Every Friday journalists from euronews’ various language teams choose a selection of stories from Europe and beyond which did not reach the international headlines.
Germany: Podolski defends Loew’s crotch scratching
Scratch and sniff….no sweat says German winger Lukas Podolski!
He was commenting on embarrassing footage of Germany coach Joachim Loew scratching around inside the front and back of his trousers during the national side’s Euro 2016 win over Ukraine which has caused a buzz back home.
Loew was watching the game intently from the bench last Sunday when he shoved his hand into the front of his trousers and then smelled it.
He also did the same at the back, before sniffing his hand again, triggering ridicule from fans, with the video widely shared on social media.
For Podolski though it was no big deal. His boss was just doing what comes naturally!
“About 80 percent of you here have at some point scratched your balls,” the footballer told reporters last Tuesday, amid loud laughter and applause. “It is not an issue in the team.”
One cartoonist seemed to agree.
(“Why the fuss? Football is a ball game.”)
And just in case you missed Loew’s compromising crotch scratch…
As for the reaction of the man himself, World Cup-winning coach Loew apologised and put it all down to “adrenaline and concentration”, pledging: “ I will try to behave differently in the future”.
France: Super Victor football mascot – and his steamy alter ego!
He is the superhero mascot of Euro 2016 in France. But Super Victor’s ‘magic powers’, as described by UEFA, have taken on a whole new meaning!
For Britain’s ‘The Guardian’ has revealed that the Chirpy Chappy travelling up and down France to promote the football festival shares a name with a popular sex toy!
So parents beware when football-mad Johnny or Jacques asks for a Super Victor as a souvenir of the tournament…
Uefa red-faced as Euro 2016 mascot shares name with sex toy: • Super Victor was designed by Euro 2016 organis… https://t.co/5fIuzUeZfR— Guardian Football (@Soccer_guardian) 9 juin 2016
USA: Going, going, gone – in Sin City!
You can spend a fortune in Las Vegas – or you can watch a stunning show for free!
Well that was certainly the case early on Tuesday morning when spectators were able to witness the controlled implosion of the iconic Riviera hotel’s Monaco Tower – preceded by a fireworks display.
The Riviera opened in 1955 and music legends like Frank Sinatra, Liberace and Barbra Streisand have performed there. The hotel closed in May after a 60-year run.
UK: Polite grandma says ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to Google
The older generation have such good manners – even when they are silver surfing!
Take the 86-year-old grandmother of a young Englishman called Ben…
A shot of her computer screen has gone viral after it showed she was using ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ when doing Google searches.
Omg opened my Nan's laptop and when she's googled something she's put 'please' and 'thank you'. I can't 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/hiy2tecBjU— Ben John (@Push10Ben) June 9, 2016
Grandma told Ben from Wigan that she thought this was ‘the norm’.
Google itself put her right
Dear Grandma,— Google (@google) June 15, 2016
No thanks necessary. 😊
Australia: Sydney Harbour Bridge climb sparks panic – but ends safely
Were there no places left on an official walking tour of Sydney Harbour Bridge or were there darker motives for his unconventional ascent?
The truth is still unclear on Friday after a man was arrested for climbing up an arch of the Aussie landmark – and bringing morning traffic to a standstill as police rescue teams closed nearby roads.
The man, dressed in dark clothing, white shoes, and sunglasses, took a taxi to the bridge and climbed up just after 9 am local time, perching himself on the world-famous bridge with his arms crossed, Australian media said.
The man, whose motive was unknown, climbed down about two hours later. He was detained and taken to hospital for assessment, local television reported.
Sydney Harbour Bridge: Man who was sitting near the top of the bridge has climbed down. https://t.co/FvAsZmxcbH— Sydney Press (@sydneycitypress) 17 juin 2016