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Elena Popova

'CSKA lost that game, but those were still the most vivid emotions I had felt for many years'

Elena Popova

 

Football has been with me since my childhood, but I got really captured by this game after UEFA EURO 2004 in Portugal. I started to use a wheelchair in 2003 and since then have spent a few years at home. Almost all my friends turned away from me. It has been the most difficult period in my life, and the only joy was football and my team CSKA Moscow. My first visit to a stadium was in 2005. CSKA lost that game, but those were still the most vivid emotions I had felt for many years. The most memorable event happened last year, when our players became champions. Read more - http://www.cafefootball.eu/en/elena-popova

Oleg Gab

'Attending that match is one of my greatest ever memories!'

Oleg Gab

 

I first became a football fan around the time of the 1982 FIFA World Cup, which took place in Spain. At the time I was serving in the army and working for the Kiev police, and so my favourite team is Dynamo Kiev. I love football and believe that all fans should be able to attend live matches. I hope that disabled fans in Sumy can work together and create a disabled supporters association. Read more - http://www.cafefootball.eu/en/oleg-gab

Taras Kontsevich

'I can’t imagine my life without live football'

Taras Kontsevich

 

I have loved football ever since I was a child, when I would often attend matches with my father. We are fans of Karpaty Lviv in Ukraine. After I had left school I wanted to carry on watching live football. This was not always easy, as disabled people can face a lot of obstacles at some stadiums. My father had died and so wasn’t there to accompany me. Read more - http://www.cafefootball.eu/en/taras-kontsevich

Olexiy Moskalenko

'My dream came true'

Olexiy Moskalenko

 

I want to share with you some stories about my football trip to the training base of FC Metalist Kharkiv, in the village of Vysokyj. I want to say a big thank you to Metalist Kharkiv. During 2013, I was able to visit different stadiums and cities of Ukraine as a Metalist supporter. But sometimes, some clubs do not have sufficient facilities for disabled people. It is very sad. I hope in the future this problem will be solved, and that all people will be able to attend live football matches! Read more - http://www.cafefootball.eu/en/olexiy-moskalenko

Kostyantyn Halak

'It’s such a huge difference between watching football on TV and going to the stadium. It’s all about the atmosphere'

Kostyantyn Halak

 

I’m a fan of FC Dynamo Kiev and the Ukrainian national team, but before UEFA EURO 2012 I had only watched football on television. My first time at a football match was at the new stadium in Kiev. That was amazing. I went to the match with a personal assistant, who helped me to climb the stairs. Unfortunately they don’t have rails which makes it quite difficult not only for a person like me, but for elderly people or small children. But I’m not complaining. The match was worth it. Read more - http://www.cafefootball.eu/en/kostyantyn-halak

Yaroslav Hrybalskyy

'UEFA EURO 2012 was the beginning, not the end'

Yaroslav Hrybalskyy

 

It was great to be able to do so much work in Lviv to make it more accessible for disabled people. Three matches took place at the new Arena Lviv stadium, and there was a lot of disabled supporters in attendance at each of them. This included wheelchair users, deaf and hard of hearing supporters, and blind and partially sighted supporters. All disabled supporters were provided with a parking pass along with their match tickets, enabling them to access a car park facility directly underneath the stadium. As an illustration of the number of disabled people attending matches, this car park was full throughout the matches we hosted. Volunteers were on hand to assist supporters however they could, including some that spoke in various European languages. There was a lot of work put in to ensure that the stadium was as accessible for disabled supporters as possible. In addition to the car parks, we also had lifts, accessible toilets and dedicated seats in the stadium. Read more - http://www.cafefootball.eu/en/yaroslav-hrybalskyy

Sergey Rozhentsov

'Nothing compares to being there live'

Sergey Rozhentsov

 

Football has always played a huge role in my life. When I was a child, I went to a specialist sports school, where I played competitive football for seven years. By the age of fourteen, I was training less but going to watch my team, Dynamo Kiev, with my friends every week. I also collected photographs of the team that I then put into albums. After I became disabled, football was almost left behind. I sometimes told myself that I still wanted to go and watch my team again, but I never acted on those words. Back in 2012, the NSC Olympiyskiy arena was reconstructed ahead of UEFA EURO 2012, where the final was played. In the past, Dynamo Kiev played their European matches at the stadium, and now we would be able to return home once again. Read more - http://www.cafefootball.eu/en/sergey-rozhentsov

Oleksandr and Valeriy Haiday

'I will keep this unforgettable atmosphere for the rest of my life'

Oleksandr and Valeriy Haiday

 

My brother and I have been football fans for more than fourteen years. When we learned that Ukraine would host UEFA EURO 2012, it became our dream to get to this historic event. We were thrilled to get tickets for Ukraine v Sweden, which took place at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. When we were driving to Kiev, all of the cars around us had Ukrainian flags, and we were like in the blue and yellow sea. We felt like it was a great festival for Kiev and the whole country. When we reached the stadium, the highlight of my entire life began. Read more - http://www.cafefootball.eu/en/oleksandr-and-valeriy-haiday

Oleksandr Sydelnykov

'There is nothing better than football to bring people together'

Oleksandr Sydelnykov

 

I fell in love with football as a young child, when I used to play with my friends at school. As I got older, I met people who supported so many different teams. It was fantastic to have the chance to learn all about different clubs and leagues. I eventually moved to Sevastopol and met my wife. A lot of things changed in my life, and the time available for me to enjoy football was greatly reduced. However when my sons had grown up, my interest in the game came back all over again. Read more - http://www.cafefootball.eu/en/oleksandr-sydelnykov