5 Achievements of Ukraine in the World of Football
Netgenz - Netizen buzz Sport | Ukraine is still in the world's spotlight because of the dispute they feel with Russia. Various aspects of Ukrainian life have also been badly affected, including in the sports sector. Currently, all sports competitions in Ukraine are being postponed, including the Ukrainian football league.
Apart from that of course a peaceful life for the Ukrainian people, the continuity of the Ukrainian football competition is certainly expected to happen. Although not as famous as other countries, Ukraine has good achievements in the world of football.
Here are 5 Achievements of Ukraine in the World of Football
1. The Ukrainian national team has reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup
Ukraine was a part of the Soviet Union until 1991. Then, they declared independence, until the Ukrainian National Football Team was created. The Ukrainian national team is starting to qualify for the World Cup. Their first success occurred at the 2006 World Cup which was held in Germany.
As a working team, Ukraine appeared to be doing great in that edition. They escaped from the group stage as runners-up to Spain. Then, Ukraine managed to beat Switzerland in the last 16 to reach the quarter-finals.
Ukraine's own way eventually stopped in the set because of the elimination of Italy. However, the acquisition is still encouraging because they are only appearing in the World Cup for the first time. It is also still one of Ukraine's performances in the World Cup until now.
2. The Ukrainian national team has also reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup
Not only the World Cup, but Ukraine had also reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup. That happened at the 2020 European Cup yesterday. Ukraine can qualify from the set group as one of the best 3rd place rankings. Then, they successfully eliminated Sweden in the round of 16.
Ukraine finally collapsed after being defeated by England in the quarter-finals. It was Ukraine's best acquisition in the European Cup so far. They were initially also featured in the 2012 and 2016 European Cups. However, in both editions, Ukraine has been eliminated since the group stage
3. Clubs from Ukraine have won European trophies
In addition to the national team, teams from Ukraine had also written achievements in European club competitions. The two most successful clubs in the history of the Ukrainian League are Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk. Both clubs apparently have a collection of European trophies in their cupboards.
Dynamo Kiev has won the Cup Winners' Cup twice, namely in 1974/1975 and 1985/1986. In addition, they won the UEFA Super Cup in 1975. Meanwhile, Shakhtar Donetsk won the 2008/2009 UEFA Cup. Kyiv and Donetsk have also often appeared in the Champions League even though they have never won.
Apart from these two clubs, there is also FC Dnipro, which was runner-up in the 2014/2015 Europa League. Meanwhile, Zorya Luhansk has reached the last 16 of the Champions League, and Metalist Kharkiv has reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup. This means that the Ukrainian teams have had a pretty good performance in the European arena.
4. Ukrainian players won the Ballon d'Or
Contemporary football fans certainly know Andriy Shevchenko. Shevchenko is a former legendary striker from Ukraine who played for two big European clubs, AC Milan and Chelsea. Shevchenko's quality is unquestionable, as he won the Ballon d'Or in 2004.
At that time, Shevchenko was still defending AC Milan. He won the Ballon d'Or after leading Milan to the 2003/2004 Serie A champions as the top scorer with 24 goals. In the Ballon d'Or selection, he won more votes than Deco and Ronaldinho who placed 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Shevchenko himself played for Milan from 1999 to 2006, and in the 2008/2009 season. He played 322 times in all titles and scored 175 goals. He won a total of five trophies with Milan, including the Champions League. He had time to defend Chelsea and successfully won two trophies although not so sharp with the Blues.
Shevchenko retired as a player in 2012. Then, he became a coach and briefly managed his country's national team from 2016 to 2021. Ukraine's success in reaching the quarter-finals of the Euro 2020 is also due to his services as a coach.
5. Some Ukrainian players have also won trophies with big European clubs
Andriy Shevchenko was not one of the star players that Ukraine had made. Several players from Ukraine had also defended big European clubs and won trophies. One of them is Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, a former defensive midfielder who played for Bayern Munich from 2009 to 2013.
Tymoshchuk wrote 132 appearances for Munich and won seven trophies, including the 2012/2013 treble winners. Besides Tymoshchuk, there is By Luzhnyi, a former right-back who won the Premier League and FA Cup with Arsenal.
While Dmytro Chyhrynskyi is a central defender from Ukraine who won the 2009/2010 LaLiga trophy with Barcelona. There is also Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has won 9 trophies with Manchester City. One other name is Andriy Lunin, a young Real Madrid goalkeeper who won the 2021/2022 Spanish Super Cup.
The lineup of achievements above shows that Ukraine cannot be underestimated in the world of football. Neither the national team, clubs, nor some players from Ukraine have recorded a sweet history. Hopefully, peace in Ukraine can be realized as soon as possible so that all Ukrainian football individuals can return to their concentration on carving achievements.