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Sheriff Tiraspol coach left Europa League for fighting war in Ukraine

No matter whether they are civilians or Ukrainian citizens living abroad, even well-known figures in professional sports, a large part of the Ukrainian people are ready to give their lives to defend their country against the Russian invasion, like Yuriy Vernydub, coach of Moldova’s Sheriff Tiraspol.

Just six months ago Vernydub achieved the greatest result in the history of this modest team, defeating Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu 2-1 in the Champions League.

A few weeks ago, however, everything changed and his life went from coaching the Moldovan team in the Europa League (against Braga of Portugal) to returning to his country to join the armed forces facing the Russian army.

“My son called me at 4:30am and he told me the Russians attacked us. I knew then that I would return to Ukraine to fight,” Vernydub told BBC.

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