France hopes to use Donetsk as Euro 2012 base
France hopes to use Donetsk as its base for next year’s European
Championship and train at local club Shakhtar’s state-of-the-art
France and England play their Euro 2012 opener in Donetsk on
June 11, and France stays there to face Ukraine four days later,
before its final Group D match against Sweden in Kiev on June
France coach Laurent Blanc led a delegation to Ukraine this week
to visit potential hotels in Donetsk.
Prior to last week’s draw, Portugal had first option on using
Shakhtar’s training facilities, but has waived that right as it
plays its matches in Lviv and Kharkiv.
The French federation said on its website Thursday it has asked
UEFA about using Shakhtar’s training center, and that it has until
Jan. 31 to agree terms with Shakhtar Donetsk and the local
”The facilities at Shakhtar Donetsk really caught (Blanc’s)
eye,” the FFF said. ”It is a remarkably designed place for a
The FFF added that it will begin discussions ”without delay”
with local authorities to designate a suitable hotel, adding that
the priority is to stay in Donetsk rather than travel to training
and matches from a neighboring town.