Ukraine Miss Chance For Atonement At Euro 2016 For Troubles At Home

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Ukrainian football has faced up to some tough times over the past few years. Conflict and crisis in Ukraine is causing clubs to collapse, major disputations to the league and players fleeing the country for their safety. These are just some of the blows to football in the country that co-hosted the European Championship just four years ago.

 The Panenka looks at why the war-torn country had been seeking redemption for it’s political and economic strife at Euro 2016 before being dumped out the tournament.  Continue reading

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Club Rivalry To Disrupt Ukraine Euro 2016 Harmony

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Dynamo Kiev had already been crowned champions in another difficult season for football in Ukraine, but when the champions travelled to Lviv to face staunch enemies Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Classico, all hell broke loose to add a sour taste to Ukraine’s Euro 2016 preparations.

 The Panenka reports on the incident and how it could derail Ukraine’s Euro 2016 chances.
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Euro 2016 Team Preview: Ukraine

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They are difficult times in Ukraine with political upheaval disrupting both the domestic league and the preparations of the national team. Ukraine qualified in 2012 as joint host along with Poland but has no other history in the tournament to speak of since separating from the USSR. Notable Ukrainian exports include Andriy Shevchenko but since his retirement they have been dark times for Ukrainian football both on and off the pitch in comparison to the heady Lobanovsky days.

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