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One of the more fascinating stories during qualification has been the improvement of Ukraine under the legend that is Andriy Shevchenko.


Road to Euro 2020
Ukraine had an impressive qualifying campaign as they finished first in Group B and remained unbeaten. This is despite being in a tough group with Portugal and Serbia. The 5-0 victory against Serbia was a major highlight.


What to Expect
Under Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine have found a balance between defensive solidity and attacking creativity that's bought a great deal of success since his appointment. 

Ukraine scored fewer goals than second place Portugal in qualifying which will be a concern going in to this tournament. They are however defensively resolute, and this is emphasised by the six clean sheets they kept during qualification.


Possible Lineup
Andriy Shevchenko appears to prefer a 3-4-1-2 formation to ensure that he gets the best out of his key players. Andriy Pyatov is likely to get the nod ahead of Georgiy Buschan and Anatolli Trubin in goal. The defensive three appears to have been solidified by Ilya Zabarnyi, Mykola Matviyenko and Vitaly Mykolenko with Serviy Kryvtsov putting pressure for a starting place. Politics will prevent Yaroslav Rakitskiy playing as he has been omitted ever since he signed for Zenit St. Petersburg.

Plenty of rotation has occurred in midfield which makes this area difficult to predict. Oleksandr Karavaev and Oleksandr Zinchenko appear to be the favoured players on either side. Albeit Shevchenko has shown a great deal of faith in Edouard Sobol previously which could see Zinchenko moving in to central midfield to accommodate him. At present, we believe Mykola Sharparenko and Sergiy Sydorchuk are most likely to play in the center of midfield.

Further up the pitch, the most guaranteed starter is Roman Yaremchuk. The Gent forward has been a consistent threat for Ukraine upfront and is likely to be the focal point going for their source of goals. If Andriy Shevchenko wants to utilise Ruslan Malinovsky then he's likely to play him behind both strikers. Based on previous selections, we believe Oleksandr Zubkov will be favoured to start ahead of the likes of Marlos and Junior Moraes.


Key Player
Despite not starting in our possible lineup as he hasn't featured for Ukraine in a significant period of time, Viktor Tsigankov has been in excellent form for Dynamo Kyiv and will no doubt he hoping to impress suitors overseas this summer who may be looking for a new wide player with sell on value. It wouldn't be a surprise if Andriy Shevchenko looks to accommodate him in the starting lineup as he could become a fantastic asset for anybody.


Ukraine could surprise plenty of people in this tournament. There is no indication so far under Andriy Shevchenko that they will fall apart when facing stronger opposition such as the Netherlands. There lack of depth could be an issue as the tournament progresses but they could very well be worth a bet on winning this group.

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A new kit for Ukraine's football team, showing a map including Russian-annexed Crimea, has provoked anger in Moscow.

Ukraine unveiled its shirt for Euro 2020, emblazoned with its borders including Crimea and the slogan "Glory to Ukraine!"

Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, and considers it a part of its territory, something rejected internationally.

A Russian MP called it a "political provocation".

The head of the Ukrainian football association, Andriy Pavelko, revealed the kit in a video on his Facebook page on Sunday, days before the European Championship kicks off.

The front of the yellow shirt shows the contours of Ukraine in white, including Crimea and the pro-Russian separatist-controlled regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.

A slogan on the back reads "Glory to Ukraine!" - a patriotic chant used as a rallying cry by protesters who forced out a pro-Moscow president, Viktor Yanukovych in 2014.

"We believe that Ukraine's silhouette will give strength to the players because they will fight for all of Ukraine," Mr Pavelko said.

But Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova criticised the kits, saying the football team had "attached Ukraine's territory to Russia's Crimea", creating the "illusion of the impossible".

She said the slogan was nationalistic and echoed a Nazi rallying cry.



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