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European football and money: Ever richer…and more unequal

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:11:58 +0100

Alternatives économiques , Paris – An increasingly large ball that ends up more and more often in the same goal. That’s how to encapsulate the new face of European football through statistics. An investigation undertaken through the European Data Journalism Network. See more.



From Rome to Brussels by bicycle: Powered by ideas

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 22:45:55 +0100

Il Mulino Rivista, Bologna – Italian journalist Lucia Bruni cycled the 2,000 kilometres between the Italian capital and that of the EU to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, stopping along the way at places of symbolic importance. See more.



Summer Olympics: The rankings of EU countries with the most medals

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:06:01 +0100

, – Since their creation in 1896, the Summer Olympic Games have seen the majority of EU countries take part. In 28 competitions, how many titles have they won in all? See more.



Euro 2016: ‘“Les Bleus” hold France’s fate in their hands’

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 18:13:51 +0100

, – At the start of the European football championship, European newspaper' columnists fear the current wave of protests across France will impact the smooth running of a sporting event that has become a major political symbol for president François Hollande and Prime minister Manuel Valls. See more.



Euro 2016: The Goalie

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 14:12:56 +0100

Il Manifesto, Rome – Cartoon. See more.



Football and politics (2/2): Viktor Orbán, leading from Hungary’s stadiums

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:56:30 +0100

Magyar Narancs, Budapest – The Hungarian national team's failure to qualify for the 2014 World Cup is a setback for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who sees the sport as a means of asserting his political values and personal power, according to a sociologist close to the opposition. See more.



Football: ‘The Germans’ greatest love’

Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:41:02 +0100

Die Welt, Berlin – See more.



Football and politics (1/2): Bosnia united by a ball

Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:27:44 +0100

Polityka, Warsaw – Since the Balkan War ended in 1995, the international community has tried in vain to build a truly multi-ethnic, Bosnian state. Yet FIFA has managed to create a genuinely national football federation. In addition, Bosnia has qualified for the 2014 World Cup. See more.



Spain: ‘Madrid freezes its great dream’

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:15:04 +0100

ABC, Madrid – See more.



Sport: In Budapest and Zagreb, football is political too

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:28:14 +0100

Népszabadság, Budapest – See more.



Spain: ‘Everyone with Madrid 2020’

Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:16:07 +0100

ABC, Madrid – See more.



Spain: EU probes Valencian football funding

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:20:43 +0100

El País, Madrid – See more.



Football: ‘The ball is fixed’

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 10:49:33 +0100

Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw – See more.



Olympic Games : Are they worth the effort?

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:37:55 +0100

La Vanguardia, Barcelona – For supporters of the Olympics, the colossal sums invested have a positive impact in terms of tourism, urban renewal and society – by popularising sports. In reality, this is rarely the case, as shown by the examples of cities that have hosted the Games in the past. See more.



United Kingdom: The Orwellian Olympic spirit

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:16:33 +0100

The New York Times, New York – As the world’s athletes get ready for the start of the Olympic Games on July 27, Londoners are griping about huge traffic and public transport delays, and a massive, hectoring security presence. See more.



Euro 2012: Could Poland finally be cool?

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 11:52:44 +0100

Newsweek Polska, Warsaw – The Euro 2012 football European kicks off in Poland’s brand-new stadiums. For Newsweek Polska, this competition hosted with Ukraine is an occasion to celebrate the country’s new image, but there is still progress to be made. See more.



Football : Germany is champion again

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 13:59:50 +0100

Les Echos, Paris – See more.



Ukraine: Euro 2012: A victim of power games

Tue, 15 May 2012 13:57:44 +0100

Polityka, Warsaw – With less than a month left to go before the kick-off of the Euro 2012, the fate of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has poisoned relations between the EU and Ukraine — the co-organiser of the championship along with Poland. However, the issue of human rights is only one aspect of a story in which business interests have also played an important role. See more.



Belarus: Azarenka’s win, Lukashenko’s Victoria

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 15:08:05 +0100

Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw – Tennis player Victoria Azarenka, the recent winner of the Australian Open, is now one of the few Belarusians known outside her country. A PR opportunity for the dictator of Minsk. See more.



Lithuania: Basketball, a question of independence

Wed, 07 Sep 2011 16:34:36 +0100

Libération, Paris – The particular fervour gripping Lithuania, which is currently hosting EuroBasket 2011, is part of a long tradition in a Baltic country that has expressed its identity on the basketball court since Soviet times. See more.



Spain: Ronaldo’s new position - bank collateral

Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:07:45 +0100

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich – See more.



Poland: A Chinese road going nowhere

Fri, 03 Jun 2011 11:09:26 +0100

Rzeczpospolita, Warsaw – See more.



Slovakia: Ice hockey paves the way to Moscow thaw

Thu, 28 Apr 2011 11:17:24 +0100

SME, Bratislava – See more.



Football: European fury over World Cup racket

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 10:54:16 +0100

Le Soir, Brussels – See more.



Football: Will China own Liverpool?

Thu, 05 Aug 2010 11:26:13 +0100

The Times, London – See more.



Belgium: World Cup bid controversy

Tue, 03 Aug 2010 11:19:05 +0100

De Morgen, Brussels – See more.



Sport: Spain's golden age

Mon, 26 Jul 2010 11:22:00 +0100

El Mundo, Madrid – See more.



Czech Republic: Sport goes on sale

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 10:48:41 +0100

Lidové noviny , Prague – See more.



Spain: Say you're Spanish and proud

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 15:12:14 +0100

ABC, Madrid – Spain’s World Cup victory goes to show Spanish sports are in top form in a country mired in self-doubt. The conservative Spanish daily ABC views the triumph on the playing field as an opportunity to bolster national unity and pride. See more.



Football: Netherlands fluff it again

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:26:24 +0100

De Volkskrant, Amsterdam – See more.



World Cup: Italy weeps, Northern League celebrates

Fri, 25 Jun 2010 12:19:03 +0100

Corriere della Sera, Milan – See more.



Football: An offside continent

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 15:40:16 +0100

La Stampa, Turin – Football sometimes reflects certain realities. The World Cup is no exception; the large European teams seem scared, confused and hesitant, just like their governments. The emerging countries are displaying a confidence to challenge old continent supremacy. See more.



Football: Les bleus a national laughing stock

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:40:11 +0100

Libération, Paris – See more.



Football: World cup, the succour of soccer

Fri, 11 Jun 2010 14:56:16 +0100

ABC, Madrid – The World Cup kicking off on 11 June in South Africa is a lot more than a sporting event: it has become a mass sociological phenomenon that eclipses our daily doldrums. A case in point is Spain: a country in a fix but favorites to win the tournament. See more.



Football: Hand of Dieu costs Ireland "billions"

Fri, 20 Nov 2009 15:13:58 +0100

Irish Independent, Dublin – See more.



Football: "Hand of God" strikes again

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 13:20:22 +0100

L'Equipe, Paris – See more.



France: Football fans go sour on stars

Thu, 03 Sep 2009 13:30:33 +0100

L'Equipe, Paris – See more.



Pigeon racing: Asian mob takes flutter on pigeons

Mon, 31 Aug 2009 14:15:48 +0100

De Morgen, Brussels – Pigeon racing has become a big money sport where the sums at stake can reach several million euros. Trainers of Belgian pigeons, much sought after in Asia, have now become the target of mafia crimes. See more.



Football: A world cup that's not just a game

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 14:54:23 +0100

Evenimentul zilei, Bucharest – The 7th edition of the Homeless World Cup will be held in Milan this year, hosting 48 teams from all over the world. The initiative is not about dwelling on their misery, but giving homeless and badly housed kids a shot at a job and a roof over their heads. And it works, says Evenimentul Zilei. See more.



Athletics: The doping legacy

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 13:51:12 +0100

Der Spiegel, Hamburg – In the wake of re-unification, Germany inherited a stable of East German champions, who had not only broken records in track and field but also in the consumption of steroids. Twenty years later, German sport is only now beginning to recover. See more.



Austria: Vienna, European capital of doping

Tue, 11 Aug 2009 16:47:06 +0100

Le Soir, Brussels – A spate of doping scandals has hit Austrian sport in recent times, particularly the high profile case of cyclist Bernhard Kohl. In repsonse to this trend, the national anti-doping agency has had its work cut out and has found itself embroiled in a battle with Humanplasma Laboratories. See more.



Sport: Romania's footballers no longer braindead

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 14:06:13 +0100

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Transfers: Evidence of football's irrational market

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 17:47:32 +0100

Financial Times, London – After more than a year of rumours Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo is finally set to join Real Madrid for the unprecedented sum of €93 million. Both in England and Spain commentators are asking whether astronomical transfer fees make any business sense. See more.