Wednesday, April 11, 2012
An upcoming film that depicts the events surrounding the so called 'death match' between a team of Ukrainians and occupying Nazi troops during World War II has seen its launch delayed because of fears it will create negative sentiment ahead of Euro 2012.
'The Match' tells the story of a group of Ukrainian footballers who beat a Nazi team during 1942 despite the obvious fears that any subsequent victory might threaten the safety of all of the Ukrainian players involved. The Ukrainians won 5-3 and it is believed that up to four members of their team were later murdered, three of them in concentration camps.
However, although the match certainly took place, there has never been conclusive evidence of what truly occurred following the infamous game as the Soviet authorities later used the story for their own propaganda interests following World War II. The story is also said to have inspired two films in later years: the 1961 Hungarian film 'Ket felido a pokolban' ('Two half times in hell') (see below) and the Hollywood production 'Escape to Victory'.
Up to 10 million Ukrainians died during World War II - a fact often overlooked by historians from the United States, Russia, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Ket felido a pokolban - the 1961 Hungarian film based on events in Kyiv during WWII which will also feature in the upcoming movie 'The Match'.
Monday, February 28, 2012
While the identity of the next England manager remains unknown, one thing the new boss will face is the realization that England have a severe shortage of experienced central strikers ahead of Euro 2012, with Darren Bent becoming the latest major casualty.
Aston Villa's Darren Bent would likely have featured in England's plans for this summer's European Championships in Poland and Ukraine but will now miss the tournament after rupturing ankle ligaments whilst playing for Aston Villa against Wigan at the weekend.
With Wayne Rooney set to miss England's two opening Euro 2012 fixtures through suspension, England may have to trust in a relatively untested forward line in Ukraine, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe suddenly looking far more likely to travel to the tournament.
England face Holland on Wednesday evening and will use the opportunity to try out strikers Campbell, Sturridge and Manchester United's Welbeck against the Dutch.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
UEFA President Michel Platini has been speaking to Interpol ahead of Euro 2012.
As well as signing a memorandum of understanding between UEFA and Interpol, in an ongoing attempt to fight crime in football, the two bodies have also been looking ahead to this summer's tournament in Ukraine and Poland.
Interpol will deploy Interpol Major Events Sports Teams (IMESTs) at the tournament, which will liaise with police from 190 countries around the globe, as both UEFA and Interpol look to reduce crime at Euro 2012.