Ukraine

A relatively weak team, Ukraine will have to work hard to stay back in the tournament. The squad will mostly rely on the great AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko, former European player of the year, to help them reach their highest World ranking.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 19:17 IST
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FIFA world ranking 41
Coach Oleg Blokhin
Group G Spain, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia
Previous appearances 7 times
Key player Andriy Shevchenko
Odds 66/1

It would have been atragedy had Andriy Shevchenkofailed to take part in a World Cup. The great AC Milan striker and former European Player of the Year can nowshow his predatory skills for his country at the biggest stage.

Ever since parting their ways with Soviet Union, Ukraine have failed twice to qualify for the World Cup.

But in their third attempt, they avoided the play-offs by toping the group with impressive wins over 2004 Euro champions Greece and 2002 World Cup semifinalists Turkey.

Placed in Group H with Spain, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, it's quite likely that Ukraine would move to the second round. And then, with the great Shevchenko upfront, anything can happen.

COMPLETE SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Oleksandr Shovkovskyi, Bogdan Shust, Andriy Pyatov

Defenders: Andriy Nesmachnyi, Sergiy Fedorov, Volodymyr Yezersky, Andriy Rusol, Dmytro Chygrynskyy, Vladyslav Vashchuk, Vycheslav Sviderskyy

Midfielders: Anatolii Tymoschuk, Oleg Shelayev, Oleg Gusiev, Sergei Rebrov, Andriy Gusin, Sergiy Nazarenko, Maksym Kalynychenko, Ruslan Rotan

Forwards: Andriy Shevchenko, Andriy Voronin, Andriy Vorobyey, Oleksiy Belik, Artem Milevskyi.

First Published: May 25, 2006 19:17 IST