Saturday, June 2, 2012

Euro 2012: David Beckham calls on English fans to "stay safe" during tournament.

David Beckham has a message for English fans ahead of EURO 2012: Be careful. Amid travel warnings issued for fans traveling to the Ukraine and Poland during the month-long tournament, the former England captain urged his country's supporters to "stay safe" and be "sensible".

David Beckham has called on England supporters to stay safe when they travel to Ukraine to watch the team compete at Euro 2012.
Sol Campbell, a former England defender who played international football alongside Beckham, has warned fans to stay away from the tournament which is being co-hosted by Poland because of concerns over racism and violence.
Racism has been a recurring problem in Ukrainian football and, with England due to face France and Ukraine in Donetsk as well as playing Sweden in the capital Kiev, Britain's Foreign Office has outlined the dangers to supporters.
"Although the vast majority of visitors experience no difficulties, foreign nationals have been the victims of violent crime in Kiev and other major cities," a Foreign Office statement in a fans' guide to the tournament read.
"In some cases, attacks have been racially motivated. Travellers of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent and individuals belonging to religious minorities should take extra care."
England defender Joleon Lescott said his family had decided to stay at home before the warnings were issued, as travelling between the team's match venues promises to be a lengthy and expensive experience.
However, former England captain Beckham said supporters would not be deterred from following the national side.
"Our fans will do what they want," he told ITV's This Morning, a daytime television chat show, on Friday.
"They are passionate about watching England play and watching England perform and win. In the years I have played for England and seen them travel, there are no fans that travel like us."
Previous international tournaments have seen England fans be both the cause and the target of violence.
"They just need to stay safe," said Beckham. "It is as simple as that. We have had it in most competitions that I was involved in.
"There was always talk about our fans and whether they were going to be safe. At the end of the day you are not going to be able to stop fans travelling but everybody has to be sensible."
Meanwhile Beckham, now with the Los Angeles Galaxy, is aiming to be included as one of three-over age players in the Great Britain football team for the London Olympics, having been one of the sports stars who helped the UK capital win the right to stage this year's Games.
"I'm not nervous because I think at the end of the day I'm going to be here no matter what," he said.
"Obviously I've been an ambassador for the Olympics and the Olympic bid since we got it back in Singapore and it's something I've been very proud to be a part of.
"Being part of Seb's (Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee) team that has brought this amazing event to the east end of London where I'm from, I'm very proud of that.
"But obviously I'd love to perform, I'd love to play, I'm very proud to have played for my country (England) 115 times and obviously been captain of the country for quite a few games and quite a few years. I'd love to be involved, but we'll see."

English fans to face topless threat at Euro 2012

The tireless topless activists from Ukraine’s FEMEN women’s rights group have chosen English fans as their primary target at Euro 2012.
FEMEN have already staged a number of provocative acts, including an attempt to break the Euro Cup trophy, as they protest against the football tournament turning their country into a global bordello.
The movement’s leader, Inna Shevchenko, claims the supporters of the English national team – well known for their bad behavior on trips abroad – pose the greatest threat for Ukraine’s fair sex. 

“English fans need to know that if they try to mess with Ukrainian women then we’ll try to mess with them,”
 the 21-year-old said. “The sex industry exploits women, who are so poor and often uneducated.” 
Shevchenko promised that she and her comrades will use their naked breasts to “attack” every English match at the tournament.
England are in Group D for Euro 2012, with co-hosts Ukraine, France and Sweden being their rivals.
Ukraine’s capital Kiev and the city of Donetsk will host the team’s matches in the preliminaries.
Meanwhile, it seems the country’s working girls are actually preparing hard for Euro 2012.
They’ve reportedly not only drastically increased their prices, but have begun studying football terms and the lineups of the arriving teams in order to attract more clients.
There are said to be over 80 thousand women of pleasure in the former Soviet state.

Friday, June 1, 2012

FEMEN red card for the Euro 2012

Yesterday at 10:00 women's movement  FEMEN made an attack with the penises of the
mascot championship "Euro 2012" Slavek and Slavko.
In alternative mascots Blyadeka and Blyadko terms that most accurately reflect the types and designs of the UEFA football championship in Ukraine and Poland. During the campaign activists FEMEN also decorated with a flower word "Fuck Euro".
All participants of the action were arrested and taken to the police in Kiev.
FEMEN continues sex attacks at Euro 2012 and urged Ukrainians to hide the women and
 children during the championship from the sex-tourists and pedophiles.

Ukraine officials deny Euro 2012 will be tainted by racist attacks on non-white football fans

Ukrinform/Associated Press - In this photo taken Aug. 19, 2007 soccer fans show German Nazi flag with a swastika during an Ukrainian League Championship soccer match between Dynamo Kyiv and Karpaty in Kiev, Ukraine. Kiev and Warsaw on Tuesday May 29, 2012 decried a BBC report that portrayed Ukrainian and Polish soccer fans as racist ahead of next month’s European championship as unfair, vowing that all foreign guests 
KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian officials are denying that football fans of African and Asian origin will be the targets of violence by racist hooligans at the European Championship, and a top tournament organizer says stewards — and not police — will be the most visible security at stadiums.
A BBC documentary this week showed footage of Ukrainian hooligans attacking Asian fans supporting the same team at a domestic league match, as well as examples of blatant anti-Semitism.
Former England soccer player Sol Campbell has warned English fans to stay home or risk returning “in a coffin.” And the families of two black England players — Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain — say they may not travel to the June 8 to July 1 tournament that will be co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
Markiyan Lubkivskyi, UEFA’s tournament director in Kiev, said such claims were made by people who don’t know anything about the country.
“For me, it is very important to bring to Ukraine a lot of people and a lot of supporters to discover Ukraine because Ukraine is still colored with a lot of horror stories, with a lot of rumors with a lot things which have nothing to do with reality,” he told The Associated Press.
“So it was a little bit funny to hear comments from Campbell, who never visited Ukraine.”
He said UEFA is “very strict” regarding racism and that they’d be showing “zero tolerance.”
He says that not one match at the tournament has been highlighted as high-risk and that about 30 police officers will be in a room on standby to handle fan violence if necessary, but they will be inside the stadium and away from the stands.
“We will have a different approach in terms of safety and security at Ukrainian stadia,” he said. “We will not have police in Ukrainian stadiums. We will have stewards. Stewards who will provide services, high-level services.”
“We don’t expect any battles, any war — so that’s why we are preparing for the big football festival.”
Oleh Voloshyn, a spokesman for Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry, expressed disbelief at comments by Italy and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, who said this week he’d kill anyone who throws a banana at him — and that he’d then end up in jail.
“I will persuade him that most probably the only place he can find bananas — even if he wants them — is in Ukrainian restaurants,” said Voloshyn. “Most probably he should search for traditional Ukrainian dumplings, for Ukrainian lard and Ukrainian borscht.”
“I am sure that nothing is going to happen — we all should calm down and return back to reality.”
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Dutch target Euro 2012 crown

The Netherlands lost a World Cup final for the third time two years ago in South Africa, leaving its 1988 Euro triumph as the lone major title in its impressive history.
The Netherlands lost to Spain two years ago in the World Cup on a late goal in extra time as it was denied the sport's ultimate prize for the third time. The Dutch also lost in the 1974 and 1978 World Cup finals.
This summer in Poland and Ukraine, the Dutch have their sights set firmly on a second major title and have the team to accomplish the task.
"The changes Bert van Marwijk has made to our style of play since taking over have proven to be quite successful as we reached the final at the World Cup," Dutch star Wesley Sneijder told De Telegraaf.
"We are now aiming to reach at least the final at Euro 2012. We want to do even better, though, and win the European title."
Although the Dutch don't completely resemble the former "Total Football" squad from the 1970s, they still feature a few of the most talented attackers in the world.
Forward Robin van Persie led the English Premier League in scoring last season for Arsenal, midfielder Arjen Robben led Bayern Munich to the Champions League final, and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar led the Bundesliga in scoring for Schalke.
Not to mention Sneijder, who picked up a minor injury in a pre-Euro friendly, and veteran Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, the most experienced player on the international level for the Netherlands.
Van Persie, Robben and Sneijder should all feature for coach Van Marwijk, who should also have Huntelaar up top this summer.
As usual, the Dutch should have no problem on the offensive side, as the core of its squad is not just talented, but experienced on the international level. All five of the previously mentioned players have played at least 50 games for the Oranje.
And Dirk Kuyt, with 87 international appearances, provides another key option, as well as Barcelona attacker Ibrahim Afellay.
The Netherlands will rely on midfield tandem Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong to provide an intimidating presence in defensive midfield, and ease the burden on the back line that is always under the microscope.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst, captain in 2010, has retired and left the Dutch with some concerns on the back line.
But even without Van Bronckhorst, Van Marwijk has experienced players in John Heitinga and Joris Mathijsen, as well as internationally tested trio Gregory van der Wiel, Wilfred Bouma, and Khalid Boulahrouz.
And in goal, Maarten Stekelenburg is well settled as the No. 1, as he started all seven games in the last World Cup.
Overall, the Dutch are talented in all positions but lack a little depth. That will only be a concern if injuries hit, and fragile players like Robben and Sneijder are always a concern.
What is also a concern is Group B, which also features Denmark, Germany and Portugal in one of the best Euro groups ever. But Van Marwijk should feel good with the talent as his disposal, as the team pursues its second major title.
The Netherlands should escape Group B along with Germany, and its first match in knockout play against a team from Group A should be a breeze. But the last four is where it gets interesting, and the Dutch will once again have to prove its disappointment from the World Cup is a thing of the past. The Oranje could see Spain in the semifinals, which would be a chance at redemption, but also a rematch that could end its title hopes again.