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New owner of FC Metalist intends to win Ukrainian Cup, ready to buy city's share in stadium

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Dec. 25, 2012, 7:42 p.m. | Sports — by Interfax-Ukraine

UEFA President French Michel Platini (C) examines FC Metalist stadium in Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on April 8, 2010.
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The new owner of FC Metalist (Kharkiv) Serhiy Kurchenko has stated that he intends to win the Ukrainian Cup within three years and is ready to buy Kharkiv municipal authorities' share in the Metalist Stadium.

"I don't want to look at Donetsk Shakhtar's and Dynamo Kyiv's back, I don't want to celebrate the bronze medal in the Ukrainian Cup every year. I want to hear the anthem of the Champions League at our stadium. Our goal is to win the championship's gold within three years and to bring the European trophy to Kharkiv within five years," reads Kurchenko's statement that has been passed to Interfax-Ukraine.

He recalled that $100 million was invested in the restoration of the Metalist stadium, including $30 million that were spent by former owner of the football club, Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, and $70 million was allocated from the city budget.

"I did not take part in a conflict between the municipal authorities and Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, but I would like to share my vision of a way out of the situation. In the near future I will make an official proposal to the municipal authorities to buy their share and become the full owner of the stadium, and they could spend these assets on the city's and region's needs," Kurchenko said.

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