United Tournament

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United Tournament
Founded 2013
Region Russia, Ukraine (UEFA)
Number of teams 4
Current champions Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk

The United Tournament or United Supercup was an exhibition football club tournament between two best clubs from Ukraine and two from Russia.[1][2] The context of the tournament were the talks which are held regarding creating the United CIS championship, or joint RussiaUkraine league.[3] The organisers of the tournament were the same people in charge of drafting a proposal for the united league.[4] The format of the first tournament was taken from the Channel One Cup (two-legged ties for all pairs of clubs from different countries,),[5][6][7] but at the second edition it was changed to a round-robin.[8]

The War in Donbass and conflict between Russia and Ukraine put the idea to create a united tournament between the nations on halt.[9]

History[edit]

The idea of a tournament between the top teams of Russia in Ukraine was already tried in the past as the Channel One Cup, and the United Tournament was called by many an incarnation of the original tournament (including the original format).[5][6][7][10][11][4] The context of the tournament was talks which were held regarding creating the United CIS championship, or joint Russia–Ukraine league.[12] The organisers of the tournament were the same people in charge of drafting a proposal for the united league.[4]

On 22 January 2013, the Super Cup of Champions took place in the United Arab Emirates[13][14] between the winner of the Ukrainian Premier League, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Russian Premier League, Zenit St. Petersburg.[15][16] The trophy was won by Shakhtar Donetsk who beat Zenit St. Petersburg with a 3–1 score.[17][18][19]

22 January 2013
17:00 UTC+4
Zenit St. Petersburg Russia 1 – 3 Ukraine FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Zyryanov Goal 35' Stats
Live Text
Report
Mkhitaryan Goal 21'
Mkhitaryan Goal 39'
Eduardo Goal 79'
Al-Wasl Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Attendance: 300[20] or 1,500[21]
Referee: Bader Abdullah (UAE)

2013[edit]

The first edition of the tournament, 2013 United Tournament, took place between 27 June – 7 July 2013 and included Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev from Ukraine; Zenit Saint Petersburg and FC Spartak Moscow from Russia. The format of the tournament was two-legged ties for all pairs of clubs from different countries. The host cities were Donetsk, Kiev and Ukraine. Dynamo Kyiv won the 2013 United Tournament, after beating Spartak Moscow in the last game.[22][23]

2014[edit]

The second edition, 2014 United Supercup, took place in Israel between 30 January 2013 – 5 February 2014. Four teams participated in it: Shakhtar Donetsk and Metalist Kharkiv from Ukraine; Zenit St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow from Russia.[1][2] The clubs were picked by the principle of two top placed clubs in the local championships.[24] G-Drive became the edition official sponsor.[25] Before the tournament a press conference was held in Tel Aviv. Among the participants were Valery Gazzaev, the head of the committee in charge of the united championship, Mircea Lucescu, the manager of Shakhtar Donetsk, Leonid Slutskiy, the manager of PFC CSKA Moscow, Myron Markevych, the manager of Metallist Kharkiv, and Luciano Spalletti, the manager of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.[26] The tournament format became round-robin (instead of two-legged ties for all pairs of clubs from different countries, as played previously).[8] The first two games of the tournament were watched by 3 million Russians, which is 1 million more than the previous edition average.[27] The 2014 tournament was won by Shakhtar Donetsk from Ukraine, winning all 3 games.[28][29][30][31] Dario Srna was named the best player of the tournament.[32]

Results[edit]

Name Winner Runner-up Third Fourth Date Venues
2013 United Tournament Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv Russia Spartak Moscow Russia Zenit St. Petersburg Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 27 June – 7 July 2013 Ukraine Donetsk, Kiev
Russia Moscow
2014 United Supercup Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine Metallist Kharkiv Russia Zenit St. Petersburg Russia CSKA Moscow 30 January – 5 February 2014 Israel Petah Tikva

Performances by country[edit]

Country Winners Runners-up Winning clubs
 Ukraine 2 1 Shakhtar Donetsk (1), Dynamo Kyiv (1)
 Russia 0 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Calendar of the 2014 United Tournament
  2. ^ a b Terrikon: 2014 United Tournament
  3. ^ United Russian–Ukrainian football league could start in 2014, Gazprom CEO
  4. ^ a b c Объединенный турнир: ясно при полном тумане
  5. ^ a b Сергей Палкин: На разрыв с УЕФА никто в Украине не пойдет – это нонсенс
  6. ^ a b RT.com: United Russian-Ukrainian football league could start in 2014, Gazprom CEO
  7. ^ a b http://football.sport-express.ru/reviews/33189/
  8. ^ a b http://www.ua-football.com/ukrainian/high/52e8cae0.html
  9. ^ http://sport.rbc.ru/article/225218/
  10. ^ http://www.infox.ru/sport/football/2013/11/06/V_Obyedinyennom_turn.phtml
  11. ^ Объединённый турнир: часть 2
  12. ^ United Russian–Ukrainian football league could start in 2014, Gazprom CEO
  13. ^ Korrespondent.net: Шахтер выиграл у Зенита Суперкубок Чемпионов
  14. ^ GiveMeSport: Referee slips and tackles Zenit star in Champions Super Cup clash
  15. ^ Sports.Ru: Зенит и Шахтер разыграют Суперкубок чемпионов
  16. ^ Шахтар переміг Зеніт у матчі за Суперкубок чемпіонів
  17. ^ Видеообзор лучших моментов матча Шахтер –Зенит
  18. ^ Суперкубок чемпионов – у дончан. Зенит –Шахтер – 1:3
  19. ^ Sovetsky Sport: Зенит – Шахтер – 1:3
  20. ^ FC Zenit – Match Report
  21. ^ FC Shakhtar – Match Report
  22. ^ Yanukovych congratulates Dynamo Kyiv on winning united tournament
  23. ^ Ukrinform Photo
  24. ^ http://football.sport-express.ru/osk/about/
  25. ^ http://football.sport-express.ru/osk/reviews/40211/
  26. ^ "В Тель-Авиве состоится пресс-конференция. СПОРТ-ЭКСПРЕСС". Football.sport-express.ru. 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  27. ^ "Первые две игры объединенного Суперкубка посмотрели 3 миллиона россиян - Футбол". Sports.ru. 2013-10-20. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  28. ^ http://www.ua-football.com/ukrainian/news/52f2a347.html
  29. ^ http://sport.segodnya.ua/football/shahter-so-100-rezultatom-vyigral-obedinennyy-superkubok-494029.html
  30. ^ http://sport.rbc.ru/article/200339/
  31. ^ http://www.sports.ru/football/157495991.html
  32. ^ http://www.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/thegooseandwater/569898.html

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