As any soccer fans know, Euro 2012, the 14th European Championship for national football teams organised by UEFA, will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine between 8 June and 1 July 2012.
If you’re not a soccer fan, you may have heard of it because of the prostitution scandals in Ukraine or just because it’s the biggest and latest sport event right before the Olympic games.
The funny part is that as a European, a French to be exact, I’ve never ever considered Russia as part of Europe. In terms of geography, politics and economics, we learn at school Russia doesn’t belong to it. So in my mind, as well as in many people’s one, Russia is a big country between Europe and Asia, and it has always sounded strange to me too see Poutine’s land treated as part of Europe as far as sport is concerned.
But Russia is homeland of my favorite 2000s model, aka Natalia Vodianova, and last week she organized with her Naked Heart Foundation a charity football match versus the team of Russian Government, captain of which was deputy Prime Minister of Russia Arkady Dvorkovitch.
On that purpose she was on set everyday of the week until Friday, doing training sessions in a studio wearing her collection for…
I guess soccer fans would consider it a great warm up for Euro 2012.
So let’s forget the feud… or even better: let’s support Russia in its first game against Czech Republic on Friday (sorry Franck, I love Praga, but…)