|A more recent photo of the countdown clock|
When we first arrived in Poznan, there was a clock in the old square counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds to Euro 2012. The days at that time were 900 and something. Ed remembers wondering if we’d still be here then and thinking that we probably wouldn’t be.
As we settle in to watch Portugal – Netherlands and Germany – Denmark face off in Ukraine, it’s sad, but not surprising to know that Poland is now out of the running. Before Euro, I heard many Polish people say that the only reason they qualified was because they were hosting; they were guaranteed a spot. This realistic assessment did nothing to reduce the number of balconies sporting Polish banners or the cars decked out with flags (reminiscent of a General’s staff car).
Ed read today that the Polish team visited the fan zone in Warsaw to thank the fans, very classy.