Black Dynamo Kiev Fans Attacked By Other Dynamo Kiev Fans

The Guardian has a pretty disturbing report from Ukraine, where Dynamo Kiev and Chelsea drew 0-0 yesterday in Champions League action. According to the paper, UEFA is investigating attacks in the stands on four black Dynamo Kiev supporters, suffered at the hands of their fellow home fans. In an attempt to restore a… »10/21/15 8:56pm10/21/15 8:56pm


What Is Jerome Randle Doing Leading The Ukrainian National Team?

Jerome Randle goes by many names these days. As Jerome, he’s won NCAA tournament games and knocked on the NBA’s door for half a decade. Jerome is from Chicago. Jerome was, briefly, responsible for setting up Dirk Nowitzki. But Джером Рендл or, phonetically, Dzherom Rendl, isn’t close to California, Dallas, or anywhere… »9/07/15 11:27am9/07/15 11:27am

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 4:11pm7/17/14 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 4:47pm4/09/14 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 9:07am2/19/14 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 4:29pm2/18/14 4:29pm

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 9:20pm6/19/12 9:20pm

Ukraine Solves Its Alcoholic Bear Problem Just In Time For Euro 2012 (Also, Ukraine Had A Problem With Alcoholic Bears)

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 5:23pm6/17/12 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 2:55pm6/14/12 2:55pm