Lviv Sports


Issue 32, February 2011.
On February 5 Carpathian ski resort Bukovel hosted the Red Bull Slalom Kagalom – a contest designed to boost eforts to promote winter sports in the region.


Issue 30, December 2010.
Young Leopolitan football fans came out in force on November 20 to welcome two very special visitors to the West Ukrainian capital as the all-Ukrainian tour of the official Euro 2012 mascots reached Lviv.


Issue 28, October 2010.
Early October sat the Lviv Friendship Cup of ladies rugby sevens played out between a range of Ukrainian sides and international opposition from Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Lithuania and Romania.

Europa League Groupof Death

Issue 27, September 2010.
League for the first time ever this autumn, and they have be rewarded with a place in this year’s so-called ‘Group of Death’ against three sides which are all tipped as potentially competition winners. Lviv are the rant outsiders in a group which includes French mega-club Paris Saint-Germain, German former Champions League winners Borussia Dortmund and Spanish outfit Sevilla FC, a club which has won the UEFA Cup on two separate occasions in the past five seasons.

A cup with a history of post-Soviet success

Issue 27, September 2010.
Will Karpaty be able to upset the pundits and score an unlikely group stage success in this year’s Europa League? If the Lviv side can make it beyond this stage of the competition, they will be fancied to emulate fellow post-Soviet sides Shakhtar Donetsk, CSKA Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg, who have all gone on to win the trophy after benefiting from the rejuvenating winter break which remains customary in post-Soviet football

Making Lviv Football History

Issue 27, September 2010.
Karpaty Lviv will face three top European sides this autumn as the club makes its Europa League group stage debut. Karpaty coach Oleh Kononov spoke to Lviv Today about the historic campaign ahead In the space of the past few football seasons Oleh Kononov has become arguably Lviv’s most popular ever Belarusian import. He is loved and respected by many Leopolitans for having coached the city’s famously underachieving local football club Karpaty into the higher reaches of the Ukrainian Premier League before leading them this summer into the group stages of the Europa League for the first time ever. This is uncharted territory for a club which despite enjoying a huge fan base and almost total regional dominance throughout West Ukraine, had not participated in European competition for a decade until this year’s campaign. So far this season’s Europa League adventure has lived up to its billing; after seeing off Icelandic and Georgian opposition in the first two qualifying rounds, Karpaty bested Turkish giants Galatasaray in a thrilling play-off which involved one of the most dramatic finales which this fledgling second-tier UEFA competition has yet witnessed.


Issue 26, July 2010.
Late June saw Lviv’s ‘Ukraina’ Sports Palace play host to the EUBC European Youth Championships, which featured young pugilists from 30 countries.


Issue 26, July 2010.
Ukraine’s worldbeating strongmen took on a team of top international strongman stars at the luxurious Geneva Hotel Complex in Lviv Oblast resort town Truskavets on June 24..


Issue 26, July 2010.
On the eve of the club’s first European campaign in a decade Karpaty Lviv unveiled a host of new signings in early July including a brace of Brazilians and a pair of home grown twins.

Horror of the Horns

Issue 26, July 2010.
Since the very start of the World Cup in South Africa global audiences have been treated to a barrage of noise which has proved equally irritating to viewers in every continent. This tuneless racket has been produced by thousands of ‘vuvuzela’ plastic horns which South African fans blow continuously throughout games, thereby robbing the World Cup of its more traditional crowd accompaniment. There are now fears that the rise of the vuvuzela, albeit fleeting and utterly gimmicky in nature, may nevertheless lead to a resurgent in brainless horn-blowing at Ukrainian football matches just in time to ruin the atmosphere at Euro 2012.