On the first day of summer, the national team of Ukraine will play the semi-final match of the playoffs of the 2022 World Cup against the Scottish team. Our team started preparing for this fight on the first day of May. Given the rashist aggression in our country, this time almost the entire training process turned out to be under the heading “experimenting”.
Let’s start with the fact that the match against the Scots “blue-yellow” should have been held in March. But due to Russia’s invasion of our country, UEFA decided to postpone the game. Subsequently, the date of the match was chosen on the first of June.
It is clear that there was no way to prepare for the butt game on the territory of Ukraine, given the war. Therefore, preparations for the game against Scotland (and not only for it, because in the case of the passage of the “Scots” Wales are waiting for us in the final, and from the eighth to the 14th of June, Petrakov’s wards will have to play three games of the League of Nations) Ukrainians began in Slovenia.
The choice of this country is not accidental. She was recommended to the UAF by the President of the European Football Union Aleksander Čeferin. Actually, this is his homeland. According to unofficial information, our team had two more options for training camps – Austria and Spain. But Čeferin’s proposal turned out to be virtually uncontested.
At the disposal of our team is a new training base with everything you need in the small town of Brdo. And next to it is a cozy hotel.
The Ukrainian delegation traveled to the place of deployment by bus. Well, otherwise it wouldn’t work now. The first to arrive in Brdo were our coaching staff and four players – Riznyk, Pikhalenok, Buleca and Gutsulyak. On the same day, on the night of the first of May, seven Shakhtar players, who played a series of charity matches in Europe as part of their club, also arrived at the “away session” of the national team.
Two Shakhtar players Kornienko and Kryvtsov could not arrive at the camp of the national team due to injuries. But the injuries of Mudrik, who together with Gutsulyak received a debut call to the main team of the country, turned out to be not serious.
April 28 was chosen as the initial date for the training camp of the national team. On this day, all the players of the national team representing Ukrainian clubs were supposed to arrive in Kyiv. The leadership of Dynamo took such an initiative of the UAF and Petrakov with hostility. At first, thunders and lightnings were thrown through an official letter by the general director of the “white-blue” Chokhonelidze. Then the “heavy artillery” – the president of the club Surkis – went into action. Arguing with the participation of his team in charity matches, as well as the FIFA regulations, Igor Mikhailovich refused to delegate his players within the agreed time frame. Say, we will release only on May 23.
UAF. George Bushchan
The situation has gained a very wide resonance. And she decided on a compromise: UAF President Pavelko said that in a “constructive telephone conversation” with Dynamo President Surkis, he managed to smooth out all the sharp corners. Dynamo promised to release all their collections on May 4, after their charity meeting with Basel.
On May 5, eleven Dynamo players and Dnipro-1 forward Dovbyk, who was temporarily part of the Kyiv team, arrived at Oleksandr Petrakov’s location.
The next day, the team held their first full-fledged training session.
Even before the start of the training camp, it was known about one test match of the national team – against Borussia (Mönchengladbach). This game is to be held on May 11 in Germany, and all proceeds will go to help our country. In addition to the duel with the German club, our team, according to the head of the UAF Pavelko, will play three or four more matches. Moreover, among the likely opponents are teams and clubs. Who exactly will be our opponent is still unknown. There are only rumors that the Blue-Yellows can spar with the San Marino national team.
When will the legionnaires arrive?
Our teams playing in foreign championships will start arriving at the training camp in Brdo from May 16th. Alexander Petrakov said about this: “On May 16, four people will arrive – Zubkov, Kacharaba, Yaremchuk and Sikan. They play on the 15th. I asked them, “How long do you need to rest?” They said, “We don’t need rest. We’re going to the team.” The rest will arrive a little later.
In addition to familiar and familiar faces, we can see another newcomer in the national team. According to some reports, Petrakov will invite Bordeaux midfielder Ignatenko, who previously defended the colors of Dnipro-1, to the training camp.
FC Bordeaux. Daniil Ignatenko
And one more piece of information regarding the Ukrainian “Varangians”. The injury of one of the leaders of our team – Malinovsky – was, fortunately, not serious. Ruslan has already fully recovered from its consequences.
Team game schedule
Here it can turn out to be a real emergency. On June 1, the Ukrainian national team will play a play-off semi-final against Scotland on the road. In case of success on Petrakov’s wards, again, on the road, Wales is already waiting: the game should take place on June 5th.
And in fact, without much respite – three games of the League of Nations: on June 8th – away against the national team of Ireland, on the 11th – a home game against the Armenians, and on the 14th – a “response” with the Irish.
All home matches within the League of Nations will be played by Ukrainians in Poland. Specifically, in Lodz.