Euro 2012 team guide: Group D – Ukraine

Everything you need to know about Group D competitors Ukraine

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COACH: Oleg Blokhin

WORLD RANKING: 50 

QUALIFIED: As hosts

BEST EURO FINISH: Never qualified before

FORMATION: 4-2-1-3

PLAYING STYLE: Counter-attack

STRONGEST LINE-UP: Pyatov; Butko, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Selin; Tymoshchuk, Harmash; Shevchenko; Gusev, Milevskiy, Yarmolenko

STRENGTHS: As joint hosts they’ll be backed by a vocal, passionate support at every game – that’s worth a one goal advantage.

WEAKNESSES: Because they qualified as hosts, they’ve played no competitive football for two years – so they’ve not been tested.

STAR PLAYER:

Anatoliy Tymoshchuk

Position: Midfielder

Age: 33

Club: Bayern Munich

A cool and experienced head in the heart of the Ukraine midfield, who keeps things simple.

THE CAPTAIN:

Andriy Shevchenko

He may have struggled at Chelsea, but Sheva is one of Europe’s best strikers of the past 20 years. He’s scored 46 goals in 105 games for his country.

UKRAINE FACTS:

Capital: Kiev
Population: 45.8 million
Official language: Ukrainian
Best ever player: Andriy Shevchenko

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