Regular visitors to Viva Rovers will know that every Friday we select a relevent video from the depths of the internet for your enjoyment. As this Friday fell on Christmas Day we have elected to not only bring episode twenty-seven forward a day, but also ensure that it is suitably festive too. As football is not played in Santa-hats, and as Christmas parties have been renamed ‘golf trips’, that left one obvious option for us. Football-wise few things make you feel more festive that playing in a snowstorm.
But which snow-bound game would we choose? Viva Rovers’ does have an out and out favourite in this field, but as we brought it to you last year we have sadly foregone the infamous League of Ireland match played without an orange ball. Beyond that we had other contenders; Chelsea beating Tromso in a Norweigan blizzard in 1997, Barnsley facing Portsmouth in far too short shorts for the South Yorkshire weather in 1985, or Sheffield United’s FA Cup match with Aston Villa from 1996 which was held up briefly as the United fans pelted Dwight Yorke with snowballs as he got set to take a penalty.
Nope, its none of them, because for all the weather conditions footballers from these shores face, its frankly nothing compared to the harsh winters of Eastern Europe. Even with a summer schedule, the climaxes to past Russian league seasons have been played indoors such is the ferocity of a Soviet winter. In the Ukraine though, they are a bit more hardy, as Dynamo Kiev and Shakhtar Donetsk proved in 2007. Not content with the oragne ball, Shakhtar have taken the added visibility approach to their it too, Dynamo instead have stuck with their famous, and subsequently camoflauged all white.
Merry Christmas everyone.