With 14 days to go until the mouthwatering clash between Greece and Poland that opens the 2012 edition of the European Championships, the vans are getting their last lick of paint, flags are being sewn but where, where are the tickets?
The FAI estimate that 10,000 Irish fans have tickets for the Croatia and Spain matches and 12,000 have tickets for the Italian match. But with an estimated 20,000 people headed for Polkraine, there will be some Sherlock Holmes type sleuthing going on if one is to nab a ticket.
One route that is proving fruitful for some Balls.ie readers is down to pure economics, what else do Ireland have in common with Italy, Croatia and Spain.. well the recession has barely left any acre of the continent untouched. As with Irish people, other nations have emigrated en masse in recent times and countless times before, but what this does have to do with anything you ask?.. well these Croats, Italians and Spaniards whom have left their home country may be the ticket to your Euro 2012 tickets.
A quick search of Toronto's craiglist brings up the following.
A search of another trading site Kijiji gives you options for later in the tournament for you optimists
Each country is bound to have their own version of donedeal.ie and you will have better luck in places where their is a high concentration of those nationalities and a lack of Irish people.. The usual advice applies, make sure you do your best to validate these tickets before you hand over your cash.. Balls.ie has no responsibility for anything at the best of times. Let us know how you get on and share your advice below..