Fomenko to lead Ukraine

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Fomenko will finish the job and take Ukraine to Euro 2016
Mykhaylo Fomenko today has been confirmed as Ukraine’s manager for Euro 2016.  Fomenko’s contract expired on November 30th, following Ukraine’s Play-Off victory against Slovenia and there had been speculation that Fomenko may be replaced.  Today however, the FFU unanimously agreed that Fomenko was the man to guide Ukraine forward.

The ambition have been set high by Fomenko saying his aim is to win Euro 2016.  Fomenko’s contract will run until the end of tournament and then there will be further discussions as to the role of head coach.  The back room staff have not been confirmed but there are expected to be changes and new faces involve. with rumours of Andriy Shevchenko being handed a role persisting.

Also at the FFU meeting, Oleksandr Holovko was confirmed as U21 manager, Oleh Kuznetsov as U19 manager, Oleksandr Petrakov as U17/18 and Serhiy Popov as U16/17 coach.

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We anticipate Fomenko’s squad
As something of a competition, we have decided to take our own stab as manager of Ukraine.  We have all named our own 23 man Ukraine squads, to take to the Euro’s.  One point for each player named in our squads who gets on the plane to France.

It is a gamble at this early stage, players could pick up injuries, drastically lose form.  A young gem could creep out of the woodwork and become a must pick.  A striker who goes on a great scoring run, its a tough call six months out from the tournament, but one we have all made.

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Despite the inexperience, Petro has Andriy Pylyavskyi in his squad
Petro’s 23 man squad

Goalkeepers – Andriy Pyatov, Denys Boyko, Mykyta Shevchenko

Defenders – Vyacheslav Shevchuk, Artem Fedetskyi, Oleksandr Kucher, Yaroslav Rakitskyi, Yevhen Khacheridi, Andriy Pylyavskyi

Midfield – Anatoliy Tymoschuk, Taras Stepanenko, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Denys Garmash, Serhiy Rybalka, Ruslan Rotan, Viktor Kovalenko, Oleh Husyev, Yevhen Konoplyank, Andriy Yarmolenko

Attack – Yevhen Seleznyov, Artem Kravets, Roman Zozulya, Pylyp Budkivskyi

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Evhen eye’s Mykyta Kamenyuka as ideal cover
Evhen’s 23 man squad

Goalkeepers – Andriy Pyatov, Denys Boyko, Mykyta Shevchenko

Defenders – Yaroslav Rakitskyi, Yevhen Khacheridi, Oleksandr Kucher,  Artem Fedetskyi, Vyacheslav Shevchuk, Mykyta Kamenyuk

Midfield – Anatoliy Tymoschuk, Oleh Husyev, Taras Stepanenko, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Ruslan Rotan, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Andriy Yarmolenko, Denys Garmash, Serhiy Rybalka, Viktor Kovalenko

Attack – Roman Zozulya, Artem Kravets, Yevhen Selezyov, Pylyp Budkivskyi

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Despite missing out on Euro 2012 due to a drugs ban, Dre is tipping Rybka for a surprise return
Dre’s 23 man squad

Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov, Denys Boyko, Oleksandr Rybka

Defenders: Vyacheslav Shevchuk, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Oleksandr Kucher, Yevhen Khacheridi, Artem Fedetskiy, Mykyta Kamenyuka, Mykola Morozyuk.
Midfield: Andriy Yarmolenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Ruslan Rotan, Taras Stepanenko, Denys Garmash, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Serhiy Rybalka, Anatoliy Tymoschuk, Oleh Husyev, Ruslan Malinovskyi
Attack – Roman Zozulya, Yevhen Seleznyov, Artem Kravets

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Styopa is tipping Oleksandr Karavaev to continue his fine form and get into Fomenko’s squad.
Styopa’s 23 man squad

Goalkeepers – Andriy Pyatov, Denys Boyko, Mykyta Shevchenko

Defenders – Vyacheslav Shevchuk, Oleksandr Kucher, Artem Fedetskyi, Yaroslav Rakitskyi, Yevhen Khacheridi

Midfield – Ruslan Rotan, Andriy Yarmolenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Anatolity Tymoschuk, Taras Stepanenko, Denys Garmash, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Serhiy Rybalka, Oleksandr Karavaev, Viktor Kovalenko, Oleh Husyev

Attack – Roman Zozulya, Yevhen Seleznyov, Artem Kravets, Pylyp Budkivskyi

Let us know who you think will be in Ukraine’s squad for Euro 2016!

Article by Petro Chymera, Vice-President of the UK Ukrainian Sports Supporters Club and Co-founder of the Viktor Leonenko Hall of Fame.  Follow Petro on twitter – @PMChymera89 & @DonetskWay2012

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