Can Euro hosts create history together?
For a man responsible for delivering the first major sporting event in a former communist country since the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Borys Kolesnikov appears to be handling the pressure well.
"We will be ready", Ukraine's Vice-Prime Minister proudly told me repeatedly during an interview to discuss his country's somewhat fraught preparations for Euro 2012.
Kolesnikov's office was straight out of the Cold War, with phones connected to the Kremlin, and a world map centred on Moscow. But it was also festooned with official Euro 2012 memorabilia. For Ukraine, it's clear that this is a big opportunity to look forward, and towards the west.
Two years ago, Uefa thought long and hard about stripping the country of European football's showpiece event, such was the level of concern following a series of missed construction deadlines and failed inspections.
After years of reliance on the federation's traditional territories of Holland & Belgium, Portugal, and then Austria & Switzerland, taking the event further east than ever before seemed too much of a risk.
But today, with work on its four host-stadia already completed, including perhaps the most beautiful I've ever seen at the reconstructed Olympic Stadium in Kiev which will play host to the final, Kolesnikov will take his seat at the draw ceremony at the National Palace of Arts and bask in the knowledge that Ukraine has proved the doubters wrong.
An ill-advised and now abandoned slaying of the capital's stray dogs provoked bad publicity and some preparations in the western city of Lviv are behind schedule but, overall, the mood is triumphant.
"If you don't bring tournaments to places like this we will never develop" says Kolesnikov. "We have built new stadia, new roads, new airport terminals, new hotels."
Twenty years after independence, Ukraine is relishing the opportunity to welcome the rest of Europe to its host cities in a way this former Communist country has rarely done.
Unlike in neighbouring Poland, where their status as co-hosts is remarkably low-key, the sense of participation in Kiev is palpable. In Independence Square a gigantic screen projects images of the Ukrainian national team.
A sparkling new terminal will soon greet visitors at the airport. For those fans with a sense of adventure, and who can handle the unfamiliar Cyrillic signage, places like Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lviv will provide a fascinating experience.
And yet, for all Ukraine's excitement and appeal to the football tourist, doubts remain over its suitability as a host.
Kevin Miles of the Football Supporters' Federation says the event will present England fans with the greatest challenge they've ever faced at a European finals.
A visit to Kiev's beautiful, Soviet-era railway station, from where antiquated trains travelling to the other Group D host city Donetsk take a full 12 hours, shows why.
Fans crossing between the two co-hosts will also require patience as different rail gauges require the wheels to be changed between Ukraine and Poland. There are still no motorways in Ukraine.
And in order to satisfy Uefa's minimum requirement of hotel rooms for a semi-final city, Donetsk has been forced to include all those within a 250-mile radius, such is the shortage.
Poland and Ukraine have invested billions to ensure a successful tournament. Photo: Getty
In Poland, the concerns are more to do with visitor safety. An Independence Day riot in Warsaw last month was a stark reminder of the kind of violence that has marred the co-hosts' football for years. May's Polish Cup Final between Legia Warsaw and Lech Poznan descended into large-scale clashes between rival sets of thugs.
Racism is an issue, too, with offensive banners and chanting a regular feature at league matches. From his base in Warsaw, Dr Rafal Pankowski of Never Again, an anti-racist organisation part of the Fare (Football Against Racism in Europe) network, tells me that more than 200 cases of anti-semitic or racist propaganda have been recorded in the last year-and-a-half at matches in Poland and Ukraine, "and that's just the tip of the iceberg".
Pape Samba Ba, a Senegalese international who plays for Odra Opole in the Polish league, has been on the receiving end. The 29-year-old has played in Poland for nine seasons, but had to leave his previous club because he was repeatedly abused - by the home fans.
"I just didn't understand why they did it," he tells me in the shadow of Warsaw's impressive new Olympic Stadium, where the tournament will begin. "This was my own fans. They would scream at me, throw lighters, and tell me to go back to Africa.
"It's getting better here, but if Poland are drawn to play against England or France who they know have plenty of black players, it could happen [at Euro 2012]."
Kristoph Pohorecki, executive director of Euro 2012 in Poland, denies that racism will rear its head next summer.
"It does happen and it is a pity," he tells me. "But Poland has a responsibility to welcome the world here. We will be very tough with anyone who spoils the festival of football.
"There will be no offensive banners or flags allowed in the stadium. Outside the grounds I do not see there will be a problem. We know how to police these events."
Poland has spared no expense preparing for Euro 2012 with 18 billion euros spent upgrading the country's infrastructure. There is a sense that they know they cannot afford to fail.
Two decades after they emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, Poland and Ukraine have a golden opportunity to live up to the tournament's motto, and 'Create History Together'.
Two countries previously hidden can put on an unforgettable show for those who travel here, and prove Uefa was right to take football eastwards. European football's elite are about to discover their Euro 2012 fate.
For Poland and Ukraine, the task of proving fitting hosts is well underway.