June 12, 2008

Football fest in Europe - Euro 2008 in Vienna report

Fantasy without borders; Anubis in Austrian jersey

For football fans, this is the best time to visit Europe! Not necessarily it should be Euro-2008 hosts Switzerland or Austria. In many other countries, central squares of the cities are turned into Fan Zones with huge screens to follow the games. Euro atmosphere is all over the continent! Even the people with zero interest in football can easily turn into the wildest fan! :) But if you have a chance to go to Austria or Switzerland, then do not miss it now! We spent last weekend in Vienna (one of the Euro'08 host cities), and the atmosphere was very "footballic"! All the photos are here.

Our Vienna trip gang; 1 Kyrgyz, 3 Kazakhs, 1 Russian, 3 Catalans

Museum Quartier has put up giant football boots for each participating country

As Croatia was to play with Austria in Vienna first, the city was literally invaded by Croatioans (proof videos and photos are to be provided). It was as if noone was left in Croatia and migrated to Austria (probably they had some good ventilation in Croatia during that period). Suddenly, we were in Zagreb, not Vienna.

Not only the half-drunk male fans, but pretty halves of Croatian supporters were in the Vienna streets as well.

Forza Croatia!

More of Croatian invasion. Giant Croatian flag floating over the square in front of Vienna's main cathedral - St.Stephen's Cathedral. (Videos are coming next!)

This 5-million nation is indeed very successful in sports; football, water polo, basketball, etc.

Local Austrian fans in Vienna streets - like rare tourists.

Besides them many other fans in different national jerseys, hats, face paints, scarves,... that's how football brings together nations and colors. And there were several Fan Zones (for all those who doesn't have the match tickets and who is not willing to watch the games lazily from home) where you could follow the game from huge screens, enjoy your beer and cheer your fav team with many other comrades.

In the Fan Zone in front of Rathhaus building

One of the Fan Zones inside the park. Photo taken from the top of the giant Ferri's Wheel. Similar fan zones can be found in several locations around the city.

Peter Cech (Czech Rep. & Chelsea goalkeeper) illustrated on the Ferri's Wheel.

With the hosts - Austria fans

I was... I am... I will cheer for Turkiye!

Apparently there were some Barcelona fans there as well! I had my Barca jersey on me, so 2 other Barca fans noticed me in that crowd and I heard them calling me "hey Barca, Barca!". Friendly chit-chat and a photo for the memory.

Leila came back to Prague after almost a year since she went back home to Kazakhstan. It was great to see her again, and to travel together after another great trip to Krakow (Poland) last year. We did our part and cheered for Czechs as well!

Now this is the pose of the real football fan!

Adil and Alex are already getting ready for future Spain vs Kazakhstan games in UEFA tournaments

Russia fans - Nastya & Leila

Czech fans - Adil & Kamilya

Holland supporters - yours truly & Leila(?)

Avrupa Avrupa! Duy sesimizi! Ishte bu Turklerin ayak sesleri!
(Europe Europe! Hear us! This is the sound of Turks' footsteps!)

Real Croatian fans!

Portugal boot (uploaded for viewing pleasure of Tamara)

Yesterday, Turkey beat Switzerland. Now they need to do the same with Czechs. Despite living in Prague, I'm 100% sure which team I will cheer for! Together with her (see below) and other millions.

(Photo: www.ntvmsnbc.com)

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Blogger mikinoki said...

I should recognize power of football;) I see how much people are excited with euro2008.

and from some picture I somehow remember the place where you tried to tell me last day.

June 14, 2008 3:05 AM  
Blogger Yat Wan said...

On your photo about Barcelona fans you met... did you really meet them randomly and then just took a photo? It wasn't some @er that introduced you to each other?

I know both of them. The one on your right is kiwi, on your left is Julian.

June 23, 2008 12:05 AM  
Blogger aibek said...

Yatty, why out of a sudden I'd make up this story of meeting some Barca fans?! ;)
Yes, I met them randomly. In fact they noticed me and called me. Pity that I didn't know they were AIESECers. But they told me that one was Austrian (on my left) and another one was Italian (with cap).
Give them the link, and they'll confirm it. ;) World is small, so why not?!

June 23, 2008 12:22 AM  
Blogger Yat Wan said...

Of course it is them! No question about that :)

Small world indeed. ;) I sent them the link.

June 23, 2008 12:41 AM  
Blogger Asselle said...

hey, great pix! Loved them all :)
very cheerful and motivational I would say.

June 23, 2008 5:43 AM  
Blogger Kiwi said...

Now that is amazing! How funny a small world it is!!! Yeah, Julian & me were cheering for Switzerland that match with our Barca shirts on and singing the Barca himne when we spot that guy with another Barca shirt. Great! Let's take a photo! We'd have never thought that aibek, you'd know Yat Wan and were in AIESEC ...

In fact, I hereby state that it's no longer the 6-connections-through-which-you-know-all-the-people-on-this-world-theory, but we're rather speaking about 4-5 :)

Cheers & eviva ESPANA!!!

June 23, 2008 10:30 AM  
Blogger aibek said...

Yatty, thanks!

Asselle, rahmat. It's hard to share this atmosphere through photos and videos.

June 23, 2008 11:00 AM  
Blogger aibek said...

Kiwi! (dude, what's your real name?! I forgot, sorry)

Indeed this is smth cool! To be honest I felt smth AIESECy when I talked to you guys. Some sort of friendly and open talk, something positive. It never came to my mind to ask what you were doing in Vienna. The single word of traineeship would lead to AIESEC then :))

Send this photo to the other guy, Julian, as well! And let's meet up next time when I go to Vienna or if you come to Prague!

Forza Barca!

June 23, 2008 11:04 AM  
Blogger Yat Wan said...

I only realised when I said the one on your right is kiwi you could've thought that he is kiwi :)

He's true Austrian - but he likes us so much that he goes by the name kiwi ;) (nah that's not why)

June 24, 2008 12:03 AM  
Blogger aibek said...

I see. I thought he's indeed a kiwi. Yet I remember him saying that he was Italian (maybe confusing). :)

June 24, 2008 1:27 AM  

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