Oleh Blokhin- A jack of all trades; Politician, ex footballer and now in his second stint as national coach having been stepped down in 2008. Returned to his post in April 2011 though and is most likely to stay beyond the Euro’s.
Andriy Shevchenko- Best remembered for his stints at Chelsea and AC Milan but now back at Dynamo Kyiv. Has won the Ukranian footballer of the year a record 6 times and should help lead his side to a memorable Euro tournament.
Andriy Shevchenko, Oleh Gusey
Ukraine alongside Poland are the hosts for this year’s Euro Tournament. It’s the first time this tournament is being held in this country.
This is one of the toughest team to predict how they’ll line up. Since they have played nothing competitive since 209, I’m going to try.
In goal should be Oleksander Shovkovsky of Dynamo Kyiv while Spartak Moscow’s Andriy Oikan should be an able assistant.
At center defence then should be the Shakhtar duo of Oleksander Kicher and Yaroslav Rakitskiy. The subs for these two positions then should be Taras and Yevhen of Dynamo Kyiv. At left back then should be Bohdan Butko and Yevhon Selin at right back.
The anchoring role then should be taken by Bayern Munich’s Anatoliy and Ruslan Rotan while the sub should be Young Denys of Dynamo Kyiv in either position.
The right wing should then be given to Oleh Gusey and left wing part should be fought between Artem of Dynamo Kyiv and Marko Devych while the middle man playing right behind the striker should be Oleksander Aliyev with Serhiy Nazarenk as an alternative.
The lone striker then would be Andriy Voronia who would be substituted or in case Shevchenko’s services are needed, then the formation would change to 4-4-1-1- so that he plays behind Shevchenko.
Host nations tends to find a way to succeed and so long as Ukraine’s star men do not allow their personal differences to get in the way of progress, they have a good chance to make it through to the latter stages of Euro 2012.
Away from the pitch, them being the host team, expect them to fill the stadiums whenever their home team is playing. Since I only know Shevchenko well in this team, don’t really expect anybody not to celebrate wildly when he scores, one thing for sure; they will.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ukraine just like their co-hosts have never played a competitive match since 2009. They are actually playing in the Euro’s for the first time.