Football under the bombs: “Playing is a sign of resistance”

All matches in the Ukrainian league start the same, with the players draped in the national flag and the anthem blaring in the empty stadium. It is not unusual for soldiers or victims to be honored before the opening whistle. Each encounter is a small miracle, an attempt to ensure that daily life is not completely strangled by war. “That football continues is a sign of incredible resilience, there is a point of pride,” explains Francesco Baranca, who works in the Ukrainian federation as head of integrity. «The matches are played within the country and every time there is an alert we have to stop, there are no spectators, only authorized people such as journalists or security people. Normally the competition… See More
2023-10-23 23:40:48
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