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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 08/12/2014

Only Uefa can put Putin in his place

Crimea's football clubs may not play in the Russian league, according to a resolution passed by Uefa on Thursday. The football bureaucrats are showing how to deal with Russia, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza writes in delight: "Uefa has simply done what Obama, Merkel and sanctions have not been able to accomplish. And it didn't even negotiate. It simply ruled that the Crimean clubs can't play in Russia. ... And this decision came just after Putin's address on the state of the nation, of all times, in which the president stressed that Crimea is sacred for him and that he can talk from a position of strength because Russia has a huge army. But he was totally off the mark as far as football goes, because the only one who can talk from a position of strength on that topic is Uefa."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 08/06/2012

A historical turning point for Poland

The inauguration of Euro 2012 in his home country, Poland, is a historical turning point for Rafal Stec of the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: "Mankind has been having fun at major sports events - the Olympic Games and the World and European Championships - for almost a century. But up to now Poland has never hosted any of them. And not just Poland: not a single post-socialist country has hosted a major football tournament to date. We and Ukraine are the first. Euro 2012 symbolises the success we have had in rebuilding our country after society collapsed under communism. For fans this is a dream come true. Every time we were involved in really big sports events we were far away from home and came in contact with that other, rich world. Now I can hardly believe that the Polish players are living in a hotel just a few hundred metres away from our editing department and that they will play against Greece in a stadium that is just across the Vistula."

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