Lviv Sports

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.

Markevich begins Euro 2012 quest with impressive hat trick

Issue 25, June 2010.
Newly appointed Ukrainian national coach Myron Markevich received a hero’s welcome in his native Lviv in late May as the national team overcame Romania on their way to a trio of impressive international victories.


Issue 25, June 2010.
On May 15 Lviv played host to a bodybuilding showdown which set out to determine which of the current crop of bodybuilding talent would get to represent the country in the 2010 European Championships.

Retrospective: Ukrainian heroes of the 1986 Mexico World Cup

Issue 25, June 2010.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union Russian football’s national squad was able to take up the mantle as the official successor side of the former USSR national team. However, arguably the greatest ever Soviet team to grace the World Cup was not a Moscow creation – indeed it is often forgotten that the much celebrated USSR team of the Mexico 86 World cup finals was effectively a Ukrainian national side in all but name. Built around the all-conquering Dynamo Kyiv team of the mid-1980s, the Soviet side which Ukrainian coach Valeriy Lobanovskiy took to Mexico 86 and Euro 88 is fondly remembered for its surgically precise football and taste for net-bursting wonder goals. However, few outside of Ukraine realize that this side was actually as Ukrainian as borsch or salo.


Issue 24, May 2010.
Local talisman side Karpaty Lviv booked their place in the 2010-11 Europa Cup in late April with a sensational home win over Dynamo Kyiv, denting the title hopes of the capital’s city’s high-flying league leaders with a 1-0 victory which all but secured the West Ukrainian club’s first European campaign in a decade.