Monday, 8 February 2010

FC Chornomorets Odessa

My new local team. The Ukrainian season resumes on February 28th with Chornomorets (currently third bottom with ten defeats out of sixteen) at home to sixth-placed Tavriya Simferopol.

The Ukrainian League is ranked seventh in Europe, ahead of Portugal and Holland, but that's mainly because of Donetsk and Kiev and "Odessa is non-league crap at its very worst," emailed a friend who's actually seen them play this season. He didn't go back. First rule of Eastern European football: lower your expectations - and spend as long as you can in the pub before kick-off.

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