Dutch strikers seem not to be top notch at the moment, professionally. Exported talents like Memphis Depay and Vincent Janssen have been struggling in their respective clubs despite their stellar records at home.

Depay scored for fun when he played for PSV Eindhoven. He secured a move to Premier League giants Manchester United aged 21, and it seems he would regret the move after joining Ligue 1 side Lyon in January.

Janssen on the other hand is still with Tottenham after his move from the Eredivisie. The player, who Coach Mauricio Pochettino wanted to support Harry Kane, is yet to score a goal in open play.

The two players have given Dutch players a bad reputation now that scouts would look away when their names pop. Yeah, not another one! About a decade or more ago, Dutch attacking talents were highly coveted. Now it seems that coveted status has gone to Belgian players now.

While the potency of the youth system is not in doubt, top academy players might not get automatic shots at the biggest foreign clubs like Arjen Robben, Edgar Davids, Wesley Sneijder, Clarence Seedorf et al. Continue reading “DUTCH STRIKERS DISAPPOINTING THEIR CLUBS”

Shevchenko Glad to See AC Milan Retain Bacca

Ukraine national team coach Andrei Shevchenko believes that AC Milan will be able to return to their former glory days largely because they have been able to retain the services of Carlos Bacca.

The striker is seen as one of the last remaining great players at the club. At 29 years of age, he may be on his last opportunity to win trophies. Other clubs have been trying to persuade the player with the idea of trophies, but Milan successfully managed to retain him for the 2016-17 campaign. Shevchenko terrorised defences in the Milan shirt for almost a decade. He believes that Bacca has the potential to bring back the glory days to the San Siro.

Milan are no longer the force that they once were and they are even struggling to achieve Europa League qualification. The striker came up with the first hat-trick of his career in the 3-2 win over Torino. The result was also mightily important for Milan given that they had to start the new campaign in a positive fashion. West Ham are reportedly interested in the forward amongst many other clubs. Shevchenko says that it is important for a squad to have a forward who can score out of nothing. After years of the building, Shevchenko believes that Milan have a decent squad to aim for European qualification.
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Andrei Shevchenko has been appointed as the new manager

Former Chelsea and AC Milan striker Andrei Shevchenko has been appointed as the new manager of the Ukrainian national football team.

It is a move that has been expected for quite a while, as Shevchenko has been involved in coaching over the last few years. As one of the most iconic players from eastern European football in the last few decades, Shevchenko will command a lot of respect almost immediately. At 39 years of age, he has very little experience in management but his overall experience as a player is expected to help him through.

Shevchenko comes in as the replacement for Mykhaylo Fomenko. After being eliminated from the Euro 2016 at the group stages, Ukraine sensed the need for a new direction.Fomenko had been in charge of the national team for the last four years. During this period, results have been up and down as the team failed to qualify for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Shevchenko will integrate into the team quite nicely after having experienced the tournament from close up as the assistant manager for Fomenko. Shevchenko watched his team suffered losses against Germany, Northern Ireland, and Poland at the Euro 2016. The former AC Milan forward retired from the game in 2012 and he remains the top scorer for the national team with 48 goals.
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Ukraine coach to resign

Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko has announced his resignation following Ukraine’s elimination at the Euros in France.

MykhayloFomenko has been managing the national team since 2012 and stated that he had not been given a new contract by the Ukraine Football Federation. It is believed that the Ukrainian authorities has been disappointed by the team performance at the Euros and might be looking for a replacement.

Ukraine suffered a big defeat in their opening game of the tournament of the tournament against Germany and was surprisingly beaten by Northern Ireland 2-0 in the second match of the Euros. Ukraine was beaten in the last game of the group stage by Poland 1-0.

Mykhaylo Fomenko admitted that he could not reach his objectives with the Ukraine team and that it is no use for him to continue as coach. It is believed that the objectives were to at least get out of the group stage.

There were high hopes for Ukraine at the Euros as they have experienced a great qualifying campaign under Mykhaylo Fomenko. Unfortunately, the team did not perform at the finals and ended up the tournament last in their group. Mykhaylo Fomenko admitted that he has not been able to motivate his team and helped them get past the group stage. He believed that the team was good enough to qualify at least for the next round, but unfortunately, the players failed to perform when it matters most.

He said it was disappointing to end the tournament that way and that he had no choice than to resign as he failed to achieve the objectives that were set.

Ukraine will need to look for a new coach soon as the World Cup qualifiers will be starting soon and the first match will be due in September.

Ukraine hopes to have a good performance at Euros 2016

Ukraine will hope that they can perform better at Euros 2016 compared to their campaign in 2012.

Indeed, they went out crashing after the first round in the last tournament, and they would not want this performance to be replicated.

They have full trust in their manager MykhalyloFomenko who has successfully help them qualify amidst a tough qualifying campaign, and they will want this to continue in France. Indeed, Ukraine finished only third in their group and had to win a play-off match against Slovenia in order to qualify for the Euros finals.

This Ukraine team does not have any star compared to the past where they had players such as Andriy Shevchenko and SergiyRebro. They will have to rely on a solid defense as well as strong team performance in order to achieve something at the finals in France.

All the fans hope will be residing on Yevgeny Konoplyanka, who is considered as being the best Ukrainian player at the moment. However, the winger who currently plays in Spain for Sevilla has not enjoyed a good campaign this season. He has spent the majority of the season on the bench, but Ukraine will be hoping that he could recover his form for the Euros. Continue reading “Ukraine hopes to have a good performance at Euros 2016”

Not too many players in the world would turn down Barcelona

Not too many players in the world would turn down Barcelona and talk about moving to Everton instead.

But, there is one that kind of Footballer and he is none other than the Ukrainian skipper Andriy Yarmolenko.

He reckons there is no point for him to join Barcelona just to go there and click a few photos with their superstar players and do nothing else.

According to Yarmolenko, he is not one of those people who remain satisfied only with billions and billions of likes and followers on social media.

The winger was quoted saying yesterday, “At Barcelona, you would have the opportunity to click yourself with the superstars and then, upload it on the internet and maybe increase the number of followers that you have. But, as far as I am concerned, I don’t think it would please me that much. I’d rather like to go to Everton.”

Everton had actually placed a bid for Yarmolenko in the summer of 2015 and had even got that bid accepted by Dynamo Kiev, but, there was no eventual materialization of the deal as the club and the player didn’t agree on the wages and all.

However, now that Yarmolenko has passed such comments, it would surely encourage Everton to go for him once again. Continue reading “Not too many players in the world would turn down Barcelona”

Vicente Del Bosque reckons the level of Ukrainian Football has gone up over the years

Vicente Del Bosque reckons the level of Ukrainian Football has gone up over the years and his side will have to pay dearly if they take the Yellow Blue lightly in the upcoming Euro qualifier.

In the Group C table though, Spain is ahead of Ukraine at the moment, but, only just. It’s the goal difference that has kept the two teams separated really.

Whoever wins in the showdown later this week will be able to secure the no. 2 spot in the group.

As far as the top position is concerned, it’s owned by Slovakia which has won all the 4 games.

According to Del Bosque, he watched some of the games in Europe recently in which the Ukrainian Clubs were taking part and he was left highly impressed by their performances especially the way they attacked.

Speaking in an interview, the La Roja boss said, “I saw some of their guys play and I must say they’re immensely skilful.”

“Normally, as a manager, you always tend to praise the opposition, but, I mean every bit of what I am saying here. Ukraine has really got some wonderful players who can be the game changers.” Continue reading “Vicente Del Bosque reckons the level of Ukrainian Football has gone up over the years”

Brazil was the host nation of World Cup 2014

Despite all of the doubts and concerns that were surrounding the 2014 World Cup, it was still held and completed. Brazil was the host nation and some of the biggest problems that emerged in this World Cup was the fact that many stadiums were not completed and ready in the time that FIFA had scheduled. Some workers died in this process and managers did not like the idea of having to travel a long distance and play in a freezing temperature for one match while the next day having to perform in a hot climate.

Those were some of the main issues that enclosed the 2014 World Cup however, even with those problems, the event was still considered to be a huge success as over 40 million people watched the opening match between Brazil and Croatia and the amount of viewers increased throughout the tournament.

The upcoming 2018 World Cup will be taking place in Russia and even though there still are over 3 years of time before it kicks off, there are much bigger problems and issues surrounding the approaching international tournament.

Ukraine has an ongoing conflict with Russia involving a dispute over Crimea which is a major land mass which is being mostly controlled by Russia but Ukraine wants them to pull their troops out of that territory and if they oppose, then Ukraine is considering boycotting the 2018 World Cup.

The president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko did not hesitate in supporting this idea as he said:“I think there has to be discussion of a boycott of this World Cup. As long as there are Russian troops in Ukraine I think a World Cup in that country is unthinkable,” Continue reading “Brazil was the host nation of World Cup 2014”

Ukraine Took Over Belarus

Ukraine secured its place in the Group C of Euro Qualifiers by overtaking Belarus with a 0-2 win. The match took place at Borisov.

Martynovich (Aleksandr) scored own goal 8 mins from time & Sydorchuk (Serhiy) grabbed another goal in the stoppage time since Ukraine bounced merrily back from loss in their 2016 UEFA EURO qualifier C Group opener to claim triumph against Belarus, at Borisov.

The visiting team, who dawned qualifying EURO campaign with 1-0 home defeat to Slovakia, were seen dominating the 1st half but could just muster a sole endeavor off the target as Fomenko’s (Mykhailo) army struggled for avenues through the compact defense of Belarus.

Ukraine football team were pretty close to take up the lead in 36th minute yet Zozulya’s (Roman) left-foot close-range volley was unable to trouble Yuri Zhevnov, the Belarus goalie. The host team- who’re unbeaten in 4 outings before kicking off in this Ukraine match- finally had a test with Yuri ‘s opposite number Pyatov (Andriy) in the added time- Filipenko’s (Egor) header right from center of box was being completely tipped over steadily by Uktaine keeper.

Kondratiev’s (Georgi) men commenced the 2nd half brightly. Aleksandr missed out on target with one header in 51st minute when Ukraine were unable to clear Krivets’s (Sergei) free-kick. Dragun (Stanislav) was denied as well by one sharp stop right from Pyatov prior to Martynovich’s successful diversion of Konoplyanka’s (Yevhen) cross in his net, off knee- which extended the needed advantage to the team.

Filipenko completely blasted over when Kornilenko’s (Sergei) endeavor had been thwarted as the Belarus team chased equalizer. However, the Ukrainian football squad found a needed second on breakthrough via Sydorchuk that finally helped them to seal up the win in the added time. Yarmolenko (Andriy), clean through right on counterattack, secured the triumph from a close range.

Loew In full Praise Of Klose

Germany manager Joachim Loew was in full praise of striker Miroslav Klose after the 36-year-old help determining kept it 2-2 draw against Ghana. Their hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the World Cup suffered a major setback after going 2-1 down to Ghana with only a couple of minutes remaining. Germany looked devoid of ideas going into the final 20 minutes of the match. Loew brought in Klose for his first World Cup 2014 appearance. The striker had the second most number of goals and World Cup finals – 14 – and was looking to equal Ronaldo’s record of 15.

Within two minutes of coming out on the pitch, he grabbed the equaliser with his first touch of the ball. Such was the impact of the player that celebrations within the German camp were extraordinary, as they also realised the importance of the goal on a personal level. Despite not having enjoyed a stellar club career, Klose has been a major player for the German national team since the 2002 World Cup. He was the top scorer in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, while he also scored in the previous edition in South Africa.

Loew praised the Lazio striker by saying that he is a sensational option to have on the bench. “I’m awfully happy for Klose – he was on the pitch for two minutes and scored. He’s had a difficult season, he has been injured. But it’s sensational for me to have this kind of player on the bench knowing they can make a decisive move,” said Low. “What a record and what a player. I’ve been playing with him for 10 years and that’s the player we need,” said Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker after the match. Germany face the United States in their final group match of the tournament.