Johansson have endorsed the idea of holding EURO-2012 in Ukraine

Johansson have endorsed the idea of holding EURO-2012 in UkraineUkrainian President Leonid Kuchma met with UEFA President Lennart Johansson and CEO of UEFA Gerhard Aigner. About RBC reported in its press-service. The head of state awarded Johansson the order of Yaroslav the Wise of the III degree. This marked his personal contribution to the development of football. Kuchma, in particular, noted that he was particularly pleased to do it in a birthday Johansson. The President also awarded Aigner the order "For merits" of III degree. At the meeting with representatives of UEFA Kuchma expressed the belief that in Ukrainian football in recent times there have been major changes. He highlighted the revival of children's and youth football: In turn, Johansson spoke in support of the initiative of the football Federation of Ukraine and Association football Poland to co-host the UEFA European football championship 2012 in Ukraine and Poland. "A few years ago I began working on the initiation and active support for the creation of championship of Europe is not one but several countries," said Johansson. He appealed to the Ukrainian President and the government with the request to support the initiative of the Euro-2012 in Ukraine and Poland. Kuchma stressed that such an idea "will give a serious impetus to the development of football in our country and the desire of most young athletes to show themselves to participate in this championship."".

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