The Sheriff Tiraspol, the most unique rival of Real Madrid: founded by two ex of the kgb in the non-existent transnistria

Real Madrid dreamed, and dreams, with a superliga that opposite each week to the best teams in Europe. Something like the accumulation of the hype 1 and the h

The Sheriff Tiraspol, the most unique rival of Real Madrid: founded by two ex of the kgb in the non-existent transnistria

Real Madrid dreamed, and dreams, with a superliga that opposite each week to the best teams in Europe. Something like the accumulation of the hype 1 and the hype 2 of the last draw of the phase of groups of the Champions. Final quarterfinals, with meetings between Madrid, City, United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Juventus, Inter, Milan, PSG, Bayern, Barça, Atlético ... duels They would leave 90 minutes weekly show for fans.

But in the middle of that accumulation of talent and stars, football could lose part of the stories that have made him unique over more than a hundred years. So surreal stories such as Sheriff Tiraspol, worse team from the current edition of the Champions League, rival of Madrid at the group stage and a nonexistent country.

The Sheriff plays in Tiraspol, a city near the border between Moldova and Ukraine, and was founded in 1997 by Sheriff's security company, owner of the largest resources in the area. It disputes its meetings within the rules of the Moldova Federation, among them those of the UEFA competitions, and is the great dominator of the national tournament. So far the more or less normal part. Now the interesting thing.

TiRASPOL has a population of just over 130,000 inhabitants, is located on the banks of the River Dniéster and is the capital of the self-proclaimed Republic of Transnistria, a State that is barely recognized by Russia, who helps him (and much) economically for that of the Soviet nostalgia, and who achieved its independence while the Balkans took the attention of Europe from this. A limbo of the international policy that remained in oblivion from the disappearance of the Soviet Union and that still today, in full 2021, does not know its solution.

In a colloquial summary and almost novice, Transnistria wanted to be independent of Moldova and achieved it because Moldova, who almost does not know what he wants, was 'forgotten' during his own independence process. Part of the population and political estates of Moldova would want to train with Romania the 'Great Romania', but the absence of firm measures and the problems with Ukraine at its Eastern border threaten these attempts and cause it to be one of the boiling points of Eastern Europe. And in the middle, transnistria, whose civil war shared a historical moment with that of the Balkans and barely lasted a few months. It has a flag with the Hoz and the hammer, an army, a language and a coin, the Ruble Transnistrio, own. There, Madrid will travel.

The support of Russia and the flag with the Hoz and the hammer are not casual, obviously. The painting of Carlo Ancelotti will play against a team founded by two ancient KGB agents: Ilya Kazmally and Viktor Gushan, whose security company became the main sponsor of the team. In addition, have changed the initial idea of 'sheriff', which was born in 1993 making mere security work and now it has already become a business giant that has supermarkets, gas stations, a means of communication ... and the best stage of all transnistria And from all Moldova, the Sheriff Stadium. And, yes, in case they doubted it: Of course the Moldova Federation, a territory apparently different from Transnistria, has placed there its meetings as a local.

With its classification for the Champions League, Sheriff Tiraspol aim to bring Transnistria soccer to Europe, but not the supposed country to the European Union. TiRASPOL is 200 kilometers from the EU border but it feels all far that allows Soviet nostalgia. The club will visit, at least once, Milan and Madrid to teach the continent and Real Madrid, Inter and Shakhtar will have to make juggling to reach the city because the only airport that is used for the transport of goods, so they will have to be Fly to Chisinau, capital of Moldova and travel by car for something more than an hour.

There, Madrid, Inter and Shakhtar will find many descendants of the Russians who occupied the area during Soviet domination, those who do not want to be part of the Moldova or that desired great Romania. They will also discover streets and statues that honor the USSR or communism, such as Lenin, Liebknecht, Marx or Rosa Luxembourg. And in the harde of Sheriff Stadium surely hear "Russia! Russia! Russia!" While Sheriff Tiraspol represents the Vltava Federation in a UEFA competition. All very logical.

Updated Date: 26 August 2021, 21:12

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