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Our Wee Spot in Europe. Rangers in the Europa League 2021/22


The_Kincardine

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14 minutes ago, Miguel Simao said:

Do Armenians not care about football? The best team in the biggest city can barely attract a few thousand fans for a Europa qualifier.

I could write a bulky tome on the decline of football in Eastern Europe. I haven't kept current, though. In Soviet days, things were semi-franchised. Ararat Yerevan were the Armenian club that Moscow favoured. Nationalism was tolerated to an extent in the main stadiums in distant republics, so long as those chanting were good pro-Soviet Communists. Ararat qualified for Europe through the USSR League. In a lot of cases, the big clubs in the newly independent ex-Soviet republics were fairly easy targets for new regimes... and, of course, they lost all their best players to Russia or to Western countries when the Soviet Empire crumbled.

Money-laundering Mafioso clubs, founded in the 21st century, now win titles. Very few people support them. 

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