FROM Barry Glendenning
The Euro Cup and Racism The European soccer championship, Euro 2012 , is being hosted by Poland and Ukraine, starting today. Ukraine, especially, hoped to make it a showcase 26 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. But concerns about racism are keeping the families of black players from even attending. Club soccer at the top level in Europe is increasingly inclusive, with players from different nations, ethnicities and racial groups joining the best teams. UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, is accused of ignoring the issue. Barry Glendenning, Deputy Sports Editor for Britain's Guardian newspaper, is live-blogging today's opening games in Warsaw.
World Cup Preparations in South Africa With roughly a billion fans expected to watch on TV, the World Cup will be living up to its name. It's been held every four years since 1930, with two exceptions during World War II. The first was in Montevideo, Uruguay, and this is the first on the continent of Africa. South Africa, the host nation, has spent almost $4 billion on preparations.
World Cup Preparations in South Africa The World Cup has been held every four years since 1930, with two exceptions during World War II. The first was in Montevideo, Uruguay, and this is the first on the continent of Africa. South Africa, where soccer is the sport of the black majority, has spent almost $4 billion on preparations. But, in a country of widespread deprivation, there’s some resentment over the billions spent to build facilities that could become white elephants. Other than South Africans, Americans have bought more tickets than anyone else. How will the US team do in Saturday’s big test against England?
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