"Sweetheart, you must understand, we need this victory". Or how the Swedes discovered Ukraine

Bogda Nova, (Calmar, Sweden) specially for uzhgorod.in  1 July 2012 17:08  29515734 016216
"Sweetheart, you must understand, we need this victory". Or how the Swedes discovered Ukraine

On the eve of the match Ukraine-Sweden my neighbor came to me with a reputable Swedish newspaper in his hands. "I want you to read this. Here they are writing about your country", he said with a smile. Surprised by his first visit in 4 years, I immediately asked, "Are they writing that everything is bad in Ukraine?" "Well, yes. You have nothing but corruption, prostitution and murder on the streets, "- he announced cheerfully. "Then take your newspaper. I will not read it "- I replied, quite tired from all that denigration of Ukraine, which the local press is filled with.

My husband, having come home from work, told me with a smile that his colleagues offered him dinner and overnight after the match. The implication was that after Ukrainian national team loses, his wife and mother-in-law, who are Ukrainians, will show him the second Poltava battle.

Two hours before the game we sat down to supper. My mom seriously asked our 3-year old daughter about the result of the game and without any hesitation she raised her glass of water and shouted: "Bud'mo, Ukraine! Heya Sverie!" (Long live Sweden!). Having applauded, we proudly looked at her. The result of the Ukrainian-Swedish cooperation was simply stunning.

And here it was, the first match of our team. At the first sound of Ukrainian national anthem, I choked and tears rolled down on my cheeks. Strange, I had never been an ardent football fan, but now I felt it so strongly. There was a wild desire for a victory. Our victory!

Certainly I wished our players to succeed, but my mind told me that the victory of Ukraine was NOT REAL.

And suddenly two goals from Shevchenko... Last time I cried THAT much during the birth of our daughter. My husband looked at me with a surprise and smiled. I hugged him tightly and whispered in his ear: "Sweetheart, you must understand, we need this victory. It is very necessary! Everything is well in our country, but Ukraine is in full “chocolate”. My husband nodded and said: "I understand".

For me, just as for many Ukrainians, the victory in this match was one of the few opportunities to show the world that we are not a nation of thieves, prostitutes and racists. Yes, we have that too. Just like other countries. We do not hide flaws, but honestly demonstrate them.

"Sweetheart, you must understand, we need this victory". Or how the Swedes discovered Ukraine (швеция)

In the photo: Jennie - the daughter of a Swedish-Ukrainian family

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