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Players anticipating Euro 2012
Published on:Monday, June 4, 2012 - 09:00
The European Championships will begin in a few days' time. We look ahead to the event with Ebi Smolarek and Evgeniye Levchenko, former football players from Poland and Ukraine, respectively. Both of them also have strong ties with the Netherlands.
34-year-old midfielder Evgeniye Levchenko played for 15 years with Dutch teams, including Vitesse, Sparta, FC Groningen and Willem II. He was also a member of the Ukrainian national team eight times.
31-year-old Ebi Smolarek grew up in the Netherlands and played for Feyenoord and ADO Den Haag. He played for the Polish national team in 47 matches, scoring 20 goals.
As they kick the ball about, the two former footballers talk about the prospects for their country and the Dutch team during Euro 2012. How far will they go? How hospitable are their nations? And what does Levchenko think about the decision by many EU leaders to boycott the championships in Ukraine?