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SBD Global/June 21, 2012/International Football

Football Notes

A survey by Austrian public broadcaster ORF found that 47% of Austrians are interested in Euro 2012. That is 10% less than four years ago when Austria and Switzerland hosted the tournament. The survey, which was conducted by opinion research institute Market, also discovered that 22% of Austrians are "eagerly interested” whereas 31% "don’t care at all.” The survey also noted that 19% of women "are excited” about Euro 2012, a higher percentage than for 30-49-year-old men (18%), and 50-plus men (16%). For the survey, 400 people were asked online from June 12-14 (ORF).

HEADING EAST
: Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba confirmed he has signed with Shangai Shenhua FC of the Chinese Super League. A statement on his website said that he "had signed a two-and-a-half year deal" and would join the team next month. Drogba added: "I have considered all the offers I have received in the past few weeks, but I feel that Shanghai Shenhua FC is the right move for me at this time" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/20).

TROUBLE LOOMING: UEFA has opened proceedings against the Croatian Football Federation for setting-off and throwing fireworks, and the improper conduct of supporters during the Euro 2012 match against Spain in Gdansk on Monday. The case also involves the improper conduct of the team, which was given six yellow cards during the match (UEFA).

SORRY, MATE: New Zealand Football claims that English side West Ham "has refused to release defender Winston Reid to the national squad for the London Olympics." Reid was expected to be one of New Zealand's three over-age players in the under-23 tournament along with Tottenham's Ryan Nelsen and Australia-based Shane Smeltz. West Ham Manager Sam Allardyce said that Reid "was expected to take part in the London club's pre-season tour to Germany" (AP, 6/21).
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