Br-euro-haha

Reviewing the week of 17-23 June (#25) and previewing the week of 24-30 June (#26) of 2024.

Week 25/2024 in review

News Roundup

Euro 2024

Controversies erupted at the Euro 2024 football championship as nationalist chants, banners, and gestures accompanied the games of Albanian, Croatian, and Serbian teams.

“Euro 2024 Becomes Arena for Balkan Nationalist Score-Settling,” Balkan Insight, June 20, 2024

“Matches at Euro 2024 involving Albania, Croatia and Serbia have been marred by nationalist chants and banners that are not uncommon in the Balkans, but were given a bigger stage by the showpiece football tournament.

“European football’s governing body UEFA has been urged to take action after fans at a Euro 2024 match between Croatia and Albania’s national teamson Wednesday in Hamburg united in the stands to chant the slogan “Kill a Serb”, which could be heard clearly in televised broadcasts.”

“Uefa launches investigation into Croatia and Albania fans after Serbia quit threat,” The Guardian, 20 June 2024

Uefa has launched an investigation into Croatia and Albania supporters over anti-Serbian chanting during their Euro 2024 clash in Hamburg on Wednesday.

“Serbia had made a formal complaint to Uefa about the fans’ behaviour. Jovan Surbatovic, general secretary of the Football Association of Serbia, claimed Croatia and Albania fans chanted: “Kill, kill, kill the Serb,” during the 2-2 draw. He even threatened that Serbia, themselves charged by Uefa for incidents during their defeat by England on Sunday, could withdraw from the tournament.”

“Balkan drama sizzles as Serbia threatens to quit Euro 2024,” Politico, June 20, 2024

“Serbia said it could leave the Euro 2024 football championship if governing body UEFA doesn’t punish Croatia and Albania for anti-Serbian chants during a match on Wednesday.”

“Albania says player banned for two Euro 2024 games for ‘nationalist’ chants,” Al-Jazeera, 23 Jun 2024

“The ban comes after Albania forward Mirlind Daku apologised for leading fans in derogatory chants against Croatia at Euro 2024.

“The Albanian Football Federation said UEFA has banned its player Mirlind Daku for two games at the European Championships after he led fans in nationalist chants.

“Daku took a megaphone after Albania’s 2-2 draw with Croatia on Wednesday in Hamburg and joined in chanting slogans against Serbia and North Macedonia.”

“Albania player Mirlind Daku banned by UEFA for two Euro 2024 games after nationalist chants,” AP, June 23, 2024

“Albania player Mirlind Daku was banned on Sunday for two games after leading fans in nationalist chants at the European Championship, that UEFA said brought soccer into disrepute.”

“Balkan tensions burst onto the pitch at Euro 2024,” Politico, June 24, 2024

“Thousands of football fans from neighboring Balkan states have unleashed their passionate national rivalries at Euro 2024 in Germany — and the ugly scenes are causing a headache for tournament organizers.

“UEFA, European football’s governing body, has been flooded with complaints from the football associations of the Balkan countries after offensive banners were flown and violent chants were sung in the stands, outside the stadiums and even on the pitch.”

“Euro 2024 a stage for nationalist sentiments, or worse,” Euronews, 06/24/2024

“UEFA’s disciplinarians have been kept busy by fans from several Balkan nations at Euro 2024. Much of the animosity between them stems from the wars that led to the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.”

In Other News

“The Story of the Golf from Sarajevo: How the automotive Empire was extinguished,” Sarajevo Times, June 17, 2024

“The rare echo of the railway siren’s whistle evokes memories of the past when locomotives pulled the wagons that transported the pride of the former automobile empire – Tvornica Automobila Sarajevo (TAS) to all corners of the world.

“Today, dilapidated railway sleepers in Vogosca stand as silent witnesses. (…) However, the question arises: should we really accept this fate or is it possible to find a way to revive the former industrial giant?”

An abridged translation of a piece in Biznis magazine.

Week 26/2024 in Preview

Today in History

Events

  • 24 June 1981 – Six children in Medjugorje report seeing an apparition of Virgin Mary.
  • 25 June
    • 1966 – Yugoslavia and Vatican renew diplomatic relations.
    • 1991 – Slovenia and Croatia declare independence.
  • 26 June 1945 – Yugoslavia signs the declaration establishing the United Nations Organization.
  • 27 June
    • 1950 – Yugoslavia adopts the first law on self-management.
    • 1991 – Yugoslav People’s Army attacks Slovenia, starting the 10 Day War.
  • 28 June
    • 1389 – Battle of Kosovo takes place.
    • 1914 – “Sarajevo Assassination” – Young Bosnia member Gavrilo Princip assassinates the Austro-Hungarian archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sofia, precipitating the First World War.
    • 1921 – Vidovdan Constitution changes the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes into a constitutional monarchy.
    • 1948 – Yugoslavia is expelled from the Cominform.
    • 1950 – Brotherhood and Unity Highway opens with the section from Zagreb to Belgrade.
    • 1960 – University in Novi Sad is established.
    • 1989 – The commemoration of the Battle of Kosovo at Gazimestan draws a million people watching the speech of Slobodan Milošević that presaged the wars of Yugoslav dissolution.
  • 30 June 1944 – Bosnian Partisan organization holds its second session.

Birthdays

  • 24 June 1940 – Petar Krelja, Croatian documentary filmmaker
  • 25 June
    • 1917 – Rista Antunović, Yugoslav/Serbian Partisan and politician; People’s Hero of Yugoslavia
    • 1923 – Vatroslav Mimica, Croatian film director and producer
    • 1932 – Tomislav Ladan, Croatian writer and translator
    • 1934 – Petre Andreevski, Macedonian poet
    • 1935 – Predrag Golubović, Serbian film director
    • 1942 – Angel Gavrovski, Macedonian painter
    • 1944 – Mihajlo Vuković, Yugoslav/Serbian basketball coach
    • 1952 – Ljubiša Stojanović Luis, Serbian/Yugoslav singer
    • 1953 – Mato Došen, Croatian music producer
    • 1961 – Dražen Scholz, Croatian drummer (Parni Valjak)
  • 26 June 1933 – Raša Popov, Serbian author of children’s books
  • 27 June
    • 1928 – Đorđe Lebović, Serbian writer
    • 1942 – Vidosav Stevanović, Serbian author
    • 1943 – Dimitar Baševski, Macedonian writer
    • 1946 – Miroljub Lešo, Serbian/Yugoslav actor
    • 1953 – Tanja Bošković, Serbian actress
    • 1955 – Mladen Andrejević, Serbian actor
    • 1959 – Predrag Bogosavljev, Yugoslav basketballer
    • 1969 – Gala Aleksić, Serbian actress
  • 28 June
    • 1880 – Nikola Kirov Majcki, Macedonian writer and revolutionary
    • 1914 – Dušan Petrović Šane, Yugoslav/Serbian Partisan and politician
    • 1920 – Dragoslav Marković, Yugoslav/Serbian Partisan and politician
    • 1931 – Aleksandar Ivoš, Yugoslav/Serbian footballer
    • 1932 – Dragoljub Stavrev, Yugoslav/Macedonian politician
  • 29 June
    • 1922 – Vasko Popa, Serbian poet and translator
    • 1933 – Mirko Šouc, Serbian jazz musician and composer
    • 1955 – Zorica Brunclik, Yugoslav/Serbian singer
    • 1957 – Peter Vilfan, Yugoslav/Slovenian basketballer
    • 1962 – Nebojša Vučićević, Serbian football player and coach
  • 30 June
    • 1888 – Vukosava Velimirović, Serbian sculptor
    • 1928 – Vlastimir Đuza Stojiljković, Serbian actor
    • 1933 – Tomislav Ivić, Yugoslav/Croatian football coach
    • 1938 – Mirko Novosel, Yugoslav/Croatian basketball player and coach
    • 1939 – Pavle Kuzmanovski – Macedonian painter
    • 1956 – Petar Janjatović, Serbian music journalist and writer
    • 1961 – Ksenija Pajić, Croatian actress
    • 1963 – Vladimir Vermezović, Serbian footballer

Deaths

  • 24 June
    • 1916 – Vladimir Vlada Aksentijević, Yugoslav/Serbian Partisan; People’s Hero of Yugoslavia
    • 1982 – Duša Počkaj, Slovenian actress
    • 1986 – Miroslav Antić, Serbian poet and journalist
    • 1994 – Branko Petranović, Yugoslav/Montenegrin historian
    • 2011 – Tomislav Ivić, Yugoslav/Croatian football coach
  • 25 June
    • 1968 – Branko Magarašević, Serbian philologist
  • 26 June
    • 1945 – Čede Filipovski – Dame, Macedonian Partisan, People’s Hero of Yugoslavia
    • 2021 – Josip Osti, Bosnian/Slovenian poet, essayist, and critic
  • 27 June
    • 1960 – Ivan Matetić Ronjgov, Croatian composer
    • 1987 – Ratomir Rato Dugonjić, Yugoslav/Serbian Partisan, politician; People’s Hero of Yugoslavia
    • 2007 – Milan Antolković, Croatian/Yugoslav footballer
    • 2007 – Dragutin Tadijanović, Croatian writer
    • 2010 – Edo Mulahalilović, Bosnian musician (Hari Mata Hari)
  • 28 June 2006 – Emil Cossetto, Croatian composer and conductor
  • 29 June 2004 – Stipe Šuvar, Yugoslav/Croatian politician
  • 30 June
    • 1983 – Boro Andov, Macedonian writer
    • 2019 – Borka Pavićević, Yugoslav/Serbian writer and activist
    • 2019 – Momir Bulatović, Montenegrin politician
    • 2020 – Ivo Banac, Croatian historian

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