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Spain makes football history at EURO 2012

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Spain have thrashed Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final in Kiev to retain their title, becoming the first European team in history to win three major international tournaments in a row. It took Vicente del Bosque’s charges just 14 minutes to put their noses in front. David Silva scored with an accurate header, guiding a crisp Cesc Fabregas cross from the byline into the net after Italian goalkeeper... 

Irish fans named best at Euro 2012

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Irish fans cheering before the Euro 2012 football championships match Ireland vs Croatia. European football’s governing body is to give a special award to fans of the Republic of Ireland for their behaviour in Euro 2012 co-host Poland Everybody loves the Irish and UEFA is no exception. The European football governing body has named Irish fans the best at the Euro 2012, citing their exemplary... 

London 2012: Olympic Fear Games

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Seven years ago, when Great Britain won the tender for the Summer Olympic Games in 2012, there were expectation that the City of London will be gorging on cheap credit and mega-bonuses. A few days later, terrorists staged a series of explosions on public transport in London, killing 52 people. Then came the global financial crisis and expectations of easy money have failed. The Olympics are prepared... 

Hundreds of people protest Euro 2012 games cost in Poland

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The logo of Euro 2012 football championships co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland Hundreds of people have taken to the streets in western Poland to protest against the Euro 2012 football championships underway in the country, chanting “bread not games.” Nearly 500 protesters rallied in Poznan on Sunday against the Euro 2012 games arguing that too much money was spent organizing the games. “We’re... 

Sonic cannons to be used during Olympics to keep crowds under control

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Ear-piercing: The 'sonic cannon' similar to the one pictured here emits a loud pain-inducing noise. It could be used to disperse crowds during the Olympics Controversial weapons known as ‘sonic cannons’ will be used during the London Olympics, the Ministry of Defence revealed yesterday. The devices emit a pain-inducing noise, said to be as loud as a military jet taking off, which can be... 

Dutch ad about UEFA Euro 2012 infuriates Ukraine

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Video still from the Keep Him Home advert A Dutch TV ad making use of erotic images of supposedly Ukrainian women has triggered a diplomatic row between Amsterdam and Kiev. While Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry rages with indignation, Dutch diplomats act as though nothing has happened. The advert titled Keep Him Home is based on the assumption Ukrainian women are sexy and promiscuous, therefore Dutch... 

Bahraini protesters demand Formula One race cancelled

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Bahraini protests attend a demonstration calling for the cancellation of the upcoming Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix race in Isa town, near Manama. Anti-regime protesters stage a mass demonstration near Manama to demand the cancellation of the Formula One Grand Prix which is slated to start on April 22 in Bahrain, Press TV reports. Demonstrators took to the streets of Karrana, a village in the Northern... 

Real Madrid removes Cross from Emblem to please Muslims

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Real's old (L) and new logo (R) Spanish football giants, Real Madrid, have decided to make changes to the club’s logo, getting rid of the cross, which was present on the emblem for nearly a century. ­The rebranding was needed in order to strengthen Real’s popularity among Muslim football lovers in Europe and the Middle East. The Spanish Marca newspaper is citing a source in the club’s administration... 

Borat's parody anthem greets Kazakh athletes in Kuwait

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Borat (played by Sacha Baron Cohen) Kazakhstan’s shooting team was reportedly taken by surprise at a championship in Kuwait recently. Instead of their national anthem, they heard a parody version from Sacha Baron Cohen’s controversial film Borat. Judging from the YouTube video of the gaffe, the team’s reaction to hearing the English lyrics about “Kazakhstan’s prostitutes cleanest in... 

Russia beauty claims European chess crown

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Valentina Gunina Russian ladies are not only beautiful, but smart as well. Valentina Gunina has proved it by becoming the new European women’s individual chess champion. ­Her compatriot, Tayana Kosintseva, cruised to silver at the tournament held in the Turkish city of Gaziantep. The title was decided in the final round, in which Gunina, who played white, defeated table-topper Anna Muzychuk of Slovenia. Kosintseva... 

79 Dead in Egypt Football Riot

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Team El-Ahly football players get away from the field during a football match riot at a stadium in Port Said of Egypt on Feb. 1, 2012. The death toll from a football riot in Egypt's Port Said rose to 79, state TV reported on Wednesday night. A riot in the Egyptian city of Port Said has left 79 dead and hundreds wounded after football fans stormed the pitch before engaging in running battles inside... 

Euro-2012 championship to cause $8 billion of losses to Ukraine

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The European Soccer Championship to be held in Poland and Ukraine is only four months away. However, Ukraine is no longer excited about the long-awaited sports event. Experts estimate that, instead of profits and stimulation of the economy, it would bring the country a loss of eight billion dollars. Ukraine along with Poland won the right to host the continental soccer championship in 2007, but the... 

Black runners banned from Estonian marathon

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One of Saaremaa marathon's organizers, Tonu Vaher (#13) Estonia’s human rights commissioner has launched a criminal case against the organizers of a three-day running marathon on Saaremaa Island, Estonia, accusing them of racial prejudice and discrimination. ­According to DELFI.ee, commissioner, Mari-Liis Sepper, has demanded an explanation of the reasons behind rejecting the applications of... 

Colombian Footballer Arrested in Saudi Arabia Over His Jesus Tattoo

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Apparently female driving isn’t the only thing that’s banned in Saudi Arabia. Tattoos, too, are another no-no in the ultra-conservative Middle Eastern nation — a lesson that one man and his family have learned all too well. Juan Pablo Pino, a 24-year-old soccer player from Columbia, was reportedly arrested in Saudi Arabia last Friday. Pino’s apparent offense was walking through a mall, while... 

England football players insulted by Bulgarian fans

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Football Association chiefs have made an official complaint after black England footballers were subjected to vile racist abuse from Bulgarian fans. Manchester United’s Ashley Young and Arsenal’s Theo Walcott were taunted with monkey noises and Nazi salutes during England’s victory in Sofia last night. The chants could be heard when Young was substituted and Walcott was targeted... 
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