Lviv Sports

Lviv heroes relive Soviet Cup glory

Issue 16, September 2009.
On August 17 the veterans of Karpaty Lviv’s legendary 1969 Soviet Cup winning side came together for a nostalgic event that allowed them to reminisce about what remains the club’s single top honour.

New Football Exhibition as Part of Euro 2012 Build-Up

Issue 15, July 2009.
June saw the opening of Lviv’s first ever Football Exhibition (located inside Lviv Art Palace, Kopernyka str., 15) as the city’s preparations for Euro 2012 cranked up another gear. The exhibition featured a wide range of artefacts including cups, medals and trophies won by local sides and footballers hailing originally from Lviv.

Shakhtar Donetsk Hero brings UEFA Cup to Lviv

Issue 15, July 2009.
Donetsk star and Lviv native Dmytro Chyhrynskyi brought the UEFA Cup to Lviv last month as part of ongoing nationwide celebrations to mark the Donbass club’s historic win.

Eurofan Contest Boosts Lviv’s Euro 2012 Credentials

Issue 15, July 2009.
As Lviv struggles to meet UEFA’s November 30 deadline to prove it is fit to host games during Euro 2012 the city received a timely boost in the shape of the fun and well-attended Eurofan-2009 tournament between teams made up of rival sets of supporters from some of the continent’s most famous clubs...

Lviv Fight Night Tradition Continues

Issue 15, July 2009.
The modern tradition of fight night boxing extravaganzas in Lviv which was started in 2008 by local hero Andrey Kotelnik continued last month when Lviv pugilist Viktor Plotnikov defeated Uzbek contender Sherzodbek Alimdzhanov...

Lviv Hosts Euro Speedway Qualifiers

Issue 14, June 2009.
May saw Lviv welcome some of the hottest speedway talents from the region for European Championship qualifiers which featured sportsmen from Italy, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Slovenia and Slovakia

Paintball fun in Europe’s most fought-over city

Issue 13, May 2009.
International festival of cutting-edge visual arts Nightlife hotspot celebrates a dozen years! Lviv has long been at the centre of the geopolitical tug of war that has seen Ukraine become one of the most fought-over lands in the entire world, so it comes as no surprise that the city has a rich tradition of guerrilla military activities, with the fighters of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army of WWII among the most revered of the city’s historical figures. However, in modern Lviv there is no longer a strong paramilitary presence, but the art of shooting on sight has not been lost, with the extreme sport of paintball fast gaining an enthusiastic local following.

Beach Scrum in Ukraine’s Rugby Capital

Issue 3, July 2008.
Lviv has had had a reputation as Ukraine’s unofficial rugby capital ever since its Soviet-era team rose to glory. June saw another rugby first for West Ukraine when the city played host to an international beach rugby tournament featuring teams from Lviv, Kyiv, Rivne, Ivano-Frankivsk and Kryviy Rig along with their Polish colleagues from Pogon Rugby Club in Sideltse.

Ukrainians Going for Gold in Beijing

Issue 4, August 2008.
This month sees the start of the 29th modern Olympic Games in the Chinese capital of Beijing. Ukraine will be taking a record number of athletes to compete in a bid to continue a modern tradition of Olympic excellence which has seen the former Soviet republic score a number of high-profile victories since first participating in 1996. Despite the under-funding which has plagued Ukrainian sports since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the country’s tradition as a centre of sporting excellence has been maintained by a string of talented athletes, with Lviv sports stars playing their part in keeping the Ukrainian Olympic dream alive.

More Lviv Boxing Excitement

Issue 7, November 2008.
Following on from the success of local legend Andrey Kotelnik’s September world title defence in front of a home audience, Lviv hosted another top-drawer boxing occasion October 23 with Lviv fighter Viktor Plotnikov taking the little-known GBU (Global Boxing Union) world welterweight belt from Venezuela’s Dervin Medina.