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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Euro 2012: Sights and sounds of Poland

By Patrick Dorsey

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 ESPNFC to offer sights and other delights from each participating nation.

Today: Co-host country Poland, and its feverish supporters -- plus, a listen to the nation's official Euro 2012 song.

Supporters wave scarves before a friendly vs. France in May 2011 at the Legia stadium in Warsaw.
Poland Fans
Fans use more than scarves to show their support, like here in Gdansk at a friendly vs. Germany.
Poland Fans
Fans travel well, too, seen here creatively showing their support at a friendly in Spain.
Poland Fans
Poland football team pride stretches to feverish supporters of all ages...
Poland Fans seen here, with Poland's 'King of Fans' Andrzej Bobowski, who has attended countless matches.

As for the 2012 Euro anthem, those same supporters supposedly aren't all on board. Called "Koko Koko Euro Spoko" and sung by Jarzebina -- an 18-member group that includes several grandmothers -- this folk-inspired tune beat out several pop tracks on a TV contest to become the official song. And reports indicate the choice been divisive in Poland.

One thing that's not divisive, though: Poland supporters' desire to show well in this special Euro 2012.

Euro 2012 Stadium
A nighttime view of the National Stadium in Warsaw, where one of the semifinals will be held.