In the Ukraine Euro 2016 preview, we look at the team’s schedule and roster, as well as TV schedule and a prediction of how far the team will advance in the competition.
Ukraine Euro 2016 preview
Manager: Mykhaylo Fomenko
Captain: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
Ukraine Euro 2016 preview: Fixtures:
Sunday, June 12
Thursday, June 16
Tuesday, June 21
Ukraine Euro 2016 preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Denys Boyko (Besiktas), Mykyta Shevchenko (Zorya)
Defenders: Artem Fedetskiy (Dnipro), Mykyta Kamenyuka (Zorya), Vyacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Oleksandr Kucher (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yaroslav Rakytskyi (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev)
Midfielders: Anatoliy Tymoschuk (Kairat Almaty), Oleksandr Karavaev (Zorya), Ivan Petryak (Zorya), Oleg Gusev (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev), Denys Garmash (Dynamo Kiev), Serhiy Sydorchuk (Dyamo Kiev), Serhiy Rybalka (Dynamo Kiev), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Viktor Kovalenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Maksym Malyshev (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yevhen Shakhov (Dnipro), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro), Yevhen Konoplyanka (Sevilla).
Forwards: Artem Kravets (Stuttgart), Pylyp Budkovskyi (Zorya), Roman Zozulya (Dnipro).
Ukraine Euro 2016 preview: Overview:
Ukraine’s preparations for the European Championships have been far from streamlined, with political tensions making for a disruptive backdrop.
One of the nation’s biggest sides, Shakhtar Donetsk, have been playing their home matches 750 miles away from their usual stadium in Lviv, while angst with Russia mean Fomenko has not been able to call up any players from the Russian top flight. It means making plans has been difficult for the coach, something evident by their patchy qualifying performance.
Even the players in the squad haven’t been getting along. Star man Andriy Yarmolenko and Taras Stepanenko publicly shook hands ahead of the tournament after the former kicked the latter in a match between rivals Dynamo Kiev and Shakhtar, sparking a massive brawl. “This dispute should be considered settled,” said the manager.
If it is settled and these players are all on the same page, Ukraine have a very capable first XI. The obvious strengths come on the flanks, with Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka offering a diverse attacking threat. There’s experience too, with Stepanenko, Oleg Gusev and skipper Tymoschuk likely to form the midfield.