The tournament among Ukrainian sports journalists took place in Kyiv
The second annual Parimatch Media Cup football tournament for sports journalists took place in the capital City of Sports. The competition was organized by Parimatch along with the Ukrainian Sports Press Association. Eight teams, 60 participants from representatives of more than 20 media, including sport.ua, segodnya.ua, football.ua, X-sport, tribuna.com, Channels Football, ICTV, UA First, Kyiv Live, fought for the main trophy. Due to the quarantine restrictions, the competition was held with all necessary security measures.
The tournament, like the last time, turned out to be quite intense. The finalists of the previous Parimatch Media Cup, the Ukrainian national team of sports journalists and TK Football team, were brought together in the semifinals. The main time ended in a draw 2:2, after which TK Football team won in the series of penalty shootout.
In the final “Football 1,2,3” played with tribuna.com team. Before the opponents played in the group, but did not determine a stronger one, the match ended in a draw 2:2. In the decisive game “Football 1, 2, 3” won a 3:0. Furthermore, a “Football 1, 2, 3” player Vitaliy Misiura received the grand prize of the best player of the tournament. His teammate Yevhen Kuchin was named the best goalkeeper. Tribuna.com’s Kostiantyn Stepaniuk scored the biggest number of goals, seven. And Andriy Senkiv, also a representative of tribuna.com, was named the best coach of the competition.
Parimatch representative Vadym Misyura: We know how much everyone missed such live events. And it was a pleasure to hold the tournament once again to enjoy the celebration of football, feel the taste of sports wrestling. Sports journalism is of great importance in the development of sports. In this profession there are many true patriots of their craft, who demonstrated they not only know how to skillfully cover sporting events, but have something to show on the football field as well.
Honored Journalist of Ukraine from Ukrainian National Team of Sports Journalists Valentyn Shcherbachov: This is what it takes to keep everyone optimistic in such a difficult time. We, media representatives, get to know each other more closely, to communicate. And thus we usually interact only at work, football always unites. And today Parimatch also united us.
The best player of the tournament, TK Football’s Vitaliy Misiura: This tournament is a great opportunity to communicate with colleagues. And we are very grateful to Parimatch, because such tournament had died 10 years ago, and now it has been resurrected for us. These matches could even be broadcasted on television. Emotions were just running high.
Yevhen Kuzmenko, TK Football team: A wonderful tournament. It was cool to meet so many friends. With some I had previously played as one team, and here already played against them. It’s like playing for a club, going to the national team and playing against your clubmate. Very cool. We felt a true spirit of rivalry.
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