Football (soccer)

10:27am

Fri July 27, 2012
Asia

Pay, Not Play, Fuels British Invasion Of Chinese Soccer

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 11:20 am

Federico Macheda of Manchester United (center) challenges players from Shanghai Shenhua during a friendly match between the two teams in Shanghai, China, on Wednesday.
Hong Wu Getty Images

On a gray, polluted Beijing morning, parents peer through a fence anxiously at their little darlings' wobbly dribbling skills on the soccer pitch, as they try to score goals against former Manchester City goalkeeper Alex Williams.

Across town, Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta poses gamely with another group of Chinese kids.

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6:39am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Torch

Olympic Glitch Riles North Korean Players Before Soccer Match [VIDEO]

Supporters of North Korea's women's soccer team were dismayed to see the start of Wednesday's match delayed, after a video screen displayed the South Korean flag next to photos of the North Korean players.
Graham Stuart AFP/Getty Images

It didn't take long for politics to enter the fray of Olympic sports. On Day One of preliminary competition, members of the North Korean women's soccer team staged a short protest after a mix-up with their national flag.

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3:44am

Sun June 17, 2012
World

Racism Fears Hinder Soccer Tourney's Unity Message

Originally published on Sun June 17, 2012 5:56 pm

Racist graffiti on a wall in the Ukrainian city of Lviv earlier this month. A recent BBC report warned of widespread racism in Ukraine and Poland, the hosts of the European soccer championship.
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The European soccer championship is taking place for the first time in former East Bloc countries Ukraine and Poland. The tournament is supposed to highlight Europe's post-Cold War unity, but the age-old plagues of racism and nationalism persist.

Ukraine is home to a small number of Africans and Asians, many of whom came during the Soviet period. One prominent expatriate in Kiev is Charles Assante-Yeboa, president of the local Africa center.

Assante-Yeboa says four years ago, a group of Ukrainians wielding knives and clubs attacked him.

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5:46am

Sat June 9, 2012
Sports

Sports Roundup: Basketball, Boxing And Euro Soccer

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 8:58 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Time for sports.

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SIMON: And there won't be a Triple Crown winner this year. But it's still a weekend for major matchups of all kinds, with Nadal and Djokovic, LeBron James and the Boston Celtics, and the peerless Manny Pacquiao in action. NPR Sports Correspondent Tom Goldman joins us.

Morning, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Scott.

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1:00am

Fri June 8, 2012
Europe

Soccer In Ukraine Brings Fans, Fear Of AIDS

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 1:03 pm

A man plays soccer in Kiev on Thursday. The first games of the Euro 2012 tournament are on Friday.
Alex Livesey Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands of soccer fans, most of them men, are set to arrive in Ukraine and Poland for Euro 2012, the monthlong European soccer championship that kicks off Friday.

But what's expected to take place off the field has health experts concerned. An estimated 360,000 Ukrainians — more than 1 percent of the population — are infected with AIDS or the virus that causes AIDS, the highest rate in Europe. Sex workers are one of the hardest-hit groups.

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