The Dnipro-Arena stadium celebrated the 100th anniversary of FC Dnipro.
On November 10, 2018, celebrations were held in the regional center of Dnipropetrovsk to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the football team of Dnipropetrovsk (Dnipro). As part of the celebration, teams of veterans of "Dnipro" and the national team of Ukraine played in a friendly match.
Oleksandr Petrovsky's International Solidarity Foundation also joined the event and supported our football veterans by providing the financial assistance needed to organize and celebrate the anniversary.
This morning for veteran footballers, journalists and fans of the team began with the laying of flowers on the graves of famous coaches: Vladimir Yemets, Gennady Zhizdik, Eugene Kucherevsky, Dnipro football players who died prematurely.
And then there was the football holiday. Thousands of football fans, despite the cold weather, came to Dnipro Arena to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the football club.
The festival began with a music program - a military band performed in front of the audience, performing world hits for half an hour. In addition, acrobats and songwriters took to the field.
Subsequently, participants of the match - veterans of "Dnipro" and the national team of Ukraine took to the field. Before the start of the game, they were greeted by FFU President Andrei Pavelko. Dnipro veterans were also awarded and honored by representatives of the oblast authorities.
Many honorable guests were present at the match. Among them is the President of the International Charitable Foundation "Solidarity" Alexander Petrovsky, Bishop of Dniprovsky and Kryvyi Rih UOC of KP Simeon, Deputy Chairman of Dnepropetrovsk Regional State Administration Dmitry Batura, People's Deputy of Ukraine Ivan Kulichenko, President of BC "Dnipro" and many others.
The players had to start playing almost in the fog, as the Dnipro ultras, located in the fan-based sector, had their own pyrotechnic fire show. The stadium field was covered by a smoke screen for a while.
Both teams had many stars. In the "Dnieper" is Oleg Protasov, who came on the field with a captain's armband, as well as Sergei Puchkov, Yevgeny Yarovenko, Oleg Taran, Gennady Litovchenko, Eduard Son, Alexei Cherednik, Sergey Krakovsky, Sergey Nazarenko and many others.
The Ukrainian national team also had many players with a name. These are Vadim Yevtushenko, Alexander Zavarov, Sergey Nagornyak, Mykola Medin, Vitaliy Mandzyuk, Yuriy Maximov, Vladimir Yezersky, Myron Markevich, Alexey Mikhailchenko and others.
The teams decided not to play the traditional contractual match for such matches, and as a result the stars of Ukrainian football won in Dnipro with a score of 3: 2.
The holiday ended with a traditional shared photo and no less traditional Third Half.
Oleksandr Petrovskyy International Solidarity Foundation welcomes all supporters of the Dnieper, veteran football players and coaches on the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Football Club!