Three of the best!

Image credit: David Ghahramanya We pick out 3 of the finest players from the CONIFA Sportbet.io European Football Cup 2019 final! No7 – Batradz Gurtsiev – One of the top scorers going into the game, Gurtsiev caused problems down the wing for his Western Armenian counterparts. The forward had scored five goals throughout the tournament…

Western Armenia 0-1 South Ossetia

Image credit: David Ghahramanya A cagey conclusion to the CONIFA Sportsbet.io European Football Cup 2019 final was brought alive by two moments of high drama that saw South Ossetia emerge as champions. The final – perhaps predictably, but certainly disappointingly – began much as any other final does, cagey, lacking tempo and purpose. It took…

EFC 2019 Recap – Day 5 (June 08)

Image credit: Brad Merrett Click the links below or scroll down to view the Day 4 Match Reports: Abkhazia 0 – 0 Chameria (Abkhazia 5-4 on penalties) Padania 0-2 Artsakh Sapmi 3-2 Szekely Land Abkhazia 0 – 0 Chameria (Abkhazia 5-4 on penalties) MyCujoo Video Photo Gallery Abkhazia 0 – 0 Chameria (Abkhazia 5-4 on…

Abkhazia 0 – 0 Chameria (Abkhazia 5-4 on penalties)

Image credit: Brad Merrett Abkhazia beat Chameria on penalties in an often bad-tempered third-place playoff in Stepanakert, during which the beautiful game was not much in evidence. Chameria, who often rely on the talents of the enormous striker Marko van Basten Çema, had much of their passing game nullified by the strong Abkhazian midfield; despite a…

Sapmi 3-2 Szekely Land

Image credit: Karo Sahakyan Sapmi secured 7th place in the CONIFA Sportsbet.io European Football Cup with a 3-2 victory over Szekely Land, their first win of the competition. Two teams who have endured disappointing campaigns brought them to a close at the Askeran City Stadium with an entertaining game. Despite failing to register a win…

Cultural Days Report

Image credit: Gevorg Ghazaryan The CONIFA Sportsbet.io European Football Cup 2019 has been a festival of culture as well as football. Every day in the host cities there have been events taking place, including large concerts in Stepanakert in the evenings. Organisers also took advantage of the two rest days to show off the best of…

Padania 0-2 Artsakh

Image credit: Gevorg Ghazaryan Artsakh secured fifth place in the CONIFA Sportsbet.io European Football Cup as a goal from Arsen Sargasyan and another for Malyaka secured the win for the tournament hosts in the national stadium in Stepanakert. The first half was a flat affair as both sides became accustomed to the conditions in the…

CONIFA Sportsbet.io European Football Cup 2019 match officials: Saturday 8 June

Image credit: Brad Merrett CONIFA would like to express its gratitude to all match officials taking part in the CONIFA Sportsbet.io European Football Cup 2019. Today’s officials are: Match: Szekely Land v Sapmi Referee team: L. Artsakh/CoF/Sweden Referee: René Jacobi AR1: Petros Karapetyan AR2: Sedrak Akobyan 4th Official: Roger Lundbäck Match: Artsakh v Padania Referee team:…

CONIFA meet President Bako Sahakyan in Stepanakert

On Friday 7 June, a delegation from CONIFA met with Artsakh President Bako Sahakyan and members of his government. The meeting, which lasted for 45 minutes, was a chance for CONIFA President Per-Anders Blind to express his gratitude to the Artsakh government and people for their hospitality and generosity in hosting the CONIFA Sportsbet.io European…

Padania 4-0 Sapmi

Image credit: Jacopo de Falco Padania’s dominant performance disguised a dreary placement match in which Sapmi were totally prevented from building any momentum. Padania scored after just 10 minutes, Niccolo Colombo driving a low shot through the hapless Sapmi defence. Although Sapmi managed to turn this last-ditch defending into a series of credible counterattacks, they…

Artsakh 2 – 1 Szekely Land

Image credit: Karo Sahakyan In Martuni, Artsakh and Szekley Land played out their placement game at the CONIFA Sportsbet.io European Cup 2019. Artsakh were looking to get back into winning ways – even if it was just to go through to fight for 5th place – in front of their home supporters. Szekley Land wanted…

Sapmi make inspirational trip to school

Image credit: Brad Merrett Participating CONIFA team Sapmi, visited a local school in Artsakh today, to help the children studying there take their minds off their end-of-year exams. The entire squad visited School Number 2 in Artsakh, where players, coaches and staff took time to speak to youngsters who all had their exam results in…

EFC 2019 Recap – Day 3 (June 04)

Image credit: Jacopo de Falco   Click the links below or scroll down to view the Day 3 Match Reports: South Ossetia 2 – 2 Szekely Land Chameria 4 – 0 Sapmi Artsakh 1 – 1 Abkhazia Padania 1 – 1 Western Armenia South Ossetia 2 – 2 Szekely Land MyCujoo Video Photo Gallery South…

Chameria 4 – 0 Sapmi

Image credit: Jacopo de Falco Chameria earned themselves a place in the knockout stages after a comfortable win over Sapmi. First half goals from Vilson Anzim and a brace from lively forward Edmond Hoxha saw the side comfortably progress to the finals. It was in the opening minutes when Chameria opened the scoring. A swift…

Artsakh 1-1 Abkhazia

Image credit: Brad Merrett Hosts Artsakh were eliminated from the tournament by a robust Abkhazia side after failing to capitalise on a dominant second half in front of a passionate crowd in Martuni. Artsakh needed a strong result to qualify, and they started the game full of intent – particularly their surprisingly nimble winger, the…

Padania 1-1 Western Armenia

Image credit: David Kagramanyan Western Armenia progressed to the semi-finals of the CONIFA Sportsbet.io European Football Cup after a 1-1 draw with Padania, which sends the holders out of the competition at the group stage. This much-anticipated Group B encounter in Stepanakert was tantalisingly poised, with both sides level on points and goal difference heading…

South Ossetia 2 – 2 Szekely Land

Image credit: Gevorg Ghazaryan In the last game of their group, South Ossetia faced Szekely Land at Askeran. The sides were in two very different places; South Ossetia needed to win to secure a place in the semi finals; Szekely Land, after losing the first two games, only now have the placement matches to look forward…