Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ukraine a little 'shocked' by Blokhin resignation

Ukraine's football supremo expressed shock over the resignation of Oleg Blokhin as national manager but said agreement had been reached for him to take charge of the squad for the next two World Cup qualifiers.
Dynamo Kiev last week appointed the former Soviet striker as their coach, ending his tenure at the national team which he oversaw during their campaign at Euro 2012 that Ukraine co-hosted this summer.
"The news that Oleg Blokhin was taking over at Dynamo Kiev and leaving the national team was unexpected and shocked us," Ukraine's football federation president Anatoliy Konkov told reporters.
"All our efforts were aimed at creating the best conditions for the national side. And this development surprised and upset us."
Konkov said he had agreed with the manager that Blokhin would take charge of Ukraine in their next World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Montenegro in October and it was premature to talk about a successor.
The departure of Blokhin is a major headache for Ukraine as it contends with a tricky World Cup group that also includes England and Poland.
The squad also no longer has talismanic striker Andriy Shevchenko who has hung up his boots to work in politics.
The circumstances around Blokhin's resignation appear chaotic, with Konkov insisting he had still not officially resigned.
"He wrote down his resignation statement. But it was written down in the wrong format.
"This means de-facto that there is no resignation statement today and Oleg Blokhin is still the national team coach," he said.
Blokhin himself confirmed that he would take charge of the Moldova and Montenegro matches and had already announced his 22-man squad for the games.
The 59-year-old --the 1975 European footballer of the year -- has agreed a four year contract with Dynamo to replace Yury Semin who was dismissed on Monday.
Blokhin -- who played in two World Cups -- was in his second spell as Ukraine coach having guided them to the 2006 World Cup finals before returning for this year's Euro finals.
Although they went out in the first round of Euro 2012, Ukraine had made a solid start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, drawing 1-1 away with England at Wembley.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Training Camp of FEMEN In Paris

Topless parade of activists on the Muslim Quarter of Paris began opening of the central headquarters of the international women's movement FEMEN. Naked female body in combination with antipatriarhal and feminist calls caused some resentment among the male population of the famous district number 18 in Paris.
Members of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen have paraded topless through Paris to celebrate the opening of what they describe as their new "training camp" in the French capital. 

The group says on its website [] that the camp will serve as its new European headquarters, where activists will be trained "to work in high-risk environments."

The organization says it plans to open offices in New York, Montreal, and Sao Paulo.

The Femen group, established in 2008, is known for its topless demonstrations in different parts of Europe, including at the London Olympics and the Euro 2012 soccer tournament in Poland.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Villas-Boas impressed by Harmash

Tottenham Hotspur are planning a swoop for Dynamo Kiev's Ukrainian international midfielder Denys Harmash, according to reports in Russia.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas watched Harmash play a key role in Ukraine's 1-1 draw against England at Wembley earlier this month, and is said to see the 22-year-old as a cheaper alternative to previous midfield target Joao Moutinho.
"I watched England's match against Ukraine at Wembley with Villas-Boas," football agent Sandor Varga told Russian newspaper Izvestiya this week. "He was very impressed with Denys Harmash.
"Tottenham are looking for a central midfielder, but couldn't reach agreement with Villas-Boas' favoured candidate, his compatriate Joao Moutinho.
"Harmash represents a brilliant alternative to the Porto midfielder," Varga added.
The Dynamo Kiev player has eight caps for his country, and impressed at Wembley alongside his more experienced counterpart Anatoly Tymoshchuk at the heart of Ukraine's midfield.
And with the player valued at around £4.5million, Harmash would represent a considerable cost saving on Moutinho, who Spurs failed to land in the summer despite bidding £20million plus add-ons for the Portuguese.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Taller and Thinner iPhone 5

What the iPhone 5 needs to compete against:

Samsung Galaxy S3

Screen size:
4.8 inch
Processor:1.4 Ghz quad-core
Memory size:Up to 62gb (+64gb with card)
Operating system:Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Camera:Eight megapixel
Dimensions:Height - 136mm
Width - 70mm
Depth - 8.5mm

Nokia Lumia 920

Screen size:
4.5 inch
1.5Ghz dual-core
Memory size:
32GB (non-expandable)
Operating system:
Windows Phone 7.8
Eight megapixel
Height - 130mm
Width - 71mm
Depth - 11mm

iPhone 4S

Screen size:
3.5 inch
800 MHz dual-core
Memory size:
Up to 64gb (non-expandable)
Operating system:
Eight megapixel
Height - 115mm
Width - 58mm
Depth - 9mm
The iPhone 5 is expected to be the biggest selling in Apple’s history, with an estimated 8m set to be sold.
Sales of the new iPhone could add between a quarter and a half percentage point to fourth quarter annualised growth in the U.S., according to J.P. Morgan's chief economist, Michael Feroli.
The battle for domination of the mobile market has become increasingly heated recently with Apple's competitors taking it on with a series of new products.
Nokia and Microsoft recently joined forces to launch two new phones which will run on the Windows operating system.
The Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 are the Finnish company's attempt to claw back lost ground since it lost its position as the world's biggest phonemaker to Samsung.
Online retailer Amazon recently unveiled new models of its Kindle Fire tablets, which were previously not for sale in the UK, and are seen as rivals to Apple's best-selling iPad.
It is around a year since Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S complete with voice recognition software and an A5 chip allowing it to use much faster graphics for gameplay and to download data twice as fast.

Euro 2012 payment for clubs

Bayern Munich has collected the biggest single share of 3.1 million ($4 million) from UEFA's 100 million ($128 million) fund to compensate clubs for releasing players to the 2012 European Championship.
UEFA pleased clubs this year by almost doubling their previously agreed cut of Euro 2012 income, with a 575 teams receiving payments from UEFA for sending players to the tournament in Poland and Ukraine or releasing them for qualifying matches for the tournament.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern's chief executive and European Club Association chairman, said Tuesday he hopes his recent improved relations with FIFA President Sepp Blatter can help clubs worldwide also get an increase on their promised $70 million slice of 2014 World Cup revenue.
"We have very good and fair relations to UEFA and I hope that it will be possible with FIFA as well,'' Rummenigge told The Associated Press in an interview.
Rummenigge said he and Blatter - who have traded public barbs - shared an "intensive and interesting discussion'' at FIFA headquarters in Zurich last week.
"After that meeting I am quite optimistic to find a solution,'' said the former West Germany great, who has led calls for FIFA to share more of its billion-dollar annual income and decision-making power with clubs who are obliged to send their players to international tournaments.
"Sepp Blatter told me that he recognizes the clubs as the roots of football,'' Rummenigge said. "You know the roots always need water, and the water has to come from FIFA.''
Bayern topped the table of Euro 2012 payments after it sent 12 players, including eight members of Germany's squad that reached the semifinals.
Real Madrid received almost ?3 million ($3.8 million) for 11 players, including five from eventual champion Spain and three from semifinalist Portugal.
Barcelona received ?2.21 million ($2.8 million), Manchester City earned ?2.07 million ($2.64 million) and Juventus collected ?2.02 million ($2.58 million).
Premier League clubs featured strongly with Liverpool getting ?1.97 million ($2.5 million) followed by Chelsea (?1.91 million; $2.44 million) and Arsenal (?1.69 million; $2.16 million).
Manchester United which sent seven players - though only one semifinalist, Portugal's Nani - trailed with a ?1.67 million ($2.13 million) payment.
In 2008, UEFA and the European Club Association agreed a total Euro 2012 compensation fund of ?55 million ($70 million).
That was increased in March as part of a new working accord which included distributing ?40 million ($51.5 million) among players called up for qualifiers, which paid a lower daily rate.
Compensation was first paid at Euro 2008, when UEFA gave ?4,000 (then $5,000) per day for players who went to Switzerland and Austria.
Negotiations with FIFA will likely be on the agenda when the 207-member ECA next meets in February in Doha, Qatar.
Rummenigge said clubs from other continents, which have no equivalent collective lobbying group, will be invited - and all would be "very curious'' to see how Qatar is preparing to host the 2022 World Cup.