Europa League Final – Broken Dreams For Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

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    • Europa League Final – Broken Dreams For Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

      Futbolgrad wrote:

      It was always going to be tough for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Europa League final, and in the end it just wasn’t meant to be. Perhaps the moment that will be most symbolic of the club’s tragic end in the competition was Yevhen Konoplyanka crying at the centre of the pitch surrounded by his teammates, who did their best to console the Ukrainian superstar.
      Yet Dnipro can take pride in their Europe League campaign. Branded as the ultimate outsider from the group stage onwards, the club eliminated several big name European clubs including Napoli, Club Brugge, and Ajax Amsterdam, on their route to the final.
      While Dnipro receives almost unlimited funds from their billionaire owner Ihor Kolomoyskyi, the circumstances under which the club reached the final have made this story that of a Ukrainian fairy-tale. Banished from their home ground in Dniprepetrovsk the club was forced to play their European home-matches in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv.
      It was not until the semi-final return match against Napoli that Kyivans went out to support Dnipro’s march to the final. After all Kyiv’s club Dynamo was carrying the Ukrainian flag until the quarterfinal. With Dynamo gone the NSK Olimpiyskiy finally became a fortress for Dnipro with many Ukrainians, regardless of whether or not they were Dnipro fans, coming out to support Ukraine’s team in the competition. [...]