UEFA Euro 2012: Ukraine ready for action

UEFA Euro 2012, one of soccer's top international competitions, kicks off June 8. In anticipation of this eagerly awaited event, Playbook is teaming up with ESPN FC to offer sights and other delights from each participating nation.

Stuck in a tough group with England and France, Ukraine has plenty of work to do to reach the knockout stage at Euro 2012.

But the nation's work began long before squad managers chose teams and formations and other soccer strategy. As co-host country with Poland, Ukraine has spent weeks, months and years prepping for big party on its home turf.

Here are some impressive images from the buildup to Euro 2012:


Ukraine is making its Euro debut this year. What is the squad's best-ever finish at a major international competition?