The selection of the 2018 world Cup: round of Applause for the team


Saturday. Graz. Ukraine team arrives at the training camp in Austria. Photo of Paul KUBANOVA, “SE”

For the meeting with Croatia most of the players of the national team started training on Saturday. The Legionnaires began to arrive at training camp in Austria on Sunday.

In full force at a base in bad Tatzmannsdorf the team will be in Monday.

On Friday, Andriy Shevchenko said that he prefers to cause a large number of players to maneuver, but promised the next day to reduce the list of the national team, which had 35 players to the more usual limits. However, he noted that the coaching staff continues to maintain contacts with everyone – including those who in this list has not got.

No sooner said than done. On Saturday morning, after their matches in the championship held Shakhtar, Dynamo, Dnipro and Karpaty, the list of candidates shrank to 27. Coach “cut” Dynamo goalkeeper Artur Rudko, the defender Mykyta Burda, Midfielders Denys Garmash, Vitaliy buialskyi and Vladimir Shepeleva, striker Roman Yaremchuk and also the goalkeeper of Zorya Alexey Shevchenko striker of “Shakhtar” Andriy Boyarchuk.

Of those who played in the matches of this series previously, no left-Zorya defender Eduard Sobol, letting in a match with Croats because of the disqualification, and Alexander Karavaev, have long ceased to get even to request Fenerbahce.

– Karavaev can play in midfield and right and left, but we at the positions of extreme halfbacks a good choice – Yarmolenko, Konoplyanka, Petryak, Tsygankov commented on Nevison footballer Andriy Shevchenko. I spoke with Sasha on this topic, and he reacted to the decision of the coaching staff with understanding.

Directly to the game in Zagreb will prepare goalkeepers Andriy Pyatov, Nikita Shevchenko (both – Shakhtar), Denis Boyko (m├ílaga, Spain), defenders Artem Fedetskiy (“Darmstadt”, Germany), Mykola Morozyuk, (“Dynamo”), Oleksandr Kucher, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Ivan Ordets, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Bogdan Butko (“miner”), Mykola Matvienko (Karpaty), Midfielders Taras Stepanenko, Maxim Malyshev, Victor Kovalenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Andriy Yarmolenko, Serhiy sydorchuk, Victor Tsygankov, (Dynamo), Ruslan rotan (Dnipro) Ivan Petryak (“dawn”), Oleksandr Zinchenko (PSV, Holland), Yevhen Konoplyanka (Schalke, Germany), Evgeny Shakhov (PAOK, Greece), Ruslan Malinovskiy (Genk, Belgium), forwards Artem Besedin (“Dynamo”), Artem Kravets (Granada, Spain), Roman Zozulya (Betis, Spain), Evgenie Seleznev (“Karabukspor”, Turkey).

In the team’s two potential debutants – Nikita Shevchenko and Mykola Matvienko. Several people were involved in the national team but not played a single official match. About the game practice a good half of the Legionnaires silent.

Representatives of the Ukrainian clubs, as well as Roman Zozulya trained on Saturday morning on the field UTK Viktor Bannikova, and left for Graz, where they were greeted in excellent mood Ruslan Malinowski. His Genk was held in the 1/8 finals of the Europa League fellow countrymen “Ghent”, playing with them in a draw – 1:1 (first match – 5:2). But Ruslan himself, though not noted in this meeting a goal or effective pass, starting in the 74th minute, when he left field team captain Thomas boeffel, put on the blindfold.

The second stage of the championship of Belgium where Genk landed in the so-called group playoffs of the Europa League (two equal groups of six teams) will start only on April 1, so Malinowski was free and failed to timely join the team.

Next of legionaries drove the defender of “Darmstadt” Artem Fedetskiy and PSV midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko. Their teams played in their national Championships on Saturday. The team, not themselves. Ukrainians spent all 90 minutes on the bench.

Sunday matches hosted by other clubs of our collections. “Schalke” was met with “Mainz” (Linnet asked permission from administration showed up in the team yesterday), “Malaga” with “Getafe”, “Granada” sporting, “Karabukspor” with “Basaksehir” (Seleznev did it again!), PAOK with “Panionios”.

The 90-kilometer road from Graz to the destination took about an hour – and flew by. From unnecessary thoughts distracted opened the Windows of the bus the scenery. In bad tatzmanndorf Ukrainian players was also excellent. Our team has never had to go there, but the local database was prepared for the season Metalurh Donetsk and Kamenskaya “Steel”, and just before the first command in the Avita hotel arrived, the youth team of Ukraine (U-17), which will play in Austria in the elite round of the European championship. Reminded two large banner at the entrance: “Welcome Ukraine” and “Welcome Ukraine U-17”.

The management and staff of the thermal centre, which on some days will be home to teams from Ukraine, lined up with the Ukrainian flag in front of the main entrance and applause greeted dear guests! Included are the owners and original music – the song “Football”s coming home”, which was the main theme of Euro-1996.

The sublime mood of the song definitely added warmth to the reception. It was obvious that the coaches and players liked the meeting. Zozulya noted that now you can feel like home.

On Saturday, the football team had a recovery event, and on Sunday began a full-time job. Monday in bad Tatzmannsdorf will gather all players and will be there till Wednesday night. The evening of March 22, the team will move to Zagreb and check into the hotel. Thursday will be a pre-match training, and Friday is the fight. The team of Andriy Shevchenko hopes for a positive result…

Eugene BELOZEROV, Sport-Express in Ukraine

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