I’ve been staring at this laptop screen for a couple nights now, not sure exactly what to write.
It’s hard to believe our World Cup run is over. I was really getting caught up in the momentum – I was practically packed, ready to go to South Africa to cheer on our Yellow-Blues in person next year.
But it wasn’t meant to be.
Congrats to Greece. You got the win, and you’re in. Otto Rehhagel’s style of football might not be for everyone, but it was enough to stifle Ukraine both home and away.
I wanted to thank the whole team for making it so much fun. Our 2009 team was a solid one – with a number of different personalities and talents. Thank-you Andriy Shevchenko, Oleksiy Mykhailychenko, Milevskiy, Tymoschuk, Nazarenko, Voronin, Pyatov, Gusev… the entire team. All of you made me very proud to call myself Ukrainian-Canadian. Its been a fantastic run.
EURO 2012 is just around the corner, and I’m already counting down the days. I’m really hoping that we’ll get to see some familiar 2009 faces (I’m not putting my Sheva jersey away just yet), but I’m also eager to see some new talent (our junior national teams have been showing a lot of promise). Don’t forget that this next EURO brings with it some magic words, “automatic qualification for host nations”… Let’s show the world what Ukrainians can do.
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When I said “0-0 draw”, more than a couple eyes rolled, and a few snickered “typical football scores”. And to a certain extent, yesterday’s match was just that. Cautious midfield play, miserly defending and at times great goalkeeping kept both the Greek and Ukrainian scorers out of the nets.
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Well, in a couple more sleeps the all-important away and home series begins.
We’ll find out just how bad our Yellow-Blues want to get to South Africa.
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Well, Andriy Voronin looks set to sit out the playoffs vs. Greece. And it appears injuries will also be keeping Dynamo goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy and Dnipro halfback Serhiy Nazarenko (our 2nd highest scorer in qualifiers) from joining ... [read more]
Well, its been a roller-coaster this year for our Zhovto-Blakytni, with a lot of close calls…
In a tough Group 6, we held for a couple dramatic ties against Croatia and posted a narrow away loss to England – in both the shark-infested waters of Zagreb and Wembley stadium. Belarussian conviction nearly ended our Ukrainian campaign early – a win ... [read more]
Ukraine can pull level on points with Croatia on Wednesday by beating visiting Kazakhstan at Dynamo Kyiv’s Lobanovsky Stadium. The national team has never lost on Dynamo’s home turf, but nothing short of a victory will satisfy Oleksiy Mykhaylichenko’s squad or their supporters. Ukraine will be without captain Andriy Shevchenko, ... [read more]
Club Football News
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The nil draw last Thursday means the result of today's match will determine who gets the first ticket into the UEFA Cup semifinals. Assuming they score, a draw would be enough to send the French club through, but Dynamo is sure to have nothing but victory in mind when ...
Champions League matches may have been played on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the European competition that has the attention of fans in Ukraine and France takes center stage today. Shakhtar Donetsk will host Olympique Marseille, while UPL leaders Dynamo take on Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes in ...
The leading scorer in the Ukrainian Premier League will be back in the starting eleven for Dynamo this Sunday when they travel to face Metalurh Donetsk. The injury to Artem Kravets paves the way for the Ismael Bangoura to pad his total of 12 goals which he has yet ...
Artem Kravets's hopes of earning his first cap at Wembley went up in smoke as the Dynamo striker suffered an injury while training with the national team. Kravets damaged a muscle in his hip and is expected to be out for three weeks, which means he will miss Dynamo's ...
The outcome was an expected one as the "Kiev derby" has never been a competitive affair. In 27 meetings the Cannoneers have never beaten Dynamo, managing to steal a point on just five occasions. There would be no surprises this time around as Oleksandr Aliyev set up the ...
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