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Euro 2012 fever sweeps Poland and Ukraine (PHOTOS)
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, more commonly referred to as Euro 2012, is the 14th European Championship for national football (or, dare we call it, soccer) teams.

The sporting event has gripped first-time host cities Poland and Ukraine — which each boast four venues and are hosting 16 countries' teams — as fans and players alike show their love for the game. 

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Fans celebrate Germany's 1-0 win over Portugal during the UEFA Champions League soccer match, broadcast from Lviv, Ukraine on a giant outdoor screen near the Brandenburg Gate on June 9, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, also known as Euro 2012, is a 16-team tournament that Poland is co-hosting with Ukraine.

(Adam Berry - AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view of the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final 2nd Leg match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Barcelona at the Donbass Arena on April 12, 2011 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

(Laurence Griffiths - AFP/Getty Images)
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UEFA president Michel Platini (R) and Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski (L) share a laugh prior to the Euro 2012 championships football match Poland vs Russia on June 12, 2012 at the National Stadium in Warsaw.

(Natalia Kolesnikova - AFP/Getty Images)
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France coach Laurent Blanc talks to the media during a press conference on June 11, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

(Handout - AFP/Getty Images)
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Dutch supporters are pictured prior to the Euro 2012 championships football match of the Netherlands versus Germany on June 12, 2012 at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv.

(Patrick Hertzog - AFP/Getty Images)
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Portuguese forward Silvestre Varela (R) celebrates with Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho after scoring during the Euro 2012 championships football match Denmark vs Portugal on June 13, 2012 at the Arena Lviv.

(Anne-Christine Poujoulat - AFP/Getty Images)
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Danish forward Nicklas Bendtner (R) scores during the Euro 2012 championships football match Denmark vs Portugal on June 13, 2012 at the Arena Lviv.

(Damien Meyer - AFP/Getty Images)
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Football fans react as they watch the match Denmark vs Portugal in the fan zone in Kiev on June 13, 2012 during the Euro 2012 football championships.

(Jonathan Nackstrand - AFP/Getty Images)
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Danish defender Simon KjÊr (C) vies with Portuguese forward Helder Postiga (R) during the Euro 2012 championships football match Denmark vs Portugal on June 13, 2012 at the Arena Lviv.

(Anne-Christine Poujoulat - AFP/Getty Images)
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Croatian football fans stand by a giant Croatian flag during a training session on June 13, 2012, at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan on the eve of their Euro 2012 football championships match against Italy.

(Dimitar Dilkoff - AFP/Getty Images)
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Swedish fans dressed as the fictional character Pippi Longstocking cheer their national football players during a training session on June 13 , 2012 at the Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium in Kiev during the Euro 2012 football championships.

(Jonathan Nackstrand - AFP/Getty Images)
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Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev takes part in a training session at the Victoria stadium in Sulejowek on June 13, 2012 at the Euro 2012 football championships.

(Natalia Kolesnikova - AFP/Getty Images)
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A woman watch the game Portugal vs. Denmark on a giant screen in the fan zone of Donetsk on June 13, 2012 during the Euro 2012 football championships.

(Frank Fife - AFP/Getty Images)
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German forward Lukas Podolski (L) vies with Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben during the Euro 2012 championships football match the Netherlands vs Germany on June 12, 2012 at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv.

(Patrick Hertzog - AFP/Getty Images)
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Fans of Germany's national football team pose prior to the Euro 2012 championships football match the Netherlands vs Germany on June 12, 2012 at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv.

(Patrik Stollarz - AFP/Getty Images)
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A fan of the Germany's national football team gestures prior to the Euro 2012 championships football match the Netherlands vs Germany on June 12, 2012 at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv.

(Genya Savilov - AFP/Getty Images)
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Portuguese midfielder Nani lays on the pitch during the Euro 2012 championships football match Denmark vs Portugal on June 13, 2012 at the Arena Lviv.

(Anne-Christine Poujoulat - AFP/Getty Images)
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Denmark fans are pictured before the Euro 2012 championships football match Denmark vs Portugal on June 13, 2012 at the Arena Lviv.

(Damien Meyer - AFP/Getty Images)
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Police in riot gear stand inside the stadium during the UEFA EURO 2012 group A match between Poland and Russia at The National Stadium on June 12, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.

(Shaun Botterill - AFP/Getty Images)
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Players from Denmark and Portugal in the midst of a match at the UEFA EURO 2012.

(Laurence Griffiths - AFP/Getty Images)
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