THE GREAT UPL THAW: DOMESTIC FOOTBALL RETURNS TO UKRAINE FOR 2020

The UPL reawakens from its winter slumber this weekend after just over 2 months of hibernation. All the clubs have been hard at work at their mid season, warm-ish weather, training camps since mid January and are raring to get back into the competitive swing of things. As has always been the case, there have …

SHAKHTAR V BENFICA – UEL 19/20 R32 PREVIEW

COMPETITIVE FOOTBALL RETURNS TO UKRAINE! Shakhtar Donetsk officially open the 2020 Ukrainian footballing calendar as they take on Portugal’s Benfica in the Europa League Round of 32 TONIGHT! Kharkiv hosts the first leg of this tie with the Miners aiming to start the new decade with a victory! There were no major personnel changes over …

PLAYING FOR THE ENEMY: The Ukrainian footballers who sign for Russian clubs…

“Would you join Zenit Saint Petersburg if they offered you EUR 5 million a year?” When this question was put to Ukrainian national team footballer Roman Yaremchuk in late 2019, he didn’t hedge or hesitate. “No,” he replied. “That’s a great question, but in today’s situation, I wouldn’t go. One hundred percent. I have everything …

UKRAINE ON THE RISE: EURO 2020 AWAITS AFTER AN UNPRECEDENTED 2019

Ukraine have qualified for the finals of a European Championships for the third time in their history. Andriy Shevchenko and his men will participate in the continent’s premier international tournament next summer and go into it with much optimism.  The EURO 2020 draw, which saw Ukraine start the process as a top seed has already …

WINTER IS COMING: UPL 19/20 MATCHDAY 18

Ukrainian football round up As 2019 winds down there was still time for a number of big results in the UPL and some serious disappointment in Europe for Ukrainian clubs! Shakhtar kicked Matchday 17 off with a comfortable 3-0 win over Olimpik before preparing for their crucial cup final-esque tie with Atalanta in the Champions …

THE END OF THE ROAD… (For now) – UEL 19/20 Matchday 6 – Gent v Oleksandria

Oleksandriya are in Belgium tonight as they face up the heavily Ukrainian influenced KAA Gent in their final European game of the season! After succumbing to an unfortunate 1-0 defeat at the hands of Wolfsburg in Matchday 5, which guaranteed that they could no longer progress to the further rounds, Sharan is preparing his men …

GROUP STAGE CUP FINAL #2 – UEL 19/20 Matchday 6 – Dynamo v Lugano

After their arch rivals dropped into the UEL knockouts last night, it’s now up to Dynamo to ensure that Ukraine has two representatives left in Europe come 2020! They face a down and out Lugano in their final group stage game of 2019 at the Olympiyskyi! Fortunately for Kyiv, it is all in their own …

GROUP STAGE ‘CUP FINAL’ #1 – UCL Matchday 6 – Shakhtar v Atalanta

Shakhtar sit in second in Champions League Group C as they welcome Atalanta at the final hurdle of the group stages! Whoever wins this tie will likely make next year’s knockout rounds! After their valiant effort of drawing against Manchester City a fortnight ago, they will need to better such a performance tonight if they …

WHO WANTS SILVER MORE? – UPL 19/20 Matchday 17 PREVIEW

Ukrainian football round up It was a rather quiet week in Ukrainian football but a few notable pieces of news occurred nonetheless. Ukraine were drawn into Group C at next year’s Euros and will play against Netherlands, Austria and one of Romania or Belarus/Georgia/Kosovo/N Macedonia! Their group stage games will take place at the Johan …

THE SHOWDOWN AT THE LOBANOVSKYI – UPL 19/20 MATCHDAY 16 PREVIEW

Ukrainian Football Round Up What’s new in the UPL then? Nothing much really. Shakhtar still lead by 13 points and don’t look like slipping. They opened Matchday 15 with a 4-1 win over Lviv in Kharkiv last Friday before flying out to Manchester! Here they faced Premier League Champions Man City and actually came away …