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Liubomyr from Ukraine

Liubomyr from Ukraine

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Hi everyone, my name is Liubomyr and I’m a Watford fan from Ukraine. I live in Kyiv (and that’s the correct spelling, not Kiev) which is the capital of Ukraine, a beautiful city on the banks of the Dnipro river. The city has a lot of historical churches and beautiful parks. My country is a mixture of diverse cultures which in general are close to European cultures.

I like to go away at the weekend. This is me in the Ukrainian countryside.

One of the most important times of year in Ukraine...

...are the winter holidays. In our culture, the winter holidays are usually spent with the family. Since the Orthodox Christian Church is the largest church in Ukraine Christmas is traditionally celebrated on January 7th. It’s a tradition and even Ukrainian Catholics like me celebrate Christmas on January 7th. On Christmas Eve, everyone gets together with their families for the ‘Twelve-dish’ Christmas Eve supper. The Twelve-dish Christmas Eve supper is an ancient tradition originating from pre-Christian times when it was dedicated to family members who had died. The essential meal of the Christmas Eve is kutia, which is prepared from wheat berries, poppy seeds, honey, walnuts, dried fruit and raisins. We also cook some other dishes such as pickled herring, wild mushrooms, red borsch and dried fruit compote.

I've been a football fans since I was a child.

I've been a football fan...

...since I was a child, and I can say that I’ve been a fan of the Ukrainian national football team since its first ever match in 1992. The thing I remember most of that time was the World Cup in 1994 which is when I became a football fan. The greatest football event in Ukraine happened in 2012 when Ukraine hosted Euro 2012 together with Poland. I had a chance to visit two England matches, against Sweden and Italy. Both times my seat was among or very near to the English fans and I really enjoyed the great atmosphere they created.

I like to watch...

...Match of the Day. However, at the moment I don’t have much time to watch Premier League football and rarely have time for live matches but I like to watch Match of the Day. It's a football highlights programme on the BBC in the UK. I watch this to stay in touch with the latest Premier League results. If I have some free time to watch a match I prefer to do it at the bar. 

I went to see two matches at Euro 2012. Can you see my name on the tickets?

I like to travel around Ukraine at the weekend and if I have free time in a new city I never miss the chance to watch a Premier League game together with other fans.

I support Watford! They have finished in mid table this season. I'm happy with that!

I support...

...Watford. I have been watching the Premier League since the early 90’s. At that time Watford had only played one season in the Premier League (1999–2000). I liked Watford because of their unusual yellow and red kit (maybe I like Watford because they play in yellow like Ukraine!). I’ve never liked the ‘big boys’ like Man Utd, Chelsea or Arsenal because for me it’s not interesting to support a club with lots of money. It’s much more exciting when a small club has their moment of glory, even if it’s just for one season.

Andriy Shevchenko is probably the most famous Ukrainian to have played in the Premier League.

If I had a chance to ask Watford FC a question...

...it would be something about their Community Trust program. How are they going to develop it in the future and what are the main goals they would like to achieve?

My favourite football quote is...

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.

Pele 

I like this quote because it's about football but also about life in general.

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mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
13/06/2020
TR
6473
points

I'm excited to hear your story Liubomyr and good to know more about the beautiful country Ukraine
I was wondering about your favourite team but you answered the questions in my mind so you are not a Glory Hunter though :)
All respect for you and Watford
Thanks for sharing your story and wish you and your family the best of luck :)


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mobeckham
13/06/2020 14:26
Turkey
Manchester United
6473

I'm excited to hear your story Liubomyr and good to know more about the beautiful country Ukraine
I was wondering about your favourite team but you answered the questions in my mind so you are not a Glory Hunter though :)
All respect for you and Watford
Thanks for sharing your story and wish you and your family the best of luck :)

Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
27/10/2017
UA
4408
points

Thanks sabanoleg! Glory to the Heroes!


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Liubomyr
27/10/2017 13:45
Ukraine
Watford
4408

Thanks sabanoleg! Glory to the Heroes!

sabanoleg
28/09/2017
UA
2337
points

Nice quiz Liubomyr!!!Glory to Ukraine!!!


sabanoleg
28/09/2017 18:32
Ukraine
Arsenal
2337

Nice quiz Liubomyr!!!Glory to Ukraine!!!

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assemjuve
14/07/2017
PS
3705
points

Actually i learned a lot about Ukraine especially their food,nd also i learned a lot of new vocabularies.


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assemjuve
14/07/2017 12:13
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Actually i learned a lot about Ukraine especially their food,nd also i learned a lot of new vocabularies.

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Liubomyr
03/08/2017
UA
4408
points

Thank you assemjuve for your feedback.


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Liubomyr
03/08/2017 10:29
Ukraine
Watford
4408

Thank you assemjuve for your feedback.

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
09/05/2017
SD
2903
points

Thanks Liubomyr for letting us know somethings about yourself and Ukraine. It's interesting that you support the Hornets. I know that Ukraine is the biggest country in the EU. Although the quiz was very difficult, but anyhow I enjoyed it


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
09/05/2017 20:56
Sudan
Liverpool
2903

Thanks Liubomyr for letting us know somethings about yourself and Ukraine. It's interesting that you support the Hornets. I know that Ukraine is the biggest country in the EU. Although the quiz was very difficult, but anyhow I enjoyed it

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Liubomyr
12/05/2017
UA
4408
points

Hi Ahmed Adam Mamado,

Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately Ukraine is not an EU member yet, Ukraine has an Association Agreement with EU, but it’s not the same as a membership. Also from June 2017 Ukrainian will have the right of visa-free travels to EU. I hope that in future Ukraine became the member of EU, but now it is complicated issue.


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Liubomyr
12/05/2017 16:08
Ukraine
Watford
4408

Hi Ahmed Adam Mamado,

Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately Ukraine is not an EU member yet, Ukraine has an Association Agreement with EU, but it’s not the same as a membership. Also from June 2017 Ukrainian will have the right of visa-free travels to EU. I hope that in future Ukraine became the member of EU, but now it is complicated issue.

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RafaelRC
03/05/2017
BR
663
points

Liubomir congratulations for the article. Very good! There are many Brazilians playing in Ukraine, Bernard for example, how is he playing?
I liked very much to know more about the traditions in your country, mainly the Christmas.


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RafaelRC
03/05/2017 05:45
Brazil
Wolverhampton Wanderers
663

Liubomir congratulations for the article. Very good! There are many Brazilians playing in Ukraine, Bernard for example, how is he playing?
I liked very much to know more about the traditions in your country, mainly the Christmas.

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Liubomyr
04/05/2017
UA
4408
points

Hi RafaelRC,
Yes, there are a few Brazilians in Ukrainian League, but not so much at the moment as few years ago. And most of Brazilians are playing for FC Shakhtar Donetsk.
It seems to me that, unfortunately, Bernard is doing not so well as you may expect from Brazilian international. Such Brazilians, who may be not so well-known in Brazil, as Marlos, Fred (prior to his temporary disqualification) and Taison are playing really well and fully deserved to be named among the best players of Ukrainian League.


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Liubomyr
04/05/2017 13:08
Ukraine
Watford
4408

Hi RafaelRC,
Yes, there are a few Brazilians in Ukrainian League, but not so much at the moment as few years ago. And most of Brazilians are playing for FC Shakhtar Donetsk.
It seems to me that, unfortunately, Bernard is doing not so well as you may expect from Brazilian international. Such Brazilians, who may be not so well-known in Brazil, as Marlos, Fred (prior to his temporary disqualification) and Taison are playing really well and fully deserved to be named among the best players of Ukrainian League.

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shobonenok
28/04/2017
RU
989
points

Liubomir, thank you for the article. Despite our countries are close to each other, I've never heard abour kutya. I was in Ukraine several times but have never visited the capital. Hope, that I will be able to do it when the reltions between our countries will become better than now.
I still remember that supported 2 teams during Euro-2012 - the first was, of course, Russian, and the second one was Ukrainian. I hoped that Ukraine could cope with their group rivals and qualify to the play-offs, especially after my national team failed to do this. There was countless number of dirty words towards Kassai after his terrible mistake.
What club do you support in Ukraine? Is it a small club or not?


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shobonenok
28/04/2017 22:48
Russia
Manchester City
989

Liubomir, thank you for the article. Despite our countries are close to each other, I've never heard abour kutya. I was in Ukraine several times but have never visited the capital. Hope, that I will be able to do it when the reltions between our countries will become better than now.
I still remember that supported 2 teams during Euro-2012 - the first was, of course, Russian, and the second one was Ukrainian. I hoped that Ukraine could cope with their group rivals and qualify to the play-offs, especially after my national team failed to do this. There was countless number of dirty words towards Kassai after his terrible mistake.
What club do you support in Ukraine? Is it a small club or not?

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Liubomyr
30/04/2017
UA
4408
points

Hi Shobonenok,

Thank you for your comment. I’m a supporter of Skala Stryi football team which is currently playing in a second tier of Ukrainian football. I support that team because it represents a town were I spent my childhood. Anyway for last 10 years I’m living 400 miles far from it so I can’t visit home matches. From time to time I visit home matches of Dynamo Kyiv.


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Liubomyr
30/04/2017 08:39
Ukraine
Watford
4408

Hi Shobonenok,

Thank you for your comment. I’m a supporter of Skala Stryi football team which is currently playing in a second tier of Ukrainian football. I support that team because it represents a town were I spent my childhood. Anyway for last 10 years I’m living 400 miles far from it so I can’t visit home matches. From time to time I visit home matches of Dynamo Kyiv.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
30/04/2017
UA
6204
points

Liubomir, " I've been living 400 miles..." - with FOR + time period, 


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Alex_from_Ukraine
30/04/2017 17:35
Ukraine
Liverpool
6204

Liubomir, " I've been living 400 miles..." - with FOR + time period, 

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Rich
01/05/2017
ES
594
points

HI Alex and Liubomyr

This is a difficult one. This is how I would write this sentence:

Anyway, for the last 10 years I’ve been living 400 miles away from Stryi so I can’t go to any home matches.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
01/05/2017 10:45
Spain
Liverpool
594

HI Alex and Liubomyr

This is a difficult one. This is how I would write this sentence:

Anyway, for the last 10 years I’ve been living 400 miles away from Stryi so I can’t go to any home matches.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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Alex_from_Ukraine
28/04/2017
UA
6204
points

Liubomir, thanks for your story. Do you agree that if not for the pouring rain in Donetsk on the 15-th of June 2012 and the game suspension of almost an hour,  the Ukrainian team could win the game and go further from the group?


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Alex_from_Ukraine
28/04/2017 17:28
Ukraine
Liverpool
6204

Liubomir, thanks for your story. Do you agree that if not for the pouring rain in Donetsk on the 15-th of June 2012 and the game suspension of almost an hour,  the Ukrainian team could win the game and go further from the group?

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Liubomyr
30/04/2017
UA
4408
points

Hi Alex,
Thank you for your reply. I agree with that, unfortunately Ukraine is a little bit unlucky with weather conditions, the similar situation was in the game versus Nothern Ireland on Euro2016.


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Liubomyr
30/04/2017 08:32
Ukraine
Watford
4408

Hi Alex,
Thank you for your reply. I agree with that, unfortunately Ukraine is a little bit unlucky with weather conditions, the similar situation was in the game versus Nothern Ireland on Euro2016.

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