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Don't you just love journalists?

Italy expected to win vote to host Euro 2012

By Martyn Ziegler
Published: 18 April 2007

Italy are firm favourites to win today's vote to be the hosts of Euro 2012 despite some disquiet over the state of the game in the country.

Last season's referee corruption scandal and the on-going struggles with crowd trouble have been big hurdles for the Italian FA to overcome. By focusing their bid for the European Championships as an opportunity for a fresh start, however, the Italians look to have done enough to convince Uefa's executive committee to vote for them ahead of joints bids from Croatia-Hungary and Poland-Ukraine.

The vote is taking place this morning in Cardiff's City Hall, for no reason other than the Welsh city had been the venue for one of Uefa's regular executive committee meetings. The biggest factor aiding Italy is that Uefa are falling out of love with the concept of joint hosts despite Euro 2000 being in Holland and Belgium and next year's championships being hosted by Austria and Switzerland.

One senior Uefa source said: "There are extra problems to deal with when there are joint hosts - two FAs, two governments and two sets of security forces."

Italy also boast the best infrastructure despite Poland and Ukraine making extravagant promises about building new stadia and transforming the footballing landscape of their countries. They are hampered by the sheer size of their countries, a lack of unity during the bid, and the fact that the Polish government have been hauled over the coals by Fifa and Uefa for political interference in the running of the country's football federation.

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"Italy also boast the best infrastructure despite Poland and Ukraine making extravagant promises about building new stadia and transforming the footballing landscape of their countries. They are hampered by the sheer size of their countries, a lack of unity during the bid, and the fact that the Polish government have been hauled over the coals by Fifa and Uefa for political interference in the running of the country's football federation."

But this is all true, is it not?

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They could have it in the colisseum.

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... which was built by Jews - a remarkable bit of trivia without which you ...

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Poland or Italy tough choice, tourist will get ripped of at both, Policing will be over the top and agressive at both. Both Catholic 'not that that matters at all'.
Very hard to pick. Personally Poland but they will never have it built in time, Italiand won't have it built too.

Oh I give up, lets tossa coin but make sure neither side cheat

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too funny

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"Personally Poland but they will never have it built in time, Italiand won't have it built too."

aye there's the rub.....

Funny how italy is so disorganised when rome gave us organisation. Still I love it - the culture, the architecture, the art, the opera, the people.. bella bella.

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Having driven fairly extensively in Europe, I've got to say that the northern Italians have the best motorways in Europe.
German "engineering" sucks - they can't even make a comfortable car seat!