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Meet the correspondents - Introducing Goal.com's team on the ground in Poland & Ukraine

Meet the correspondents - Introducing Goal.com's team on the ground in Poland & Ukraine

Goal.com is the place to be for your daily Euro 2012 fix as our squad of reporters based in every host city will bring you all the big news and updates from the championship

Euro 2012 brings together 16 nations, 368 players and millions upon millions of fans as the cream of the continent unites in a footballing extravaganza in Poland and Ukraine.

Goal.com is providing the best, fastest and most comprehensive coverage throughout the European Championships - live coverage, reports, ratings, previews, reaction, features, exclusives, expert insight, video, betting, and much, much more.

As part of this extensive coverage - and going hand in hand with our 16 team experts and seven star columnists - we have sent 10 top correspondents across all the host cities in Poland and Ukraine, where they will be based throughout the tournament who will provide you with everything:
  • All the breaking news from on the ground
  • Updates from the team camps
  • Exclusive interviews
  • Capturing all the colour and inside stories in and around the matches
  • Reporting live from every match with extensive pre and post-match coverage
  • Special reports tackling all the big issues
Our correspondents will be available LIVE and on Twitter throughout the tournament - follow them and don't miss a thing!

So without further delay ... meet the correspondents!

 Ashish Sharma
 Based in Gdansk
 
Ashish Sharma is a Spain-based freelance correspondent, where he has been covering La Liga and European football for the last four years. He has also written extensively for Goal.com, providing regular exclusive interviews from La Liga. Prior to becoming a freelancer, Ashish spent 12 years working for the BBC, nine of them for BBC Sport.

As a football reporter he worked across all mediums including World Service Sport, 5 Live Sport and BBC Television, namely on Football Focus. Ashish covered several Asian Cup tournaments, the Asian Games, Euro 2004 in Portugal and the 2006 World Cup. He is still associated with BBC Sport as the network's freelance Spanish correspondent. He also freelances for Perform Group, Goal.com, IEC in Sport, FIFA Futbol Mundial, and is a regular pundit on Real Madrid Television International.


 Clark Whitney
 Based in Lviv 
Clark Whitney joined Goal.com International in April 2008 and began work as a freelancer four months later. In January 2009, he began his Teutonic Tuesday feature, which rapidly became a staple of the site's weekly content.

Clark was appointed Goal.com International's German Football Editor in September 2010, and has since managed the site's German content. He is widely regarded as one of the Bundesliga's top experts in the English language. Clark will represent all Goal.com editions as a correspondent at Euro 2012 in Lviv.


 Greg Stobart
 Based in Kharkiv
Greg Stobart joined Goal.com in October 2010 as northern correspondent for the UK site. He covers the north-west of England, reporting on the biggest matches at Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City.

He previously worked for the renowned Hayters Sports Agency, where he had his work published in every national daily and Sunday newspaper, including back page exclusive stories. As well as covering football for Hayters, he was a cricket correspondent, reporting on one-day internationals and Test matches. Greg has also written for the official Football Association website and performed broadcast work for Sky Sports News.


 James Goldman
 Based in Donetsk
James Goldman joined Goal.com UK in March 2012 as Deputy Editor. He began his journalism career as a football and cricket betting expert with the Racing Post. After a brief period at Sky Sports he moved to Hayters Teamwork, covering Arsenal and Chelsea in the Champions League and contributing to national newspapers such as The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror.

James was then employed by the London Lite as their deputy sports editor where he oversaw coverage of the capital’s leading football teams, as well as covering the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and the Ashes series on English soil. He freelanced in the production departments of The Daily Telegraph and London Evening Standard before being recruited as the deputy sports editor of City A.M. where he spent 18 months before being hired by Goal.com.


 Kornel Pracki
 Based in Warsaw
Kornel Pracki was born in Poland and has been living in Berlin since he was 10 years old. Fluent in Polish, German, English and Italian, Kornel joined the Goal.com Germany edition in March 2011.

Before that, he worked as a magazine editor for the Berlin Club BAK 07 and wrote several features on a number of prominent German websites, including spox.com. He currently has a C Coaching Licence in Germany and is involved in youth team coaching in Germany.


 Kris Voakes
 Based in Kiev
Kris Voakes joined the Goal.com International staff in December 2009, and has been Italian Football Editor since April 2011. Prior to joining Goal.com, he spent three years at talkSPORT radio in the UK as both producer and reporter covering a wide range of sports.

A graduate of the University of Leeds, Kris has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Studies, and has built up a vast portfolio in both written and broadcast media since 2000. Having moved to Italy at the beginning of 2009, Kris has also been a regular guest contributor for radio shows around the world, including talkSPORT and World Football Daily, and has acted as a scout for English clubs at senior and youth levels, both domestically and internationally.


 Michal Zachodny
 Based in Poznan & Wroclaw
Michal Zachodny is a 25-year-old Journalism and Social Communication student at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. His work can be found at The Guardian's 100 Football Blogs To Follow in 2011, Polish Football Scout, the Football Ramble website as well as different sources all over the web, including independent blogs, and the ITV and STV website.

He occasionally appears on BBC Sportsworld and can also be heard on talkSPORT and several football podcasts. Before he became a Euro 2012 correspondent for Goal.com, he worked as a football scout in Poland, while also editing the unofficial magazine of Polish champions, Slask Wroclaw.


 Martin Langer
 Based in Kiev, Donetsk, Lviv, Kharkiv
Martin del Palacio Langer has been the Chief Editor for Goal.com Spain since March 2012. Before joining our team he had a long and illustrious career as a freelancer, writing for publications such as FIFA.com, Sports Illustrated, World Soccer magazine, Kicker, and many others around the world.

Martin originally hails from Mexico City but has lived in Barcelona for the last six years. He's one of the only journalists who can brag about having interviewed Pep Guardiola when he was still coach of FC Barcelona.


 Andreas Becker
 Based in Gdansk
 
Andreas Becker studied journalism in Bremen and in 2003 he became a freelancer for a number of German national media outlets including Welt and Netzeitung. He started working for Goal.com in May 2008 and in the summer of 2011 he was named as the Deputy Chief Editor of Goal.com Germany.

Andreas currently lives in Berlin, and the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine is the second big international football tournament that he will be covering.


 Jose David Lopez
 Based in Gdansk
 
Jose David Lopez has a Masters in Sports Journalism and a Masters in Talent Identification & Development in Football, and has been working for Goal.com since 2003, covering international football and major sporting events with the Spanish edition.

Director of the website ElEnganche.es, he is also the international football analyst for Cadena SER, and has been a collaborator in various web and print media for the last 10 years, including Futbolprimera, Soccer Journal 11, Fox Sport Magazine. Jose has also been an international scout for professional clubs for the last three years, working with youth players.

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