Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ukraine Greatest All-time 23 member team

This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied my blog team.  His entry was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.  I also updated mine periodically.  I looked mistakes. He kept my mistakes.  He seemed to be someone from the formerly Soviet Union.  He should know the topic much more than I do, but he still made my mistakes.  He also copied many many of my blog entries.

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Этот блогер Артур Янтурин из России скопировал мою команду блога. Его запись была написана в 2020 году, но моя была загружена в 2014 году. Я также периодически обновлял свою. Я посмотрел ошибки. Он сохранил мои ошибки. Он казался кем-то из бывшего Советского Союза. Он должен знать тему гораздо больше, чем я, но он все равно делал мои ошибки. Он также скопировал многие из моих записей в блоге.

Цей блогер Артур Янтурін з Росії скопіював мою команду блогу. Його запис був написаний у 2020 році, але мій був завантажений у 2014 році. Я також періодично оновлював свою. Я дивився помилки. Він зберігав мої помилки. Здавалося, він був хтось із колишнього Радянського Союзу. Він мав би знати цю тему набагато більше, ніж я, але він все одно зробив мої помилки. Він також скопіював багато багатьох записів у моєму блозі.

Ukraine World Cup 2006
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This is my selection of Ukraine's All-time 23 member team.  The team consisted players from both the former Soviet Union and independent Ukraine. If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament. 
The Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv serves as Ukraine's home ground. Since 1992, the team has been a full member of UEFA and FIFA.

During the Soviet Union era, Ukraine had a significant presence in the World Cup Finals. They sent 54 players, making them the second largest group after the Russians. However, the numbers alone don't reveal the true story. Ukrainians constituted the largest ethnic group in the last three World Cup teams before the Soviet Union's dissolution. In 1958, Ukrainians made up 18% of the Soviet World Cup team in Sweden. By 1982, Ukrainians had become the majority in their World Cup team. This trend continued until the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Ukrainians played a crucial role in the Soviet national team during the 1980s and were the backbone of the squad. Valeriy Lobanovskyi, who managed Dynamo Kyiv for nearly 17 seasons, played a pivotal role in Ukraine's football prominence. With Dynamo Kyiv, he guided them to victory in the 1975 and 1986 Cup Winners' Cup, marking the first major European trophy won by a Soviet club. With the national team, Lobanovskyi implemented a Soviet version of Total Football, emphasizing collective play. They became one of the most exciting teams at the 1986 World Cup and achieved second place at Euro 1988 two years later.

Following Ukraine's independence and separation from the Soviet Union, they played their inaugural match against Hungary on April 29, 1992. Ukraine successfully qualified for the 2006 World Cup Finals and reached the quarter-finals, showcasing their progress and achievement on the international stage.

The three Ukrainians who won the European Player of the Year award
Oleksandr Shovkovskiy was capped 92 times between 1994 and 2012.  He was the first-choice keeper for Ukraine at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the European Championship of  2012.  He won the penalty shootout against Switzerland in the round of 16.  He spent his entire career with Dynamo Kyiv. He had played for the club more than anyone in history.

Andriy Pyatov started with FC Vorskla Poltava in 2001.  He was bought by Shakhtar Donetsk from Vorskla in 2006, helping the club to win the 2008-2009 UEFA Cup.  He served their captain. For the national team, he has played over 100 times since 2007.  He was the backup keeper at the 2006 World Cup Finals.  He also went to the 2012, 2016 and 2020 European Championship.  

GK: Viktor Bannikov
Viktor Bannikov was the Soviet Keeper of the Year in 1964 and 1970.   In 1968 he made a record that never was broken in the Soviet football by goalkeeping for 1122 minutes without conceding a single goal.  He spent most of his career with Dynamo Kyiv.  Having a great career at the club level, his international record was kind of shaky.  He was Lev Yashin's backup during the WC Finals in 1966.   He never impressed in any of his national team games.

RB: Vladimir Bessonov
Vladimir Bezsonov's career began in 1976 with Dynamo Kyiv. Here he spent most of his career, except for a short one-season stint in Israeli club Maccabi Haifa FC between 1990 and 1991.  He won 79 caps and scored 4 goals for the Soviet Union from 1977 to 1990.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1982, 1986 and 1990. He was one of the best fullbacks in Soviet football history.  In 1979 Bezsonov played couple of games for Ukraine at the Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR.
Vladimir Bessonov
CB/RB: Oleh Luzhnyi 
Oleh Luzhnyi made his international debut for the USSR in 1989 before the collapse of the Soviet Union.  He played 59 times for Ukraine and captained them for 39 times.  He was a key defender during Dynamo Kyiv's run the Champions' League during the 1990's. Later, he moved to England, playing 4 seasons with Arsenal and single season Wolverhampton Wanders.

CB: Oleg Kuznetsov
Born in East Germany, Oleg Kuznetsov was capped by the USSR, the CIS and Ukraine.  He was a star defender for the Soviet Union in the late 1980's.  He helped them to reach the Final of the Euro 1988 before losing to Holland.  He also played in the World Cup Finals in 1986 and 1990, and then, for CIS in the European Championship of 1992.  He played mainly for Dynamo Kyiv.  He played for Rangers in Scot;and after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Oleg Kuznetsov
CB: Mykhaylo Fomenko
Mykhaylo Fomenko was capped 24 times by the Soviet Union.  He was a part of the team that finished second at the European Championship of 1972. He was voted into the Ukrainian Team of the Century in 2000.  He was a part of the great Dynamo Kyiv team of the 1970's.  He won the 1975 Cup Winners' Cup with Dynamo Kyiv and the UEFA Super Cup.

CB: Anatoliy Konkov
Anatoliy Konkov was best remembered for winning the 1974-75 Cup Winners' Cup with Dynamo Kyiv.  He also played for FC Shakhtar Donetsk before joining Dynamo Kyiv. He was capped 47 times for the Soviet Union.  With him, the Soviets came second at European Championship of 1972, and won an Olympic bronze medal in 1976.

SW: Sergei Baltacha
Sergei Baltacha won  the 1986 Cup Winners' Cup with Dynamo Kyiv.  He played in the 1982 for Soviet Union and then, on the runner-up team at Euro 1988. He won a bronze medal at the 1980 Olympics. In 1988, he moved to play in the West.  He played for Ipswich Town and St. Johnstone.  He was the first Soviet player to play in England.

LB: Anatoliy Demyanenko
Anatoliy Demyanenko was a longtime Dynamo Kyiv captain and a prolific left wingback for the Soviet Union.  At the international level, he played in three World Cup Finals(1982, 1986 and 1990) and reached the Final of Euro 1988. In 2000,  he was voted the 3rd best player in the Ukrainian 'Team of the Century" behind Andrei Shevchenko and Oleg Blokhin.  After the collapse of the USSR, he played briefly in Germany for an East German club and then, in Poland.
Anatoliy Demyanenko
LB: Yuriy Istomin
Yuriy Istomin had 34 caps for the Soviet Union between 1967 and 1972. He played for the Soviet Union at the Euro 1972 where they finished 2nd. He was also a member of the team that reached the semifinal of Euro 1968. He won a bronze medal in the 1972 Olympics. He was Ukrainian, but spent most of his career with CSKA Moscow.

Tymoshchuk is regarded as one of the greatest players in Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit Saint Petersburg.  With Shakhtar Donetsk, he played between 1998 and 2007. In 2008, he won the UEFA Cup as captain of Zenit Saint Petersburg. With Bayern Munich, he also won the Champions League in 2013.  He is the nation's all-time most capped player. He went to the World Cup in 2006 and their first European Championship in 2012. He won the Ukrainian Footballer of the Year on three occasions.

RW: Hennadiy Lytovchenko
Hennadiy Lytovchenko was the Soviet Player of the Year in 1984.  He was capped by the USSR for 58 times and by Ukraine for 4 times.  He was a star player at Euro 1988.  He also went to the World Cup Finals in 1986. and 1990. The highlights of his club career were played in Dynamo Kyiv where he played between 1987 and 1990.  Ge also played for FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Olympiacos F.C.  
Leonid Buryak was one of Dynamo Kyiv's greatest players.  He also played for Chornomorets Odesa and Torpedo Moscow. He was capped 49 times for the USSR. He won a bronze medal at the 1976 Olympics and went to the World Cup Finals in 1982.  In 1979, Buryak played couple of games for Ukraine at the Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR. He was born in Ukraine of Jewish ethnicity.

Zavarov was known for his club career with Dynamo Kyiv.  He later played for Juventus and Nancy in the West.  had 41 caps for the USSR, playing in the World Cup finals in 1986 and 1990. He also played in the Euro 1988 in which the USSR team were runners-up.  In 2000 he was included in the Ukrainian Team of The Century according to a poll by the Ukrainsky Futbol weekly.  

Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko was capped 36 for the USSR and 5 times for CIS. He was a part of the Soviet squad that finished second at European Championship in 1988.  He became the Soviet Player of the Year that year after the tournament as well as two Ukrainian Footballer of the Year awards in 1987 and 1988.  He was also capped twice by Ukraine.  He became one of the first Soviet player to play successfully aboard when he joined Sampdoria in 1990 and then, Rangers in the 1990's.
Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko
LW: Volodymyr Onyshchenko
Volodymyr Onyshchenko earned 44 caps for the USSR national football team, and participated in UEFA Euro 1972, where the Soviet Union finished second behind West Germany, and won two Olympic bronze medals. At the club level, he won the 1975 Cup Winners' Cup with Dynamo Kyiv, where he scored two goals in the Final.   He also played for FC Zorya Luhansk.

AM:  Andriy Biba
Andriy Biba first played for Ukrainian clubs Torpedo Lutsk (1985–88) and SKA Karpaty Lviv (1988) in Soviet lower football leagues.   He was considered one of the best players in Dynamo Kyiv's history, where he played under Victor Maslov. With the club, he won three Soviet Top League in the 1960's.  He was the Soviet Player of the Year in 1966.  He earned a single cap for the USSR in 1965 during a match against Brazil and Pele.

FW:  Valeriy Lobanovskyi
Valeriy Lobanovskyi was probably best remembered as the coach that put both Soviet Union and Ukraine on the map.  As a player, he was considered to be Dynamo Kyiv's greatest player.  He was most famous for his legendary ability to score from corner kicks.  He spent seven years with the club before finishing his career with brief spells at Chornomorets Odessa, and Shakhtar Donetsk. He was capped twice by USSR in the early 1960's. 

SS: Igor Belanov 
Igor Belanov made a name for himself at Dynamo Kyiv, winning five major titles and being named European Footballer of the Year in 1986.  He played for the Soviet Union at the World Cup Finals in 1986, where he was one of the star players of the tournament.  He also went to Euro 1988, where the Soviets reached the Final against Holland.  He is considered one of the greatest Ukrainian and the Soviet player in history.  He was included in the Times's list of the top 100 World Cup footballers of all time
Igor Belanov 
SS: Oleg Blokhin
Oleg Blokhin was probably the greatest outfielder in Soviet history. He was the European Player of the Year in 1975.  He holds the all-time top goalscorer record for both Dynamo Kyiv (266 goals) and the Soviet Union national team (42 goals), as well as being the overall top goalscorer in the history of the Soviet Top League (211 goals). He is also the only player to have been capped over 100 times for the Soviet Union and holds Dynamo's appearance record with 582 appearances during his 18 year spell at the club.
Oleg Blokhin
ST: Oleh Protasov
Oleh Protasov was named Soviet Footballer of the Year in 1987. He scored 125 goals in the Soviet Championship, making him the 8th best scorer of all-time of the Championship.  He played for the Soviet Union 68 times, including at the 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups, as well as Euro 88, where he scored two goals.  He played for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos Piraeus, Gamba Osaka, Veria FC, and finally Proodeftiki FC.

ST: Andrei Shevchenko 
Andrei Shevchenko is considered one of the greatest Ukrainian player in history.  He won the Ballon D'Or in 2004 and came 3rd on the World Player of the Year.  He started his career with Dynamo Kyiv. He was best remembered for his stint with AC Milan, winning the Champions' League in 2003.  At the international level, he won 111 caps and scored 48 goals for the Ukraine.  He led Ukraine to qualify for the World Cup Finals in 2006.
Andrei Shevchenko 

Honorable Mention
Serhiy Rebrov, Vladimir Pilguy, Vasily Turyanchik, Viktor Serebryanikov, Serhiy Rebrov, Andriy Vorobey, Andriy Yarmolenko, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Andriy Voronin, Ruslan Rotan, Oleh Husyev, Andriy Husin, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Volodymyr Troshkin, Vadym Sosnykhin, Vitali Holubiev, Leonid Ostrovsky, Volodymyr Onyschenko, Anatoli Byshovets, Vitali Khmelnytsky, Ivan Privalov Mykola Fomin, Vladimir Fomin, Konstantin Vasilyevich Fomin, Volodymyr Muntyan.

Squad Explanation
-- In January 2022, I made a review of the team.  This section was expanded.
-- I am including players from before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union. All the players from the Soviet Union era were selected through ethnicity. The players after the collapse of the Soviet Union were based upon the national team they chose. All players who had represented the Ukrainian national team are eligible for this team.  I decided to be more strict with ethnicity in this all-time team.  Ethnicity is a very sensitive topic. 
-- A few of the star players from Dynamo Kyiv during their glorious era were not of Ukrainian ethnicity.  I put them on their respective teams. Goalkeeper Yevhen Rudakov was an ethnic Russian born in Moscow who played for Dynamo Kyiv.  So I put him on the all-time Russian team.  He sometimes listed as Ukraine's greatest goalkeeper. Oleh Makarov was also Russian.  Both Yozhef Sabo and Vasyl Rats were Hungarian.  They would have made this team if I relaxed the ethnic issue.  Volodymyr Kaplychnyi and Leonid Buryak were Jewish (see below for Buryak).  I put them on the rest of the Soviet Union team, but they are also eligible for this team because the Jewish people can be interpreted as a religion rather than an ethnicity.  Their exclusion from my all-time Ukraine team therefore would be a prejudice against a religion.  Oleh Kuznetsov was born in East Germany, but he came from an Ukrainian military family stationed there.  Volodymyr Muntyan's father was Romanian, but his mother was Ukrainian.  I ruled him eligible.
Leonid Buryak
-- Ukraine produced three European Players of the Year (Ballon d'Or). They are Andriy Shevchenko (2004), Oleg Blokhin (1976) and  Igor Belanov (1986).  They were all selected onto the team.
-- Ukrainsky Football, a Ukrainian daily, conducted a national poll to determine a symbolic Ukrainian National Team of the 20th century. The results were as follows: Yevhen Rudakov, Oleh Luzhny, Mykhailo Fomenko, Vasyl Turianchyk, Anatoli Demianenko, Jozef Szabo, Yuri Voinov, Victor Kolotov, Andri Shevchenko, Ihor Belanov and Oleh Blokhin.  They also elected a Team B: Oleh Makarov, Volodymyr Troshkin, Vadym Sosnykhin, Vitali Holubiev, Leonid Ostrovsky, Volodymyr Muntian, Andri Biba, Olexandr Zavarov, Volodymyr Onyschenko, Anatoli Byshovets and Vitali Khmelnytsky.
-- Ukraine qualified for their first World Cup Finals as an independent country in 2006.  The team was coached by Oleg Blokhin.  They reached the quarter-final before losing to eventual champion Italy. Only four members from that team were selected:  Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, Andriy Pyatov, Andriy Shevchenko and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk.  They were also the only players who were never capped by the Soviet Union.  
-- Vladimir Bessonov, Anatoliy Demyanenko,  Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko, Oleg Blokhin and Igor Belanov were on my Soviet Union All-Time team.  Andrei Shevchenko would have made the team if I took players from after the Soviet Union.
-- Nineteen out of 23 players selected on this team had played for the Soviet Union.  Only nine players were capped by an independent Ukraine. They were Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, Andriy Pyatov, Andriy Shevchenko, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Oleh Kuznetsov, Oleh Luzhnyi, Hennadiy Lytovchenko, Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko and Oleh Protasov.  
-- The Soviet Union was very strong in the 1960's and 1970's featuring Russian players such as Igor Netto, Eduard Streltsov, Lev Yashin and Albert Shesternyov, but the Soviet team from the 1980's consisted mainly of Ukrainian players.  The 1986 World Cup team was very good.  The backbone of the team came from Ukraine. From that team, I selected 8 players: Oleg Blokhin, Igor Belanov, Vladimir Bessonov, Oleg Kuznetsov, Anatoliy Demyanenko, Hennadiy Lytovchenko, Oleksandr Zavarov and Oleh Protasov.  Sergei Baltacha played for the Soviet Union during that period, but he did not go to Mexico.
-- As mentioned above, Yevhen Rudakov was often listed as Ukraine's greatest goalkeeper.  However, he was an ethnic Russian who played for the Soviet Union.  Oleh Makarov was also born in Russia.  His surname was of Russian origin.  They were voted the first and second goalkeeper into Ukraine Team of the Century. So I selected two Ukrainians from the modern era. Oleksandr Shovkovskiy and Andriy Pyatov. Viktor Bannikov and Vladimir Pilguy were also highly-rated in the Soviet era, but Bannikov seemed to be more famous.
-- Vladimir Bessonov was one of the greatest fullbacks from the Soviet Union.  The second rightback was a hard decision between Oleh Luzhnyi and Volodymyr Troshkin.  Luzhnyi was more famous due to playing in Preimership with Arsenal.  Troshkin played in the Finals of Euro 1972.   In the end, I took Luzhnyi because he was the starting rightback on Ukraine Players of the Century.  Leftback Anatoliy Demyanenko was probably one of the greatest defenders from the Soviet Union.  Oleksandr Zinchenko might make this team one day.
--Viktor Onopko was an Ukrainian, but he opted to play for Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  So he was ineligible to represent Ukraine in football.  I took him out of consideration.
--Oleh Kuznetsov and Sergei Baltacha were two of the more famous central defenders from the Soviet era.  Mykhailo Fomenko was voted into Ukrainian Team of the Century.  The last spot went to Anatoliy Konkov from their Euro 1972 team. He made the Best 33 football players of the Soviet Union 9 times.
-- Vitaliy Holubyev was from Russia even through he was the Ukraine Player of the Year in 1952. Akhrik Tsveiba was born in Georgia. He chose to play for Ukraine and Russia, but not Georgia.  I rule him ineligible for Georgia, but his lone cap for Ukraine made him eligible for this team.  He made honourable mention.
-- CB/DM: Vasyl Turyanchyk often mentioned as one of Ukraine's greatest central defenders.  He was also one of the first ever holding midfielders in the world.   He was the Ukrainian Footballer of the Year: 1967, 1968.  However, he was uncapped for the Soviet Union. He only made the Best 33 football players of the Soviet Union 3 times.  So I only put him on honorable mention. 
-- Instead, I took defensive midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk. He is Ukraine's most capped player as well as the former captain of the national team.  His performance at the 2006 World Cup Finals spoke for itself.  I do believe that this World Cup team was under represented.  The World Cup in 2006 remained the greatest moment in Ukraine's football history.  Some people might think that Turyanchyk would have been a better choice.
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
-- Ivan Privalov from the 1920's was an early pioneer of the game.  He played 7 times for the Soviet Union all against Turkey in the 1920's.  He was a left midfielder.  I put him on honorable mention. I also discovered brothers Mykola, Vladimir and Konstantin Vasilyevich Fomin. I believed that they were midfielders in the 1920's and 1930's.
-- Andrei Kanchelskis was born in Ukraine of a Lithuanian father.  However, he chose to represent Russia in football.  I would have taken him if if he chose to play for Ukraine.  Instead, I took Hennadiy Lytovchenko who was the Soviet Player of the Year in 1984.
-- Midfielder Viktor Kolotov is of Russian ethnic from Kazan. He was voted into "World Soccer World XI" in 1976.  He played for Russian clubs before joining Dynamo Kyiv in 1971.  He made his debut for the Soviet national team before he went to Ukraine. In 1979, Kolotov played couple of games for Ukraine at the Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR, but I did not count that as a cap-tied to Ukraine. At this moment, I ruled him a Russian.  Yuriy Voinov was listed as one of the Best XI after the 1958 World Cup by Dr. Friedebert Becker.  In 1956, he played a couple of games for Ukraine at the Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR, but I did not count that as an international cap.  He was born in Moscow and was of Russian in origin. He played for Zenit St. Petersburg before he joined Dynamo Kyiv in 1956.  Yozhef Sabo and Vasyl Rats were not of Ukrainian origin.  
-- Yozhef Sabo was born in modern day Uzhhorod which was known as Ungvár when he was born.  The city was a part of Hungary until after the Second World War.  He stated that he did not learn the Ukrainian language until he joined Dynamo Kyiv.
-- However, I included Leonid Buryak. He is also on my former Soviet Union except Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia team because of his Jewish "ethnicity".  As mentioned above, I also included him on this All-Time Ukraine team because the Jewish people can be interpreted as a religion rather than an ethnicity.  His surname is of Ukrainian origin.  His exclusion from my all-time Ukraine team therefore would have been a prejudice against a religion.  
-- Both Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko and Oleksandr Zavarov were big name players.  Zavarov made headlines when he joined Juventus and became one of the first Soviet players to play in the West. Although his performance was not too good in Italy, I considered his transfer a milestone in Ukrainian football.
-- Valeriy Lobanovskyi was probably best remembered as the coach that put both Soviet Union and Ukraine on the map.  As a player, he was considered to be Dynamo Kyiv's greatest player. 
-- In 2011, Vitaly Starukhin, Oleg Blohin and Igor Belanov were named as "the legends of Ukrainian football" at the Victory of Football awards.  Blohin and Belanov were obvious selections for this team.  Vitaly Starukhin was an all-time great with FC Shakhtar Donetsk.  However, he was from Belarus. I left him out of this team.
-- Andrei Shevchenko was the most successful footballer from the former Soviet Union after its collapse.  I do not need to go into him. His strike partners  Andriy Voronin, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Serhiy Rebrov and Andriy Vorobey made honorable mention.  Vorobey was voted the 2nd best Ukrainian by a Ukrainian website I found.  to honorable mentions. Andriy Voronin has a Russian father, but he played for Ukraine. 
-- The critics often said that the Warsaw Pact "fixed" the 1975 Ballon d'Or.  At least, that was how I often heard. In actuality, there were 26 voters, from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East Germany, England, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, West Germany and Yugoslavia.  Only eight voters came from there,  According to rsssf, Blokhin received 20 first place votes and 5 second place. The last remaining voter put him as 4th.  Franz Beckenbauer who finished second received 4 first place votes, 2 second and 3 third place votes.
-- Igor Belanov's Ballon d'or award was more of a shocker.  He scored 4 goals at the 1986 World Cup Finals. One of them remained a highlight for many generations to come. He also won  Cup-Winners Cup that year with Dynamo Kyiv.  Gary Lineker was the top scorer in the same World Cup as well as the top scorer at the English league, but he was trophy-less that year.
-- Oleh Protasov is the second all-time leading scorer for the Soviet Union with 29 goals. 
-- Oleg Salenko was born to a Ukrainian father and a Russian mother in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.  He was capped once by Ukraine, but he played 9 times for Russia.  His lone cap for Ukraine made him eligible for this team, but I felt that he was more of a one match wonder. Besides, that match was a World Cup match for Russia, not Ukraine. I did not give him any credit for a World Cup hero. He did not make honorable mention.

Starting lineup
Formation I: 4-1-3-2
I based this lineup on the 4-3-2 formation used by Valeriy Lobanovskyi on at the 1986 Cup-Winners' Cup Final.  In order to bring Shenvchenko to the team, I pushed Blokhin to the midfield on the left.

Formation II: 4-3-3
Ideally, I want to play a dream forward line of Blokhin-Shevchenko-Belanov. I used Anatoliy Tymoshchuk to protect the midfield.


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