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They make a pair

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Press accreditation for the EURO-2008 requires permission from UEFA and Swiss and Austrian police. We were waiting for the papers in a Basel press-centre. After a few hours in the late afternoon a volunteer looked at a computer screen and admitted:

-Austrian police stopped working at 8pm sharp. They do it even before the opening of the Championship! What can I do? Well, Austrians, you know…

In Austrian Salzburg some guys were playing super horns at the opening of the Russian House (national football fan club for the Championship). I asked them:
-Is it a folk music instrument?
-Yes, it is a local music instrument. Not a Swiss one! Not a Swiss one!

The people look so similar from foreigners’ point of view (for Russians, Spaniards, Scandinavians) and their attention to national differences is very touching.

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June 13, 2008 at 4:29 pm

Women get the ball

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An advertisement in Basel during EURO-2008:

There is a German expression “Frauen an die Macht” (something like “Women get the power”). Now it is “Women get the ball”.

An ordinary shop is running the campaign, even not a sport clothes or sport equipment store. The guys felt the Zeitgeist and made a football “A-Z”: “What is football?” Football pitch?” “How many players?”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her recent interview sounded as a representative of all women fans when she said she has been watching football games since she got a TV set in the 60s. After attending a football match she said, “When I’m watching at home I comment even more but I don’t jump up as much.”

We filmed in Basel before the first game. There were some women in the crowd, not much, about 5% – but they were not necessarily with boyfriends or husbands, there were girls gangs, too.

It looks like a carnival not less than like a sport event. Perhaps that’s what makes it so interesting.

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June 9, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Before EURO-2008

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A few hours ago we landed in Basel airport. We are going to play football, aren’t we?

The airport turned out to be run by three countries: it is an aiport of French Mulhouse, German Freiburg and Swiss Basel.

It is bloody cold here! I checked weather forecast right before the flight: according to CNN it is +13 Celsius, rain, according to Russian Hydrometeorological Centre +15, cloudy, no rain.

At 11pm CNN forecast has been proved :(

What an opening are we going to see tomorrow? I didn’t take warm clothes with me! What about all these tourists here?

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June 6, 2008 at 10:21 pm

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