Something has happened to England during this recent Euro 2012 football tournament. It is visible in this article by Barney Ronay of the Guardian newspaper. He admitted that he began to like Germany, not just for their football of late but also because they lost. Which for him was an ancient Saxon trait that ultimately still connected both nations, even after centuries.
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The Euro 2012 quarterfinals came to a close yesterday with another penalty shoot out defeat for England. This time it was Italy who possessed the better nerves and scored 4 out of 5 shots, while England started brightly but the two Ashleys, Cole and Young delivered 2 weak penalties, one hitting the cross-bar the other being saved easily by Gigi Buffon, the Italian goal keeper. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve already written something about the Greece – Germany quarterfinal tonight (http://wp.me/pY9NP-i8), but here is another excellent post about the same subject. More vocal, more critical, very good! Read it!
- Greece v Germany, the bailout game (bbc.co.uk)
- Greek Davids ready to topple German Goliaths (ekathimerini.com)
- Cartoon: Greece v Germany, the Bailout Game (englishblog.com)
- Tomorrow, The European Crisis Moves To The Pitch (wnyc.org)
- Politics by other means (ekathimerini.com)
- Greece Seeks to Win Germany’s Respect at Euro 2012 (nytimes.com)
- When Politics play Football: Greece vs. Germany Euro 2012 (donotmentionthewar.wordpress.com)
- Football, Greece-Germany, with Angela Merkel (donotmentionthewar.wordpress.com)
- EURO 2012: the political subtext revealed (guardian.co.uk)
This video is called EURO 2012 Greece-Russia: Greek and Russian football fans in Warsaw.
The Euro 2012 European football championship in Poland and Ukraine has reached the quarter-final stage.
From now on, it is the “knock out system”: if a team loses one match, it is out. The winners proceed to the next round.
Tomorrow, Friday evening east European time, in Gdansk in Poland, Germany will play Greece.
Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, will be there.
Earlier, there had been news that Ms Merkel’s government would boycott the football championship. As a protest against violations of the rights of Ukrainian ex-prime minister Yulia Volodymyrivna Tymoshenko; now in jail for corruption.
Not that human rights were any better when Ms Tymoshenko and her “orange” coalition still ruled the Ukraine. Ms Merkel cares about Tymoshenko, not because she cares about human rights in general. But because Tymoshenko, a…
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The quarter-final between Greece and Germany, like no other carries an extra political burden with it. On the one hand Greece a country which is bothering the Euro zone quite some bit to say the least. On the other Germany, the strongest economy of the continent will play out who will progress to the semi-final at Euro 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
In a close game between the Ukraine and England, the latter managed to get a goal after 48 minutes to take the lead. However, it was 20 minutes later when Marko Devic scooped the ball over Joe Hart and into the English goal. Yet, John Terry got his foot on the ball and kicked it out. Ukraine understandably were infuriated by he decision not to award the goal as they thought the ball has clearly crossed the line. If they were sceptical of goal line technology, they will now be fierce supporters. A History. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s just about a few days until EURO 2012 will kick off in Poland and the Ukraine and for three weeks the footballing gravity centre will be between Warsaw and Kiew. What has this got to do with this blog? Initially not a lot and yet quite a lot. Germany has a special relationship to Poland and Thomas Urban has written a superb book about the football in the history of these two countries, titled White Eagles, Black Eagles published by Germany’s most prominent sports publishing house Werkstatt-Verlag. Read the rest of this entry »