June 1, 2006
Random World Cup Facts: Ukraine
Times Qualified: 1
YouTube Clip: Almost ten minutes of Andriy Shevchenko at his best
Football in the Ukraine: All but four of Ukraine's players ply their trade in their home nation. This is not so much a reflection of the quality of the league as it is of the huge amounts of money being thrown around by the likes of the two top clubs, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Kiev. The two teams finished off a thrilling campaign which ultimately saw Shakhtar triumph in a playoff for the championship.
Players to Watch: Andriy Shevchenko (Chelsea) just finished off his British record transfer from AC Milan to the Premiership champions. This world-class striker has the ability to score from nothing. Anatoliy Tymoschuk (Shakhtar) is a midfielder with the ability to control a match.
Chances: Group H is not the most difficult group to predict. Ukraine should easily have the strength to see off Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
Prediction: 2nd Round