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Russian cities are being attacked in Ukraine. Meanwhile, preparations are underway to hold a Ukrainian Premier League football tournament in the cities destroyed by Russian missiles. The Premier League is likely to be held in 3 cities from August 20.
With the help of European clubs, 16 teams will compete over eight weeks of preparation. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday addressed the leaders of the G-7 country by video link. They demanded to provide more weapons. Meanwhile, Ukrainian football teams continue their training. Ukraine has committed to restarting other Premier League matches after Russia’s invasion on 24 February.
Matches can be held in Kyiv, Lviv and Uzgorod
How will the Premier League football tournament run and where will the matches be held? Final details about this are yet to be given. According to local media, matches can be held in Kyiv, Lviv and Uzgorod. At the same time, Ukraine’s sports website Sports Arena has advised to hold matches there when a new stadium is built in Rivne in the northern part. Ukrainian football journalist Andrew Todos said everyone is preparing for the August 20 weekend. Todo said that despite the risk of war, people have a hunger for the game.
preparing for competition
Ukrainian Premier League executive director Levjen Diki told the European League meeting in Amsterdam that we are preparing for the upcoming competition in August. Our target is to have the 2022-23 championship in Ukraine.
Yuri will continue football coaching and military service
Yuri Vernydub, coach of the football club Kryvbass in President Zelensky’s home town of Krivy Rih, will manage time for the army and the club. It is noteworthy that last season Yuri Vernydub managed Sheriff Tiraspol, who won the Maldivian League. Yuri had resigned as sheriff and joined the Europa League competition.
After the invasion of Russia, he is engaged in the defense of his country. Ukraine’s Defense Minister has transferred Yuri to Krivi Rih. He would continue military service with football coaching. Yuri said that after five-six months he would again work as a coach. He has received an offer to work with the Krivbas club again.
Yuri told on the Facebook page that we will make the team anew. The war will cause trouble in uniting the team. Time will tell, but we will select the players. We have set our goal. The Premier League’s preparations are bizarre amid the tragic events of the war.
Posting pictures of players taking training
Football club Krivbas posted the photos on Monday. In this, players are seen training with the coach. VerneeDub has signed a three-year deal with the club. Not only this, he will also travel 1600 km to train the players.
Shakhtar Donetsk was on top with 47 points when the Ukrainian Premier League was suspended after the Russian attack. In this season, two teams out of 18 will be reduced to 16 teams. Football club Mariupol will not take part in the Premier League, as Mariupol has been demolished by the Russian army.
Desna Club will also not take part in it. The club’s stadium was destroyed in the Russian bombings in April. Meanwhile, Metalist will take part in the Kharkiv Premier League despite the relentless firing from Russia.