new contract of 22-year old defender of Croatia with the French club expires in June 2016.
The central defender Dejan Lovro concluded his contract with “Lyon” a new contract until June 30 of 2016.
UEFA Champions League party renewed the contract with 22-year-old Croatian national team for two years. Statement of the club reads: “This is one of the young players, where the” Lion “intends to rely in the future to continue the dynamic new sports club.”
The rookie of Zenica moved to “Lion” from Zagreb’s “Dynamo” in early 2010 and since then has held the championship of France 49 matches. Also to his credit 13 games in the national team.
In the eighth finals of the UEFA Champions League, “Lyon” will fight against APOEL. The first match will be held in February 14 at the stadium “Gerland”.
Participant of UEFA Champions League “Bruges” strengthened with 24-year-old Spaniard Jordi, with whom signed a contract of four and a half years.
Defender Jordi recent acted on loan for “Rayo Vallecano” . In its turn Kazanians got a Spaniard in 2001 at “Celta” . In Russia, Jordi spent only eight games, then played on loan for the “Real Valladolid” . In the current season he had 17 fights in the Spanish championship of “Rayo Vallecano” .
Earlier “Bruges” has acquired forward of national team of Colombia, Bakke. For the Belgians 25-year-old will serve until the summer of 2015. At home Bakka is famous by his physical strength and with highest speed. Last season he was named the best player in of on results of year and helped “Hunioru” to win the gold of the national championship .
At the same time the 22-year-old midfielder of “Bruges” Vadis Odzhidzha ruled out from the club for at least two months. Football player has been operated in connection with damage of the cartilage of the right knee. This season, he spent 19 games in the championship of Belgium, where the squad Christoph Daum is now in third place.
Consequently, Odzhidzha just will not participate in matches of 1 / 16 finals of the League of of Europe with “Hanover” . The first game will be held in February 16 in Germany, and a week later in Bruges will take place the second match.
Argentinian defender of “Rubin ” Cristian Ansaldi extended his agreement with Kazan club. The new treaty is designed up to the end of 2014.
Participant of 1 / 16 of the UEFA Europa League Kazan “Rubin” concluded a new contract with Christian Ansaldi. The term of the agreement with 25-year-old football player is designed before the end of 2014.
Ansaldi, at the beginning of a career speaking in the homeland for “Newell’s Old Boys,” moved to “Ruby” in January 2008. In summer of 2010, the player has extended an agreement with the Kazans until mids of 2013. Another agreement links the Argentinian with the club for another half of the season .
League group stage of Europe 2011/2012 Christian spent four matches. “Ruby” released in 1 / 16 final , where will play with “Olympiakos”. Meetings are scheduled for 16 and 23 of February. As a result of 32 rounds of the championship of Russia team of Kurban Berdiev is situated in the fifth place, staying behind by ten points from the leader of “Zenith”.
Eric Abidal extended the agreement and will remain in the “Barcelona” at least until summer of 2013. The new contract with the defender of French national team is signed on the system of “1 2″.
Defender of “Barcelona” Eric Abidal has put an end to rumors about his possible separation from Catalan, extending the current agreement until June 30 of 2013.
In the agreement with left back defender of the French national team , who moved to the “Nou Camp” from the “Lion” in 2007, included an item for an automatic extension until the summer of 2015. In the capital of Catalonia, the ex-football player of “Monaco”, in the last season recovering from the surgery on removal of liver tumors, twice won the UEFA Champions League, three times became the champion of “examples”, won the Spanish Cup and two World Championship clubs. In his collection are also two UEFA Super Cup and three Spanish Super Cups.
In the 1/8 finals of the UEFA Champions League, wards of Josep Guardiola will meet with “Bayer”. In the fourteenth of February Catalans will travel to Leverkusen, and in the seventh of March will take a rival to “Camp Nou”. But now, all thoughts of Abidal and Co about scheduled for next Wednesday first quarterfinal match against Spain’s Cup with “Real”, which is ahead of the blue- granats for five points in the championship.
Moscow “Locomotive” signed a long term agreement with midfielder of Russian national youth team Maxim Grigoriev.
A native of Lipetsk, began his career in the capital “Spartacus” and in February 2011 moved to Novocherkasian “Mitos” (second division, the area “South”) and was immediately loaned to “Rostov”. In the championship of Russsia in 2011/2012, Grigoriev 29 times appeared on the field, scored twice – including the debut match with the “locomotive” (1:1).
“On behalf of Grigoriev we bought one of the most talented young football players with a Russian passport – said the head of the selection department of ” Loco ” Cyril Kotov. – Maxim is fast and universal, he can play almost in any position in the line of attack. It is also important that he has not reached to his maximum yet . I am sure that, Grigoriev at the “Locomotive” has every chance to grow into a player of team of Russia and become one of the leaders of new generation. “
On the basis of 32 rounds of the championship the railwaymen are in sixth place, with 12-point gap from leader of “Zenith”. In 1 / 16 finals of the League of Europe, wards of Jose Kouseyru will play with “Athletics” from Bilbao. Matches will be held in 16 and 23 of February.