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Video Profile: Welcome to Warsaw - the venue for Poland v Greece will tell you everything you need to know about the European Championship's impressive stadiums and host cities

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and will host the opening clash of Euro 2012 between the co-hosts and Greece on Friday as the summer showpiece finally kicks off.

With a population of over 1,700,000, Warsaw is also the largest city in the country and the National Stadium, which houses domestic sides Legia and Polonia Warsaw, will also be the venue when Russia take on Franciszek Smuda's men on June 12 and then Hellas on June 16.

The staidum will also welcome 50,000 fans to witness the winner of Group A take on the runner-up from Group B, likely to be Netherlands, Germany or Portugal, in the quarter-final, as well as hosting a semi-final later in the tournament.

The city has a history of being involved in war and was essentially flattened during World War II, but is now known for its rich history in the Arts; the area has been graced by a number of famous faces, such as composer Frederic Chopin and two-time Nobel prize winner Marie Curie.

You can read more about the cities that are playing host to Euro 2012 matches by clicking here.