Ukraina Lviv: The story of Ukrainian football in Inter-war Poland

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Lviv panorama

Panorama of present-day Lviv

‘In Lwów there are no border posts between different nations.  In Lwów there is however a Romanesque church built by Armenian hands, and the Baroque church of St. George.  Here there are remnants of German and Byzantium culture crammed together like market stalls…Different cultures in the city are not separated by streets but by the cornices of buildings.  Indeed boundaries dividing the peoples of the city do not stand between noble residences and peasant huts, or between counties and districts but rather in the centre of marital beds.’

Polishreportage writer Ksawery Pruszyński, 1937

‘I’m a Polish Lwowiak.  My father worked on the rail-roads, he drove the famous armoured train through the city to defend it from Ukrainians and later from Bolsheviks and Germans…But Lwów’s strong patriotism didn’t mean opposition to diversity and it wasn’t about hate.  Throughout my youth – and this goes for football…

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