Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Over 100 arrested in Warsaw clashes

Warsaw, June 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) More than 100 people have been arrested after violence flared at a march of Russian fans in the Polish capital Warsaw, police said.
The violence broke out during a march of 5,500 Russian fans through the city ahead of Tuesday night's Euro 2012 match between the two nations at Warsaw's National Stadium.
Police fired warning shots into the air after coming under attack from Polish fans, some of whom had intercepted the Russian column.
"It's more than 100 hooligans," said police spokeswoman Agnieszka Hamelusz, when asked how many people had been arrested.
She said that those held include Russians and Poles. It was not clear how many were Russians and how many were Polish, she said.
Ten people were injured, including seven Poles, two Russians and a German, a statement on the Warsaw police website said.
Some of those arrested were held after an incident near the fanzone in the city centre, where thousands gather to watch matches on a big screen.
The police spokeswoman refused to comment when asked whether the disorder at the fanzone was connected to the march, how many people had been arrested, and whether the incident had finished.
Warning shots were fired during the march when Polish fans hurled bottles, stones and flares at police, who also deployed a water cannon.
At least one Polish fan was arrested after infiltrating the Russian parade and shouting inflammatory slogans.
Alexander Shprygin, head of the All-Russian Fans' Union, was with the Russian fans and said that Polish fans had thrown pyrotechnics at the Russians.
Nikolai Komarov, a spokesman for the Russian Football Union, refused to comment, saying he was with the Russian team in their hotel in the city centre.
The Russians were marching to celebrate Russia Day, a national holiday which commemorates the end of the Soviet Union.

On Friday, some Russian fans assaulted Polish stewards after Russia's 4-1 win over the Czech Republic in Wroclaw.
There was widespread anger in the Polish media after that match because some Russians displayed Soviet flags, seen by many in Poland as a symbol of foreign occupation.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Anti FEMEN in Poland

Polish prostitutes stripped against FEMEN with an appeal not stop them from making money on Euro 2012. "Euro-2012 sources of income and pleasure," "Go to hell from our business!». These and other claims on behalf of prostitutes, courtesans were made in Poland for the anti-euro campaign FEMEN at the opening of the stadium Warsaw.
Their demands reinforced by the polka dance around naked giant pink ****. Exasperated FEMEN activity in Poland, activists demand FEMEN go home, calling on their  website Ukraine as stockyards of former Soviet-dominated communist thinking. In turn, activists FEMEN promise to double activity at Euro 2012, as willed us the great Lenin!

Sheva scores 2 as co-host Ukraine beats Sweden 2-1

KIEV, Ukraine — Andriy Shevchenko made his coach look brilliant, scoring two great headers Monday to give Ukraine a 2-1 win over Sweden at the European Championship.
After Zlatan Ibrahimovic had given Sweden the lead in the 52nd minute, Shevchenko responded by heading in the equalizer just three minutes later and then added the winner in the 61st.
The victory gives Ukraine a serious chance of advancing from Group D after England and France drew 1-1, while Sweden faces an uphill battle to remain in the tournament.
“We showed today our character, our good football,” Shevchenko said. “We have very good chances to qualify.”
Shevchenko is already a national icon in Ukraine and carried the hopes of the team going into the tournament. In front of sea of yellow and blue in the packed Olympic Stadium, he certainly didn’t disappoint. He rewarded the faith coach Oleg Blokhin showed in the veteran who was not a certain starter for the tournament.
Showing flashes of the scorer’s instinct that once made him one of the world’s top strikers, Shevchenko beat Olof Mellberg to a cross for his first goal and then met a corner to head the ball inside the near post for the second.
That set off shouts of “Sheva” that could reverberate throughout the nation for a long time.
“Every game for us is like a final,” Shevchenko said. “We showed great football tonight.”
These days it’s Ibrahimovic who is considered a world-class forward, but AC Milan’s current star came up short against its former standout forward.
Ibrahimovic did provide the focal point of the Swedish attack and shaved the post with a header in the first half before putting his team ahead.
Kim Kallstrom collected a long cross at the left side of the penalty area and sent it to Ibrahimovic in front of the net. The Sweden striker calmly slotted the ball past Andriy Pyatov and into the net.
But Sweden seemed to relax after that and Shevchenko took advantage by meeting Oleh Gusev’s cross and sending his header past Andreas Isaksson.
That made the home crowd erupt and the noise grew even louder six minutes later as the 35-year-old Shevchenko’s header from a corner found its way past defender Mikael Lustig at the near post. That sent Blokhin jumping up and down the sideline and waving his hand frenetically.
Ibrahimovic had one good chance to equalize, but his hard, swerving shot was saved by Pyatov. Substitute Johan Elmander and Mellberg both shot high in the final minutes.
Shevchenko was given a well-deserved standing ovation as was taken off in the 81st, while Ibrahimovic strode off the field immediately after the final whistle with his head down.
“Today it was off the post and out, the next game it will be off the post and in,” Ibrahimovic said. “We have three games to play here, it’s not just one game.
“I feel sad. We had more chances to score. There’s still two games left and we still have the two games to get a result. We need to play a better game than we did today.
“We can’t really lose the lead like we did.”

Euro 2012 simulating

Why settle for just one realisation of this year’s UEFA Euro when you can let the tournament play out 10,000 times in silico?

The rate parameters in a given match are determined by the relative strength of each team as given by their ELO rating.
The advantage of this approach is that the tournament structure (which teams are assigned to which groups, how points are assigned, quarter final structure, etc) can be accounted for. If we wanted to take this into account when making probabilistic forecasts of tournament outcomes, we would need to calculate many conditional probability statements, following the extremely large number of possible outcomes. However, the downside is that it is only as reliable as the team ratings themselves. I used a weighted average of ELO and FIFA ratings.
After simulating the tournament 10,000 times, the probability of victory for each team is just the number of times that team arose victorious divided by 10,000.
Feel free to get the code here and play around with it yourself. You can use your own rating system and see how the predicted outcomes change. If you are of a certain disposition, you might even find it more fun than the human version of the tournament itself!

Shevchenko turns in an effort for the ages for Ukraine .

The 82nd minute: Andriy Shevchenko raised his eyes to the stands for a moment, and then shook hands with each person on the Ukraine bench in turn before taking his seat. The crowd was still on its feet applauding. In a final warm-up match that Ukraine lost 2-0 to Turkey last week, Shevchenko played just 45 minutes and missed two good scoring chances, prompting mention of the dreaded R-word: retirement. It's a decision that he considered back in 2009 once Ukraine's World Cup qualification hopes were quashed, but one that he delayed with the knowledge that his country would be co-hosting Euro 2012. Today his brace gave Ukraine a win over Sweden in its first-ever European Championship fixture.
This was not an ordinary day of soccer. Though the draw between England and France ended with the traveling England supporters serenading their players with the national anthem, it was a game that rarely threatened to achieve the standards of play we've been treated to so far. The first 51 minutes of Ukraine and Sweden were not much better, but then Zlatan Ibrahimovic put Sweden a goal up, lighting the yellow-and-blue touch paper. Within 10 minutes, Shevchenko ensured that this date would go down in the annals of history, after all.
Shevchenko huffed and puffed in the first half -- at one point, he gestured to reassure the bench that he was okay to continue -- but a burst of pace helped him past Olof Mellberg in the second. With a darting leap, Shevchenko headed Andriy Yarmolenko's right-wing cross beyond Andreas Isaksson. His second goal was a mirror image, diverting Yevheniy Konoplyanka's corner inside Isaksson's other post. Fireworks illuminated skies across the country as "Sheva!" flickered onto Twitter's trending list.
It was the moment that Shevchenko had dreamed of, and one that fans had dared not allow themselves to imagine. At the end of the match, Shevchenko and his manager, Oleg Blokhin, rushed out onto the pitch and embraced, heads pushed together as orgiastic joy gripped the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. Blokhin had been accused of sentimentalism in selecting Shevchenko to spearhead his team. "Andrei is not any old footballer," Blokhin replied. "He is also a personality with immense and indisputable authority, which a team so needs."
The result leaves Ukraine at the top of Group D, two points ahead of its remaining opponents, France and England. Sweden drops to the bottom, with its chances of making the quarterfinals looking very slim.

Quote of the day

"I have teased him a little bit. I was a bit surprised I put it inside the first post." -- Samir Nasri, French midfielder, revealing that he has already been in touch with his Manchester City teammate, England goalkeeper Joe Hart, after beating him at his near post from 20 yards.
"I'd like to save everything, but I couldn't see it," responded Hart. "There were too many bodies in the way."


When Denmark played Belgium in Group A at Euro 1984, three Anderlecht players scored: Frank Arnesen and Kenneth Brylle for Denmark, and Frank Vercauteren for Belgium. Today both France and England's goals were scored by Manchester City players: Nasri and Joleon Lescott.

Stat of the day

1324 miles -- the distance between London and Kiev, which the England band (which has played at more than 300 England matches since the 1990s) covered by road only to be refused entry to the Olympic Stadium, unless it left its instruments at the turnstiles.

Looking ahead to Day 5

Czech Republic faces Greece as Group A play resumes, and Michal Bilek's side needs a result after losing 4-1 to Russia in its opener. "I haven't yet decided whether I'll make any changes," Bilek said. "We're under pressure but that's also what happened in qualifying. We managed to improve then and so I think that it will happen again and we'll handle the remaining two matches well and qualify for the quarterfinals."
Over in Wroclaw, Russia can confirm its place in the quarterfinals with a win over Poland, who enter the game with first choice keeper Wojciech Szczesny suspended and Przemyk Tyton -- "the Penalty Killer" -- in his place. "[He] is a good goalkeeper as well," said Poland coach Franciszek Smuda, who is confident that his side won't suffer its first defeat to Russia since the mid-'90s. "I think in the next game against Russia he will play well."