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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More