UKRAINIAN FOOTBALL SHOW – OBOLON V DYNAMO KYIV 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

OBOLON KYIV PODCAST SPECIAL ALERT

With Adam Pate, Andriy Victorov, Max Sholomko & ourselves.

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Obolon beating Dynamo 2-0 Why was the result so special?

Find out NOW:

APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ukrfut24-podcast-fc-obolon-kyiv-10th-anniversary-special/id633108165?i=1000497563886

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1Kb4lWfvbdOVYZOaxs9mPw?si=LuG0nr2EQVaANWtjnSmIPw

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UKRAINIAN FOOTBALL SHOW – EPISODE TEN

NEW PODCAST EPISODE ALERT

WitH Adam Pate, Andriy Victorov, Danny Puscasu & ourselves

We discuss:

Lucescu – DK reign so far

Clasichne Preview

UPL MD 8

UCL/UEL

Persha Liha

Listen NOW:

APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ukrfut24-podcast-dynamos-progress-under-lucescu/id633108165?i=1000497280640

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1Kb4lWfvbdOVYZOaxs9mPw?si=LuG0nr2EQVaANWtjnSmIPw

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UKRAINIAN FOOTBALL SHOW – LEICESTER V ZORYA BONUS EPISODE

LCFC V ZL SPECIAL POD ALERT

With Adam Pate, Andriy Victorov, ourselves & ex Östersunds manager Ian Burchnall

We discuss:

Leicester City overview

LCFC selection issues

Zorya Luhansk lowdown

Managing abroad

Listen NOW:

APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ukrfut24-podcast-leicester-city-v-zorya-lugansk-preview/id633108165?i=1000495627449

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7a4YAkoqgE4GdBtghHmzRD?si=LLn6sVX7S5aAAulWakvvgA

AUDIOBOOM: https://audioboom.com/posts/7709831-ukrfut24-podcast-leicester-city-v-zorya-lugansk-preview?fbclid=IwAR0xGPPbaWucBW4bXMQyfxpOnPcfpUO_EczBzoarsXXmKaxcxiZoZz7jNS4

UKRAINIAN FOOTBALL SHOW – EPISODE NINE

NEW PODCAST EPISODE ALERT

With Adam Pate, Andriy Victorov, Pasha and ourselves.

We discuss:

A rollercoaster week for the Ukrainian NT

UCL / UEL openers

UPL MD 6

Druha Liha & Nyva Vinnytsia

Listen NOW:

APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ukrfut24-podcast-historic-win-for-ukraine-vinnytsas/id633108165?i=1000495373128

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0M9b9x3tNKvckJ9RRh4Ruw?si=0TqxXJPZTACZawP0VS-iUg

AUDIOBOOM: https://audioboom.com/posts/7709713-ukrfut24-podcast-historic-win-for-ukraine-and-vinnytsa-s-fortunes?fbclid=IwAR1hOqlzGCPcGsgReJSHEM_Yk8Fnv3YYT276oK1Qzn1UZWdUp98RYBUB54w

UKRAINIAN FOOTBALL SHOW – EPISODE EIGHT

NEW POD EPISODE

‬‪NEW & IMPROVED (Sound)

Wie discuss:‬‪
COVID issues for Ukraine NT

UCL / UEL GS Draws

UPL MD 5

Persha Liha

Listen here:‬

APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ukrfut24-podcast-internationals-preview-transfer-window/id633108165?i=1000493999434

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7DAyHUYrSUpaSDsMzWXmru?si=WZde0oQ0SBWfaKgi-ZmZDg%E2%80%AC&fbclid=IwAR3-nDb5pWALR2OFfy5gkivjJ2ozoezu37iZLOdxMHrlHPC__fMwkwdlWtg

AUDIOBOOM: https://audioboom.com/posts/7699745-ukrfut24-podcast-internationals-preview-and-transfer-window-roundup

UKRAINIAN FOOTBALL SHOW – EPISODE SEVEN

NEW POD EPISODE ‬‪
A KHARKIV SPECIAL‬‪ with Adam Pate, Andriy Victorov, Neil Holloway and ourselves

We discuss:‬‪

UCL/UEL Qualifiers

UPL MD 3

Persha & Druha Liha

FC Metal / Metalist-1925

Available here:‬

APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ukrfut24-podcast-interview-dev-bajwa-author-football/id633108165?i=1000491533858

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7im1DrKvXRKWetu7GA8uJF?si=E0K_a6wxSwCI3SVxC9zwIQ

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Kolos Kovalivka: A Footballing Fairytale

This is an excerpt from an Atlantic Council commissioned piece

Next week, Ukrainian village team Kolos Kovalivka will write a new chapter in what is surely one of the most romantic stories in recent football history. On September 17, the Ukrainian club will face Greek side Aris in Salonika in a Europa League second qualifying round tie that would have seemed beyond the realms of possibility just a few seasons ago.

The coming game in Greece will be Kolos’s debut in UEFA club competition. Remarkably, it comes just eight years after the club’s foundation. Established in 2012, Kolos is a village team hailing from the agricultural heartlands of rural Ukraine. The meteoric rise of Kolos represents a rare glimmer of light in what has been an otherwise dark period for Ukrainian football. It is an unlikely tale offering hope to other small clubs across the continent that dream of breaking into the big time.

Nobody expected Kolos to spend August 2020 preparing for a European campaign. The team had only arrived in the Ukrainian Premier League one season earlier, but a sixth-place finish saw them enter the league’s European competition playoff, where they defeated FC Mariupol 1-0 to book their ticket to the Europa League…

Continue reading the full article over on Atlantic Council – Eurasia Centre:

UKRAINIAN FOOTBALL SHOW – EPISODE SIX

‪NEW POD EPISODE‬‪

NATIONAL TEAM SPECIAL with Adam Pate, Andriy Victorov, Peter Chymera & ourselves.

We discuss:‬‪

Nations League openers

Post Covid Stadium Experience

U21 problems

UCL & UEL ties

Available to listen via the platforms below:‬

APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ukrfut24-podcast-nations-league-review/id633108165?i=1000490572375

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5FlXY8zzKvYjWuF7vkVBdI?si=x8PmsNB-SeaQ32PdbCcgGA

AUDIOBOOM: https://audioboom.com/posts/7678097-ukrfut24-podcast-nations-league-review

UKRAINIAN FOOTBALL SHOW – EPISODE FIVE

NEW POD EPISODE

Check out the latest episode with Adam pate, Andriy Victorov and ourselves

20/21 UPL MD 1 REVIEW & SEASON PREVIEW SPECIAL

We discuss:‪

UPL Opening weekend

PredictionsTransfer assessments

Available to listen via any of the platforms below:

APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ukrfut24-podcast-season-opener/id633108165?i=1000489083969

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5qxYJcPSVlNQAmtyRJolJe?si=3UtbvoTuQkWNRK6wyFvg9Q

AUDIOBOOM: https://audioboom.com/posts/7666383-ukrfut24-podcast-season-opener?fbclid=IwAR1RfoQGtVXJZi_3F_xgDDe47Ze-3eoG8xzFYLnc3Fp0tIV-YkixNIMENZk

THE UPL PREVIEW: 20/21

THE UPL 20/21 SEASON IS UPON US 🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦

Top flight football RETURNS to Ukraine TODAY for its 30th edition just a month after 19/20 ended!

Following one of the strangest but most exiting seasons in recent memory 20/21 has A LOT to live up to!

ULTIMATE 20/21 UPL PREVIEW

20/21 LEAGUE FORMAT CHANGES:

UPL returns to 14 teams – 1st time since 16/17 season

Return to double round robin style tournament ONLY (each side plays each other home & away)

26 Matchdays – NO Championship/Relegation Group splits (too congested with 14 teams)

20/21 PLACES & PRIZES:

🥇 – 21/22 UCL GS

🥈- 21/22 UCL 3rd Q Round

🏆 – (Cup)21/22 UEL Play Off Round

🥉 – 21/22 UConfL* 3rd Q Round

4️⃣ – 21/22 UConfL* 2nd Q Round

* UEFA Conference League – New Third tier 🇪🇺 competition

If Cup Winner finishes 🥇or🥈then UEL place goes to 🥉

RELEGATION:

Very simple

1️⃣4️⃣ – Relegation to Persha Liha

Just ONE side goes down due to the 21/22 UPL expanding to 16 teams

ONE side ⬇️

THREE Persha Liha sides ⬆️

(Same as this year – just no Relegation group)

THE CLUBS

Shakhtar Donetsk

19/20: 🥇

🏡: NSK Olympiyskyi, Kyiv

Notable Transfers IN / OUT:

Wellington Nem – Released

Mykhaylo Mudryk – Desna (Loan)

Artem Bondarenko – Mariupol (Loan)

Oleh Kudryk – Mariupol (Loan)

20/21 SEASON OUTLOOK:

📍Start season just FOUR days after ending 19/20 edition (losing 5-0 to Inter in UEL Semi)

📍Aging stars may suffer Burnout?

📍Little much has changed since last season as a result

📍No key losses thus far

📍Another title charge expected – a level above

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Marcos Antônio – CM

Already being dubbed ‘The New Fred’ – Energetic box to box mid- good range of passing – eye for goal inside & outside of box

Manor Solomon – RM

The Israel wide man is expected to feature more in 20/21 – fast & skilful dribbler + scores

DYNAMO KYIV

19/20:🥈

🏡: NSK Olympiyskyi, Kyiv

Notable Transfers IN / OUT:

Bohdan Lednev – Loan Return

Oleksandr Tymchyk – Loan Return

Vladyslav Supryaha – Loan Return

Serhiy Buletsa – Loan Return

Artem Kravets – Free Agent (IN)

Josip Pivaric – Released

20/21 SEASON OUTLOOK:

📍Most anticipated season in years

📍Mircea Lucescu is DK manager

📍Ultra feud w ML & Club owners

📍Returning loanees expected to be given a chance: Lednev, Tymchyk & Supryaha

📍Supryaha to solve DK ST issue?

📍All friendlies BCD – no idea about ML tactics

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Vladyslav Supryaha – ST

15 UPL goals on loan at Dnipro-1 last term – so he looks to be ready to step into ST role @ DK – electric pace & good finisher

Bohdan Lednev – CAM

Playmaker impressed on loan @ Zorya in 19/20 – creative, set piece specialist – 🇺🇦 DB7

ZORYA LUHANSK

19/20: 🥉

🏡: Slavutych Arena, Zaporizhya

NOTABLE TRANSFERS IN / OUT:

Denys Favorov – Desna (IN)

Max Grechkin – Beitar J (IN)

Yehor Nazaryna – R Antwerp (IN)

B. Mykhaylychenko ⏩ Anderlecht

Y. Cheberko ⏩ LASK Linz

B. Lednev ⏩ DK

O. Tymchyk ⏩ DK

20/21 SEASON OUTLOOK:

📍Viktor Skripnyk STAYS as manager for now (Was going to Dnipro-1 but deal fell flat)

📍Lost A LOT of key men in break – replacements brought in but not same quality as those who left

📍Squad looks light with lack of goals

📍Juggling UPL & UEL will be hard

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Vlad Kocherhin (RM/ CAM)

Post lockdown he was the sides only real saving light – main creative source of attack – scores goals in a side where they come at a premium

Yehor Nazaryna (CM/CAM)

The Lednev replacement – impressed at Karpaty – Step up needed

DESNA CHERNIHIV

19/20: 4️⃣

🏡: Yuri Gagarin Stadium, Chernihiv

Notable Transfers IN/OUT:

Maksymov Dehtaryov – Olimpik (IN)

Mykhayla Mudryk – Shakhtar (IN)

Denys Favorov ⏩ Zorya Luhansk

20/21 SEASON OUTLOOK:

📍UEL Q coming up – main priority in early season

📍Lost long serving captain – D Favorov who left in a contract dispute

📍Added impetus on juggling Europa & pushing for medals again

📍Strong squad – great at attacking

📍Filippov to push for that 🇺🇦 call up

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Mykhaylo Mudryk – LW

The Ukrainian Neymar has arrived in Chernihiv – the 433 star is hoping to develop more on the pitch than on IG – pacy, skilful dribbler – lots of flare

Oleksandr Filippov – ST

Finished 2nd in Golden boot race – Will be up for it again!

OLEKSANDRIYA

19/20: 5️⃣

🏡: NSK Nika, Oleksandriya

NOTABLE TRANSFERS:

Maksym Tretyakov – Dunajska Streda

(IN) Signs a permanent deal

K. Dubra – Released

A. Shendrik – Released

A. Zaporozhan – Released

20/21 SEASON OUTLOOK:

📍Disappointing end to 19/20 for Sharan’s men – capitulated in Championship Group & lost UEL Play Off

📍No 🇪🇺 to worry about – just focus on the league & cup

📍No major losses – but goalscorers still lacking in the squad

📍Will be a hard def team to face

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Maksym Tretyakov – LW

Great signing to have Tretyakov permanently – contributed many a goal last season – tricky winger with finishing ability

Kyrylo Kovalets – CAM

Midfield Maestro – can pick a pass out from anywhere and also scores a few – in his prime atm

KOLOS KOVALIVKA

19/20: 6️⃣

🏡: Kolos Stadium, Kovalivka

NOTABLE TRANSFERS IN/OUT

A. Ngamba – UR La Louviere (IN)

Y. Novak – Vardar (IN)

O. Kozushko – Free Agent (IN)

M. Kravchenko – Dynamo (IN) LOAN

Y. Yefremov ⏩ FC Suduva

20/21 SEASON OUTLOOK

📍Representing Kovalivka (pop. 1,500) in Europe – early stages of season focus on Q rounds

📍New stadium to open in Kovalivka – so expectation to show fans performances

📍Might be difficult to replicate 6th place finish – but will give bigger sides a good go

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Yevhen Morozko – LM

Popping up with key performances last season – his deliveries will be important to feed in Lysenko & Bondarenko

Denys Kostyshyn – CAM

Missed most of last season due to injury – but he’s back to full fitness

Fine dribbler & game changer

DNIPRO-1

19/20: 7️⃣

🏡: Dnipro Arena, Dnipro

Notable Transfers IN/OUT

Artem Dovbyk – FC Midtjylland (IN)

Bohdan Sarnavskyi – FC Lviv (IN)

Vladyslav Dubinchak – DK (IN)

Vladyslav Supryaha ⏩ DK

Serhiy Buletsa ⏩ DK

Dmytro Korkishko – Released

Vladyslav Shapoval – Released

20/21 SEASON OUTLOOK

📍Potentially big season ahead

📍Mykhaylenko has a point to prove after he somehow stays in job following Skripnyk debacle

📍Lost key goals & creators – Supryaha & Buletsa

📍Dovbyk return huge positive

📍Should go & challenge for Europe places this season

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bohdan Sarnavskyi – GK

Great goalkeeper signing who was standout player for lowly FC Lviv in 19/20 – great shot & penalty stopper

Much needed problem area addressed

Oleksiy Khoblenko – ST

No Supryaha means more game time for this man – natural goalscorer

MARIUPOL

19/20: 8️⃣

🏡: V. Boyko Stadium, Mariupol

NOTABLE TRANSFERS IN/OUT

Petro Stasyuk – Free agent (IN)

Artem Bondarenko – SD (IN)

Oleh Kudryk – SD (IN)

Ruslan Fomin ⏩ FC Metal

Serhiy Yavorskyi ⏩ Vorskla

Valery Fedorchuk ⏩ Released

Viktor Kornienko ⏩ Shakhtar

20/21 SEASON OUTLOOK

📍Oleksandr Babych left after 19/20 close – Ostap Markevych IN

📍Ostap, son of Myron – worked at Villarreal for 4 years

📍Got rid of some of the side’s veterans such as Fomin & club captain Yavorskyi (big loss in def)

📍Shakhtar loanees from 19/20 stay on

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oleksiy Kashchuk – RW

Main man post lockdown scoring a number of key goals – lots of energy down the right – scores goals in a team that lacks them

Artem Bondarenko – CAM

New Shakhtar loanee has been spoken of highly – exciting technical player – big season

OLIMPIK DONETSK

19/20: 9️⃣

🏡: Lobanovksyi Stadium, Kyiv

Notable Transfers IN / OUT

Kirkuk Kirilenko – Karpaty (IN)

Yevhen Neplyakh – Free agent (IN)

Vitaliy Balashov ⏩ Released

Maksym Dehtaryov ⏩ Released

Matar Dieye ⏩ Released

20/21 SEASON OUTLOOK

📍Everyone’s tip for relegation last season stayed up once again thanks to magic caretaker manager – Ihor Kymovskyi

📍He’s finally been given the role FT and is close to finishing his badges

📍Another season of relegation flirting expected

📍Very much 🤷‍♂️

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Shahab Zahedi – ST

Olimpik’s best player last season – most consistent top performer and had a good stint of goalscoring form at end of season

Maxime Texeira – LW

The side’s main chance creator – gets the odd goal – but he will be carving out opps for Zahedi

VORSKLA POLTAVA

19/20: 🔟

🏡: O. Butovsky Stadium, Poltava

Notable Transfers IN/OUT

Serhiy Yavorskyi – Free agent (IN)

Ivan Pesic – Free agent (IN)

Mykyta Tatarkov – Free agent (IN)

Luizao ⏩ Porto (End of Loan)

Yevhen Martynenko ⏩ Released

Artur ⏩ Keshla

20/21 SEASON OUTLOOK

📍First FULL season in charge for Yuri Maksymov – build on last successes

📍Following cup final performance many expect a top half finish from Vorskla this time

📍Good mix of youth & experience – clearing out dead wood over past 2 windows

📍Exciting times

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Pape Alioune – CB

6’8 young centre back had his breakthrough season last year – pacey, composed tackler & confident passer

Ibrahim Kane – LM

Playing at full back or LW – Kane will always be flying down the left flank – added goals to his game & now a key man

FC LVIV

19/20: 1️⃣1️⃣

🏡: Stadion Ukraina, Lviv

Notable Transfers IN/OUT

Mikhel Ainsalu – FC Flora (IN)

Bohdan Sarnavskyi ⏩ Dnipro-1

Jonatan Lima ⏩ Released

Anton Bratkov ⏩ Released

Ihor Honchar ⏩ Released

Vladyslav Priymak ⏩ Released

20/21 SEASON OUTLOOK

📍It was a long hard season for Lviv but they stayed up thanks to their city rivals Karpaty’s financial issues

📍Certain relegation battle expected

📍Plenty of Brazilians still remain

📍No strengthening after loss of KEY men – Sarnavskyi, Honchar,Tatarkov

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Herman Penkov – GK

The man tasked with replacing Sarnavskyi – will be primary problem area as defensive is so error prone

Renann – ST

Lviv’s saving grace? Renann found some goalscoring form post Covid that Lviv will want to see replicated in 20/21

FC MINAJ

19/20: 🥇(Persha Liha)

🏡: Avanhard Stadium, Uzhorod

Notable Transfers IN/OUT

Denys Kozhanov – Free agent (IN)

Kyrylo Melichenko – SD (IN)

Dmytro Pavlish – SD (IN)

Petro Stasyuk ⏩ Mariupol

Mykhaylo Kopolovets ⏩ Retired

20/21 SEASON OUTLOOK

📍The second smallest village team in the UPL (pop. 3,088)

📍Minaj debut in the UPL as Persha Liha champs

📍Should fare well after recent good performances in the cup v UPL sides

📍More signings pending – a Kolos fairytale unlikely – but top half finish is

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Denys Kozhanov – ST

Veteran forward & last season’s Persha Liha top scorer enters the UPL for his swan song years – goals expected

Anatoliy Nuriev – ST

Last season’s club top scorer should take to the UPL with ease – almost ever present – he’ll also get goals

RUKH LVIV

19/20: 🥈

🏡: Arena Lviv, Lviv

Notable Transfers IN/OUT

Valery Fedorchuk – Free agent (IN)

Ilya Ponomarov – Free agent (IN)

20/21 SEASON OUTLOOK

📍Owner Hyhoriy Kozlovksyi is currently building a state of the art academy

📍Now Rukh are in the UPL – he wants it to stay that way

📍Eclectic squad mix of old & young players – many with UPL experience

📍New-ish Manager Ivan Fedyk just 33 – 🇺🇦 Nagelsmann?

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Yuriy Klymchuk – LW

Quick, jinky winger who impressed in Persha Liha – will be interesting to see if he can step up

Danylo Kondrakov – ST

Alongside Klymchuk coming in from LW, this guy will be the main goalscoring forward – assisted by ST partner Ernest

INHULETS PETROVE

19/20: 🥉 (Persha Liha)

🏡: Zirka Stadium, Kropivnitksyi

Notable Transfers IN / OUT

Mykhaylo Plokhotnyuk – C Odesa 2

Mykyta Zelenskyi – Balkany Zorya

20/21 SEASON OUTLOOK

📍Third smallest club in UPL – town population circa 7,000

📍Eccentric owner

📍Need to stay up so they can debut in new stadium – ETA: April 21

📍18/19 Cup finalists – only ever non UPL side to make it

📍Experienced squad – Shust & Bartulovic return to UPL

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Nika Sichinava – ST

Inhulets’ Georgian CF was voted Persha Liha POTS after an unforgettable campaign – 19/20 club top scorer – contributed to 40% of all goals

Maksym Kovalyov – CB

Veteran defender knocking around – main thing to note – Craziest hair in UPL