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Greek Priest Punished for Hooliganism

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 9, 2010

Vuvuzela  fever?

A Greek priest has been punished by the Orthodox Church for hooliganism after he was spotted among crowds of chanting football fans.

Priest Christos, who is in his sixties, was a fervent supporter of Greek football team PAOK FC, whose fans are notorious for being among the most violent in Greece.

He would attend games dressed in his robes and a club scarf, earning him the nickname Papa Paok.

The priest earned notoriety after videos of him were posted on YouTube in the middle of a throng of supporters who were insulting an opposition team, and another showed a crowd chanting “The priest is a God”.

The clerical commission in his parish, in a Thessaloniki suburb, demoted the priest and ordered not to take part in any more “uncouth gatherings of supporters”.

The decision has angered PAOK fans, who organized a Facebook campaign entitled “Free Papa Paok” which has 7,500 members.

In a press release fans denounced the decision, saying the priest carried out the “social and spiritual work of the Church on behalf of the people” and accused the Orthodox Church of a “fascist and reactionary approach”.

Local Greek Orthodox priests bless Greece’s national football team


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World Cup in the Vuvuzela (ንቡዜማ) Pot

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 8, 2010

The biggest sporting event in the history of Africa is to take place over the next couple of weeks.

I think the awarding of the FIFA world cup to the African Continent which has often been suspect and thought of negatively by the world media, for the first time, is quite historic – the right thing to do – a very positive gesture – one major morale boost for Africa. The FIFA World Cup is the second biggest sporting event in the world after the Olympics.

The whole of Africa has been looking forward to this big event get started on the 11th of June 2010.

Somebody says, “Love is my religion” another one, “Music is my religion”, but, during the coming four weeks, many would say, “Football is our religion”. Indeed, football generates very powerful emotions – nationalism, hero-worship – these are all elements of religion. It is a quasi-religion in many ways, even if it is more like a simple human game – an entertainment.

First of all, the World Cup is about hospitality, at least from an African point of view because it’s coming to Africa. The wider world will surely be acquainted with the warm and joyful African hospitality. At the end of the games everyone will be wearing shirts with Africa motives and carrying around a VUVUZELA (ንቡዜማa traditional South African stadium horn )

Everyone will acknowledge the fact that Africa unjustly continues to be heard and seen in ways that Africa would not want to be heard and seen. Everyone, even its critics, will take the Vuvuzela sound around the stadiums as a desperate attempt by Africa to be heard. Yes, it’s a very loud instrument, and probably much louder when you have thousands of people playing them. But here is a continent which continues to cry out for recognition, for dignity, to be interpreted positively. I am sure everyone will get used to it, as we’re in for for a peaceful and magnificent World Cup, for a festival of football

South Africa 2010 Match Schedule


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Blatter attacks European ‘anti-Africa’ World Cup critics

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 12, 2010

Changing the world’s perception of Africa seems to be a difficult task. It really is amazing to see blind Europeans in today’s interconnected, interdependent and globalized world. The world saw a fantastic “Confederations Cup” in South Africa last year, and, even Angola hosted a colorful and well-organized Africa Cup of Nations in 2010. As The World Cup is a hugely lucrative event which will attract travel business into South Africa, Ethiopian Airlines is seen as one of those privileged that could become among the most profitable international airlines. So, could the recent tragic crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane, off Lebanon, be an apparent conspiracy by those greedy money-sharks to disrupt the business of this great African airliner?

(dpa) VANCOUVER,  Feb 11 2010

The president of world soccer governing body Fifa, Joseph Blatter, has lashed out at critics of South Africa’s ability to host this year’s World Cup in the wake of the terror attack on the Togo football team at last month’s Africa Cup of Nations in neighboring Angola.

“It’s nonsense to combine what has happened in Angola with a terrorist attack and link it to the South Africa World Cup,” he told German Press Agency dpa on Thursday in Vancouver ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

“Eleven million tourists travel every year to South Africa,” Blatter added. “Last week an ATP [tennis] tournament was played in Johannesburg, and they didn’t die.”

Blatter’s comments come in the wake of remarks by German Football League (DFL) boss Reinhard Rauball, who demanded South Africa take action following the attack in Angola.

“It’s kind of an anti-Africa movement, this is not right,” Blatter told dpa.

“There is still in the so-called ‘old world’ feeling that why the hell should South Africa organise a World Cup. Why the hell?

“It was easier for them to go down to Africa, the colonialists in the past hundred years, to take out all the best, and now to take out all the best footballers.

“And when you have to give something back they don’t want to go. What’s that? It is a lack of respect, a lack of respect for the whole of Africa.”


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