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The qualification path and the group
Absent from the 2018 World Cup, Ukraine came back in force for Euro 2020. Placed in an unclear group for qualifying with Portugal, Serbia, Luxembourg and Lithuania, Zbirna impressed against its two main opponents, including a 5-0 victory over the Serbs and a 2-1 victory over Portugal. Unbeaten in this group, Ukraine is also the 5th country to have validated its ticket for the competition. A good performance for the players of Andriy Shevchenko who chain a third Euro in a row after 2012 and 2016. Against the Netherlands, Austria and North Macedonia, Ukraine will have every chance of reaching the phase in the direct elimination of the Euro for the first time in its history.
The eleven type:
The qualities and weaknesses
Ukraine are a promising selection with a lot of technical players with great potential. An emerging youth who arrives after a slack period of almost ten years and the end of the Andriy Shevchenko generation. However, some concerns arise. For a year, the selection has not been able to work properly following clusters of Covid-19 which have struck down Dynamo Kiev and especially Shakhtar Donetsk, namely the two historical suppliers of talent to Ukraine. The coach has therefore tinkered and the workforce lacks certainty with two systems that emerge, the 4-3-3 as well as the 3-4-2-1 used during the rally in March. Ukraine are also looking for a goalkeeper with Andriy Pyatov losing ground. The one who took the starting place at Shakhtar Donetsk, Anatoliy Trubin, and the goalkeeper of Dynamo Kiev, Georgiy Bushchan, will fight for the place of goalkeeper number one.
If the lack of stability has affected the team at all levels, it will be necessary to pay attention to the defensive sector even if young people Ilya Zabarnyi, Mykola Matviyenko and Vitaliy Mykolenko are not lacking in talent. In the middle and in front, however, Ukraine does not lack qualities and Andriy Shevchenko will have to find the right chemistry between all these talents. We find Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City) and Roman Malinovskiy (Atalanta) who have become executives of the team, but also elements of Dynamo Kiev (Sergiy Sydorchuk, Mykola Shaparenko or Viktor Tsygankov) and Shakhtar Donetsk (Yevgen Konoplyanka, Marlos and Georgiy Sudakov). We must also not forget Andriy Yarmolenko from West Ham and Oleksandr Zubkov from Ferencvaros. It will therefore be necessary to find how to play all these beautiful people. At the forefront of the attack, Roman Yaremchuk who shines with La Gantoise will be the indisputable holder following the injury of Junior Moraes which is synonymous with withdrawal. The work will be important but Andriy Shevchenko has no shortage of options to allow Ukraine to pass the group stage of the Euro for the first time in its history.
The manager: Andriy Shevchenko
The most prestigious player in Ukrainian history, Andriy Shevchenko is a monument. Ballon d’Or in 2004, the former glory of Dynamo Kiev and AC Milan started in 2016 as assistant to coach Mykhaylo Fomenko. A fairly short experience since it only took 7 matches of joint collaboration for his superior to be sacked. Ukraine has therefore appointed Andriy Shevchenko giving him full confidence despite the non-qualification for the 2018 World Cup. Working for the long term and focusing on youth, the 44-year-old has significantly improved his group since his induction on July 15, 2016. In 44 matches, he played 21 games, conceded 12 draws for 11 defeats.
Player to watch: Ruslan Malinovskiy
We could have evoked Oleksandr Zinchenko who shines in Manchester City or Viktor Tsygankov the standard bearer of the Dynamo Kiev training center but Ruslan Malinovskyi deserves to be highlighted. The player who arrived at Atalanta in the summer of 2019 is particularly brilliant with the Italian formation. Long confined to a role of joker, he took advantage of the departure of Papu Gomez and the poor performance of Josip Ilicic to significantly improve his playing time. Thus, this season, he has 7 goals and 10 goals in 33 matches with a second game. high-flying season. International with Ukraine since March 2015, he missed Euro 2016 following a rupture of the cruciate ligaments. Having become indestructible for 3 years, he asserts himself as the playing master of his selection and is found to be one of the main guarantees of the Zbirna.
The list of 36:
Guardians: Georgiy Bushchan (Dynamo Kyiv), Andriy Lunin (Real Madrid), Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Anatolii Trubin (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Defenders: Eduard Sobol (Club Brugge), Illia Zabarnyi (Dynamo Kyiv), Viktor Korniienko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Serhiy Kryvtsov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Denys Popov (Dynamo Kyiv), Oleksandr Syrota (Dynamo Kyiv), Oleksandr Kyo Bogyky Mykhaylichenko (Anderlecht), Vitaliy Mykolenko (Dynamo Kyiv), Oleksandr Karavaev (Dynamo Kyiv), Mykola Matviyenko (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Environments : Serhiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kyiv), Volodymyr Shepeliev (Dynamo Kyiv), Ruslan Malinovskyi (Atalanta), Mykola Shaparenko (Dynamo Kyiv), Yevhen Konoplyanka (Shakhtar Donetsk), Marlos (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yevhen Makorjovalko (Atalanta) ), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City), Viktor Tsygankov (Dynamo Kyiv), Vitaliy Buyalskiy (Dynamo Kyiv), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham), Oleksandr Zubkov (Ferencváros), Heorhihtar Donetskovetsk (Shaketsk), Heorhii Sudakov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Oleksandr Andriyevskiy (Dynamo Kyiv), Bogdan Lednev (Dynamo Kyiv), Artem Bondarenko (Mariupol)
Attackers: Roman Yaremchuk (La Gantoise), Artem Besedin (Dynamo Kyiv), Artem Dovbyk (Dnipro-1)