Munich deputy mayor: Euro 2012 an opportunity for Ukraine and host cities to show themselves off

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June 25, 2012, 2:34 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

A Ukrainian supporter displays high a scarf in support of his team in front of the stadium ahead of the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group D match between Ukraine and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, June 15, 2012.
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Deputy Mayor of Munich Heb Monatzeder has said that he was fascinated at the atmosphere in the Kyiv fan zone of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship.

"Two days ago I had an opportunity to visit the fan zone, and its atmosphere fascinated me. A friendly mood was ruling there and older people were supporting teams together with young people. There were fans wearing accessories with symbols of various teams, even of those that have left the tournament," the Ukraine 2012 information center cited Monatzeder as saying on Monday.

The German official said that the European Football Championship was a chance for Ukraine and each of the host cities to show themselves off, demonstrate their tourist sights, infrastructure, and the way football matches are watched here.

"Kyiv proved that it could organize the championships excellently. Security was at the top level here. During such big events people usually challenge stereotypes," he said.

According to Monatzeder, Ukraine should be proud of its achievements during the championship.

"There are new stadiums, roads, hotels, and airport terminals. It's important that a very good sports infrastructure was created, thanks to which you may enjoy further development. I think we're not speaking about a one-time event. All this should be further developed," he said.

Monatzeder added that Ukraine should expect an increase in tourist flows because of the championship.

"Everyone who visited Ukraine and enjoyed it will share their impressions with their friends and return to you. When many people come to a country, the country changes – structural units of cities are changed and residents borrow something good from their guests," the deputy mayor said.

Monatzeder also said that he supports Germany's team and hopes to come to support it in the final match in Kyiv. 

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