Ukraine

2006-06-01 12:53

Berlin - Thirty-two teams have qualified for the 2006 World Cup finals which take place in Germany from June 9 - July 9.

UKRAINE

Honours:

World Cup appearances: 0

Fifa world ranking: 41

Odds: 66/1

Coach: Oleg Blokhin

Enjoys hero status throughout Ukraine after a glittering playing career that same him win seven Soviet league titles with Dynamo Kiev during the 1970s and 80s before the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Named European Footballer of the Year in 1975. During glittering career he shone for club and country, scoring 211 goals in 432 Soviet league games, as well as 42 times in 112 games for the USSR.

Key player: Andriy Shevchenko

The 2004 European Footballer of the Year, Shevchenko has regularly topped the scoring charts since moving to AC Milan from Dinamo Kiev.

Combination of pace and skill with great accuracy, has made the striker one of the most feared marksmen in the world.

Will be playing in his first World Cup.

Squad:

Goalkeepers:

Oleksandr Shovkovskyi (Dynamo Kiev), Bogdan Shust (Shakhtar Donetsk), Andriy Pyatov (Vorskla Poltava)

Defenders:

Andriy Nesmachnyi (Dynamo Kiev), Oleksandr Iatsenko (Kharkiv), Volodymyr Yezersky (Dnepropetrovsk), Andriy Rusol (Dnepropetrovsk), Dmytro Chygrynskyy (Shakhtar Donetsk), Vladyslav Vashchuk (Dynamo Kiev), Vycheslav Sviderskyy (Arsenal Kiev)

Midfielders:

Anatolii Tymoschuk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Oleg Shelayev (Dnepropetrovsk), Oleg Gusiev (Dynamo Kiev), Sergei Rebrov (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Gusin (Samara/RUS), Sergiy Nazarenko (Dnepropetrovsk), Maksym Kalynychenko (Spartak Moscow/RUS), Ruslan Rotan (Dynamo Kiev)

Strikers:

Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan/ITA), Andriy Voronin (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Andriy Vorobyey (Shakhtar Donetsk), Oleksiy Belik (Shakhtar Donetsk), Artem Milevskyi (Dynamo Kiev)

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