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Euro 2012 closing ceremony to last 12 minutes

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June 30, 2012, 1:48 p.m. | Sports — by Interfax-Ukraine

Spectators leave Kyiv's Olympic Stadium (a.k.a. Olympiysky National Sports Complex) after the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between England and Italy on June 25.
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The Euro 2012 closing ceremony before the final match between Spain and Italy on July 1 in Kyiv at the Olympiysky National Sports Complex will last 12 minutes, according to the official UEFA Web site.

The 12-minute show will be presented shortly before kick-off and will feature more than 600 volunteer performers. It will also promote the participating nations together with key competition values: unity, rivalry and passion.

Both the opening and closing ceremonies were devised by Marco Balich, the president of Filmmaster Events, along with artistic director Lida Castelli and show director Bryn Walters. Balich has designed many international events, including the 2002 Olympic flag handover in Salt Lake City, the 2006 Olympic ceremonies in Turin and the Carnival of Venice.

The official tournament song, Endless Summer, will be performed live by German singer Oceana. The UEFA Euro 2012 hit is the first single from Oceana's outstanding new studio album, recorded in London, New York and Berlin with producers including Rob Davis (Kylie Minogue) and Blair McKichan (Lily Allen).

The national anthems of both finalists will be presented by Tamara Khodakova and Mykhailo Humenniy – soloists from the Kyiv Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, under the leadership of Anzhela Maslennikova.

A total of 150 million viewers are expected to watch the UEFA Euro 2012 final live, UEFA said on its website.

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