One of Aberdeen’s former European opponents, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, are reportedly on the verge of going bust.
This comes just 13 months after the club reached the Europa League final, losing out 3-2 to Sevilla.
The impending closure has been blamed on the Ukrainian side’s owner, Ihor Kolomoisky, who has decided against paying off the club’s debts.
UEFA banned the side from European competitions for a year in March for breaching financial regulations.
An unofficial website run by fans of the club said: “Our Dnipro football team is finished. No one will pay anything. The team no longer exists.
“However, Dnipro Arena stadium will not be empty: the possibility of bringing in another team, either FC Volyn [Lutsk], or FC Naftovyk (Okhtyrka, Sumy region) or organizing another club with ties to the Privat network of companies [co-owned by Kolomoisky] is being considered.”
The club is fondly remembered by Aberdeen fans after the Dons beat them on the away goals rule thanks to a Darren Mackie header en route to qualifying for the Uefa Cup group-stage in 2007.
Dnipro had success in Ukraine, winning the old Soviet Top League in 1983 and 1988, and have been consistently high finishers in the country’s Premier League, coming second twice and third on seven occasions.
The club also had three players in the Ukraine squad for Euro 2016 as well as producing talented left-winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, who now plays for Sevilla.
Dnipro’s possible closing is another major setback for Ukrainian football after the national team’s disappointing displays at the Euros where they lost all three matches.