"It is a rare man who can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear."
- BARACK OBAMAjoshing with British soccer player and fashion icon David Beckham, when the pair met at the White House
"In absolutely every case, you can't mix politics, business and other issues with sport."
- VLADIMIR PUTINRussian Prime Minister, arguing that criticism of Ukraine's treatment of opposition figure Yulia Tymoshenko should not result in European leaders boycotting the Euro 2012 soccer championship, being co-hosted in Ukraine and Poland
"I wouldn't like to think that the statesmen of Germany are capable of reanimating the methods of the cold war."
- OLEG VOLOSHINUkrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman, criticizing Chancellor Angela Merkel's threat to boycott the Euro 2012 soccer championships, co-hosted by Ukraine, unless the government frees imprisoned opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko
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