UEFA Emergency Panel: Russian And Ukrainian Teams Can't Play Each Other

Part of the job of being a governing body for international competition is dealing with the occasional geopolitical nightmare, and deciding how to keep teams from two countries essentially at war from turning a game into a battle. UEFA is nipping that shit in the bud right now, before tomorrow's Champions League draw… » 7/17/14 4:11pm 7/17/14 4:11pm

What The Fuck Does This Thomas Friedman Hockey Metaphor Mean?

Thought leader Thomas Friedman of the New York Times has written a column about the Ukraine crisis, in which he argues, well, who knows. A good quarter of it is just an extended excerpt from a 16-year-old interview with George Kennan, who didn't think that committing to wage nuclear war on behalf of Eastern European… » 4/09/14 4:47pm 4/09/14 4:47pm

IOC Rejects Ukrainian Olympians' Request To Honor Dead

At least 25 were killed and hundreds injured yesterday as Kiev protests flared into violence. With casualties on both sides, what could be more apolitical than Ukrainian Olympic athletes donning black armbands to honor the dead? It's not a protest, it's a commemoration—and it's too much of a statement for the IOC's… » 2/19/14 9:07am 2/19/14 9:07am

Flames and Chaos Erupt in Kiev as 21 Die in Police Raid on Protest

The months-long standoff between Ukraine's strongarm pro-Russian president and opposition protesters in the streets of Kiev, the capital, has turned grisly in recent hours, with 18 deaths reported in clashes between police and the demonstrators. This gripping livestream is being broadcast from Kiev's main square: » 2/18/14 4:29pm 2/18/14 4:29pm

Terrible Hijacker Arrested Wearing Canadiens Sweater

On Friday, a Ukrainian man allegedly tried to hijack a plane headed for Turkey and redirect it to Sochi in hopes of securing the release of anti-government protesters imprisoned in his country. His attempt was foiled and, for some reason, he was wearing a Montreal Canadiens sweater when he was arrested. He also may… » 2/08/14 3:27pm 2/08/14 3:27pm

France Make History To Qualify For The World Cup

After France lost to Ukraine on Friday in the first leg of their World Cup playoff 2-0, it seemed their hopes of traveling to Brazil were all but over. After all, no team had ever overcome a 2-0 deficit in the first leg of the playoffs to qualify for the sport's biggest tournament. To advance, France needed everything… » 11/19/13 7:53pm 11/19/13 7:53pm

If You Are A Journalist, Ukraine's Soccer Coach Will Fight You

Ukraine head coach Oleg Blokhin, who's something of a soccer legend in Russia, really wanted to beat the shit out of some journalists today, after his squad lost 1-0 to England and was eliminated from Euro 2012. What made the day worse for Blokhin was that Ukraine appeared to score in the 63rd minute, but the… » 6/19/12 9:20pm 6/19/12 9:20pm

At Euro 2012, No Place For English Optimism Or Swedish Sobriety

KIEV, Ukraine—The English did not come to Kiev in droves. According to a few of them who milled about before the match with Sweden, their countrymen stayed away for two reasons: 1) The fear of racism and violence, fueled by the BBC's sensationalist Stadiums of Hate documentary, and 2) an unflinching belief that this… » 6/18/12 2:10pm 6/18/12 2:10pm

Ukraine Solves Its Alcoholic Bear Problem Just In Time For Euro 2012…

Some of you may not know this, but Ukraine has a bit of a problem with drunk bears. They call them "vodka bears" because they were given vodka and forced to dance as a means of entertainment at local hotels and restaurants. Last August, efforts were made to stop the practice, but now I guess they have a new problem: … » 6/17/12 5:23pm 6/17/12 5:23pm

From Ukraine With Love: 24 Racism-Free Hours At Euro 2012

KIEV & KHARKIV, Ukraine—The fast train from Kiev to Kharkiv takes four hours. I know this, although I am not on it. I want to be on it, but tickets are gone, sold weeks ago to assorted Germans and other more prepared fans traveling from the Ukrainian capital to the industrial city that lies 300 miles due east. They… » 6/14/12 2:55pm 6/14/12 2:55pm