Lviv deputies triumph over Krakow!
As the whole of Europe followed the Euro 2008 champion ships in Austria and Switzerland, Lviv played host to a fun foot ball fiesta of its own when deputies from Krakow City Council accepted a challenge from their Lviv colleagues. Links between Lviv and Poland remain strong. The city was for centuries the capital of Poland’s eastern marches and was also part of the reconstituted inter-war Polish Republic before becoming first soviet and the part of an independent Ukraine. It retains much of its Polish roots and is enormously popular with tourists from Poland. Lviv enjoys a reputation as a sister city to Krakow, and every year a series of cultural events in both cities are held to mark the unique bond they enjoy. This year’s football flavoured fun saw Lviv’s city hall aces record a resounding 8-3 victory, with Lviv deputies Volodymyr Girnyak, Mykhaylo Muzhilivsky and Ivan Kardash instrumental in the win. Poland and Ukraine will hold the next European Championships, Euro 2012, if both countries can get their preparations on track in time in the next few months. Lviv will be one of four Ukrainian host cities.