Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Euro 2012 Rosters Released Under Racism Cloud

The final rosters from the 16 teams competing in next month’s European Championship in Poland and Ukraine were released Tuesday. UEFA has the final lists here, or see below. There were few surprises, as most teams had narrowed their rosters earlier.
For example, England Coach Roy Hodgson replaced the injured Gareth Barry with Everton’s Phil Jagielka and continued to pray that his team can avoid serious trouble until Wayne Rooney’s suspension ends. France Coach Laurent Blanc dropped the rusty midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, whose unpopular presence in the lineup at the 2010 World Cup had reportedly been one reason the team mutinied that summer. And Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli dropped one defender under investigation for match fixing, Domenico Criscito, but took another who is in the same boat, Leonardo Bonucci.
Prandelli also decided to include the controversy magnet Mario Balotelli on his team, after warning him to watch his temper and only hours after the BBC program Panorama broadcast a frightening report about the racism, violence and anti-Semitism that it said were common in stadiums in Poland and Ukraine, including some that will host games during Euro 2012. Before moving to England to join Manchester City, Balotelli was frequently booed by far-right fans of his old club, Inter, and of Italy’s national team. He told The Telegraph that he would walk off the field if he was subjected to racial abuse during the tournament, or worse.
“If someone throws a banana at me in the street, I will go to jail, because I will kill them,” he said.
The families of several England players have said they will not travel to the tournament out of fear for their safety, and the former England defender Sol Campbell — appearing on Panorama — warned anyone else considering going to stay home. That drew angry responses from the host countries on Tuesday, who called the report insulting and xenophobic.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said: “Nobody who comes to Poland will be in any danger because of his race.”
“This is not our custom, as is not pointing out similar incidents in other countries, although we know they take place. In Poland, they’re a rarity,” he told a news conference in Rome.
In Kiev, Ukraine’s foreign ministry went further, saying the allegations were a “dreamed up and mythical problem.”
“You can criticize Ukrainian society for a lot of things … but, in the practice of racism, European Union member countries are a long way ahead of Ukraine,” the ministry spokesman Oleh Voloshyn said in comments reported by Interfax news agency.
The BBC video, of course, tells a different story, and if ultra-right fans have a problem with black players, maybe it’s them that should plan on staying home, since nearly every team in the field has at least one. The English, the French, the Germans, the Dutch — even the Czechs and the Danes, for Pete’s sake. This is what Europe looks like now.
Back to the rosters.
Ireland’s Robbie Keane is the only player from Major League Soccer on any of the rosters, but Sporting Intelligence breaks the teams down in any number of ways and teases out a few other interesting tidbits.
¶ England is the only team with an entirely home-based roster — all 23 players are employed by Premier League teams. (Russia and Ukraine are tied for second, with 21, and 20 of the Italians play in Italy.) In fact, 21 percent of the players in the tournament are based in England, and more than half of the total (368) compete in the continents’ big four leagues: England (79), Germany (48), Spain (33) and Italy (31).
At the other end of the scale, no Irish players at all play their club football in Ireland. Only three of the Sweden team play in Sweden, only four of the Croatia team play in Croatia and only six of the Poland team play in Poland.
Sweden’s 23 players play in a remarkable 13 different leagues: in England, Germany, Italy, Russia, France, Greece, Netherlands, Turkey, Denmark, Scotland, Belgium, Sweden and Saudi Arabia. (Christian Wilhelmsson with Al-Hilal for those asking).
¶ Bayern Munich employs the most players (13), and Real Madrid is next (11). But Dynamo Kiev (10), Shakhtar Donetsk (8) and Zenit St. Petersburg (8) are also in the top 10, and CSKA Moscow had seven of its players included, showing the centralization of soccer talent in Ukraine and Russia.
The complete lists (via The Associated Press):
Czech Republic:
Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Chelsea), Jaroslav Drobny (Hamburg), Jan Lastuvka (Dnipropetrovsk).
Defenders: Theodor Gebre Selassie (Liberec), Roman Hubnik (Hertha Berlin), Michal Kadlec (Bayer Leverkusen), David Limbersky (Viktoria Plzen), Tomas Sivok (Besiktas), Marek Suchy (Spartak Moscow).
Midfielders: Tomas Hubschman (Shakhtar Donetsk), Petr Jiracek (Wolfsburg), Daniel Kolar (Viktoria Plzen), Milan Petrzela (Viktoria Plzen), Vaclav Pilar (Viktoria Plzen), Jaroslav Plasil (Bordeaux), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal), Vladimir Darida (Viktoria Plzen), Frantisek Rajtoral (Viktoria Plzen).
Forwards: Milan Baros (Galatasaray), David Lafata (Jablonec), Tomas Necid (CSKA Moscow), Tomas Pekhart (Nuremberg), Jan Rezek (Anorthosis Famagusta).
Goalkeepers: Costas Chalkias (PAOK), Michalis Sifakis (Aris), Alexandros Tzorvas (Palermo).
Defenders: Vassilis Torosidis (Olympiakos), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Werder Bremen), Avraam Papadopoulos (Olympiakos), Jose Holebas (Olympiakos), Stelios Malezas (PAOK), Giorgos Tzavelas (Monaco), Yiannis Maniatis (Olympiakos), Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Schalke).
Midfielders: Giorgos Karagounis (Panathinaikos), Costas Katsouranis (Panathinaikos), Giorgos Fotakis (PAOK), Costas Fortounis (Kaiserslautern), Yiannis Fetfatzidis (Olympiakos), Sotiris Ninis (Panathinaikos), Grigoris Makos (AEK Athens).
Forwards: Georgios Samaras (Celtic), Dimitris Salpigidis (PAOK), Costas Mitroglou (Atromitos), Nikos Lymberopoulos (AEK Athens), Fanis Gekas (Samsunspor).
Goalkeepers: Grzegorz Sandomierski (Jagiellonia Bialystok), Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal), Przemyslaw Tyton (PSV Eindhoven).
Defenders: Sebastian Boenisch (Werder Breman), Marcin Kaminski (Lech Poznan), Damien Perquis (Sochaux), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund), Marcin Wasilewski (Anderlecht), Jakub Wawrzyniak (Legia Warsaw), Grzegorz Wojtkowiak (Lech Poznan).
Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund), Dariusz Dudka (Auxerre), Kamil Grosicki (Sivasspor), Adam Matuszczyk (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Adrian Mierzejewski (Trabzonspor), Rafal Murawski (Lech Poznan), Ludovic Obraniak (Bordeaux), Eugen Polanski (FSV Mainz), Maciej Rybus (Terek Grozny), Rafal Wolski (Legia Warsaw).
Forwards: Pawel Brozek (Celtic), Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), Artur Sobiech (Hannover 96).
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vyacheslav Malafeev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Anton Shunin (Dinamo Moscow).
Defenders: Alexander Anyukov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Alexei Berezutski (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Dinamo Moscow), Yuri Zhirkov (Anzhi), Roman Sharonov (Rubin Kazan), Kirill Nababkin (CSKA Moscow).
Midfielders: Igor Denisov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Shirokov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Konstantin Zyryanov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Denis Glushakov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Igor Semshov (Dinamo Moscow), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow).
Forwards: Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal), Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St.Petersburg), Roman Pavlyuchenko (Tottenham), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Stuttgart), Alan Dzagoyev (CSKA Moscow), Marat Izmailov, (Sporting), Alexander Kokorin (Dinamo Moscow).
Goalkeepers: Stephan Andersen (Evian), Anders Lindegaard (Manchester United), Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester).
Defenders: Lars Jacobsen (FC Copenhagen), Michael Silberbauer (BSC Young Boys), Simon Busk Poulsen (AZ Alkmaar), Daniel Wass (Evian), Simon Kjaer (Roma), Daniel Agger (Liverpool), Andreas Bjelland (FC Nordsjaelland), Jores Okore (FC Nordsjaelland).
Midfielders: William Kvist (Stuttgart), Christian Poulsen (Evian), Niki Zimling (Brugge), Jakob Poulsen (FC Midtjylland), Lasse Schone (Nijmegen), Christian Eriksen (Ajax).
Forwards: Dennis Rommedahl (Brondby), Tobias Mikkelsen (FC Nordsjaelland), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Brondby), Thomas Kahlenberg (Evian), Nicklas Bendtner (Sunderland), Nicklas Pedersen (Groningen).
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover).
Defenders: Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund).
Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Mario Goetze (Borussia Dortmund), Ilkay Guendogan (Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Oezil (Real Madrid), Marco Reus (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Andre Schuerrle (Bayer Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich).
Forwards: Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich), Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Lukas Podolski (Cologne).
Goalkeepers: Maarten Stekelenburg (Roma), Michel Vorm (Swansea), Tim Krul (Newcastle).
Defenders: Khalid Boulahrouz (Stuttgart), John Heitinga (Everton), Joris Mathijsen (Malaga), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord), Wilfred Bouma (PSV Eindhoven), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax), Jetro Willems (PSV Eindhoven).
Midfielders: Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona), Mark van Bommel (AC Milan), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Stijn Schaars (Sporting Lisbon), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan), Kevin Strootman (PSV Eindhoven), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham).
Forwards: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Luuk de Jong (FC Twente), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Luciano Narsingh (Heerenveen), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich).
Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon), Eduardo (Benfica), Beto (Cluj).
Defenders: Bruno Alves (Zenit St. Petersburg), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid), Joao Pereira (Sporting Lisbon), Pepe (Real Madrid), Rolando (FC Porto), Ricardo Costa (Valencia), Miguel Lopes (Braga).
Midfielders: Joao Moutinho (FC Porto), Miguel Veloso (Genoa), Raul Meireles (Chelsea), Ruben Micael (Zaragoza), Custodio Castro (Braga), Hugo Viana (Braga).
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Helder Postiga (Zaragoza), Nani (Manchester United), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas), Silvestre Varela (FC Porto), Nelson Oliveira (Benfica).
Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Ivan Kelava (Dinamo Zagreb.
Defenders: Domogoj Vida (Dinamo Zagreb), Vedran Corluka (Bayer Leverkusen), Josip Simunic (Dinamo Zagreb), Gordon Schildenfeld (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ivan Strinic (Dnipro), Danijel Pranjic (Bayern Munich), Jurica Buljat (Maccabi Haifa).
Midfielders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Tomislav Dujmovic (Real Zaragoza), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Luka Modric (Tottenham), Ivan Perisic (Borussia Dortmund), Niko Kranjcar (Tottenham), Milan Badelj (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivo Ilicevic (Hamburg).
Forwards: Ivica Olic (Bayern Munich), Nikica Jelavic (Everton), Mario Mandzukic (Wolfsburg), Eduardo da Silva (Shakhtar Donetsk).
Goalkeepers: Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), David Forde (Millwall).
Defenders: Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Sean St. Ledger (Leicester), Darren O’Dea (Celtic), Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Paul McShane (Hull)
Midfielders: Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Darron Gibson (Everton), Keith Andrews (West Bromwich Albion), Paul Green (no club), Damien Duff (Fulham), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Stephen Hunt (Wolverhampton Wanderers), James McClean (Sunderland)
Forwards: Robbie Keane (Los Angeles Galaxy), Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion), Simon Cox (West Bromwich Albion), Jon Walters (Stoke).
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli).
Defenders: Cristian Maggio (Napoli), Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Federico Balzaretti (Palermo), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Angelo Ogbonna (Torino).
Midfielders: Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain), Antonio Nocerino (AC Milan), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna).
Strikers: Antonio Cassano (AC Milan), Mario Balotelli (Manchester City), Sebastian Giovinco (Parma), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Fabio Borini (Roma).
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona).
Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Jordi Alba (Valencia), Juanfran Torres (Atletico Madrid).
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Juan Mata (Chelsea), Santi Cazorla (Malaga).
Forwards: David Silva (Manchester City), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla).
Goalkeepers: Robert Green (West Ham), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Jack Butland (Birmingham)
Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
Midfielders: Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).
Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Andy Carroll (Liverpool).
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux).
Defenders: Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (AC Milan), Adil Rami (Valence), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon).
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Samir Nasri (Manchester City), Alou Diarra (Marseille), Yann M’Vila (Rennes), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Marvin Martin (Sochaux).
Strikers: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle), Karim Benzema, (Real Madrid), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Jeremy Menez (PSG), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).
Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (PSV Eindhoven), Johan Wiland (FC Copenhagen), Par Hansson (Helsingborg).
Defenders: Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Olof Mellberg (Olympiakos), Andreas Granqvist (Genoa), Martin Olsson (Blackburn), Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion), Mikael Antonsson (Bologna), Behrang Safari (Anderlecht).
Midfielders: Rasmus Elm (AZ Alkmaar), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg), Kim Kallstrom (Lyon), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow), Samuel Holmen (Istanbul), Emir Bajrami (Twente), Christian Wilhelmsson (Al Hilal)
Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan), Johan Elmander (Galatasaray), Tobias Hysen (IFK Goteborg), Ola Toivonen (PSV Eindhoven), Markus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen).
Goalkeepers: Oleksandr Goryainov (Metalist Kharkiv), Maxym Koval (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk).
Defenders: Bohdan Butko (Illychivets Mariupil), Olexandr Kucher (Shakhtar Donetsk), Taras Mikhalik (Dynamo Kiev), Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yevhen Selin (Vorskla Poltava), Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev), Vyacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk).
Midfielders: Olexandr Aliyev (Dynamo Kiev), Denys Garmash (Dynamo Kiev), Oleh Gusev (Dynamo Kiev), Yevhen Konoplyanka (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Serhiy Nazarenko (Tavriya Simferopol), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (Bayern Munich), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev).
Forwards: Andriy Voronin (Dinamo Moscow), Marko Devic (Metalist Kharkiv), Artem Milevskiy (Dynamo Kiev), Yevhen Seleznyov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kiev).

The Footy Show Vodcast — May 29th Euro 2012 Preview: Denmark & Ireland with Miguel Delaney

The Footy Show recaps their Euro 2012 Denmark preview and Kristian Jack flies solo to chat with the Irish Examiner’s Miguel Delaney about Ireland ahead of the tournament in Poland & Ukraine.

Euro 2012 and racism

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — European Championship co-hosts Ukraine and Poland denounced a BBC report that portrayed their fans as racist, and European soccer's governing body reiterated that all foreign guests will be safe.
The BBC Panaroma documentary, titled "Euro 2012: Stadiums of Hate," showed fans in the two nations giving the Nazi salute and taunting black players with monkey noises. Asian students were also shown being attacked at Metalis Stadium in Kharkiv, one of the host venues.
Former England captain Sol Campbell said in the program broadcast Monday in Britain that fans should not travel to those countries because "you could end up coming back in a coffin."
Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Voloshyn said the program was unjust and smacked of arrogance and xenophobia, portraying "Eastern Europe as mentally not equal to the rest of Europe."
"We believe this report is outrageous, done in the best traditions of Soviet journalism," Voloshyn said. "Ukraine is one the leaders in Europe in terms of religious and racial tolerance.
"Nazi symbols can be seen at ... any match in England, but does it mean that fans should not come to London for the Olympics?"
Markian Lubkivsky, UEFA's Euro 2012 director in Ukraine, said foreign fans coming to Ukraine would be safe.
"From UEFA's point of view, I see no threats for citizens of various nationalities to stay in Ukraine," Lubkivsky was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency. He added Campbell's statement was "vexing" for Ukraine.
In Poland, the government body that is organizing Euro 2012 called the accusations of racism "unjust," stressing that Poland has zero tolerance for racism and xenophobia.
"The problem of stadium pathologies, such as xenophobia or racism, is a problem specific to the whole of Europe and not only to Poland," said Mikolaj Piotrowski, a spokesman for the body. "As in every European country, it affects a small minority of those present at the stadiums — unfortunately, a minority that is usually loud and visible in the media."
Referring to Campbell, he said, "Dear Sol, feel invited — feel like at home; in Poland, at our common Euro 2012. Get to know us as we really are."
Poland's Interior Ministry said in statement it would complain to the BBC because its report contained "unjust," biased and unverified opinions. Ministry spokeswoman Malgorzata Wozniak said Polish police were ready to ensure security during the tournament.
Commenting on the program, Campbell urged fans to not go to Poland and Ukraine for Euro 2012, which starts next week.
"Stay at home, watch it on TV. Don't even risk it," said Campbell, who was black.
He added that UEFA was wrong to award the tournament to Poland and Ukraine.
"What they should say is, 'If you want this tournament, you sort your problems out. Until we see a massive improvement ... you do not deserve these prestigious tournaments in your country,'" he said.
Ukraine finds itself under increasing scrutiny and pressure as it prepares to host the championship. Besides the racism accusations, President Viktor Yanukovych is under harsh criticism for the politically tainted jailing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Some critics say Euro 2012 has turned into a public relations disaster for Ukraine.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

FOX Sports, gives for dead to Leo Messi

Leo Messi breathes calm after seeing how ‘Fox Sports’ has given for dead on Twitter. “We announce the sad news that died Leonel Messi by cardiorespiratory arrest during a training # RipMessi”, assured the tweet.
Nearly 300,000 fans in this social network did not know how to react. Some were taken seriously, others joked, but most sought explanations for what happened.
The message barely lasted a few seconds into the account, took to be removed to see the uproar. All indications are that it would have been subjected to a hacker.
Even so, the ‘tuiteros’ have not slow to give their vision of what happened. Paul caves Montaño (@ Paulinson21), for example, believes that he has been a madridista thing. “These real accounts hackeadores already wanted!”
Victor Pernalete (@ VictorPerna) or José Andrés Pacheco (@ aspa43) are two examples of those who were not taken very well the news, asking for explanations to Fox. Under the hashtag # RipMessi you can read some of these complaints, and some other Joker tone.  Fortunately, away from polemics, Messi is still alive and will continue to give joy to football.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

All 32 Home & Away T-SHIRTS Euro 2012 (Photos)

With just few weeks  left until the EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, here’s your  guide to all the 32 outfield strips to be worn at Euro 2012.
 Czech Republic:















What is your favorite t-shirt?
I feel sorry for  Holland & England. They will play in BLACK t-shirt and it will be 30 C.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ukrainians launch hosting project for Euro 2012

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Tired of seeing their country criticized as greedy and unfriendly, a group of Ukrainians on Monday announced a project to provide free accommodation, translation and other services to foreign football fans attending next month's European Championship.
The Friendly Ukraine initiative unites several Web sites and offers such things as rooms, airport pickups and guided tours to football fans free-of-charge. Organizers say accommodation may be modest, but it will come from the heart and will be free.
"Ukraine is a friendly country, Ukraine is a hospitable country," said program coordinator Viktoria Svitlova. "We are changing the image of the Ukrainian people."

UEFA President Michel Platini has called on the government to stop "bandits and crooks" from ripping off fans with exorbitant accommodation prices. There aren't enough hotel rooms and some fans will have to live in camps and Soviet-era student dormitories.
Critics worry such publicity will damage Ukraine's reputation even as officials hope the championships will attract tourists beyond the sports event.
"Positive reviews of Ukraine are very scarce these days, we want to change that," said Ihor Zavilinsky, whose volunteers will take fans on free city tours and provide translation services.
Euro 2012, jointly held with Poland, begins June 8.

Euro 2012 Schedule: Group D

Ukraine will be front and center on the world stage with Poland as the two nations set to co-host the UEFA Euro 2012 Tournament. Unfortunately for Ukraine, it could very easily walk away from the tournament with an 0-3 record.
With a FIFA World Ranking of 50, Ukraine looks to be completely outmatched against the likes of England (ranked 7th), France (ranked 16th) and Sweden (ranked 17th). But as a host nation, anything is possible when playing on your home soil in front of millions of loyal supporters.
Here is the opening round schedule for Group D at the UEFA Euro 2012 Tournament (All Times ET):
Group D
Ukraine (host nation)
Monday, June 11
France vs. England: 12:00 p.m. (Donbass Arena - Donetsk, Ukraine)
Ukraine vs. Sweden: 2:45 p.m. (Olympic Stadium - Kiev, Ukraine)
Friday, June 15
Sweden vs. England: 12:00 p.m. (Olympic Stadium - Kiev, Ukraine)
Ukraine vs. France: 2:45 p.m. (Donbass Arena - Donetsk, Ukraine)
Tuesday, June 19
Ukraine vs. England: 2:45 p.m. (Donbass Arena - Donetsk, Ukraine)
France vs. Sweden: 2:45 p.m. (Olympic Stadium - Kiev, Ukraine)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New EURO regulation changes

Two key amendments to the UEFA EURO 2012 regulations have come into force following their ratification by the UEFA Executive Committee.
The amendments concern paragraph 8.07, dealing with determination of the final rankings of teams who are equal on points at the end of the group matches – and paragraphs 10.08 and (new) 10.09, concerning measures to be taken in the event of a match being abandoned.
Final group rankings
To avoid doubt, and in order to ensure that the criteria related to the direct confrontation between the teams remaining equal in points after the group phase are reapplied, the UEFA Executive Committee decided at its meeting in Istanbul on 20 March 2012 to amend paragraph 8.07 of the Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship 2010–12 as follows – in particular the new clause d) shown in bold:
"If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:
a) Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
b) Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question;
c) Higher number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
d) If, after having applied criteria a) to c), two teams still have an equal ranking, criteria a) to c) are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the two teams in question to determine the final rankings of the two teams. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria e) to i) apply in the order given;
e) superior goal difference in all group matches;
f) higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
g) position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system (see annex I, paragraph 1.2.2);
h) fair play conduct of the teams (final tournament);
i) drawing of lots"
Abandoned matches
At its meeting in Venice on 8 December 2011, the UEFA Executive Committee took the following decision in relation to matches abandoned during the tournament.  
Paragraph 10.08 of the regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship 2010–12 is replaced by the new wording below, and a new paragraph 10.09 is added:
New wording of paragraph 10.08
"If the referee decides to abandon the match, for example because the field is unfit for play, the remaining match time must be played the next day, unless the case is referred to the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body. If, for reasons beyond control, the match cannot be replayed the next day, the UEFA administration will take a final decision.
For the remaining time of the match to be played the next day, or on another date set by the UEFA administration, the following principles apply:
a) the match sheet may contain any of the eligible players who were on the list of 23 players when the match was abandoned, with the exception of players substituted or sent off during the abandoned match. The players who were in play at the time the match was abandoned may not be included on the match sheet as substitutes when the match is resumed;
b) any sanctions imposed before the match was abandoned remain valid for the remainder of the match;
c) players sent off during the abandoned match cannot be replaced and the number of players in the starting lineup remains as it was when the match was abandoned;
d) the teams can make only the number of substitutions to which they were still entitled when the match was abandoned."
New paragraph 10.09
If, for any reason, a match cannot commence, it must be played in full the next day or on another date set by the UEFA administration.
All amendments can be found at the very end of the UEFA EURO 2012 regulations.
The UEFA EURO 2012 final round takes place in Poland and Ukraine between 8 June and 1 July.
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Monday, May 21, 2012

Femen attack EUFA cup again (in Dnepropetrovsk)

As part of the League Trophy Tour of Euro-2012 "Follow the cup!" FEMEN activistsraided a cup in Dnepropetrovsk.

Today at 11:00 am in Dnipropetrovsk journalist international edition Marie Claire citizen of France, along with Emma Aels FEMEN activist Inna Shevchenko topless attacked the UEFA Cup in 2012. Euro-gusyatnitsa Platini was beaten to the ground along with the cabinet, to which was attached after the attack on her FEMEN in Kiev.

Both participating shares have been arrested, along with them were detainedphotographer Marie Claire magazine Veronique French citizen and a journalist beforeVigor magazine Newsweek Poland Poland Alexander Gumovska citizen, a citizen of Australia, the operator FEMEN Kitty Greene managed to escape.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Will Smith Slaps Ukraine Kissing TV Reporter 1+1 channel on Red Carpet (video!)

Will Smith let his homophobia get the better of him today while on the red carpet promoting his new film “Men in Black 3″ in the Ukraine. He pushed back and slapped a foreign reporter who tried to kiss him.
“Whoa hey, what the hell is your problem, man,” Smith said after pushing the reporter away. “Hey, he tried to kiss me on my mouth,” he told the next reporter in line.
Will should take some sensitivity training and learn a little bit about local custom. In the Ukraine and throughout most of Eastern Europe, it’s common for men to kiss each other on each cheek as a greeting.
It’s as common as shaking hands here, which Will did with the reporter before the man leaned in and planted his lips on both of Will’s cheeks.
The incident was caught on tape and showed Smith angrily pushing him away and giving him a light backhand him across the face. Smith who was with his publicist looked irritated, but was laughing about it moments later.
“He’s lucky I ain’t sucker punch him,” the actor said. “It’s all good.”
The television reporter often kisses celebrities; it’s sort of his trademark, according to gossip site TMZ.
For the record, Will just came out in support of gay marriage.
The reporter’s mouth reportedly brushed up against Will’s and ticked off the actor, TMZ reported. If it had been a woman would Smith’s reaction have been the same?