Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Club Focus - Prikarppattya Ivano Frankivsk

Sunday is my birthday and Obolon will take on Prikarpattya in a re-match of last season's double-header when Obolon won 2-0.

Prikarpattya at the moment are really Fakel Ivano Frankivsk, but it has been decreed that only the best team in the town will have the title Prikarpattya. Fakel took on this mantle when it was bestowed upon them by the mayor nearly exactly a year ago on 17th July 2007.

Last season they finished just above the drop zone in 17th place, so obviously the competition for the title of being called Prikarpattya isn't that high.

The club who were previously known as Prikarpattya were Spartak Ivano Frankivsk, who went into liquidation after losing their sponsors Lukoil (who have also poured loads of money into Spartak Moscow over the years).

Whoever seems to take on the mantle of Prykarpattya seems to also gain a pretty big fan base and they should bring quite a few fans with them, despite the 13 hour train journey.

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