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UPL 2012/13

Whilst we are still immersed in EURO 2012, I decided to start a thread for the upcoming Ukrainian Premier League season.

Here is my write up on the two teams making a comeback to the UPL:

Hoverla-Zakarpattya Uzhgorod.



Hoverla-Zakarpattya Uzhgorod. Won the title by 6 points, and their foundations were based on a very strong and organized defense, they shipped very few goals the whole season, and obviously home advantage based on their far-western location in a dilapidated Avangard stadium helped.

The mid-season acquisition of veteran Ukrainian striker Olexandr Kosyrin, helped them along the way, and he finished the league as top goal-scorer with 19 goals. another seasoned striker - Lasha Jakobia, who made his name at Metalist also put in 10, and they will have the first Japanese player to play in Ukraine's top flight - striker Yasuhiro Kato.

ex-Ukrainian international Vyacheslav Sviderskiy is the big name in the back, and the team is marshaled by the captain Babenko in net.

The middle is controlled by Balkan duo Aleksandar Trisovic; a good defensive ex-Serbian international midfielder, who played for Red Star and Metalist, and Mirko Raicevic; who has played for Zorya and Chornomorets, and also been capped 3 times by Montenegro. The creative spark will come from Dmytro Trukhin, who led the team with 12 assists in 33 games.

Metalurh Zaporizhya



Metalurh Zaporizhya. The team has yo-yo'ed back to the top flight, and is a favourite of many neutral followers of Ukrainian Football. They in fact finished on level points (76) with Sevastopol, but a better season record ensured they got promoted. Sevestopol appealed for a replay with Zapor, but looks like it was all in vain.

Zapor play at the modest, but football-exclusive Slavutych Arena, and have a loyal following, which ensured that the 12,000 stadium is always at near capacity (although they understandably only averaged 4,000 in the First League this year).

The team is based around their captain Junior who was a revelation during their ultimately failed campaign to stay up in the UPL in 2010/2011. He led the First League in assists this past season with a staggering 18, and scored 9 goals (5 from the spot). He has the ability to play as a true #10, but also as a deeper #9 in providing the assists. The rest of the goals will have to come from ex-international, and Shakhtar favourite Olexiy Belyk. He netted 13 times in the past season, and will be aided by 24-year old Yevhen Pisotskyi who scored 11 times, and created goals for Belyk on several occasions.

Expect Mohamed Achraf, young winger Serhiy Sydorchuk, and Serhiy Rudyka to be the familiar faces throughout the season for Zapor in the middle of the park. However, Metalurh have quite a deep team, and a very strong youth academy, so either competition for a first team place or bad results could prompt changes in the midfield.

Young Cameroonian Adolphe Teikeu can operate as both a defensive midfielder and defender, and will be joined at the back by Brazilian Matheus who played every game in Zapor's league season.Andriy Boyko and Andriy Nesterov are the other central defensive figures.

With the exception of Junior, a special mention should go to Yevhen Opanasenko who is the other star in the Zapor team. The talented 21 year old has become a key part of the Ukrainian U-21 setup and was a consistent performer for Zapor. With a good season, he could earn a move to a bigger team, or at least Zapor will have a hard time holding onto their best prospect.
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Thanks kleber

Are you guys following the transfer window in the UPL?!

So looks like Aliev is gone, and why would Spurs want to buy Milevsky, for 7mil?!

Also, Vorskla is getting torn apart - both Rebenok and Oberemko moving to Metalist. Kurylov going back to Shakhtar. I guess Bezus and Selin next?
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And the most crucial piece of the Vorskla jigsaw puzzle is gone - Mykola Pavlov. What a great job he's done there. Vorskla fans will always remember the cup win against Shakhtar, European football and that Roman Bezus goal vs Metalist!
Maybe Jovan Markoski could also go - he's a crucial part of their team and a good player. Why hasn't he played at a bigger club?

It also sounds likely that Dynamo will sign Miguel Veloso, the Portuguese midfielder from Genoa. He looked quite good for Portugal. The midfield should be better with him and Krancjar (scored a great goal in the recent friendly). Hopefully we can sign a good left back, right back and striker. Hopefully Yarmolenko stays and Spurs pay 5 million for Milevskiy!
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Maiconfrom Volyn, has officially moved to Shakhtar. Maicon was one of the bright sparks in the UPL for Voyn, being the top goalscorer with 14 goals for the year and also scored 10 goals in 8 Cup games for the Lutsk club.
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Well guess money disappear from vorskla,didn't they had a rich president?
they were a ok team a top 8 clubs in the league.....oh well.

in my opinion even with the foreign limit till 2016 time for aliev and milevsky to go and dynamo make some money with them.

as for shitkar i like their new transfer policy,buying middle players from the domestics league and try to develop their youth academy.

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Same president, new coach (Yevtushenko - ex Dynamo player) for Vorskla...lets see what happens. Lots of transfer time left.

Metalist is supposedly going to offload Valaev and Sapai to Poltava. They need a good striker though (someone like Maicon would've been perfect).

And Shakhtar are going to have to offload some strikers...Devic, Seleznyov, Maicon, Luiz Adriano, Eduardo, Dentinho...Aghahowa

Lets see who they loan to Ilichivets
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Also to that point, Vorskla survived on Pavlov's brilliance. Realistically, its a miracle that team did anything in Europe - let alone get to Europe. Its a very small squad, and barely top-8 material in my opinion. They might struggle this year.

I hope Chornomorets do well, and btw - alleged Ukrainian prodigy Borys Taschi is coming back to Odesa, for a 1 year deal back from Dinamo Moscow, after not playing a single game (I think). They have been busy in the transfer market.

Arsenal Kyiv have had the most interesting transfer movement however:

Out:

Mikael Odibe has gone to Dnipro (he was their best center back - powerful in the air, and can score from set pieces).Boghdanov is playing for Dynamo as we discussed in the DK forum. Shershun and Shoava have supposedly been released (although I havent seen anything about that on the club website)


In:

Pank'iv and Hidchenko coming over from relegated Olexandria, also Rafael Alves dos Santos from Atletico in Brazil. They are also rumored to be getting a few Dnipro fringe players.

The biggest splash is probably their new striker:Dominic Adiyiah is a young Ghanaian striker coming over from AC Milan. He has had a number of spells for decent teams in Europe and is a Feyenoord youth product. He is young (22) and quick, has played for Ghana 20 times and has scored 4 times. He was the guy who's header was cleared by Suarez off the line in the 2010 World Cup! haha...maybe he will become another Okoduwa for Arsenal....
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two (relatively) big signings for Hoverla:

Jordi Lopez - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordi_L%C3%B3pez (1 year deal with possible extension, relegation release clause included)

Bojan Malisic - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bojan_Mali%C5%A1i%C4%87 ( 3 year deal)

With Lopez being a DM and Malisic a right back, obviously and correctly Hoverla is reinforcing the back.

By any standard, this can be considered a coup for Uzhgorod. Lopez played for Real Madrid a couple of times, and played 10 games in Sevilla's UEFA Cup winning season in 2006 (was there for two seasons paying about 40 games). His resume has a full season at Mallorca on it and some rotation roles at Portsmouth, QPR and Swansea. He is coming over from OFI Crete. Best of luck to him and Malisic in the UPL.
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Evtushenko new vorska head coach?

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Evtushenko new vorska head coach.....

let's see how it works....

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So the season kicked off with the Super-Cup, and the game was over in the first half, Shakhtar winning 2:0 over Metalurh.

Amazing passing for the first goal, and Costa with a peach from outside the box for the 2nd.
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two (relatively) big signings for Hoverla:

Jordi Lopez - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordi_L%C3%B3pez (1 year deal with possible extension, relegation release clause included)

Bojan Malisic - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bojan_Mali%C5%A1i%C4%87 ( 3 year deal)

With Lopez being a DM and Malisic a right back, obviously and correctly Hoverla is reinforcing the back.

By any standard, this can be considered a coup for Uzhgorod. Lopez played for Real Madrid a couple of times, and played 10 games in Sevilla's UEFA Cup winning season in 2006 (was there for two seasons paying about 40 games). His resume has a full season at Mallorca on it and some rotation roles at Portsmouth, QPR and Swansea. He is coming over from OFI Crete. Best of luck to him and Malisic in the UPL.
Holy sh*t! David Odonkor is playing for Hoverla??!!

Borussia --> Betis --> Achen --> Hoverla Played 20 times for the German National Team as well

He set up a goal today from a typical cross, although Hoverla lost in Odesa 3:2, after being down 3:0 at half time...
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results of the 1 round

volyn-karpaty 1-1
zorya-zaporizha 2-0
dynamo-m.donetsk 1-0
chornomorets-hoverla 3-2
metalist-illichivets 2-0
vorskla-kryvbas 0-1
shakhtar-arsenal 6-0
dnipro-tavria 3-1

arsenal will struggle a lot in the european league,they don't have central back's.
dynamo llok worst then dnipro or metalist.:rollani:
i think chornomorets can fight for a top 5-6 place.

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http://football.ua/video/news/169824.html

keepers in chornomorets-hoverla just awful.

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Im worried about Arsenal - completely agree with you. Odessa have looked average, and lost to Kryvbas yesterday :rollani:

Shakhtar won 1:3 today against Hoverla, they decided to play the game in Lviv's new stadium. Kosyrin had some great opportunities and shouldve scored 2/3 goals at least...:thmbdown: He is soo old though - Ukraine's old man version of Andy Carroll.

Did you guys see Metalurh D win 7:0 in the Europa League btw? The defending on some of those goals was just the worst I have EVER seen...
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Chudo is really struggling in the early stages... sad to see, but another loss today

Metalist vs. Metalurh Z - 1-1. Easily the most entertaining game of the season. Just a fantastic 90 minutes from Metalist, very flowing football, lots of combinations and lots of chances. Finishing was generally very poor, hence the draw, but from a neutral perspective it was brilliant!
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Dnipro perfect so far, keeping early pace with Dynamo and Shakhtar. Konoplyanka on his return gets a double in a 2-0 win. Matheus, Juliano and Zozulya all looked very lively in the final third for Dnipro as well.

Arsenal got their first points with a nice away victory, Karpaty continue to disappoint.

Bloodbath in Dontestk, Kryvbas robbed. Boyko didnt even attempt to get the header. Funny story - I was at the Italy v England match during EURO2012, and Boyko was 5 seats away from me watching the game with some random hot blonde girl...the thought had crossed my mind to get my shirt signed by him, but then I laughed it off. Good thing my common sense prevailed and I didn't ruin a $100 shirt. No wonder he is on loan...
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Giuliano's settled now and it looks like he'll be one of their key players from the centre. It was a brilliant run which released Zozulya for Konoplyanka's first - so many players would have just passed it back to the defender when under pressure from an opponent in that way. I do like Strinic as an attacking full back too. It's good that they've stuck with Ramos too - patience is needed with managers.

I still think that Dynamo's team is stronger overall but it would be good for the league if they could challenge us for 2nd. (I haven't watched any of Metalist's games yet, but they've scored some good goals) They also need to finally deliver in the Europa league and enhance the coefficient - they definitely have more than enough potential to reach the last 32. Their current coefficient means that a difficult opponent could face them in the play-offs though. They could easily be a top 50 club in Europe along with Ukraine's other 3.

Shtanko was in goal for Kryvbas Rebrov! The second yellow for Bartulovic was quite frankly a joke. I thought that Shakhtar would beat Kryvbas even when it was 10 vs 11, but it's still so frustrating when it happens that late

Shame that Karpaty couldn't agree the deal for arena Lviv - the benefits of a modern stadium are obvious when you look at the increase in the UPL's average attendance. Maybe if the stadium opened just after they finished 5th in 2010 life would be very different. As it is now the team's really bad and can't attract the crowds.
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arsenal-dnipro 1-1
m.donetsk-metalist 2-2

both dnipro and metalist lost the 2 points in the last minutes.

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