Spurs fans’ guide to Sheriff Tiraspol
Posted on 8th October 2013
While our International Ground Guide is undergoing some maintenance, we thought we’d provide our usual service of advice and information for travelling supporters in brief blog form.
Once up and running again our ground guide will cover all manner of information from travel options to hotel advice, eating and drinking suggestions to practical tips on getting around, along with safety and security advice and anything else we think will be of use to travelling supporters.
In the meantime, while the below might not necessarily have all the information you’ll be after if you’re heading out to Moldova, we’re always available to help – just drop us an email if you have any questions.
We’ll do our best to find out what you need to know, either from our own vast experience in covering England and Wales games abroad, or from our friends at Football Supporters Europe.
As with all of our guides, if there is anything missing from the following pages that you need to know then feel free to drop us an email and we’ll do our best to find it out for you.
About the Club
Sheriff Tiraspol are the most successful club in the history of the Moldovan Premier League – they’ve won 12 of the 13 Championships since the league was founded in 2001. They have twice reached the Group Stages of the Europa League, and have achieved a couple of notable draws and wins without advancing to the knockout rounds. The Sheriff Stadium (pictured above) is located on the western edge of the city on the main road (R26) to the neigbouring town of Benderly. It is a short taxi ride from the city centre.
It is a compact, 14,300 seater stadium, constructed in 2002. It has occasionally been used by the Moldovan national team as a home ground.
About the City
Tiraspol is Moldova’s second largest city, located close to its eastern border with Ukraine, and has a population of around 200,000 people. Most fans will be making their way to Tiraspol via the capital, Chisinau, from where there are regular bus services.
The main landmark in the city centre is the statue of the city founder Alexander Suvorov, while in the city’s central square you will find an old Soviet tank and landmarks to the city’s fall in 1941 and its liberation in 1944.
If you’re looking for something to kill the time, then tours along the river Dniester take around 30 minutes and are reasonably affordable. Often you will find that there are two prices – a Russian-speaking/local price and one for tourists. This goes for everything from taxis to entrance to museums, but there’s not a great deal you can do about it (short of learning Russian with a local accent).
Fans staying in Chisinau might be interested in our back issue of Free Lions from the England v Moldova game in September – get in touch with us if you’re staying there, and we’ll fill you in on the Moldovan capital.