Euro 2008: Play against your nation!

The news of Lukas Podolski scoring against the country of his birth in the Euro 2008 championship spread like hot fire: a Pole scores against Poland! Not only that he scored once, he did it twice securing the victory for Germany in that match. Minutes later after the match the Youtube (and probably elsewhere) was filled with comments ending up with kurwa from angry Poles, accusing him of beating up his own country. On the other side Germans were affirming he’s German now and although born in Poland was raised in Germany, others saying he was born in the part of Poland that used to be Germany’s or that his parents immigrated to Germany as ethnic Germans. Anyway, he must of have some weird feelings himself about that.

But Lukas Podolski is not the only one scoring against his own nation at the Euro 2008 cahampionship! Hakan Yakin, an ethnic turk born in Switzerland scored against Turkey too. Hakan was even offered a Turkish citizenship before being called to join Switzerland’s national team but turned it down for personal reasons. Unlike Podolski vs Poland (2:0) the Yakin vs Turkey (1:2) ended up with Turks victory, and one may say Turks were the only ones scoring at that match.

Apart from Podolski and Yakin there is another candidate to join the list – Zlatan Ibrahimovic who plays for Sweden but is of Bosnian and Croatian parentage. Although he’s got really few chances to play against Croatia at this championship: Sweden will have to make it out of the group first and both Croatia and Sweden should get to the final. And then there is Ivica Vastic, a Croatian-born playing for Austria, but when Austria played against Croatia he didn’t score.

So, far these are the ones I spotted, have I missed anyone?

Victoria Moldovei (…la fotbal!)

Beat de victorie!
Echipa naţional? de fotbal a Moldovei ne mai bucur? înc? o dat? cu o victorie de zile mari. Se pare c? de data aceasta nimeni nici nu se gândea la un alt rezultat decât victorie, ?i am învins! Asta da, atitudine de înving?tori, BRAVO juc?torilor ?i antrenorului ?i tuturor ce au contribuit la acest rezultat! ?i BRAVO suporterilor care au creat aceast? atmosfer? de victorie!

Am fost si eu parte a acestei atmosferi de victorie ?i am reu?it s? capturez câteva momente din acest meci istoric. Inainte de meci am mers ?i la o bere, cum se face deobicei, ?i un prieten pe care îl cred de pesimist, dar de fapt e un amator ?i bun cunosc?tor a fotbalului moldovenesc tosta zicând: “Hai, s? câ?tige Moldova cu 5:0!”. Nu prea auzi a?a ceva de la el, dar se pare c? tostând la mai mult se prime?te ceva. Eu zic sa mai tostam cu toţii la meciurile viitoare ?i poate ajungem ?i în campionat data viitoare.

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Mai doresc s? public lista celor ce au jucat în acea seara ?i s? le zicem mulţumesc: Stanislav Nama?co (cel care ne salva poarta), Alexandru Epureanu, Sergiu Lascencov, Nicolae Josan (cel care a b?tut gol în minutul 22), Radu Rebeja (capitanul echipei), Sergiu Nama?co, Eugeniu Cebotaru (înlocuit cu Simion Bulgaru), Denis Zmeu (înlocuit cu Ghenadie Olexici la final de meci), Vitalie Bordian, Igor Bugaiov (cel care a deschis scorul!) ?i Denis Calincov înlocuit de Serghei Alexeev (care a dat ?i ultimul gol). Chiar dac? au stat pe banca de rezerv? amintim ?i de b?itii care au susţinut moral juc?torii: Nicolae Calancea, Viorel Frunz? ?i Victor Comlionoc. ?i cel c?ruia mulţi îi datoreaz? succesul pe care l-a avut echipa de fotbal – antrenorul Igor Dobrovolski.

Rezultatele bune a echipei Moldovei de fotbal în cadrul preliminarelor EURO 2008 au fost deja numite ascensiuni miraculoase al?turi de echipele Ciprului si Liechtensteinului. Iar dup? victoria de aseara cu siguranţ? va fi numit? ?i cea mai spectaculoas? ascensiune. Dup? victoriile asupra Ungariei, Maltei, Bosniei ?i egalul cu turcii, echipa Moldovei acumuleaz? 12 puncte în total situânduse pe poziţia 5 in grup?. Acesta este cel mai bun rezultat obţinut de echipa noastra vreodat?.