Borussia Dortmund meets Valencia in a club friendly match at the CASHPOINT Arena in Altach, Austria, on Monday 18 July 2022 (18/07/22).
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What: Club friendly
who: Borussia Dortmund vs Valencia
When: Monday 18 July 2022
time: 1 p.m. ET
Where: CASHPOINT Arena
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Ukraine plans to resume competitive football in the country in August, despite being attacked by Russia after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave his approval.
Andriy Pavelko, the president of the Football Union of Ukraine, revealed to The Associated Press details of his talks with Zelenskyy and the heads of FIFA and UEFA to find a safe way to play men’s and women’s matches on home soil.
Ukraine was forced to abandon its leagues in February when Russia launched an invasion that Zelenskyy said has resulted in “at least tens of thousands” of Ukrainian civilian deaths and reduced large swaths of many towns and cities to rubble.
But since Russian forces moved east and south, fighting in the area around the capital Kyiv and elsewhere has eased. There is optimism the sport can resume to lift spirits for the nation as it seeks to qualify for the World Cup with an away win in Wales on Sunday.
“I spoke to our President Volodymyr Zelenskyy about the importance of football as a distraction,” Pavelko said in an interview with the AP, surrounded by Ukraine shirts and a tactics board in the team briefing room in Cardiff. “From the children to the elderly, everyone is focused on the war. Every day they receive information about the dead, about the effects of the war.
“We talked about football having a very great power to help people think about the future because of course people are not in a good frame of mind now. You’re in the worst mood. We talked about how it would be possible that football could help us to think about the future.”
This is a future where players in Ukraine can take to the field again to provide uplifting sporting moments of joy.
“So we made the decision with the president that we will resume the Ukrainian championship in August,” Pavelko said through a translator. “In Ukraine we will play at all levels. So the Premier League and the first and second professional leagues and the women’s championship.
“At all levels we will start in August. The decision was made with the President of Ukraine.”
Pavelko met Zelenskyy before leaving Ukraine for Glasgow to win Wednesday’s World Cup play-off semifinals against Scotland. Pavelko then visited FIFA President Gianni Infantino in Paris and UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
“I informed them that we will resume the wartime championships in Ukraine … under the bombs and we count on their support,” Pavelko said. “We’ll discuss the details.”
The government bans men between the ages of 18 and 60 from leaving Ukraine to keep them available for military service, even though footballers abroad have been allowed to play for teams and Pavelko has flown to important meetings. But he did a live phone call from a Russian-attacked stadium in Chernihiv last month to the UEFA Congress in Vienna to show the damage done.
Which parts of the country will be used for league games is not yet clear.
“We will be speaking to our military committee and the government to discuss how we can organize it safely,” Pavelko added.
Shakhtar Donetsk were top of the table when the season was suspended in February and then officially declared over in April, earning them a place in the lucrative Champions League group stage next season.
Shakhtar has lived in exile with uncertainty for eight years. The team have not played in Donetsk since 2014, when they were forced out by a Russian-backed conflict in their home region of eastern Ukraine, which remains the scene of fierce fighting.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
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