Teams: Ukraine NT-- FC Dnipro
Where do I begin with one of the most WWE stories you can imagine...my club Dnipro with 101 years of history ceased to exist this month. Considered the best team in Soviet Union in the 1980's ahead of even Dynamo Kyiv, is now just a memory because our owner didn't want to pay the outstanding debts of the club (greedy & shady, yet doesn't happen if not for the Russian invasion)
Rumor is that he's financing the new club Dnipro-1 through a puppet front as a way to get around paying off debts and the 3 year UEFA ban (btw you should see the club crest of Dnipro-1, embarrassing what an absolute joke!). They play in the same stadium, use the same training base, kept the same coach, several veteran players and now the Dnipro academy has morphed into Dnipro-1
The 2 Dnipro clubs actually faced each other in the 2nd Div in 2017 (the 1st ever Dnipro derby), and last season Dnipro-1 was promoted to UPL, today was the 1st day top flight footy back in Dnipro in 2 years. We were up 2-0 inside 10 min, the 2 goal scorers were the u20 World Cup winning lads. We also featured another 19 year old and started a CM who is 17 years old (17!!!!). Held on to win 2-0.
I'm conflicted, on one hand I'm heartbroken to what happened to my beloved Dnipro (the ultras don't acknowledge this new club), on the other hand its the team representing my city with clear links to Dnipro...what other clubs besides Parma & Wimbledon have ceased and were rebranded that you know of?