Football in Ukraine

Memo to Platini: No reason to fix what's not broken

The balloon went up over Eastern Europe on the eve of the final in Kiev. Thankfully, it was a giant hot air model in the shape of the ultimate prize, the Henri Delaunay Cup, and signalled the imminent battle between Italy and Spain for European dominance.

Monday, 2 July, 2012, 12:00am

Ghosts of 'Death Match' linger

The stone colonnade entrance is in desperate need of a lick of paint, and the Cyrillic letters spelling out the name of this infamous football stadium in Kiev are in danger of toppling over.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Uefa deserves respect for daring to be bold

The trip meter in my Land Rover was reset 17 days ago in Hampshire, England, and ticked on to 3,000 miles - 4,860km - as I pulled into Kharkiv, located between the Ukrainian capital Kiev and Donetsk.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Legacy? We'll have to wait and see ...

When covering a major sporting event in a developing country, you obsess over the promised legacies as you do the winners and losers. Most of the Beijing 2008 promises made by the International Olympic Committee and Bocog (the Beijing Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) were kept, others clearly broken.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am