Liubomyr from Ukraine
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.
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 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 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.
...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.
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.
I like this quote because it's about football but also about life in general.
Six things you might not know about Ukraine
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