Poland got such a boost from hosting the 2012 European football championships that many here think the country should replace Barcelona as the benchmark for benefits of sports competitions.
Two women walk by the Euro 2012 football fanzone near the Palace of Culture in the center of Poland's capital Warsaw on June 4, 2012. ©AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI
The "Barcelona Effect" is economists' jargon for the long-term positive economic effect of hosting a major sporting event, in reference to the 1992 Olympics.
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