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Jun 22, 2012

Euro zone battle moves to the pitch as Germany play Greece

GDANSK (Reuters) – In Greece they are rubbing their hands with glee.

Ninety minutes to get even. Ninety minutes to restore lost pride. Ninety minutes for the weak to triumph over the mighty.

When Greece take the football field in the Polish coastal city of Gdansk on Friday night to battle Germany for a place in the Euro 2012 semi-final, the honor of the nation is at stake.

Jun 21, 2012

Pyrotechnics and art classes can help tackle hooliganism

GDANSK (Reuters) – A feature of Euro 2012 so far is the smuggling of bangers and flares into stadiums, in particular by fans of Russia and Croatia, triggering hefty fines for their football associations.

The controlled use of flares or fireworks in some countries’ stadiums has helped reduce their illegal and risky use however, while satisfying some fans’ appetite for big bangs and sparks, some supporters say.

Jun 21, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Pyrotechnics and art classes can help tackle hooliganism

GDANSK, June 21 (Reuters) – A feature of Euro 2012 so far is
the smuggling of bangers and flares into stadiums, in particular
by fans of Russia and Croatia, triggering hefty fines for their
football associations.

The controlled use of flares or fireworks in some countries’
stadiums has helped reduce their illegal and risky use however,
while satisfying some fans’ appetite for big bangs and sparks,
some supporters say.

Jun 21, 2012

How to be a soccer fan in the age of austerity

GDANSK (Reuters) – Couch-surfing, a junk-food diet, bootleg kits, budget flights at punishing hours, and above all enough passion for the beautiful game to remind yourself why you endure this.

Welcome to the life of a football fan in the age of austerity.

Tens of thousands of fans from crisis-hit Spain, Italy, Greece, Ireland and Portugal have travelled across Europe to follow their teams in the European Championship, leaving the chronic unemployment, massive spending cuts, and widespread disenchantment of their homeland behind for a few weeks.

Jun 21, 2012

How to be a football fan in the age of austerity

GDANSK (Reuters) – Couch-surfing, a junk-food diet, bootleg kits, budget flights at punishing hours, and above all enough passion for the beautiful game to remind yourself why you endure this.

Welcome to the life of a football fan in the age of austerity.

Tens of thousands of fans from crisis-hit Spain, Italy, Greece, Ireland and Portugal have travelled across Europe to follow their teams in the European Championship, leaving the chronic unemployment, massive spending cuts, and widespread disenchantment of their homeland behind for a few weeks.

Jun 18, 2012

Euro underdog Greece relishes Germany soccer clash

WARSAW (Reuters) – Every once in a while a sports tournaments pits two nations against each other for whom the confrontation could not be more timely.

Greece progressed from the Euro 2012 group stage against all expectations and will play Germany on Friday for a place in the semi-finals. In Athens, the soccer clash is being relished.

Jun 18, 2012

Euro underdog Greece relishes Germany clash

WARSAW (Reuters) – Every once in a while a sports tournaments pits two nations against each other for whom the confrontation could not be more timely.

Greece progressed from the Euro 2012 group stage against all expectations and will play Germany on Friday for a place in the semi-finals. In Athens, the football clash is being relished.

Jun 16, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Greece neutralised Russian threats, says Santos

WARSAW, June 16 (Reuters) – Determination to neutralise
Russia’s strengths and a clear focus earned Greece their 1-0
victory in their last Group A game and a place in the Euro 2012
quarter-finals, coach Fernando Santos said on Saturday.

Greece, who upset Russia with a first-half goal from captain
Giorgos Karagounis in their must-win match, went through as
Group A runners-up and will play the Group B winners in the last
eight.

Jun 16, 2012

Euro: Warsaw police under pressure to protect Russian fans

WARSAW (Reuters) – Warsaw police pledged to protect tens of thousands of fans expected in the Polish capital on Saturday and to avoid a repeat of the violence that marred the Euro 2012 match between Poland and Russia this week, leading to almost 200 detentions.

Russia play Greece in Warsaw on Saturday evening and 20,000 Russians and 4,000 Greeks have tickets to the stadium. At the same time Poland face the Czech Republic in Wroclaw and Warsaw’s 100,000-capacity fan zone is expected to be full.

Jun 16, 2012

Warsaw police under pressure to protect Russian fans

WARSAW (Reuters) – Warsaw police pledged to protect tens of thousands of fans expected in the Polish capital on Saturday and to avoid a repeat of the violence that marred the Euro 2012 match between Poland and Russia this week, leading to almost 200 detentions.

Russia play Greece in Warsaw on Saturday evening and 20,000 Russians and 4,000 Greeks have tickets to the stadium. At the same time Poland face the Czech Republic in Wroclaw and Warsaw’s 100,000-capacity fan zone is expected to be full.