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Jun 28, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Germany and Italy set for semi-final showdown

WARSAW, June 28 (Reuters) – Three-times winners Germany take
on feared foe Italy in the second Euro 2012 semi-final in Warsaw
on Thursday, looking to set up a showdown with holders Spain who
dispatched Portugal on penalties in a Donetsk nail-biter on
Wednesday.

Joachim Loew’s young side have looked strong in the
tournament, which ends on Sunday with the final in Kiev, but
Germany have not beaten Italy in 17 years, and never at a major
tournament.

Jun 22, 2012

Germany rubs salt in Greek wounds with soccer defeat

ATHENS/GDANSK (Reuters) – Germany humiliated Greece in the Euro 2012 soccer tournament on Friday, rubbing salt in the wounds of a nation reeling from a dire economic crisis which many blame on Berlin.

Greeks were aching for at least a measure of revenge against their euro zone tormentor in the needle match of the tournament’s quarter-finals, but it ended as yet another dashed dream with Germany rolling over their underdog rivals 4-2.

Jun 22, 2012

Gdansk “amber” stadium a big hit but stones unsold

GDANSK (Reuters) – Thousands of fans have flocked to Gdansk’s magnificent amber-hued stadium whose colour honours the city’s most famous product but the city’s jewellers are angry at how little amber they are selling.

“We usually have a lot of older German tourists in June who have a big appetite for amber, but the football is keeping them away,” said an assistant at jeweller Arbisz, close to Gdansk’s St Mary’s Church.

Jun 22, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Gdansk ‘amber’ stadium a big hit but stones unsold

GDANSK, June 22 (Reuters) – Thousands of fans have flocked
to Gdansk’s magnificent amber-hued stadium whose colour honours
the city’s most famous product but the city’s jewellers are
angry at how little amber they are selling.

“We usually have a lot of older German tourists in June who
have a big appetite for amber, but the football is keeping them
away,” said an assistant at jeweller Arbisz, close to Gdansk’s
St Mary’s Church.

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.