We've all heard the stories about how the 2010 World Cup is a "looming disaster." How South Africa, gifted a tournament it was not ready to host, would fail to get stadiums built and that some other big, rich country would need to sweep in and save the day. Germany and, as always in these types of stories, the U.S. were often mentioned.
Well, now it appears that there is another major international football tournament that is getting a bit concerned about what its hosts are doing.
Ukraine and Poland are struggling to get it done in preparations for Euro 2012. Once again Germany is ready to "help" by taking the thing off Ukraine's hands. So far the U.S. hasn't been mentioned, what with it not being in Europe and all, but it's probably only a matter of time (I'm joking, of course, but the Euro's could probably be held outside of Europe. The tournament's reach is that big. And, it wouldn't shock me if it happened one day).
Outside of a civil war or massive environmental disaster, the 2010 World Cup was never getting pulled from South Africa. FIFA had too much emotional investment in the symbolism of it. But, somehow it seems less likely that UEFA is going to go out of its way to keep Ukraine and Poland happy. And, the plug would be pulled sooner rather than later.
Watch this story closely.