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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old March 20th, 2006, 09:00 Thread Starter
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Ukraine's World Cup Profile

World Cup 2006 profile
Ukraine looks to prove it's more than a one-man show
Posted: Thursday March 9, 2006 1:54PM; Updated: Thursday March 9, 2006 3:50PM


Andriy Shevchenko, the European Footballer of the Year in 2004, scored six of Ukraine's 18 goals during World Cup qualifying.
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FIFA world ranking: No. 41.

How they qualified for Germany: Became the first European nation (other than host Germany) to book its spot by winning UEFA Group 2 with a 7-1-4 record, beating out 2002 Cup participants Turkey and Denmark as well as Euro 2004 champ Greece.

Previous World Cups: First appearance.

Manager: Oleg Blokhin, third year with team.

Key players
Sure, Andriy Shevchenko is one of the most lethal strikers in the world. But aside from the AC Milan ace, how many Ukrainian names roll off the tongue? "They are basically Shevchenko plus 10 others," says Spain striker Fernando Torres. Perhaps, but Ukraine may not have qualified for its first World Cup without timely goals from midfielder Ruslan Rotan in European qualifying.

While midfield is far from the Ukrainians' strength, Bayer Leverkusen's Andriy Voronin and Shakhtar Donetsk forward Andriy Vorobei complete a solid all-Andriy strike force. But make no mistake -- Ukraine only will go as far as Shevchenko carries it.

What to watch for
"The Ukraine is weak. It's feeble."

Kramer uttered those words in a classic Seinfeld episode, but don't think Ukraine is just a European lightweight happy to finally be invited to the World Cup party. Blokhin, a former Soviet star, even boasted his troops would win the whole thing.

That may seem like a vodka-induced proclamation after the country finally clinched it first Cup berth, but this team is a sleeper that could do some damage. After conquering one of the more difficult groups in European qualifying, the Ukrainians got a boost in their opening draw for Germany. Advancing past the first round would likely be classified as a success for the former Soviet republic. But to predict anything more from this one-man show? That would be a risk.

Group: H (Spain, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia).

Key match in group stage: June 23 vs. Tunisia. The opener against Spain will be the marquee game of Group H, but the Ukrainians' finale in Berlin against the 2004 African champions likely will determine who advances to the second round.

Oddsmakers line: 50-1.

Projected Starting Lineup
Pos. Player Club team
G Oleskander Shovkovski Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
D Andriy Rusol Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine)
D Andriy Nesmachny Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
D Vladimir Yezersky Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine)
M Anatoly Tymoshchuk Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)
M Ruslan Rotan Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
M Andriy Husin Krylya Sovietov Samara (Russia)
M Oleh Husev Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
F Andriy Voronin Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
F Andriy Shevchenko AC Milan (Italy)
F Andriy Vorobei Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)
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1. Ukrane is not a one man team/show!!! Shevhcenko missed a number of qualifying games and we got the desired result in all of them - the highlight was a win against the group favorites Denmark. 6 goals scored by Sheva out of a total of 18 only proves that fact.
2. We did not lose 4 game!!! We only lost once and that was when we have already qualified for the WC. Our record is 7-4-1, NOT 7-1-4
3. All Andriy strike-force? When was the last time Vorobei played as a striker? He's usually played as a winger; and if you include Rotan (left) and Husyev (right), who ar clearly better than him, then there is obviously no place for the Shakhtar player.

Overall, quite a poorly written article with very little investigation put into it. Pieces of interviews here and there and a few cover facts, some of each are not even correct...
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G Oleskander Shovkovski Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
D Andriy Rusol Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine)
D Andriy Nesmachny Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
D Vladimir Yezersky Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine)
M Anatoly Tymoshchuk Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)
M Ruslan Rotan Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
M Andriy Husin Krylya Sovietov Samara (Russia)
M Oleh Husev Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
F Andriy Voronin Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
F Andriy Shevchenko AC Milan (Italy)
F Andriy Vorobei Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)
Andriy is very popular name in Ukraine, isnt it?




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Anyone else getting sick of everyone saying "The" Ukraine?

I say let the media play on it, it'll get the opposition focused on sheva and it'll give players like husin, husev and rotan a chance to show everyone what they are made of

thanks for the article though
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2_SleepyM: yes it is, but not as popular as its shown in that squad 6 out 11 are Andriy's There are few more very popular (some might be even more popular than Andriy) which are not represented in that line-up

2_saciuk: true... I just remember the Alabnia away game when during a corner kick every Albanian defender tried to keep their eye on Sheva forgeting about other players...
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Andriy Vorobei??!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, okay, I swear, where do they find this information? This is a joke and an insult to Ukraine's NT. He is a fringe utility player...he has speed and used to have a scoring touch, but proved it only in the UPL and rarely on the European level.

Who ever writes this "three-Andriy's" stuff is getting their information from EA's FIFA 2002 probably, so I'm not really suprised.

Ukraine's midfield is not terrible, we need a play maker agreed, Nazarenko could shine (and has done so for Ukraine when given the chance), but I just think Husin is a bit too slow. People must think nothing of Tymoshchuk then? What a joke, he is soo under-rated, Shakhtar wont let him go, but he could prove himself in England easy.

I could go on and on, but those who know something about our team won't be writting anything along the lines of the "Three Andriy" articles any time the future... :irritate:
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"The Ukraine is weak. It's feeble."
What the hell is that? Some sort of animal or swing set?
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