Viva Vorskla! Poltava 0 Zorya Lugansk 2

Last game before the winter break, as Ukraine wraps up warm and retreats into hibernation.

Vorskla, fifth, versus Zorya, third.

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Back in the USSR! Soviet soccer at the Pele Museum

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Lev Yashin and burning passion for Soviet links with Brazil feature strongly in the Pele Museum in Lugansk.

It has a host of fascinating Soviet football artefacts collected by its owner Nikolai Khudobin.

Lev Yashin, the most famous Russian footballer ever, is regarded as maybe the best goalkeeper who ever played.

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Pele Museum, Lugansk – Музей Пеле

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Yes there really IS a Pele Museum in Lugansk.

Lugansk is in Ukraine. Twenty miles from the Russian border,  it  is the easternmost major city in the country and has about 500,000 inhabitants. 

There is a Pele museum in Santos, where Pele played for the local team, which is about 7,000 miles away from Lugansk.  I hope to visit the Santos museum later this year. 

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