Friday, June 29, 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo forgotten at Donetsk airport.




Portugal’s most expensive player, Cristiano Ronaldo, has missed the plane taking his team mates home from Ukraine after their semi-final exit at Euro 2012.
"The organizers of the flight asked me if I wanted to sit in the tail of the plane. And I said: ‘yes’,” Cristiano told the Ukraine-2012 information center. “Sometimes I sit in first, second or third zone. But I agreed to fly in the fifth. Then I went to a cafe to buy a bun, and the plane took off without me. It's not fair! "
Portuguese head coach, Paulo Bento, said that he noticed the absence of his star when it was too late, so Ronaldo had to spend several hours in the Donetsk airport.  
"Buying than bun was a mistake," the Real Madrid player laughed.
Portugal lost to Spain on penalties in Euro 2012 semis, but Ronaldo is still leading the top player rankings at the tournament.
The 25-year-old has scored three goals in five appearances at the European championships and was named the Man of the Match twice.

FEMEN activist capture screen of the main Fan zone in Kyiv


The court has sentenced for five days in jail FEMEN activist Oksana Shachko for screen capturing video of the central Fan zone of the capital of Ukraine Kyiv.
Yesterday the activist managed to climb to 10-meter height of the central screen, fan zone and handcuffed to the construction. The activist was remove only after engaging  a special squad with climbing equipment.
Femen has consistently opposed the organizers of Euro 2012 and  blaming UEFA in sex-alcohol-occupied Ukraine.


We will miss these German Babes in Bikinis in Kyiv at EURO 2012 final match.

With the Euro 2012 in finish line we will miss these German Babes in Bikinis  in Kyiv. 
However, these German passport-carrying stars aren’t the only one.
aly michalka:

 Anne hathaway:
Bridget marquardt:
Heidi montag:

Jessica biel:
Stacy keibler:



 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Euro 2012 Brings Ukraine Closer to Europe


POLAND-UKRAINE BORDER - The Euro 2012 football tournament is well underway in Poland and Ukraine.  It can take some 20 hours to cross between the two countries - so the co-hosted tournament presents unique challenges on the border as fans follow their teams from one city to the next. 

With around 1 million football (soccer) fans expected to cross the Polish and Ukrainian frontier during the European Championship, border authorities on both sides are cooperating in a rare show of unity. Ukrainian guards check passports on Polish territory. Special lanes allow fans to bypass the normal traffic. Guards with the EU’s border agency Frontex are posted here to help out.

Dutch police officer René Hugen is at the Medyka crossing.

“The people are reminded, I think approximately 2 or 3 kilometers before the border, to choose the right lane so the delay for them will be as low as possible," said Hugen.

Border guards are on the look out for human traffickers taking advantage of the simplified controls.

Smuggling from Ukraine and Russia is also big business.
The EU says tobacco contraband costs around $12.5 billion in lost taxes every year.

Smugglers often hide their contraband on trains. Criminal networks on the Polish side collect the goods and sell them in western Europe,  where they can go for 10 times what they cost.
Captain Mariusz Korczynski is head of the local Polish border guard.

“Sometimes we find cell phones hidden underneath the carriages, they are used to lead smugglers to the carriage where the cigarettes are hidden," said Korczynski.

In the north, the Bug River divides the two countries - and smugglers and illegal migrants often try to exploit this unfenced border.

When it’s dry, it is possible to walk across parts of this river. But in the last few weeks and during the Euro 2012 tournament there have been heavy rains in Poland, so the river levels are swollen. That means the smugglers are looking to use boats across the river.

Further south, Polish border guards patrol the mountainous frontier on horseback. This allows them to see over the tall grass.

On the opposite side, Ukrainian border guards use Russian-made vehicles to negotiate the terrain.

Colonel Krook Ivanovich is commander of the local border guard unit.

“We introduced some innovations like this that make border crossing easier without compromising security, as we do not exclude that there might be attempts to smuggle weapons, drugs or cigarettes," said Ivanovich.

Several European leaders have refused to follow their national teams to Ukraine, alleging maltreatment of the jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

It’s cast a shadow over a tournament that was meant to give a boost to Ukraine’s European relations.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Samir Nasri Told Reporter “F*ck You” After France Loss to Spain


France and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri can be a prickly fellow. After France lost 2-0 to Spain, eliminating them from Euro 2012, he was not in the mood to speak to reporters gathered in the mix zone. Here is Reuters’ recap of the incident.
Asked by a reporter for a quote, he answered: “You are looking for shit, you are looking for trouble.”
The reporter replied: “Get lost.”
Nasri then turned back and said “fuck you” followed by a stream of further abuse, inviting the reporter to have a conversation with him man-to-man.
Nasri undoubtedly was frustrated at both the loss and having been surprisingly benched from the French starting XI. That said, earning $288,000 per week to play soccer for a living absolves someone of any hardships that would mollify being a total asshole to someone just trying to do his/her job.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Chinese football fan, 26, dies after going ELEVEN nights without sleep as he watched every single Euro 2012 match

-Time difference means matches are played in the middle of the night
  • -Jiang Xiaoshan would then go and do a full day's work the next day
  • -Sources said drinking and smoking weakened his immune system
  • -He was supporting England and France in the tournament
  • A Chinese football fan died after going 11 nights without sleep as he tried to watch every single kick of the ball of Euro 2012.
    Jiang Xiaoshan, said to be supporting England and France in the tournament, died of exhaustion on Tuesday morning.
    Because of the time difference, he reportedly stayed up each night with friends and then went to work the following day.
    Following the Ireland versus Italy match, www.Sina.com said he went back to his Changsha home at 5am on Tuesday, had a shower, fell asleep and never woke up.
    Friends said the news of his death came as a shock, as he lived a 'relatively healthy life', and had played football for his university team just a couple of years before.
    Following the Ireland versus Italy match, Sina.com said he went back to his Changsha home at 5am on Tuesday, had a shower, fell asleep and never woke up.
    Friends said the news of his death came as a shock, as he lived a 'relatively healthy life', and had played football for his university team just a couple of years before.

  • Sources said, however, that the effect of alcohol and tobacco, combined with the chronic exhaustion, was to blame for his death as it weakened his immune system.
    It is not the first time a Chinese football fan has suffered from trying to keep up with their on-pitch heroes.
    During the Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010 World Cups reports surfaced of people being admitted to hospital after their bodies broke down from not sleeping.
    Sleep deprivation from playing online video games is a huge problem in South Korea.

    A TRAGIC FOOTBALL ADDICTION:

    Jiang Xiaoshan watched:
    21 matches of live Euro 2012 action
    * That equates to 1,890 minutes of football

    * Saw a total of 51 goals
    Earlier this year video game addicts in the country were told they could have the amount of time they spend playing limited to just four hours per day.
    The country's government said it was looking at introducing a 'Cooling Off' system to regulate the time students play in a 24-hour period.
    It wants to stamp out online bullying, and stem a number of suicides attributed to internet and video game addiction.
    Their game will switch off after two hours, where they will be given a 10 minute rest, and can then only log again in once for a maximum two hours in the following 24 hours.
    It follows the Shutdown Law, passed in November, which bans gamers under the age of 16 from playing between midnight and 6am.
    Fears are growing in South Korea that rampant gaming will lead to more deaths if the system is not introduced.
    In February, in Taiwan, a young gamer lay dead in an internet cafe for nine hours before anyone noticed.
    Chen Rong-yu, 23, was thought to have suffered a heart attack after playing League of Legends for 23 hours straight.
    He was apparently still sat on the chair with his hands stretched out in front of the keyboard as if he was still playing in the cafe in New Taipei City.

    Thursday, June 21, 2012

    Euro 2012 Offers Relief For Eurozone Countries In Crisis


    ATHENS, Greece -- Chancellor Angela Merkel watched Germany weather the storm and emerge with flying colors, while other European countries simply floundered.
    Only this time, it wasn't a test of economic strength in the ailing eurozone. It was the first round of the European Championship – a soccer extravaganza lasting 3 1/2 weeks that dishes out elation and disappointment to millions of people from the Irish Sea to the Chinese border.
    Just as Germany has enjoyed growth while other eurozone economies have sunk into recession, its team has emerged unscathed from arguably the toughest group at the tournament after beating Portugal, the Netherlands and Denmark.
    However, Germany hasn't been the only one to prosper at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.
    Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain may be struggling with waves of government austerity drives, high unemployment and either the prospect or the reality of embarrassing bailouts, but their soccer teams are doing just fine.
    Among the 17-nation eurozone's financially troubled nations, only Ireland was sent home this week after failing to reach the quarterfinals. But – just as Irish people have received plaudits for coping so stoically with austerity, their hard-drinking, fun-loving fans have by far been the best of the tournament.
    Important though the sporting stakes may be, the soccer gods have also proved to have a sense of humor.
    Germany will be up against Greece in the quarterfinals in Gdansk, Poland – the biggest contributor to the bailout funds playing against the nation that ignited Europe's debt woes.
    The irony wasn't lost on the Berliner Kurier newspaper, which printed a cartoon Tuesday of a German government spokesman telling the media that "our stance on Greece remaining in the eurozone depends entirely upon how the quarterfinal goes."
    Germany's Bild newspaper put it like this: "Be happy dear Greeks, the defeat on Friday is a gift. Against (German coach) Jogi Loew, no rescue fund will help you."
    Loew refused to be baited, laughingly telling reporters in Gdansk that the German team has a "close relationship" with Merkel.
    "We've reached a deal in which she has no say in picking the lineup and tactics and we not in her political statements," he joked.
    Here's a look at some key soccer results in the prism of the eurozone crisis:
    GREECE 1, RUSSIA 0
    For Greeks who have seen their living standards plummet in the debt crisis, their team's unexpected win against Russia on Saturday night was as much about national validation as sporting prowess. Street celebrations in Athens saw Greeks wrapped in their flag, wearing replica helmets of ancient Greek warriors and waving spears.
    "Greeks are portrayed as garbage abroad, but at least on the field we're not," said 29-year-old high school teacher Alexis Vasiliou.
    Greece may be a debt-engulfed country that's threatening to drag down the entire eurozone, but at least has a soccer team its people are proud of.
    "The spectacle offers people an outlet, an escape to leave behind even for 90 minutes this flood of negativity from the crisis," said Demetris Vestarchis, the owner of Mentor Cafe in the Athens suburb of Thission. "Most Greeks identify with these players who are showing that we're not dead and gone."
    "What the politicians can't do for this country, these players have," said Yiannis Minasian, an unemployed 44-year-old. "These guys have heart and guts, something that politicians don't have."
    ITALY 2, IRELAND 0
    Italy scored a goal in each half to reach the quarterfinals but the mood on the streets of the Italian capital was as listless as its hurting economy.
    Romans packing a pub near the Campo dei Fiori, a popular square, to follow the match on TV. Afterward, they glumly described the victory as a metaphor for the state of the nation, which is facing concerns it could be the next country after Spain to need an international bailout.
    "Look around, do you see people celebrating? No, because although it is a victory, we can only partially feel it," said Marco Cantelli, a 37-year-old banker.
    "This team doesn't even help to forget the crisis. Actually, it makes it worse," said interior decorator Filippo Bich.
    In Dublin, Irish fans walked out of pubs looking disillusioned after their Boys in Green bowed out of the tournament with three straight defeats. Some compared the ineptness of their athletes to the inability of their government leaders to negotiate better bailout terms.
    "We're outgunned on the football pitch and in Europe. We need a win to feel better about ourselves," said Terry Rafferty, a retired Dublin bank manager
    PORTUGAL 2, DENMARK 1
    In Porto, Portugal, fans jumped from bar stools in dismay when their team made mistakes Sunday night. But citizens of this tiny bailed-out country emerged elated and briefly forgot their deep economic misery with communal cries of "Golo!" each time the team scored and finally beat Denmark.
    Flag-waving supporters clogged streets with their cars, honking horns as drivers and passengers yelled "Portugal!" over and over. However, fans said the mood was much more subdued than during Euro 2004, which was held in Portugal, when the country's economy was charging ahead following its adoption of the euro.
    After years of overspending, Portugal took a bailout last year and now has high unemployment, recession and harsh austerity measures imposed by creditors.
    "We can have a break from the crisis of at least a month with Euro 2012, but I think both are coexisting, the cheerful mood and the crisis," said Ricardo Teixeira, a 30-year-old doctor. "Our life is completely dominated by the crisis."
    Unemployed housekeeper Fatima Santos, 45, watched the game on large-screen TVs in Porto's main plaza – happy to forget her economic worries for a few hours.
    "Right now with the crisis we do what is possible to enjoy life," she said. "Being depressed isn't worth it and giving up would be like dying."
    SPAIN 1, CROATIA 0
    Spain's late goal Monday night against a skillful Croatia generated whoops of joy in Madrid's packed bars after a particularly depressing day. The country's risk of needing an international bailout increased dramatically when its key bond interest rate hit an unsustainable rate of more than 7 percent – a figure that had previously prompted Greece, Ireland and Portugal to ask for bailouts.
    Fans said the win was redemption for a proud country and maybe – just maybe – a sign that Spain will emerge from its crushing financial chaos intact.
    "Spain's economy is against the ropes, but watching our team struggle, suffer and win against tough opposition inspires us to think that if you work hard you can overcome," said Diego Escalante, a 28-year-old lawyer. "You can read a lot into this beautiful sport and translate it to life. Preparation and talent make up the base, and teamwork adds the cherry on top. Many Spaniards are talented, excellently prepared and educated to good levels. If we work together we will come through this."
    Sales executive Ramona Zulma, 37, said her country's Euro 2012 performance showed that Spain is capable of achieving great things.
    "Spain is not a backwater," she said. "It is a country that has worked hard to get where it is, and it is so sad and depressing to see that for reasons that many of us barely understand we are now suffering economic difficulties."

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    FEMEN before the match France vs Sweden

    Arrested and beaten FEMEN activists , protesting against the Euro 2012, will have night in detention cell at Herzen 9. Pay attention to the fact that two of the prisoners did not participate in the action and have been detained illegally.

    France reaches Euro 2012 quarters despite 2-0 loss to Sweden


    Sweden fan holds fake dead french cock.
    KIEV, Ukraine — France was outplayed, outfought and outscored, and that was against a team with nothing to play for.
    With world champion Spain now waiting in the quarterfinals of the European Championship, things better improve quickly for the French to stand a chance of going any further.
    France limped into the knockout round of Euro 2012 despite a 2-0 loss to Sweden in their final group game, showing just how much the team still needs to improve to be true contenders in the tournament. The French finished second in Group D after England beat Ukraine 1-0, and will face Spain on Saturday in the quarterfinals.
    “You have to be optimistic to think that we can beat Spain, but it’s hard right now to imagine that we can. We have to do better on Saturday,” France coach Laurent Blanc said. “We wanted to finish top of the group but couldn’t manage it, so we have to deal with that.”
    France’s 23-game unbeaten streak came to a crashing end as the already-eliminated Swedes exposed frailties in the back four and neutralized the dual attacking threat of Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery.
    The Swedes dominated proceedings for much of the game and Zlatan Ibrahimovic broke the deadlock with a piece of artistry in the 54th minute, sending a spectacular volley past helpless goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Sweden had plenty of chances to add a second before Sebastian Larsson finally did in injury time to secure the team’s first points of the tournament.
    “We really wanted to win this game for the fans, their support has been fantastic,” Ibrahimovic said. “We wanted to finish this strongly for them.”
    Perhaps France can still do the same, but the team has big problems to solve in both defense and attack.
    “We were too average in too many areas to hope to win this match,” Blanc said. “The Swedish team played with all their hearts, they were better prepared than us. They had a player in their ranks (Ibrahimovic) who made the difference. If you analyze the game, we were in trouble for most of it.
    “We’re very disappointed with how we played. The main thing is that we’ve qualified.”
    England finished with seven points, while France had four and Ukraine and Sweden bowed out with three each.
    France looked lackluster throughout much of the game and lacked clinical finishing when it did threaten the Swedish goal.
    Substitute Jeremy Menez had France’s best chance to equalize when he broke into the area in the 81st minute but his low shot was stopped by goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson’s leg. From the resulting corner, Olivier Giroud headed just wide.
    Benzema was largely ineffective again and remained scoreless at the tournament. Ribery had France’s best chance in the first half when the ball fell to him on the left edge of the area but his shot was parried by Isaksson.
    Instead, it was Ibrahimovic who stole the show with another spectacular goal to add to his resume. The tall AC Milan striker met Larsson’s cross from the left and put himself nearly sideways in the air before striking the ball perfectly past Lloris.
    “It was a perfect cross from Seb,” Ibrahimovic said. “The whole team played a fantastic game today.”
    Lloris then single-handedly kept France in the game over the next few minutes as Sweden kept pressing, making point-blank saves to deny Christian Wilhelmsson and Olof Mellberg.
    Larsson finally added the second by emphatically volleying a rebound into an empty net, giving the large contingent of Swedish fans a reason to celebrate.
    “It’s mixed emotions right now,” Sweden coach Erik Hamren said. “We should be happy with the victory and the performance. ... But at the same time, there’s a sense of sadness in us all because we would have wanted to stick around a bit longer.”
    Lineups:
    Sweden: Andreas Isaksson, Andreas Granqvist, Olof Mellberg, Jonas Olsson, Martin Olsson, Anders Svensson (Samuel Holmen, 79), Kim Kallstrom, Sebastian Larsson, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Emir Bajrami (Christian Wilhelmsson, 46), Ola Toivonen (Pontus Wernbloom, 78).
    France: Hugo Lloris, Mathieu Debuchy, Gael Clichy, Philippe Mexes, Adil Rami, Yann M’Vila (Olivier Giroud, 83), Alou Diarra, Hatem Ben Arfa (Florent Malouda, 59), Franck Ribery, Samir Nasri (Jeremy Menez, 77), Karim Benzema.

    Shevchenko wants to play 1 last Ukraine match


    The Ukraine captain confirmed his competitive career was over after a 1-0 loss to England on Tuesday, which eliminated his team from the European Championship.
    However, Shevchenko wants to play one last match for his country to thank his fans for their support throughout his career.
    "If it's possible, I will play one more game,'' Shevchenko said. "It will probably be one of the friendlies. I will ask for the organization of this match.''
    It wasn't a fitting end to his 111-match international career in which he scored 48 goals - more than three times as many as any other Ukrainian player.
    Shevchenko didn't start the must-win match for Ukraine because of a left knee injury and came on as a substitute in the 70th minute. Fans chanted "Sheva, Sheva'' but he couldn't help the team mount a comeback.
    Long before Euro 2012, Shevchenko announced that the tournament would be his last after persistent knee and back problems weighed him down in recent seasons.
    He is not the predatory striker he was in his heyday when he regularly scored more than 20 goals per season for AC Milan, and he recently said he would not be able to play three full matches a week.
    Still, Shevchenko proved to be of great value for Ukraine at Euro 2012, scoring twice in helping the co-host beat Sweden 2-1 in their opening match last week.
    The 2004 European Football of the Year, who is without a club after his contract at Dynamo Kiev expired, believes the Ukraine team has a fruitful future ahead without him.
    "I think there is a time to give the opportunity to the younger players,'' Shevchenko said. "They have a very good future.''
    The striker said the squad's younger players have gained valuable experience at Euro 2012 - only the second major football tournament in which Ukraine has taken part besides the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
    "It will really give them the opportunity to feel stronger and feel they have played at the highest level of European football,'' Shevchenko said. "I will give them an opportunity to play.''

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

    Campbell you are wrong about Donetsk.


    British football fans protest in Donetsk against "against the unfair coverage in England, the situation in Ukraine." Fans brought to the city center a symbolic coffin in which the Englishman was sitting in a mask of former England captain Sol Campbell.

    The ex-captain of the "three lions" Campbell  said that from the Ukraine, you can return in a coffin. But the English fans like Ukraine here very much and they are so ashamed of his countryman and support hospitable Ukrainians.


    Wayne Rooney Returns for England in Crucial Game


    The quarterfinals are shaping up at Euro 2012. Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece and the Czech Republic have booked berths. Both Russia and Holland, two pre-tournament favorites, crashed out, Holland being the biggest shock losing all three games in their group. Heads will roll in Amsterdam. Tomorrow’s final group games pair France against Sweden with Ukraine taking on England. Ukraine need to win to make it through. Standing in their way, one Wayne Rooney, England’s talisman. Soccer writer and guest blogger, Luke James, sketches him out below -
    English supporters see Wayne Rooney as the returning hero in the game against Ukraine on Tuesday. A tie or a win will see England through to the quarterfinals.
    Wayne Rooney is a perfect example of how The Beautiful Game can transform lives. Born in 1985 into a working class family in Liverpool, Rooney started his career at the age of nine with local team Everton’s youth program. He stuck with the program and made his Everton first team debut in 2002. Two years later, at just 19 years of age Rooney signed to Manchester United for £25.6 million. Since Rooney arrived Manchester United have won the Premier league 4 times, the UEFA Champions League, and two League Cups. In April 2011 he scored his 180th United goal making him the fourth highest United goal scorer of all time. Expect him to move up that ranking towards Sir Bobby Charlton’s record. His achievements have made him a global star – last year, more replica Manchester United Rooney shirts were sold throughout the world than any other Premier League player.
    There is a perception that Rooney may not be the brightest bulb. Wayne sports a tattoo “Just Enough Education to Perform.” But his football mind is brilliant. In David Winner’s superb article,Beautiful Game, Beautiful Mind, in ESPN Magazine last month, he posits this observation about Rooney, “Behind his prominent brow and famously thick skull resides an under appreciated mind.” Rooney confirmed that he uses visualization techniques, seeing himself scoring goals. Mental imagery and repetitive training are thought to build neural pathways like programming a computer. When Rooney turns on, he’s lightning fast. He’s the hard drive England need tomorrow.

    Monday, June 18, 2012

    FEMEN revenge police spokesman for Donetsk

    With this inhuman act activist of FEMEN revenge to police spokesman for disinformation about recognizing the fact of kidnapping FEMEN activists in Donetsk by Ukrainian special forces and lie about their lawful "detention" by police.

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

    Russian national team players almost came to fight with their fans


    Russian national team players after the defeat of Greece in the third round of Euro 2012 almost came to fight with their fans in a hotel in Warsaw.
    This was reported by the journalist of the newspaper Soviet Sport, Alexander Zilbert, who witnessed the incident.
    "A couple of hours after the game at the team I was a witness unspeakable random scenes. Drunk, and extremely wealthy fans (and others can not live in the same hotel where the room costs about 600 euros) in the face insulted and humiliated the Russian players. The status of the elite guests, apparently, was so high (one of them saluted the title of deputy State of Duma (Russian parlament)), which is even present at the incident, security officials RAF could not do anything with him. As a result, the players, in particular, Arshavin and Sharonov, did defend their honor and dignity. "- he said.
    It should be noted that head coach Dick Advocaat, and President of the Russian Football Union (RFU) Sergei Fursenko did not wait for football players and left Poland apart from the rest of the delegation.

    EURO 2012 Joke from Joachim Löw


    Saturday, June 16, 2012

    Happy faces from England. Sweden vs England.






    Irish supporters we will miss you!


    OCEANA ENDLESS SUMMER EURO 2012 KYIV VOLUNTEERS FLASH MOB


    Repression against FEMEN in Donetsk.

    Activists FEMEN found in the morgue hospital in Donetsk.June 16 at 01.05 FEMEN activists came to us from the hospital morgue in Donetsk, where they were held by employees of the Security Service of Ukraine for the medical examination for the absence of the beating.According to Alexander Shevchenko, all three activists, who left a share, were captured by special forces of the SBU with brute force in different parts of the city of Donetsk. Surveillance of activists was conducted immediately after their arrival at the South Busstation Terminal City. All the activists were kidnapped in the spirit of Chicago, Donetsk understanding of human rights - in broad daylight they pushed him into a car, personal belongings confiscated, mobile phones and taken to the nearest police station premises. During the arrest activist Anna Bolshakova slapped in the face. Activists FEMEN conducted the interrogation, under the moral pressure and without communication with the outside world about 9 hours. There they were in the Donbass jargon explained reasons for their detention. In a sarcastic question of Alexandra, "You were afraid that for Yanukovich," one of the blockhead eloquently said: "We fuck Yanukovych, we Renat's guards."After the interrogation, the girls were taken at night on the Donetsk railway station.FEMEN notes increased repression against the organization with the advent of Euro 2012, the headquarters of the movement in St. Michael's 21 is under the constant supervision outside of the SBU, and telephones leaders of the organization is systematically bugged.

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

    Ukrainian dog hunter Alex Vedula sentenced to four years in prison.


    Ukrainian dog hunter Alex Vedula sentenced to four years in prison.
    For the first time in Ukraine, the court gave a penalty of imprisonment
    for cruelty to animals. The guy did not have problem with police before and has positive
    characteristics.
    19-year-old Alex abused  very badly puppy, filming the process of killing them
     on the mobile phone camera. And after uploading the video on the Internet. At the court he explained
     that he mocked the puppies to show authorities, as many appeared homeless animals in Ukraine.
    Psychiatric examination revealed that Alex is absolutely healthy. By the way, Alex Vedula
     had an accomplice - 19-year-old Roman Polibino, who filmed the process of killing animals.
     His court also sentenced to four years in prison, but suspended for 3 years. This means that
     Polibino may not be planted if it is within three years did not violate the law.
    Those present at the court welcomed the court verdict with applause.
    Sad but on the very next day volunteers found 10 bodies of dead dogs.

    UEFA fined the Russian football association 120,000 euros.


    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Russia could be deducted six points in its qualifying group for the next European Championship if its fans turn violent again at Euro 2012.

    UEFA fined the Russian football association 120,000 euros ($150,000) on Wednedsay because its fans attacked stadium stewards at a match last week in Poland. UEFA also gave the federation a suspended six-point deduction for a repeat offense.
    “This decision is suspended for a probationary period running from now until the end of the playoffs of the next UEFA European Football Championship,” UEFA said in a statement.
    Russia can appeal the verdict within three days.
    Russian fans were filmed fighting with stadium staff in Wroclaw after a 4-1 win over the Czech Republic last Friday.
    Police said violence flared when stewards tried to detain a man they believed threw a firecracker. Four stewards were treated at a hospital but were not seriously injured.
    Russia’s fine was also imposed by UEFA’s disciplinary panel because of the thrown firework and for fans displaying “illicit banners.”
    An anti-discrimination monitoring group reported seeing nationalist flags adopted by far-right activists.
    UEFA rules hold football associations responsible for their fans’ behavior inside stadiums.
    Some Russian fans were involved in violent clashes, largely provoked by Poles, in Warsaw on Tuesday before and during the match against the co-hosts. UEFA cannot sanction federations for incidents that occur away from stadiums.
    Russia is likely to find out its Euro 2016 qualifying group — of five or six teams — in less than two years. Euro 2016 in France has been expanded to 24 nations, meaning the two top teams in each group will automatically advance. Third-place teams should get a final chance to advance through the playoffs.
    Russia’s fine could be deducted from the Euro 2012 prize money and results bonuses UEFA pays to the 16 competing nations in Poland and Ukraine. The country has earned (euro) 9.5 million ($11.9 million) so far, and would collect more than (euro) 20 million ($25.2 million) if it wins the tournament.
    Russia faces further “improper conduct” charges over its fans’ behavior during a 1-1 draw with Poland in Warsaw on Tuesday. A firecracker was thrown on the field after Russia scored, and at least six black, yellow and white “Russian Empire” flags were displayed at one end of the stadium occupied by Russian fans.
    UEFA is still investigating claims that Russian fans racially abused Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie, who is black.

    Euro 2012: The Two Sides of Russia's Andrei Arshavin


    Andrei Arshavin came to my attention at Euro 2008 the same way a man might find a beautiful woman in a dimly lit bar shortly after a breakup. Back then he got my mind off all that was wrong with Arsenal and offered the promise of something better. And as I watched him on Tuesday, in Russia’s 1-1 draw against Poland, I was reminded of why I once fell for him and why we simply can never be.

    Arshavin was the most exciting player at Euro 2008, and on the back of his swashbuckling play Russia made it to the semifinals. By the time he scored against Holland in the quarterfinals I was drooling lustily over the prospect of seeing him in an Arsenal shirt. Arsenal had lost the iconic talents of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry and become a nursery for Europe’s best teenaged talents. They were good enough to play exciting football but lacking the experience and grit to win close matches in the same manner of the great Gunners teams from earlier in the decade.
    On the evidence of Euro 2008, Arshavin was the missing link to bring back some of the glory days. He was a dribbler who could play behind the forwards, penetrate down the middle, or, if isolated out wide, beat his man one on one. Most importantly, Arshavin could put the ball in the net; he didn’t try to walk it in, either. If Arsenal could add his experience and intrepid play to the budding talents of Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, and Robin Van Persie, they would really have something.
    Arshavin arrived at Arsenal in February 2009. The highlights of the honeymoon period included a sublime solo effort against Blackburn, his four-goal performance against Liverpool, and his long-range goal against Manchester United. But like most rebound relationships, the bloom quickly fell off the Arshavin rose and I was left wondering what the hell happened. I blamed the manager for not giving him the freedom to roam; I blamed his teammates for not getting him the ball in positions where he could be effective. I blamed everyone except Andrei. Soon Arshavin began to sulk, stopped playing hard, and eventually found himself on the bench. Things got progressively worse this season. Arsenal sent him back to Russia on loan and it’s hard to imagine him returning.
    Before Euro 2012 started I thought Arshavin was finished, but the news coming out of Russia was that he had rediscovered his form after a few months playing for Zenit St. Petersburg. In Russia’s 4-1 win against Czech Republic last week, it was Arshavin who was at the center of everything, assisting on two of their four goals. Most upsetting? Arshavin played the identical position he played for Arsenal when he decided to mail it in, inside left of midfield.
    In the first half against Poland on Tuesday night it took Arshavin roughly two and a half minutes to send a dangerous pass behind the Polish defense and he was at it again in the ninth minute. A few minutes before halftime he finally delivered the telling pass from a free kick to give Russia a 1-0 lead before the break. He has now scored or assisted on five of Russia’s last seven goals at the European championships.
    I hadn’t seen Arshavin affect a match like this in almost three years. For an Arsenal fan like me, Tuesday's performance was an infuriating reminder of why I once fell for the Little Tsar. But if the first half left me feeling nostalgic, the second half laid bare all the reasons why Arshavin can’t be trusted.
    Early in the second half Russia had a four-on-three counterattack with Arshavin leading the break. Score there and it’s likely Poland wouldn’t have a way back into the match, but Arshavin laid off a lazy pass that was intercepted. Instead of tracking back like he did in the first half, he just stood there. The wide-open space on the left that he vacated was exploited on Poland’s counterattack, and before you knew it Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski was dispatching the ball into the back of the net for the equalizer.
    For the rest of the match you could see Arshavin camping out in Poland’s half of the field while Poland launched one attack after another down the right flank, leaving Russia’s left back Yuri Zhirkhov exposed. It reminded me of so many Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the past, watching Arshavin mail it in. When the final whistle blew Tuesday night, I was not sure what I had just witnessed. Here was a player who was head and shoulders above everyone on the field for the first 45 minutes, then appeared to be little more than a passenger in the second half. As with all things in sports these days, I looked to LeBron James for an answer.
    Before I settled in to watch the first match of the tournament last week, I caught LeBron’s Game 6 demolition of Boston on replay. Watching LeBron single-handedly defeat the Celtics with a determination and focus I’d never seen from him before, I wondered why he did not play this way more often. It was difficult to reconcile this performance with his 17-point average in last year’s NBA Finals. What is stopping him from delivering that effort on a nightly basis, I wondered? Maybe LeBron has a little Arshavin in him? True, sometimes the ball doesn’t go in the net and sometimes the other team matches your effort, but it is strange to see someone with that level of talent not bring it every night. No one ever wonders why Joel Anthony doesn’t bring it every night. We know why.
    Watching Arshavin in the first half of Tuesday night’s match, I thought of LeBron against Boston. I thought of just how unstoppable the gifted athletes are when they want to be. Because LeBron and Arshavin don’t have the kind of limitations that are easy to see fans create theories and psychoanalyze them. But all too often our theories ignore the simple truths. Poland did not do anything differently in the second half Tuesday night. The game changed because Arshavin changed. And while I was tempted to come up with more excuses for what happened the truth was already there on the field. He is Andrei Arshavin. He plays when he wants.

    Why no Auschwitz visit for French Euro 2012 team.


    The leader of the French Jewish umbrella organisation has expressed surprise that his country's football team did not visit Auschwitz ahead of the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland.
    Several members of the England team spent the day at Auschwitz or visiting other Holocaust sites in Krakow ahead of the opening of the European competition. Teams from Italy, the Netherlands and Germany also organised visits.
    But the French team, which played England in a one-all draw on Monday, is based in the Ukraine and did not arrange a similar visit.
    Noting that England had taken a step ahead of France, CRIF president Dr Richard Prasquier wrote on the organisation's website that the lack of a visit was "shocking".
    He acknowledged that a visit was more difficult for the French team, which is based in Donetsk in the Ukraine, than for the teams based in Krakow.
    "But the plane shortens distances and the fact that the visit does not seem to have been considered is shocking."
    He pointed out that the timing of the visit did not stop the England team from "playing properly three days later. "In light of how football players serve as role models for young people," and because of "the ignorance of many young people" about the Holocaust , he said the team should have visited.
    He said he hoped the French team would reconsider visiting at the end of Euro 2012, adding that he hoped this would be after the players were "victorious" in the tournament.

    Ukraine Party Ruined As Soccer Highlights Orange Revolt Flop


    Ukraine hoped the European soccer championships would showcase its progress since the Soviet Union collapsed. Instead, it’s shining the spotlight on accusations of political repression, graft and aging infrastructure.
    Almost eight years after the bloodless Orange Revolution propelled the country toward closer European integration, the bloc’s leaders are boycotting the tournament, which culminates July 1 in Kiev. They say democratic values have slipped since President Viktor Yanukovych took over in 2010, dislodging the leaders of the protests that overran the capital’s main square.
    That’s left Ukraine’s leader, who’s struggling to secure cheaper energy imports from traditional ally Russia and unlock international aid, looking isolated at a time when the economy is losing steam. Halfway into his five-year term, credit markets signal a 44 percent chance of a Ukrainian default, while Societe Generale SA predicts the hryvnia will be devalued.
    “Euro 2012 is definitely a chance for Ukraine to improve its international image,” Liza Ermolenko, emerging-marketsanalyst at London-based Capital Economics Ltd., said June 1. “Unfortunately, it looks more likely that the exact opposite will happen.”

    Swaps, Hryvnia

    The cost of insuring government debt against non-payment for five years using credit-default swaps has risen to 850 basis points from 460 a year earlier, data compiled by Bloomberg show. The government sees no threat of default, First Deputy Prime Minister Valery Khoroshkovskyi said yesterday.
    The hryvnia may be devalued by 10 percent after parliamentary elections in October, according to Vladimir Tsibanov, an economist for Societe Generale’s OAO Rosbank unit in Moscow. It fell to 8.103 as of 3 p.m. in Kiev from 8.0935 yesterday.
    Viewers worldwide watched in 2004 as millions of Ukrainians braved freezing temperatures to challenge Viktor Yanukovych’s presidential-election win in what became known as the Orange Revolution. The Kiev tent camps, rebuilt as fan areas for Euro 2012, helped sweep opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko to power in a rerun vote, prompting the EU to pledge closer integration.

    Mittal, Raiffeisen

    In years that followed, foreign direct investment surged, while billionaire Lakshmi Mittal paid $4.8 billion for Ukraine’s largest steelmaker and Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) made a $1 billion acquisition. Ukraine joined the World Trade Organization in 2008.
    Still, Yushchenko’s overhaul became bogged down amid infighting with his Orange Revolution ally Yulia Tymoshenko, allowing Yanukovych to become president in 2010.
    Talk of stronger EU ties has run aground after Tymoshenko was handed a seven-year prison sentence in October for abuse of office. The bloc’s leaders say the case is politically motivated and want her released. Yanukovych said in a June 12 interview that her conviction is legally sound.
    Ukrainians “are still suffering under dictatorship and repression,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said May 10. EU Commissioners including Jose Barroso have refused to attend Euro 2012 matches in the country.
    Germany defeated the Netherlands 2-1 in Ukraine’s eastern city of Kharkiv yesterday afterPortugal beat Denmark 3-2 in Lviv, near the country’s western border with co-host Poland.

    ‘Offended Ukraine’

    “Those who declared the boycott offended Ukraine,” Yanukovych said June 12 in an interview. “Ukraine is a very hospitable country, we’ve been preparing for the tournament for so many years and we’ve fought for the right to host it. Let them put themselves in our shoes.”
    The president is also struggling to seal a discount on natural-gas imports from neighboringRussia that would bolster his nation’s public finances and refuses to raise household fuel tariffs to unblock an International Monetary Fund bailout that’s been frozen since last March.
    Gross domestic product grew an average 6 percent a year in 2005-2007 before the global financial crisis sparked by Lehman Brothers Inc.’s 2008 collapse triggered a recession. After expanding 5.2 percent in 2011, GDP may rise 1.6 percent this year as Europe’s debt crisis curbs demand for exports such as steel and grain, Fitch Ratings said May 11.

    Business Climate

    Conditions aren’t conducive for enterprise, according to Mykola Tolmachov, chief executive officer of TMM Real Estate Development Plc, Ukraine’s largest property developer, who said corruption adds as much as 30 percent to his costs.
    “The business climate is very difficult,” he said. “It’s very hard to open a new business and to run it. So many people decide to close down.”
    Ukraine has slipped to 152nd from 134th in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, where a lower score indicates higher perceived levels of graft. That leaves it trailing Uganda and Tajikistan.
    Regulation remains cumbersome even after changes made during Yushchenko’s stint as Ukraine’s leader, according to Cargill Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gregory Page.
    “I expected more from Ukraine” after the Orange Revolution, Page said June 8 in an interview in Kiev. “Things should be easier.”
    While the president recognizes global attention will be on Ukraine, he’s called the soccer tournament an opportunity to promote his nation, with airport and railway investments to provide a legacy for economic prosperity.

    ‘Step Forward’

    “For us, Euro 2012 is a chance to show our country to the world,” Yanukovych said May 30. Infrastructure “is a step forward and represents investments for future generations.”
    Ukraine has spent 11 billion euros ($13.9 billion) on preparations for the championship, according to London-based Capital Economics Ltd. Still, while stadiums and airports were built and renovated, some projects failed to materialize and others haven’t run smoothly.
    A fast-train link between downtown Kiev and the city’s Boryspil airport, planned to ready in time to ferry fans from abroad to their hotels, hasn’t been started.
    While fast trains have been introduced between the four Ukrainian host cities to save supporters from tackling journeys of as much as 1,198 kilometers across Soviet-era roads, tickets only became available two weeks ago, giving fans logistical headaches.
    “It dragged on from March,” said Peter Dutczyn, a British television editor who works in Kiev and chose a slower overnight train for himself and his friends. “It’s really bad service.”
    There were delays June 11 to a fast train and flights to the eastern mining city of Donetsk before the England team’s first game of the tournament, against France.
    With the world watching, Euro 2012 isn’t working in Ukraine’s favor, according to Rob Drijkoningen, who helps manage $12 billion in debt as global head of emerging markets at ING Investment Management in The Hague.
    “Politically, it’s moving in a direction that’s seen as inappropriate,” he said June 8 in a phone interview. “They’re not getting what they should out of it.”