Currently, the team is playing at a 34,900-seat stadium in Lviv—750 miles from their own home. Some rival fans mock them as “Shakhtar Lviv.” The team is currently second in the Ukrainian league, but the players aren’t happy. “You don’t have the power like you have at the Donbass Arena,” one player said. “It is something special – it’s our stadium, it’s our fans, it’s our city.”

Still, this is not as bad as Russian soccer team Anzhi Makhachkala, based in the volatile region of Dagestan. Because of the violence—car bombs were once placed outsides the team’s stadium—the players live and train near Moscow and then fly 800 miles to Makhachkala for home games. Last month, a 20-year-old player was killed.

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