Friday, December 9, 2011

Ireland confirm Polish base

Ireland will be based in Gdynia in Poland for Euro 2012, the Football Association today confirmed

Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli visited Poland this week to sign off on the base camp for the finals.

Gdynia is located in the Pomeranian region of Poland and is part of a metropolitan area around the city of Gdansk, known as Tricity. The team will be located at the Sheraton Sopot Hotel.

Trapattoni said: "I am very happy that we have been able to secure Gdynia as a base camp for Euro 2012. This base meets and exceeds all of our criteria, having a good training ground, being close to the airport and being based in Poland.

"The hotel and training facilities are excellent and provide us with a well-positioned base with all of the facilities required for the championships."

The Irish team will train at the Municipal Stadium in Gdynia, a new ground with a capacity of 15,000.

Ireland's first match will see them transfer to the Municipal Stadium in Poznan to face Croatia on 10 June.

Ireland will then play Spain in the Gdansk Arena on 14 June and in the final Group C match, Ireland will take on Italy in Poznan on 18 June.