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Post: Ukraine before the World Cup playoffs: some normality


With the preparations for the World Cup playoff and the Nations League, daily life returns to the Ukraine national football team. The coach also relies on the professionals from Dynamo Kiev.

On the evening of May 1, after more than two months of state of emergency, there will be a little bit of normalcy for the Ukraine national team, a bit of daily football life in times of war at home. The national team will then meet at the training center northwest of Ljbubljana in Brdo, Slovenia, to prepare for the World Cup playoff and the Nations League. The training camp was jointly organized by Slovenia UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.

World Cup Playoff and Nations League

Coach Oleksandr Petrakow’s team then has a month to prepare for the World Cup qualifiers and the Nations League games. Ukraine will face Scotland in the World Cup play-off semi-finals in Glasgow on 1 June, and the winners will play Wales on 5 June for Europe’s final ticket to the World Cup in Qatar.

The Ukrainian League of Nations home games will be played on 11 and 14 June against Armenia and Ireland, and will be played in Poland, where the Ukrainians will have a large number of fans.

The national team is still looking for sparring partners in preparation – after all, some players have not been able to train in Ukraine since Russia’s war of aggression.

Kyiv coach: “Like in a horror movie, but very real”

They heard from Viktor Skripnik, the former coach of Werder Bremen and current coach of Zorya Luhansk, that they took the players and got together.

In an interview with FAZ, before the Ukraine record champions benefit match in Borussia Dortmund (live in ZDF from 17:40 today), Mircea Lucescu, coach of Dynamo Kiev, about the “brutal nights” where the whole team gathered after the start of the war gave information. education Center.

There was panic everywhere, bombs could be heard and sirens sounded constantly. It looked like it was straight out of a horror movie but unfortunately it’s too real.

Mircea Lucescu, coach Dynano Kyiv vs FAZ

Dynamo and Shakhtar help games

Dynamo Kyiv and Ukraine’s second biggest club Shakhtar Donetsk are currently on tour in Europe. Players in the best clubs are safe abroad, they get training for matches and training, and they collect donations for their country from their income.

Source: ZDF

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