International: South Ossetia

The latest of our International series is here, and we think its only fair after their recent achievements that we look at newly crowned ConIFA SportsBetIO European Football Champions South Ossetia.

Ossetia is an independent state north of Georgia and south of Russia, which is only recognized by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, Tuvalu and other unrecognized nations.

They declared sovereignity in 1992 and were first registered in 2008 by Russia. Whilst Georgia until today declares that South Ossetia is a part of Georgia. Regardless of the official status of recognition South Ossetia is de-facto independent and self-governed.

Credit: CONIFA

Back to football now and the Football Federation of the Republic of South Ossetia (FFRSO) was established in 1997, however prior to the ConIFA World Cup they finished 4th in during 2014 the South Ossetia National Team had only played two friendly fixtures.

Its therefore amazing that in their short period of actually competeing on an international stage, South Ossetia yesterday won the ConIFA European Football Championship 2019, defeating Western Armenia 1-0 with the South Ossetian goalkeeper saving a penalty that was the last kick of the game.

With a championship and a fourth place finish at their last two International tournaments, its clear that South Ossetia look set to become a Non-Fifa football powerhouse alongside the likes of Northern Cyprus and The Catalan Region.

Everyone here at Climbing The Ladder would like to wish South Ossetia all the best for the future and congratulations on being european champions.

Author: Alex Scott

Currently doing as much freelance journalism work as possible. Avid football fan and player currently at Penrith Academy.

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