It was announced on Wednesday that Ukraine and Poland have won the right to host the finals of Euro 2012, the biggest international soccer tournament in Europe. (I’ve already teased Vic, my Ukrainian wife, that it’s the only time we’ll ever hear the words ‘Ukraine’, ‘soccer’ and ‘won’ in the same sentence!).
Michel Platini, the president of governing body UEFA, tried to soften the blow for the unsuccessful bidders, euphemistically commenting that:
"there are no losers today, rather only bids that have not won this time round."