Poland and Ukraine, while no doubt fresh and unexpected, "will not be easy," said Wilson. Start with the small problems: scale. It takes 34 hours and two time zones to travel from Wroclaw, the westernmost city in Poland, to Donetsk, in Eastern Ukraine. Stadiums will also need major renovations, already underway in Donetsk as well as a few Polish cities, and hotels need to be built. Security, a problem in both Poland and the Ukraine, will certainly prove to be a massive undertaking. All of this will be very expensive and require outside investment.
But Wilson stresses that it's also a fantastic opportunity, and a clear statement about "the direction UEFA will take under Michel Platini's presidency." Wilson points out that the Frenchman was largely elected thanks to the support of the East, which he stressed the importance of developing during his campaign. Now he's repaid their faith.