Lunchtime Euros: Misha Glenny and Peter Pomerantsev on Ukraine v. North Macedonia

Throughout Euro 2020, we’ll be hosting short online conversations about one of the day’s (or the previous day’s, or the next day’s) matches, at 1pm: a bit of history, geopolitics, literature, but mostly just football.

In March, after almost 20 years and 35 matches, Germany finally lost a game in the European Qualifiers for the next World Cup. Their vanquishers were North Macedonia, Euro 2020’s plucky upstarts, ranked 62nd in the world by FIFA, 500/1 outsiders to win the tournament. Discussing their game against a similarly unfancied Ukraine team managed by Andriy Shevchenko, which has just been told to remove the political slogans from its shirt after Russia protested, will be Misha Glenny, author of McMafia and one of the world’s leading experts on the Balkans, and Peter Pomerantsev, who was born in Kiev and whose last book, This is Not Propaganda, won the Gordon Burn prize.

Buy a selection of the authors’ books here.

More events in this series:

Monday 14 June at 1 p.m.: Sunder Katwala and Jude Wanga on England v. Croatia

Friday 18 June at 1 p.m.: Val McDermid and Helen Thompson on England v. Scotland

Tuesday 22 June at 1 p.m.: Sukhdev Sandhu and George Szirtes on Germany v. Hungary

Tuesday 29 June at 1 p.m.: Peter Geoghegan and John Lanchester on the Last 16

Plus! A conversation about the later stages still to be announced!


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