Euro 2012 Through The Eyes Of Two Fans
As the Euro 2012 soccer championship draws to a close, take a look at these photos, sent to RFE/RL by two Polish fans, Jacek Jagła and Marcin Pietrzyk who spent some time in Kyiv, attending the games and touring Ukraine with their host family.
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“So far, we haven’t had a single incident, not a single conflict situation. Ukrainian fans and Ukrainians in general have presented themselves as a very welcoming nation open to the world. That’s what has probably been the biggest surprise of this tournament.”
The captain and star of Russia’s national soccer team, Andrei Arshavin, has come in for a firestorm of criticism from politicians and others back home over remarks he made after Russia crashed out early from the Euro 2012 championship.
The Fans of Euro 2012
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As the Euro 2012 soccer championship enters its second week, foreign fans are getting acquainted with the attractions of Ukraine outside the stadium. RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service asked foreign visitors what they appreciate about Kyiv.
Yevgenia Tymoshenko, the daughter of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, speaking today in an interview with RFE/RL correspondent Antoine Blua.
“She was watching [Monday’s football] game between Ukraine and Sweden. It’s been very good for Ukraine — we won. Before, when she was prime minister, [along] with her colleagues, sports activists and sports people in the government, they made sure that Ukraine would be hosting the championship. For her it’s very important. She’s always supported the Ukrainian team.”