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The play-offs for a spot at the FIFA World Cup next summer were revealed-Ukraine were to play the French. France were in the World Cup, they said, it would be a walk in the park, they said. However, a major doubt now looms over whether the likes of Franck Ribery, Samir Nasri, Hugo Lloris and Giroud will be playing in Brazil next summer or not, and if they do end up making it, it certainly would not have been easy for Les Bleus.
A 2-0 defeat in the first leg in …

This was a crucial game for both teams with the home side in my view the team under pressure. A must win game for Ukraine if they were to stand a chance of qualification and although they were in their own backyard the fans could just as easily become their enemy, instead of their friends. If they lost, that would Ukraine’s hopes of automatic qualification almost gone.
For England, it was a must not lose game because if they were defeated then Ukraine would be the favourites to top group H, …

I am willing to admit that I raised a surprised eyebrow when the FA opted to appoint Roy Hodgson has England manager just two months ago. I didn’t want Harry Redknapp, but I was sure that the FA were going to bow down to pressure created by the media and give the England job to the then Spurs manager, however, It is also fair to say that whilst I wasn’t thrilled by the appointment of Hodgson, I thought it showed a little bit of initiative by FA top brass, coupled …

20 years after their formation, Ukraine look to deputise in the European Championship with style on the pitch & in their newly revealed attire. The joint-hosts have continued their country’s relatively short tradition in wearing yellow & blue.
This tournaments kits are inspired by Ukraine’s proud heritage & culture. Both kits are undoubtedly intended to highlight the pinnacle in The Sky Blues’ sporting history.
As well as using cutting edge technology in developing the kit, Adidas have also included several cultural elements most significantly on the banner. Surrounded by a cross stitched blue & yellow border, the country’s coat of arms is embroidered into the centralised band along with the similarly embroidered oak …

Fabio Capello has named his squad which will face Slovakia in a friendly before taking on Ukraine in the World Cup Qualifiers.
The Italian has named 24 players and notable inclusions include Ben Foster, Leighton Baines, Ledley King and Aaron Lennon.
Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard will both make their return to the international stage after missing out on the friendly against Spain in Seville last month.
 
The full squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: David James (Portsmouth), Robert Green (West Ham United), Ben Foster (Manchester United)
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Joleon Lescott …

Holland beat Ukraine 3-0 in a friendly last night at the De Kuip Stadium in Rotterdam.
There was a Liverpool double amongst the scorer’s with striker Dirk Kuyt and winger Ryan Babel both on the scoresheet.
The other goal came from Ajax starlet Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
 Van Basten played an experimental team with several players missing from duty through injury or special dispensation after only finishing their domestic fixtures in the past week.
Huntelaar was played as the lone striker with Kuyt preferred on the right side of midfield and Van der Vaart given …