MISJA 21: Podróż dookoła Polski w 21 dni Euro

Nasi wysłannicy z Londynu i Łodzi - Petter Larsson z City University i Maciej Stańczyk z Gazety Wyborczej - przemierzają kraj w poszukiwaniu największego sukcesu i porażki Mistrzostw Europy w Piłce Nożnej UEFA - Euro 2012.

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  • poniedziałek, 18 czerwca 2012
    • Bottoms up for footloose fans

      The Irish are standing out wearing wigs, fake beards and anything green they could find, but yesterday they did one of the weirdest things I’ve seen fans do so far. Shouting “shoes up – for the boys in green” the guys in this group were dancing around holding one of their shoes up in the air.

      Diarmuid from Ireland said: “We wanted to do something different and this is different. There is ‘stand up for the boys in green’ so we thought we’d do a ‘shoes up’ version. There is also a ‘chairs up’ song,” he said, showing how they’d dance around with the chair above their head if there were enough chairs available.

      He told me they’d come up with the idea here in Poznan and it somehow felt quite good to know that this wasn’t something a whole country thought was normal. But an hour later I saw a whole pub full of Irishmen dancing around, waving their shoes in the air, so it might not take long before Diarmuid’s invention is a national hit.

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      poniedziałek, 18 czerwca 2012 12:10
    • Zielona wyspa w środku Euro-Polski.

      Spacerując w niedzielny wieczór w okolicach poznańskiego Rynku można było zobaczyć na przykład:

      * Kibica z Irlandii który usilnie stara się założyć policjantce na głowę trójkolową perukę, by zrobić sobie z nią zdjęcie. Co ciekawe, funkcjonariuszka uległa, zdjęła czapkę i uśmiechnęła się do aparatu.

      * Trębacza, który podrzucał melodię kilkudziesięciu kompanom. Dzięki niemu poznaliśmy cały przekrój irlandzkich przyśpiewek stadionowych.

      * A poza tym - wiele tysięcy uśmiechniętych, roztańczonych i rozbawionych kibiców w zielonych strojach, którzy dosłownie zalali całe centrum Poznania. A było to dzień przed meczem!

       Bardzo nie chciałbym używać wyświechtanych zwrotów typu: niesamowity klimat, genialna atmosfera czy świetna zabawa. Żaden z nich nie oddaje tego, jak wspaniale wygląd Poznań w czasie Euro. Od mieszkańców wiemy, że tak impreza trwa nieprzerwanie od dwóch tygodni !

      Wśród tłumu trafiliśmy na grupkę przyjaciół, którzy przyjechali do Polski wozem kempingowym. Podróżowali wzdłuż wybrzeża, a od kilku dni mieszkają w Poznaniu.

      - Polska to fenomenalny kraj, będziemy polecać go każdemu. Ludzie są otwarci, przyjaźni, pomocni. Macie piękne miasta, a w każdym jest plac w centrum, gdzie można spędzić miło czas - opowiadała     

      Dopytywałem, czy Irlandczycy bawią się tak samo u siebie w kraju. - Raczej nie. U nas jest teraz kryzys. Myślę, że oni wszyscy posprzedawali wszystko, wzięli ostatnie oszczędności i przyjechali tu na imprezę życia - śmiał się z kolei Dave

      - Wiesz jak o nas mówią? Najgorsza drużyna, najlepsi kibice - dodał.

      Przyjeżdżając do Poznania byłem też bardzo ciekawy, czy rzeczywiście mieszkają tu Szkodzi wyrzuceni z kraju za skąpstwo. Wygląda na to, że nie. Rachunek za taksówkę wyniósł 31,4 zł. Kierowca chciał tylko 30. 

      

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      poniedziałek, 18 czerwca 2012 11:46
    • An twisted surprise during dinner

      When eating out in Poznan, make sure you don’t get literally screwed over like Lia from Ireland got yesterday. She is the first person I’ve heard saying that the service here is really bad so I had to know why.

      Lia, who lives in Canada and travels around Europe for a couple of months this summer, said she’d gone to a quite fancy restaurant in the central and wanted her meal without chicken. She said: “When I got the meal there was chicken in it so I told them I’d wanted it without chicken. Then they came back with the same meal that they’d taken away most of the chicken from but then I found a screw in it.”

      Lia, who had met up with a big group of Irishmen for two trips to Poznan during Ireland’s games in the Euro, said the screw was about five centimetres long.

      She added: “But when I showed the restaurant it they were shocked too. The owner almost cried and gave us everything for free.”

      I guess the owner of the place, which Lia didn’t remember the name on, hoped this wasn’t going to end up on a blog or something.

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      poniedziałek, 18 czerwca 2012 10:43
    • Euro's most fashionable supporters weren't attracted to Warsaw

      Sometimes you don’t need to wear your team’s shirt to show where you are from. In the middle of the green party last night sat the two most stylish fans I’ve seen here so far, making it very clear that they weren’t from Ireland.

      Jordan(right), from Monaco, who has lived in Poznán for a year have his friend Guillian(left), also from Monaco, visiting him during the Euro. Guillian had a knee injoury which only led to him looking even more like a gentleman with the stick he'd bought in Poland. Jordan said he loved the city that was pretty, full of good people and had a great vibe that had become even better for the Euro.

      “Before you could see constructions and road work on almost every street here, but like from one day to another, everything works perfectly and it's cleaner than ever before,” he said, snapping his fingers to show how quickly it all had gone.

      Jordan, a big fan of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, said he prefers Poznán to most Polish cities he’d travelled to – especially Warsaw. He said: “Warsaw is like a really ugly girl with really beautiful eyes,” probably meaning that a few nice things weren’t enough to compensate for all the less pretty things in a city. I told him I thought beautiful eyes can make anyone beautiful but he answered: “Yeah, but you still wouldn’t want to f*** her.”

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      poniedziałek, 18 czerwca 2012 10:37
    • Go green in Poznán!

      I thought I’d come to Poznán– a city on the Warta river in west-central Poland with a population of 551,627 in the end of 2010, among the oldest cities in Poland that was one of the most important centres in the early Polish state whose first rulers were buried at Poznán’s Cathedral, sometimes claimed to be the first capital of the kingdom of Poland. But I’d come to Ireland, where drunk people in green clothes support a losing team better than any European fans support a winning one.

      Poznan’s Fan Zone is pretty small but cozy with stairs for people to sit on, a fountain for people to bath in and VIP-loges for those who can afford it to watch the games from. Germany played Denmark and Portugal played Holland but the crowd was all green. The whole city was filled with Irish fans and the Italians, who were the most likely to qualify for the quarter-finals, were only a few.

      Alan from Ireland said: “Imagine if the Germans came with the same percentage of their population. It would’ve been millions." He and his friends were surprised how so many people could come as the economic crisis had hit their country hard. But the Eurocrisis seems only to be a problem regarding money - in this kind of Euro, the Irish are strong. They said the mass invasion of Poland could be because they hadn't qualified for the Euro since 1988.

      Alan added: "Last time we qualified for a big tournament was 2002 in Japan/South Korea and that was a bit far away, still around 8,000 people showed up.”

      Alan thought the scenes on Poznán’s market square looked a lot like in a war movie where the army knew they were going to lose the battle but still shouted and sang because they knew they were going to do it together. When I asked people about tomorrow, nobody cared. I asked if it was going to be a late night and the fans said: “Every night is a late night.”

      Alan said: “It’s like they say – we’re the worst team with the best fans.”

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  • niedziela, 17 czerwca 2012
    • Euro - Polska powiatowa

      W drodze między Wrocławiem a Poznaniem zatrzymaliśmy się na kilka godzin w Lesznie. A konkretnie - u rodziny Kuby, u którego nocował Petter w czasie pierwszego pobytu w Polsce, w zeszłym roku. Szczególnie Petter chciał odwiedzić babcię Kuby, która karmiła go jak rodzonego wnuka. A wszyscy wiemy najlepiej, że różnica między babcią nakładająca obiad, a terrorystą jest taka, że z terrorystą można negocjować.

      Dla mnie była to okazja, by sprawdzić, czy są jakieś ślady Euro w mieście, które ani nie miało meczu, ani bazy dla piłkarzy, ani nawet turystów, którzy mogliby się w nim znaleźć.

      Euro - Polska powiatowa, a zwłaszcza jej mieszkańcy, nie skorzystali na Mistrzostwach Europy zbyt wiele.

      - W Lesznie oczywiście wszyscy oglądali mecz reprezentacji. Ale w domu. Do dyspozycji było też kilka ogródków z telewizorami. To wszystko. Żadnej strefy kibica, żadnego wspólnego oglądania - żalił się Sławek, którego wraz z rodziną spotkaliśmy na Rynku.

      - Wielu naszych znajomych, by poczuć atmosferę Euro, pojechało do Wrocławia lub Poznania. Nawet jeśli nie mieli biletów na mecze. Kibicowali w strefach. Byli bliżej reprezentacji - dodała z kolei jego żona Joanna.

       

      

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      niedziela, 17 czerwca 2012 20:18
    • The city without Oceana in the background

      On our way to Poznan we stopped by in Leszno, a place where I recommend everyone to go. Everyone who is sick of Euro that is.

      I am not sick of Euro but had another reason for visiting this town that had many posters about speedway but only one about Euro and that one said something like: “Go to Poznan’s Fan Zone.” Kuba’s grandmother had invited us for a Sunday dinner and I loved digging into the potatoes, schabowy, rosol, chicken, roladki, cabbage and pickled cucumbers until my stomach was as overfull as central Wroclaw last night.

      Kuba’s grandma said she’d been supporting Poland and Sweden but that she wouldn’t stop watching the games now as her football interest just kept increasing. I asked her what team she would support now and she said: “The one that’s winning.” That could be a good change from the two previous teams she’s been going for.

      Kuba’s grandma was however alone in Leszno with this interest for the Euro. A few Polish flags were hanging from the window but we saw no foreigners, no big screen, no Poland shirts, no pubs, bars or shops with Euro offers, during our hour-long walk through the city. In Poland we have seen any kind of business using Euro to attract customers but in Leszno they still used their speedway stars in the shop windows. When a big crowd gathered on the square it wasn't, like in the other cities we have visited, to watch a football game but a concert.

      Kuba’s uncle Henrik, who together with his wife sell flowers that they grow in massive tents behind their house, invited us for afternoon coffee. He said: “The largest big screen TV to watch Euro on is in there,” pointing at his living room.

      He said that there was no interest for Euro in the city and that he once had heard some shouts and chanting, but added: “It turned out to be a wedding party.”

      As thousands supporters headed to the speedway stadium to watch tonight’s race instead of following the final drama of Group B, we got on a train to Poznan. Euro is too short to spend time in a place where it doesn't exist.

      

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