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Football madness

By Susan Owensby

This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about the winner of the European Champion’s League. There’s “On This Day”, your voices, great music, and of course, the quiz. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday at 6:15, 7:15, 14:45 and 16:45 universal time. You’ll hear the winner’s names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you have grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so be sure and tune in every Saturday.

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A hearty welcome to our new RFI clubs! There’s the RFI Listeners Club in
Muzaffargarh, Pakistan with Mubashir Hussain Asher as president; the RFI Fan Club in Nadia, W Bengal, India with Sunilbaran Das as president; the Kumi Central RFI Listeners Club in Kampala, Uganda with Charles Ongole John as president, and the RFI Listeners Club in Sheikhupura, Pakistan with Riaz Ahmed Khan as president.

Welcome, welcome, welcome! There are now 36 official RFI English listeners clubs!

There are 19 RFI English clubs in the midst of football tournaments. RFI’s Listener Relations department organized the tournaments because they knew the European Championship Games would have everyone football mad … and the matches played by the RFI English clubs continue!

The participating clubs are from all around the globe. In Africa, there’s the RFI Fan Club, Kisii, Kenya, Mogire Machuki, president; Kemogemba Club, Tarime, Tanzania, Ras Franz Manko Ngogo, president; The RFI Listeners Club Gambia, Brikama Town, The Gambia, Lamin Ceesay, president; RFI Ducor Sea Breeze Club of Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia, Hyrum Karyea Mennoh, president, and the RFI Club Ain Kechera, Ain Kechera, Algeria, Ferhat Bezazel, president.

In Pakistan, there’s the Pak France International Listeners Club, Sahiwal, Shahzad Shabbir, president and the RFI Fans Web Visitors Club in Khanpur, Amir Manzoor, president.

In India, there’s the International DX Radio Listeners Club, Murshidabad, Mr Najimuddin, president; RFI Natun Radio Listeners Club, Murshidabad, Kanchan KR Chatterjee, president; Golden DX Club, Murshidabad, Siddhartha Sarkar, president; RFI Listeners Club, Hyderabad / Miryalguda; Mrs P Sreelatha Reddy, president; Young Stars Radio Club, Sainikpuri / Secunderabad, Hari Madugula, president, and Metali Listeners Club, Murshidabad, Shivendu Paul, president.

In Bangladesh, there’s the Kaptai RFI Fan Club, Kaptai, Jahangir Alam Manto, president; RFI Club Dhaka, Dhaka, Wali Ahad, president; RFI Surfer’s Society Bangladesh, Dhaka, Ms Royeka Khatun, president, and the Friends Radio Club, Naogaon, Dewan Rafiqul Islam, president.

Both of our Cuban clubs are participating, too – the RFI Club Cuba, Ivan Carralero, president, and Cubans on the Radio, also in Holguin, Rommel Tamayo Gutiérrez, president.

The clubs will be sending in match results and (hopefully!) lots of photos for our Facebook pages. Stay tuned for the latest!

This week’s quiz: On 4 June, the final match of the European Champion’s League had just been played, and the winning team was the Spanish club Real de Madrid. This made the French jump for joy. Why? I asked you why the French would be overjoyed that a Spanish football club won the European Champion’s League tournament.

The answer is: Because “Zizou”, France’s beloved Zinedine Zidane, is the coach. Zidane is the only Frenchman to have won the European Champion’s League as not only a player, but also as a coach. And he’s only been the coach of Real de Madrid for about 6 months.

The winners are: Marcos Brito Romero, a member of the RFI Club Cuba in Holguin, Cuba; RFI Listeners Club members Chaitali Sarkar from Murshidabad, India and Mam Gorie Sowe from Serekunda, The Gambia; Mrs. Sworna Khaton, a member of the Lolona Listeners Club in Naogaon, Bangladesh and Abeogyan Abdul Aziz from Accra, Ghana.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 12 September to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 17 September program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:



Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


By text … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone. Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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