Posts Tagged ‘Shevchenko’

  1. Match Report: Ukraine 2-1 Sweden


    June 11, 2012 by drakesdrum

    “Keep your powder dry and strike at the signal”

    Ukraine took the game to Sweden from the off, proving adept on the ball. Tymoshchuk and Nazarenko took a calm control of midfield, trying to feed the front players of Ukraine. Sweden remained solid and doubled up on the talented Ukrainian widemen, Konoplyanka and Yarmolenko, crowding out the space. Ukraine couldn’t quite switch the play quick enough, and despite the best efforts of Voronin and Shevchenko to add bodies in wide areas, Ukraine kept hitting a solid Swedish wall.¬†

  2. The Ghost of Lobanovskyi


    May 19, 2012 by drakesdrum

    “A path is a path at day and a path at night and we will follow this path”

    The monument of Valeryi Lobanovskyi sits proudly outside the Dynamo stadium in Kyiv, the same monument Andriy Shevchenko laid his medals on after he won the Champions League with AC Milan in 2003.¬†Shevchenko once described Lobanovskyi as “the God and father of Ukrainian football” and indeed, Lobanovskyi’s mark on football in the Ukraine, and in former Soviet states in general, still plays a significant role. Talk to your average football fan outside of these states and ask them who the best managers in football history are, chances are Lobanovskyi’s name will be more hushed up than a KGB operation. With all European eyes on Ukraine as Euro 2012 looms large and with the ghost of Lobanovskyi never far from view, where does Ukraine stand going into the tournament?

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