One hundred and fifty children from the Chernobyl disaster regions in Ukraine and Belarus have arrived in Kiev ahead of Tuesday's European Championship game between Sweden and France.
UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) President Michel Platini invited the children to the match as a gesture of goodwill.
UEFA have joined together with Ukraine's Children of Chernobyl Relief and Development Fund to provide an unforgettable experience for 150 children and orphans affected by the 1986 disaster.
UEFA President Michel Platini extended an invitation to the children and their carers to watch the European Championship game between Sweden and France, and the lucky few touched down in Kiev ahead of Tuesday's game.
16-year-old Victor Tiomny very excited to see the Euros in action.
SOUNDBITE (Russian): 16-year-old Victor Tiomny:
"I dreamed about it, and when I heard that the Euros would be held in Ukraine I immediately wanted to go to any of the matches. And when the opportunity came for me I grabbed it. I am very pleased."
It's estimated more than five million people remain in "contaminated territories" in Ukraine and Belarus, and many more have been affected by disabilities and chronic illness as a result of the catastrophe 26 years ago.
Despite its gesture, UEFA has been criticised for its decision not to make a charitable donation to the Chernobyl victims as part of the social projects it has opted to support during Euro 2012.
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The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments
|2008||Spain||Germany||Russia / Turkey|
|2004||Greece||Portugal||Netherlands / Czech Republic|
|2000||France||Italy||Netherlands / Portugal|
|1996||Germany||Czech Republic||France / England|
|1992||Denmark||Germany||Netherlands / Sweden|
|1988||Netherlands||Soviet Union||Italy / West Germany|
|1984||France||Spain||Denmark / Portugal|
|1972||West Germany||Soviet Union||Belgium|