FIFA: Ukraine full of confidence and anticipation

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Apr. 06, 2012 07:46
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Ukraine's fans have been avidly following their country's improvement via the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
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"The main aim of the team is to win the EURO 2012." This bold statement was made some ten months again by Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin in an exclusive interview with And it does seem that the co-hosts are peaking at just the right time ahead of the tournament which gets under way on 8 June.
The team from the largest country solely in Europe is currently on a six-month unbeaten run, having defeated Bulgaria (3-0), Estonia (2-0) and Austria (2-1) in recent friendlies and earned an impressive 3-3 draw against three-time FIFA World Cup™ winners Germany. Spearheaded by the country's most-capped player, Anatoliy Tymoschuk of Bayern Munich, Ukraine look as if they fully deserve their place at Europe's top table.

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