Ukraine

The rise and fall of Shakhtar

Posted by on Nov 30, 2011 in Featured, Ukraine | 2 comments

The rise and fall of Shakhtar

The 2010/2011 season was one of the best – if not the best – for Shakhtar Donetsk, the most successful Ukrainian football club of the last decade. The team gave a great performance in the UEFA Champions League, and got as far as the quarterfinals before being defeated by the eventual winners – Barcelona.

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USSR 2011 – what if?

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Featured, Nations, Russia, Ukraine | 5 comments

USSR  2011 – what if?

If there’s one man who embodies the confusion of post-Soviet football, it’s Akhrik Tsveiba. He played for four different national teams in ten years – the USSR, the CIS team of the early 90s, Ukraine and finally Russia. To cap it all, he’s from Abkhazia, a Russian-backed statelet allocated to Georgia as the USSR collapsed, dividing up lives along new and unexpected boundaries.

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Dnipro’s European ambitions

Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in Featured, Ukraine | 0 comments

Dnipro’s European ambitions

Once upon a time, in a certain town in Ukraine, a certain businessman decided to spend a certain amount of money on a certain club he owned to make this certain club a better one for the sake whatever.

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A Look at Ukraine, Part III

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 in Featured, Ukraine | 0 comments

A Look at Ukraine, Part III

This part of the review of Ukraine’s footballing development is dedicated to what goes on behind the scenes, in the high offices and conference halls.

Nowadays many football officials, headed by the much respected UEFA President Michel Platini, try to pull football away from business. This is motivated by different factors, including statements that clubs should not spend more money than they earn themselves etc. Another thing is to ensure that football is pulled away from is politics, however this problem is commonplace for many Eastern Europe countries.

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A Look at Ukraine, Part II

Posted by on Aug 11, 2011 in Featured, Ukraine | 0 comments

A Look at Ukraine, Part II

The second part of the general review of Ukraine’s state of affairs is dedicated to the national team, an analysis of Ukraine’s match with Sweden in particular.

On August 10, 2011 Ukraine suffered a defeat against Sweden in an international friendly. The curse, common for almost all Ukrainian teams when it comes to playing outside the national championship, once again reared its head – with the only goal in the match conceded by Oleg Blokhin’s team with 2 minutes left before the final whistle.

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