Wednesday, 10th August 2022
<To guardian.ng
Search

Controversial football club from separatist Transnistria reaches Champions League

By AFP
14 September 2021   |   2:23 pm
Fans of European giants Real Madrid and Inter Milan will see their teams face unusual competition this autumn: a club from a tiny separatist region in one of Europe's least known countries, Moldova. After a couple of failed attempts, Sheriff FC is making its debut in the group stage of Europe's top football competition this year, becoming the first team ever from the ex-Soviet country to reach the Champions League itself. Sheriff FC hails from Transnistria, a Russian-speaking region which broke away from Moldova after a brief civil war following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Related

22 Oct 2018
The presidential elections in Cameroon on October 7 were marred by violence in the country's rebellious Anglophone region. The government is determined to quell the separatist insurgency.
28 Oct 2018
Eyewitness footage shows a fire burning and emergency services at the aftermath of the crash.
28 Mar 2019
Cameroon's Anglophone separatist conflict hits the economy hard
22 Aug 2019
A Cameroonian activist critises the "unfair" trial of the leader of the country's anglophone separatist movement, Julius Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, after a military court handed him a life sentence.
12 Sep 2019
Cameroon: Government set to organize talks on separatist crisis
17 Sep 2019
Vinai Venkatesham, managing director at Arsenal Football Club, discusses the importance of Asia to the club, competition with other leagues for fans, his strategy for driving revenue, signing new players and his expansion plans for China. He speaks exclusively on “Bloomberg Markets: Asia.”
23 Jan 2020
German second division club St. Pauli have asked police why they have appeared alongside jihadi and far-right groups on a UK counterterrorism guide. The club are renowned for their activism and their fans are baffled.
10 Feb 2020
Polls have closed in the central African country after elections were dominated by a boycott from the main opposition party and separatist violence. President Paul Biya is expected to maintain his tight grip on power.
23 Jul 2020
Even as Cameroon's Anglophone crisis continues, some of the separatists who once fought for independence for the country's English-speaking regions have put down their weapons in the hope of reintegrating into civilian life. The government's 2018 offer of amnesty for those agreed to stop fighting was not widely taken up, but those who did accept have been attending special DDR (disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration) camps. Our correspondents were able to follow the daily routine of some former fighters at one of these camps.
18 Oct 2020
Parents consider more than class size when they decide what school their kids will attend in the self-proclaimed separatist state of Transnistria. The "wrong choice" could attract the local security service's attention.
30 Apr 2021
Victims and neighbours of Grenfell tower, a London tower block ripped through by a blaze four years ago, have gathered to create a football team, the Grenfell Athletic FC, whose logo represents a dragon protecting the tower. The team is "a cure" for survivors whose mental health he feared for, says coach Rupert Taylor, as well as a way to remember and honour the people who lost their lives in the fire.
22 Jun 2021
The nine separatists had been sentenced to long prison terms for their role in organizing a 2017 independence referendum. PM Sanchez says they are the first step in resolving the crisis between Madrid and Catalonia.