from India Insight:

Defying Hitler and jostling for Goering’s autograph

June 19, 2012
    The Dutch broke his stick hoping to find a hidden magnet The Japanese suspected his stick was coated with glue Cricket legend Don Bradman gushed -- "He scores goals like runs in cricket" Adolf Hitler was so impressed with him that he offered him German citizenship and a post in the army

If an athlete's greatness is measured by the number of apocryphal stories about him or her, hockey wizard Dhyan Chand is in a league of his own.

from Photographers' Blog:

A pitch-side soaking

June 18, 2012

By Yves Herman

Picture five photographers and one technician traveling together between the cities of Kharkiv and Donetsk in Ukraine, at an average of 38 degrees C (100 degrees Fahrenheit) with air humidity of more than 50%. Eastern Ukraine is definitely not a fresh or cool place to stay during this EURO 2012 soccer championships. Nevertheless, it is our job to be there and it is a pure pleasure to be sitting alongside the pitch and taking photos of Europe's best soccer teams. On that journey a cooling rain would have been most appreciated.

Swedes must match England’s fighting spirit – Hysen

June 15, 2012

By Phil O’Connor

Former Sweden defender Glenn Hysen is at Euro 2012 as a fan and he told Left Field that his nation will have to “show some balls” if they are to match England’s fighting spirit in their Group D clash in Kiev on Friday.

from Photographers' Blog:

It’s been a hard day’s night… and I’ve been working like a ‘tog

June 15, 2012

By Darren Staples

You off again?" people say. "Ukraine? The Euros? You've got the best job in the world haven't you?"

from Photographers' Blog:

Shooting practice

June 13, 2012

By Petr Josek

Yeah, yeah, yeah 4-1 loss for the Czechs against Russia in Wroclaw. The Russian fans left the city for Warsaw after that and ended up fighting Polish supporters. Wroclaw is calm and quiet. Here the fans like each other and the city center is calm and full of friendly faces. The spotlight moves on, but there is still work to be done.

Twitter tells Sweden’s Lustig to “hold the post”

June 13, 2012

By Phil O’Connor

Sweden defender Mikael Lustig will have no excuse for forgetting to hold his position against England in Euro 2012 - his mistake on the post for Ukraine’s second goal in Kiev has sparked a tactical Twitter meme that will take a long time to live down.

Gred Rusedski: Nadal the best record breaker of them all

June 12, 2012

This year’s French Open was all about making history and breaking records. Roger Federer broke Jimmy Connors’ previous record of most Grand Slam match wins, which was 233 wins. Federer broke Connors’ record when he won his 2nd round match and will continue to extend this record.

from Photographers' Blog:

A different approach to Euro 2012

June 12, 2012

By Kai Pfaffenbach


Being a Reuters photographer means you travel a lot. War zones, disasters or political visits are on your list. By far the most exiting events - for me - are still the big sports events. 2012 offers a nice variety and the Euro 2012 soccer tournament will be an excellent warm up for the Olympic games to follow shortly in London.

from Photographers' Blog:

A game of two other halves

June 10, 2012

By Eddie Keogh

As part of our photographic coverage of Euro 2012, Darren Staples and myself from England and Michael Dalder from Germany are covering all the group games in Kiev and Lviv in Ukraine. Our first game was between Germany and Portugal last Saturday in Lviv and proved to be a very interesting day.

Ukrainian protesters stand up for their four-legged friends

June 10, 2012

By Phil O’Connor

Ukraine has been getting a lot of stick in the run-up to Euro 2012 as protesters hop on the football bandwagon to try to make their point.