Posts Tagged ‘soccer’

Italian Soccer Star Taunted By Racist Fans

June 12, 2012

This post first appeared on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

As many had feared, racism has reared its ugly head at Euro 2012. Italian football star Mario Balotelli was subjected to non-stop verbal abuse during the Italy-Spain match earlier this week at the Arena Gdansk in Poland.

The Mirror reported that 300 Spanish fans made monkey chants at Balotelli, and that the stewards (ushers) thought this was “funny.” A sports photographer who was on the scene said, “I was sat behind the goal with all the Spanish fans behind me and they were involved in monkey chanting and laughter and mockery whenever Balotelli was on the ball.”

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

English Soccer Team To Visit Auschwitz

May 30, 2012

This post first appeared on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

In an educational effort to combat the troublesome phenomenon of anti-Semitism and racism in soccer, England’s national football team will visit Auschwitz and other Holocaust-related sites while in Poland next week for the Euro 2012 tournament.

According to the Algemeiner, the team will visit Auschwitz some time between its arrival in Poland on June 6 and its first game (against France) on June 9. The players are expected to light candles along the train tracks leading to the camp, and to sign the guest book there.

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Stanford Soccer Star Shines At NCAA Final

December 6, 2011

This post first appeared as “Long-Awaited Victory for Jewish Soccer Star” on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

Camille Levin, wearing no. 2

Stanford’s women’s soccer team won its first NCAA championship on Sunday, and senior Camille Levin was instrumental in making it happen. “Levin had one of the strongest games of her career and was arguably the best player on the field today for either side,” wrote Joseph Beyda in the New York Times.

The 1-0 win over Duke was an emotional moment for the Stanford squad, which had reached the Final Four for four years straight, but had never before come home with the College Cup.

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© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

 


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