Posts Tagged ‘ukraine’
July 25, 2012 by Vadim Furmanov
This is the second in a three part series chronicling the history of Ukrainian football. Read the first here.
Post War Troubles
Three years after the National Stadium was set to open, Kyiv was liberated from Nazi occupation by the Red Army. The banner that read “postponed until victory” on the original opening day of the war proved accurate. On June 25, 1944, three years and three days after the bombs of the Luftwaffe first fell on the city, the National Stadium finally opened its doors to the public, as Dynamo took on CDKA Moscow. Immediately after the match, however, it became obvious that the damage done to the stadium over the course of the occupation rendered it unsafe, and it was once again closed down for reconstruction. It was again reopened in 1948; all fans who managed to survive the war and hold on to their tickets for the original opening in 1941 were granted free access for life.
June 16, 2012 by Saikat Chatterjee
Final Score: Ukraine 0-2 France (Menez 53’ , Cabaye 56’)
Ukraine (4-4-2): Pyatov; Husyev, Khacheridi, Mykhalik, Selin; Timoschchuk, Nazarenko, Konoplyanka, Yarmolenko; Shevchenko, Voronin.
France (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Debuchy, Rami, Mexes, Clichy; Cabaye, Diarra; Ribery, Nasri, Menez; Benzema.
Laurent Blanc’s men had a satisfactory performance against England in their opening game of the group stages. Although the Les Bleus failed to register a victory, without doubt they were the superior team.
Going into the second game against the co-hosts Ukraine, Blanc made a couple of changes to the side that came away with a draw against England. Florent Malouda and Patrice Evra were the players dropped with the Manchester City fullback Gael Clichy and PSG attacking midfielder Jeremy Menez coming into the team.
May 22, 2012 by drakesdrum
The ghost of Lobanovskyi still looms large over the current Ukrainian team, managed by Oleh Blokhin. Having been a key player for Lobanovskyi, Blokhin is a true disciple of his former manager. His ceaseless restlessness, constantly seeking improvement, a keen eye for detail, huge emphasis on the team and system of the team and a disciplinarian approach in demanding the very best from his players. Blokhin will go into 2012 with realistic ambitions but there won’t be a more determined nation to do well, indeed many sections of the media and fans haven’t been shy in demanding a Euro 2012 win.
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?