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Monday, 9 June 2008

9 June 2008. A Day at the Races…

Filed under: Russian,Serbia,sport — 01varvara @ 00.00

Russia’s Dinara Safina faces Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic in the French Open finals

Dinara Safina (1986- ), Russian female tennis star

Russia’s Dinara Safina is facing Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic in the French Open finals, and on the men’s side, last year’s Roland Garros winner Rafael Nadal from Spain will be playing against the world’s Number One, Roger Federer of Switzerland, in a much-awaited showdown scheduled for tomorrow. In the semi-finals competition, Nadal ousted Serbia’s Novak Jokovic and Federer beat Gaël Monfils of France. The prize at stake is 15.5 million euros (569.899 million roubles. 24.133 million USD. 12.306 million UK pounds)

7 June 2008


European Championship in football opens today

Guus Hiddink (1946- ), Dutch coach of Team Russia

The European Championship football series kicks off today, co-hosted by Switzerland and Austria. The Swiss will get the competition off and running when they meet the Czech Republic in the opening game in Basel, and Portugal will face off with Turkey in Geneva. Russia plays its first game on 10 June in Innsbruck, Austria, against the formidable Spanish side.

7 June 2008


Euro 2008 continues

The teams of Group B meet on Sunday at the Euro 2008 European football championship, which is now underway in Austria and Switzerland. Austria plays Croatia in Vienna and Poland plays Germany in Klagenfurt. The teams of Group A played on Saturday. The Czech Republic defeated Switzerland 1-0 in Basel, and Portugal impressively defeated Turkey 2-0 in Geneva.

8 June 2008


Russian sail training ship Pallada crossed the Red Sea

The Pallada leaves her homeport of Vladivostok on 2 November 2007 on her around-the-world voyage

The Russian sail training ship Pallada, currently on a circumnavigation of the globe, left behind the Red Sea, which is known for frequent attacks by bandits on transiting ships. The vessel navigated through the Gulf of Aden and entered the Arabian Sea. The itinerary will then take the ship to the Indian Ocean. Before Pallada returns to her home port of Vladivostok in the middle of August, it’s due to call at ports in Malaysia, China, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. The Pallada has been en route on its round-the-world voyage since last November, a voyage that’s been dedicated to the 190th anniversary of the expedition of a flotilla of Russian ships under Bellingshausen and Lazarev that circumnavigated the earth, and also to the 50th anniversary of Russian Antarctic exploration.

9 May 2008


Voice of Russia World Service

Up to 20,000 Russian fans likely to attend Euro 2008

Up to 20,000 Russian fans are expected to cheer their side on at Euro 2008, to be jointly held in Austria and Switzerland this month, the head of the Russian Football Union said on Friday. “I believe that between 15,000 and 20,000 supporters will arrive from Russia”, Vitaly Mutko told the newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta (The Russian Newspaper), adding that while only 6,000 tickets had been allocated to Russia for each match, he expected that the team’s fans would buy tickets “through other channels”.

The tournament kicks off on Saturday with a game between Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Russia starts their campaign with a match against Spain on 10 June. They then face Greece on 14 June and Sweden on 18 June. The number of Russian fans attending major soccer tournaments has increased each year since the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991.

6 June 2008


Euro 2008 kicks off in Austria and Switzerland

Euro 2008 kicks off on Saturday with a Group A match between hosts Switzerland and the Czech Republic. The tournament, the third largest sporting event in the world after the Olympics and the World Cup, is being jointly played in Austria and Switzerland, with the final to be held in Vienna’s Ernst Happel stadium on 29 June. Over the next 23 days, the tournament will see 31 games at eight different stadiums across the two countries. Joint-host Austria is in Group B and faces Croatia in their opening game on 8 June.

“The party is going to start”, said UEFA President Michel Platini on Friday. “There is going to be a lot of drama, there will be pain and joy, and the best team will be the winner. I also hope that football will be the winner. I’m expecting wonderful emotions and I’m passing the ball on to all the players, who are key to our success”. Respected British bookmakers William Hill make Germany 4-1 favourites, with Spain at 5-1, and Italy at 13-2. Russia is a 22-1 outsider. Greece, who shocked the world by winning Euro 2004, is also at 22-1. Some 20,000 Russian fans are expected to attend the tournament to cheer on their team. Team Russia, managed by experienced Dutch coach Guus Hiddink, kick off their campaign with a game against Spain on 10 June.

7 June 2008


Ivanovic beats Russia’s Safina to take French Open title

Ana Ivanovic (1987- ), Serbian female tennis champion

Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic beat Russia’s Dinara Safina in the French Open women’s final on Saturday to win her first grand slam title. Second-seeded Ivanovic, 20, outplayed 22-year-old Safina (13) to clinch the match in straight sets 6:4, 6:3. Safina, the younger sister of Russia’s former world No 1, Marat Safin, was playing in her first grand slam final after ousting three of her higher-ranked compatriots, including top seed, Maria Sharapova, Yelena Dementyeva (7) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (4).

7 June 2008




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