right flank of the attack
A politician who loves football
Fellut is a tiny village near Budapest, where about two thousand people live. The tranquility of a sleepy Hungarian corner with one main street and several shops is broken only by the “Pancho Arena” – an architectural masterpiece, opened in 2014 with a capacity of 3.8 thousand spectators. The cozy stadium is more like a cathedral: wooden vaults and copper towers give the building an appropriate flavor. Only parking adds a modern appearance to the arena: you can often see the cars of Hungary’s richest people on it.
“Pancho Arena” – a project of the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the construction of which took 17 million dollars. The 54-year-old politician has been driving the country since 2010, supports Putin and is simply obsessed with football. Orban fell ill with this game before birth. His father was a fan of football and dragged along with his family, even for open training. Continue reading
Not really football: what you need to know about the scandal “Dynamo” and “Mariupol”
The biggest scandal in Ukrainian football this summer – the non-appearance of Dynamo Kyiv for the 7th round match of the Premier League in Mariupol – only at first glance it has a purely sports basis. Ukrainian football is a long and complex history of relations between the powerful, a series of alliances, betrayals, offenses and backstage negotiations. Often intertwined with big politics and always tied up with big money and influence. What are silent, discussing the topic of “Dynamo” and “Mariupol” – in the material RBC-Ukraine.
After 2014, the second Maidan, the start of the war and the annexation of a part of the Ukrainian territory, the once growing, albeit with oligarchic money, Ukrainian football entered a steep dive. Part of the Ukrainian oligarchs were cut off from budgetary flows and influence on political processes. Some of them were forced to flee the country, while others cost a significant drop in Forbes ratings. Continue reading
London experiences “Arsenal” – “Leicester”
Arsenal: Czech – Bellerin, Mertezaker, Koselni, Montreal – Cokelen, Ramsey – Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yezil, Sanchez – Girou
Subs not used: Ospina, Chambers, Flamini, Elneny, Walcott, Welbeck, Campbell
Leicester: Schmeichel – Simpson, Morgan, Hoot, Fuchs – Marez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton – Okazaki, Vardi
Spare: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Chillwell, King, Gray, Dyer, Ulloa
Referee of the match: Martin Atkinson
It was a good game at Emirates. The first half was completely with the full dominance of the owners of the arena. Arsenal clearly bet on a quick goal. The hosts were determined. Continue reading