Friday, April 13, 2012
UEFA Euro 2012
The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to, as Euro 2012, will be the 14th European Championship for national football teams sanctioned by UEFA. The final tournament will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine between 8 June and 1 July 2012. It is the first time that either nation has hosted the tournament. This bid was chosen by UEFA's Executive Committee in 2007.
The final tournament features sixteen nations, the last European Championship to do so (from Euro 2016 onward, there will be 24 finalists). Qualification was contested by 51 nations between August 2010 and November 2011 to join the two host nations in the tournament. The winner of the tournament gains automatic entry to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup hosted by Brazil.
This First Day Cover was issued on 21.3.2012. Some philatelists have criticized the shape of the circular stamp, the colour combination on the mini sheet. I personally think it is quite satisfactory.