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 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…

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…

EFC 2019 Recap – Day 2 (June 03)

Image credit: Karo Sahakyan   Click the links below or scroll down to view the Day 2 Match Reports: Szekely Land 0 – 5 Western Armenia Sapmi 0 – 1 Abkhazia Chameria 4 – 1 Artsakh South Ossetia 2-1 Padania Szekely Land 0 – 5 Western Armenia MyCujoo Video Photo Gallery Szekely Land 0 –…

Artsakh 3 – 2 Sapmi

Image credit: Brad Merrett Artsakh opened their 2019 CONIFA Sportsbet.io European Football Cup in style with a 3-2 win over Sapmi. Goals from Karen Shakhkeloyan, Arsen Sagsyen and Dimitry Malyaka secured an historic win for Artsakh under the floodlights in Stepanakert. The tournament hosts opened the scoring early on through Karen Shakhkeloyan after a fantastic…

EFC 2019 Recap – Day 1 (June 02)

Image credit: Brad Merrett Click the links below or scroll down to view the Day 1 Match Reports: Abkhazia 3 – 1 Chameria Padania 4 – 0 Szekely Land Western Armenia 1 – 2 South Ossetia Artsakh 3 – 2 Sapmi Abkhazia 3-1 Chameria MyCujoo Video Photo Gallery Abkhazia 3-1 Chameria By Olaf Jensen Despite…

Abkhazia 3-1 Chameria

Image credit: Brad Merrett Despite a poor first half, former World Football Cup champions Abkhazia recovered to emerge as 3-1 winners in the first match of the CONIFA Sportsbet.io European Football Cup 2019, against the mountainous backdrop of Askeran. The match was a physical affair from the beginning, pitting the taller Chamerians against the more…