Pele Museum, Lugansk – Музей Пеле


The Pele Museum in Lugansk is, frankly, utterly surreal.

Thousands of miles away from Brazil, near the Russian border, it’s a shrine to Nikolai Khubodin’s childhood infatuation with the greatest player ever.

Nikolai, who played for his home town team Zorya Lugansk, heard about him on the radio in 1965 when he was ten.

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Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 4 Pandurii Targu Jiu 1

20131130-131821.jpgAnyone from Cardiff will tell you of the joy of watching a team play in blue and white!

Despite the stick they get, sometimes footballers really do earn their dough. This was such a night. A Europa League game not to die for.

Sleet, freezing temperatures and bitter winds in Dnipropetrovsk on a wet Thursday in November.

Well, would you fancy it?

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