Team profile: Ukraine

After navigating their way through a tricky qualifying group, this World Cup Finals debutant has reason to be optimistic. They also have what every country would want, the goal scoring predator Andriy Shevchenko.

    FIFA Ranking: 45

    Coach: Oleh Blokhin

    Key players: Andriy Shevchenko, Andriy Voronin, Anatoliy Tymoschuk

    World Cup record: First appearance

    Qualifying route: Won European Group 2

    Key question: Shevchenko’s goals have powered AC Milan into a final, can they do the same for the debutant?

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers #
    Oleksander Shovkovskiy 1
    Andriy Pyatov 12
    Bogdan Shust 23
    Defenders
    Andriy Nesmachniy 2
    Oleksandr Iatsenko 3
    Vladimir Yezerskiy 5
    Andriy Rusol 6
    Dmytro Chigrynskiy 13
    Vladislav Vashchuk 17
    Vyacheslav Sviderskiy 22
    Midfielders
    Anatoliy Tymoschuk 4
    Oleg Shelayev 8
    Oleg Gusev 9
    Serhiy Rebrov 11
    Andriy Gusin 14
    Serhiy Nazarenko 18
    Maksim Kalinichenko 19
    Ruslan Rotan 21
    Forwards
    Andriy Shevchenko 7
    Andriy Voronin 10
    Artem Milevskiy 15
    Andriy Vorobey 16
    Oleksiy Byelik 20

    Group matches:

    v Spain, 13:00 GMT, Wednesday 14th June - Leipzig

    v Saudi Arabia, 16:00 GMT, Monday 19th June - Hamburg

    v Tunisia, 14:00 GMT, Friday 23rd June - Berlin

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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