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Jerald Tawson,
U.S., commodity broker

“I think Ukraine has a very high intellectual level. You’re cultured and very homogeneous. Ukraine must value its intellectual capability and try to get a democratic government. Of course I [was] supporting Ukraine. Your team played very ably and courageously, and the score in fact was 1-1 [because of a referee’s call that denied Ukraine a goal]. Unfortunately, while you’re hosting the tournament and when your team is gone, you just have passing interest in it. Maybe you’ll be playing at the London Olympics?”

Mahmud Yahiya,
Jordan, journalist

“We are having a good time here in Ukraine because the people are cheerful. Your shops are nice and the organization is great. In general, the mood is rather friendly. Actually, when we saw the game between Sweden and France [on June 19], although Ukraine was out, people were happy and singing ‘Ukraina, Ukraina.’ I think it’s great.”

Andrei Moiseev,
Russia, manager

“The hospitality in your country is at a high level. It’s an amazing event and I’m very impressed to be here. You know, Ukrainian fans are very beautiful, especially the girls and the atmosphere during the games is fantastic.”

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