Tag: Ukraine

Damp Squibs, Live Squibs & Strictly Come Dancing

Live only on the internet with the fact that highlights were being shown being announced by Bruce Forsyth in the middle of “Strictly Come Dancing”, Ukraine vs England was a bit of a strange match from well before the kick-off, and it didn’t get much less strange once the match kicked off.

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Pay Through The Nose Per View

When Ukraine play England in the World Cup qualifiers, will anybody be watching? With it costing up to £11.99 and the match being largely meaningless for England it seems unlikely, particularly when there are plenty of alternatives for the discerning football fan, both live and on the television.

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Football On The Internet… But Nowhere Else?

The World Cup qualifier between Ukraine and England is going to be broadcast, but it seems likely that it will only be available over the internet, and to those with a reasonably fast broadband speed. Is this the best way forward for football broadcasting?

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Match Of The Week: England 2-1 Ukraine

A bullet dodged and a banana skin avoided, then. England took a big step towards qualifying for the finals of the 2010 World Cup last night, but their performance raised as many questions as it answered, and Ukraine will fly home feeling a little hard done by at a final score that didn’t fully reflect their contribution towards proceedings. England, not a team to do anything the easy way where the hard way is an available as an option, made very hard work of winning this match, and the manner in which their shape started to slowly crumble as the second half substitutions took place asks serious questions of the strength in depth of the squad. Also, the temperament of Wayne Rooney is back under the spotlight after a series of reckless tackles, any of which might have earnt him a red card on a different day and under a different referee. On Saturday, observers wouldn’t have learnt much from a 4-0 win against a lethargic looking Slovakia team apart from that the new England kit looks strangely not quite right on a football team – depending on the angle being used by the cameras they variously looked like tennis players or a cricket team, but seldom like a football team – and that their lack of strength in depth remains a handicap. Peter Crouch had been called into...

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Forza!

Italy 3-0 Ukraine In the midst of three closely match quarter-finals, this one always seemed likely to be the one that was slightly more lop-sided than the rest. Ukraine, with the best will in the world, had looked rather like Shevchenko plus ten, and that’s not enough to beat a team like Italy. From the kick-off, the Ukrainians came out fighting (a welcome relief after their anodyne performance against Switzerland – they were spared widespread criticism only because the Swiss were even worse), but it all started going wrong for them on six minutes, when Shovkovskiy appeared to mis-judge Zambrotta’s shot for the opening goal. First viewing seemed to indicate that he’d got a hand on the shot but not enough of one to turn the ball around the post. The replay showed that the ball appeared to have gone through his arms. For the remainder of the first half, the Ukrainians slipped into a torpor, and were seeming to playing a damage-limitation exercise. It was a shame to see Shevchenko cutting such an isolated figure up front, his team-mates seemingly unable or unwilling to supply the balls that he needed to make his fullest contribution. At half-time in the BBC studio, Martin O’Neill raged at them, calling on Oleg Blokhin to make tactical changes and for his team to have a bit more of a go at them...

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