Thank you UEFA / Day

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has been talking about the creation of a third-tier club competition since at least 2015, stating that it will help countries lower in the power hierarchy to go further than they usually manage in the Champions League and Europa League. The strategy has fully justified itself and already in the first season, Estonia, Armenia and even Gibraltar made their debut in the Eurocups group tournament. The Latvian team Riga was also close to the subgroup, however, in the decisive qualifying round, they lost to the Gibraltar team in overtime. Lincoln Red Imps. Debutants were not the boys and the Estonian team Tallinn Flora collected points in three out of six games – twice they drew 2:2 with the Cypriot team anorthosisand also defeated the Serbian team Belgrade with 1:0 Partisan. This did not allow us to get out of the last place in the group, but the aftertaste definitely remained very positive. True, the spectators could not fully enjoy it, because the restrictions were still in force and even in the most attended home game, their number did not reach three thousand.

Also in 2022, in the group tournament of the UEFA Conference League, we will see three countries that have never been in such a phase of the Eurocups – Kosovo, Liechtenstein and Lithuania. On the other hand, after a 13-year break, Latvia will return to the subgroup, as the RFS unit also entered there. In the following two months, our national champion will face the Turkish team Istanbul twice Basaksehirwhich also includes the famous 2014 World Cup winner Mesut Ozil, the well-known Italian club Florence Fiorentina and Edinburgh Hearts from Scotland. RFS will play its first game on September 8 in Florence, but the first home game will take place a week later against Hearts. Our opponents will receive Cash discount in the stadium, which football friends have recognized as the coziest place in Latvia to host football matches.

If any fan thinks that the UEFA Conference League is not a prestigious tournament, it is worth remembering that the well-known Italian team triumphed in the competition last season Roma. The head coach of the unit, Juze Mourinu, burst into tears after the final game, but two months later, noting that he became the first to win all three levels of tournaments in Europe, he added a tattoo to his body. Thanks to UEFA for giving the opportunity to host the grands also to countries that are not yet the strongest in football!

Waiting for the return of top-level football in Latvia, this Sports Newspapers issue, we talked extensively with RFS club president Artyom Milov, who just fulfilled another dream of his by opening a sports complex LNK Sports Park. Almost ten million euros have already been invested in it, while the total planned private investments are close to 25 million euros. How the businessman got to the king of sports and whether he regrets that the system of the RFS football team started to be built from the top of the pyramid, read in the interview.

This month, we also remember the legendary Latvian national football player Andrejas Rubin, who died tragically at the beginning of August. After his career, Rubu was haunted by many absences, but it was in the last few months that his life began to settle down, so its sudden demise is especially sad. We talk in more detail with two Latvian talents – hockey defenseman Kristians Rubinas, who after several seasons in Toronto Maple Leafs Ottawa joined the system Senators organization and is determined to get into the first team tooth and nail, as well as the talented track and field athlete Agati Cauni, who was able to show a fantastic performance in the 5000 meters distance at the World U20 Championship and very seriously tickle the nerves of female athletes from Africa. The athlete says that her idol is Yelena Prokopchuk, but we keep our fingers crossed that the young woman from Valmi will surpass Lena’s excellent results in the future.

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