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Alex: Another thing, at the time when Stroitel as you call it (although officially it was known as Budivelnyk) existed and competed in competitions among KFK teams, those competitions were actually at the fourth (4) tier within the Soviet football pyramid in 1971-1989. In 1990 there was added an extra tier just below the Second League, known as the Lower Second League (or out of brevity Second League B). Then in 1990 competitions among KFK were moved down the pyramid to the fifth (5) tier. Now by that time the Chernobyl zone football team was disbanded and in couple of years the whole Soviet Union went crushing down. Now about the name of the team, Budivelnyk or Stroitel. Both names were in use as both languages carried an official status, yet Russian had dominance as the language of the Soviet central government and inter-republican communication.3 years ago
Alex: Alex, looks like you know absolutely nothing about the Soviet football competition structure. Teams of Masters are not only the champions of KFK, but rather it is a status of all professional clubs in the Soviet Union. Officially in the Soviet Union there were no professional athletes, so they were inventing some other terms among which is the team of masters. All clubs in the Soviet competitions in Top, First and Second leagues all were teams of masters, amateur teams were known as fitness collectives (or collective of physical culture). Competitions among KFK teams were organized and administered exclusively by their respective union republic where they were located. All 15 union republics were conducting their own individual KFK competitions and their winner may or not has been picked for competitions among teams of masters. Establishment of team of masters as certification had to be approved by the Football Federation of the Soviet Union, unlike the KFK teams. Simply winning the competitions among KFK teams did not guarantee the winning team to be promoted to the Soviet Vtoraya Liga (Second League).3 years ago
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