May 19, 2024
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Artem GAGARIN: “Kryvbass will play European Cup matches in Germany”

Vice-president of Kryvyi Rih “Kryvbass” Artem Gagarin commented on the team’s entry into the European Cups:

– Your club has officially secured a place in the 2024/25 European Cup. What sensations?

– Of course, we are very happy that only two years after entering the UPL, we finished the championship with medals. Even ahead of schedule. This is a very cool result, but we hope that there will be more in the future. Although now we don’t feel like celebrating. Two more games of the championship are ahead – with “Dynamo” and “Minaem”. And you still need to play well there. And after this, there will be an award, and then we will celebrate everything – both the medals and the entry into the European Cups.

To be honest, at the beginning of the season, many did not believe that this was possible. But we believed and went to our goal. But! When you reach your goal, looking back, you always start to think: “But it could have been better.” You start to count the lost points and regret: “If only it wasn’t a draw, or it wasn’t a stupid defeat…”

Kryvbass explained whether the club entered the European Cup for the first time

Will you play the European Cup in Germany, or are you still considering other options?

– Most likely, we will play a group tournament in Germany. Because the stadium with which we decided and with which we almost agreed, it will host Euro-2024 matches, and therefore will not be fully ready for the start of the qualification for the European Cups. If the team, God forbid, makes it to the group tournament, we will definitely play it in Germany. I can’t name the city yet, because the papers haven’t been signed yet. And we will play the qualification, most likely, in another country. Where exactly – I can’t say yet, because we’re still waiting for an answer.

– Do you think that Kryvbass’ entry into the European Cup will help Ukraine stop the recent drop in the odds table?

– Well, anything happens in football. There are different rivals, different circumstances, an unlucky lot. And there are some reasons for our current place in the ranking. And now I am not talking only about the war, because our downfall began a little earlier. Maybe the number of our representatives in the European Cups now slightly does not correspond to the real state of affairs? Who earns points, which are then divided by five. Yes, maybe it would be better if we earn points that will be divided by three? Do you understand what I mean? The maximum number of teams in European cups should not be an end in itself now. To get into European Cups only to shout that we visited Europe?

Kryvbass will play in the Europa League.  Dnipro-1, Rukh, Polesie will contest tickets to the LC


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