Every time Poland qualified, Poles would get carried away and start talking about the possibility of a “medal”, much like people do with England. Then 2012 came along.
Crossing the line is a tough thing to do, even if you step on someone’s foot or make a mistake that hurts. When the BBC aired their programme just few days before Euro 2012 kicks off, one would think that the state of Polish football is determined by what is happening on the stands. And if you are to believe the programme there is Nazism, racism and anti-Semitism everywhere.
Greece will open next summer’s Euro 2012 tournament against Poland just as they did eight years ago in Portugal, where Otto Rehhagel’s side eventually went on to lift the trophy and surpass expectations of everyone in the game.
The benefits, both from trade and migration, are not just marginal or “nice-to-have”. For a small, open, service-based economy like the UK, they are essential to any growth strategy worthy of the name.
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