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Ukraine's World Cup challenge captivated its people briefly – but the war matters more

As Ukraine filed out of Hampden, the Tartan Army applauded their supporters.

No matter how big or small, everyone was focused on the larger picture.

As the yellow and blue traveling support made their way to Scotland’s national Stadium, earlier in the day thoughts of war were not far away.

The vast majority of Ukraine’s followers took this road trip, and flights were not an option.


Many refugees were brought to London by coaches.

I traveled on a bus organized by Edinburgh’s Ukrainian Club. The bus was packed with recent arrivals to Scotland.

Although it wasn’t the typical bus for football fans, it was a different crowd.

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Image Supporters were brought by Refugees

Natalya said that she was not a football fan and that this was the second match she attended. However, she felt it was a part of her country.

What Ukrainians think of the game

It was a chance for Ukrainians to gather and share their pride and focus.

A brief glimpse into their lives was also offered by ninety minutes of football. How long have you been enjoying entertainment in safety?

Profile was also created by the match. More than one refugee on the football bus stated that they feared that the world would forget about Ukraine’s plight.

They hoped that a World Cup qualifier would bring attention to their fight (the international media covered this fixture extensively) and keep them in the news.

They delivered on their promises and now they have to play against Wales at the weekend.

I asked a flag-waving Ukrainian fan leaving Hampden his opinion on the game. He replied, “The fight continues.”

I said, “In Cardiff?”

He replied, “No.” “The fight continues.”

The World Cup Challenge in Ukraine captured the attention of its citizens for a brief time, and it will again.

The fight is more important.


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