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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 19/04/2007

European football banks on Eastern countries

Olaf Sundermeyer reports that Poland's top league is currently mired in a "referee scandal of Italian dimensions" and that Ukrainian football is under the control of oligarch Grigori Surkis. He comments: "Under these circumstances it's questionable whether Italy was only defeated by Poland/Ukraine because the calcio [Italian championship] has been plagued by referee scandals and due to the violent excesses of the tifosi [the fans] for around a year now. Perhaps it's just that the time had come to stage the games in Eastern Europe for the first time since 1976 (Yugoslavia), when the games were still a European championship for national teams. Hungary and Austria's bid for the 2004 European Cup was defeated by Portugal. In December 2002, the bids of Croatia/Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia and Hungary had no chance against those of Austria and Switzerland. Now that Poland and Ukraine have been selected we can hope this signals the beginning of a new political and economic era."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 18/04/2006

A new daily for Poland

The German media group 'Axel Springer Polska' has launched a new daily newspaper on the Polish market today. The daily is to compete with the 'Gazeta Wyborcza' and 'Rzeczpospolita'. Olaf Sundermeyer reports that the Gazeta has already halved its sales price and created a new layout in preparation for the upcoming battle. "The paper, in the tradition of British rather than German newspapers, carries the unexciting name 'Dziennik' (the daily newspaper). It's supposed to be modelled on the 'Independent' and the 'Guardian'. News takes up most of the space in the daily's handy tabloid format. This is what distinguishes it from the legendary 'Gazeta Wyborcza', whose editor in chief and co-founder Adam Michnik has been the country's liberal superego since the fall of communism. In the times of the change of system, this was an important role, but the times have changed."

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