On Friday, March 22, the Ukrainian national team at 21:45 at the stadium “Da Luz” in Lisbon will play starting the qualifying match of Euro 2020 against the current European champion national teams of Portugal, except where the group also play teams from Serbia, Lithuania and Luxembourg)
Portugal continues to prepare for the matches with Ukraine and Serbia (25 March in Lisbon). On Tuesday, March 19 (a day later than the others), the partners in the team was joined by Cristiano Ronaldo, who the coaches of Juventus was given rest in the match of Serie A against Genoa (and Juventus lost with a score 2:0).
The Return Of Cristiano Ronaldo
The head coach of the reigning Champions of Europe Fernando Santos was summoned to the camp of the team to prepare for matches with Ukraine and Serbia (25 March in Lisbon) 25 players.
The Portugal team is: goalkeepers — Beta (“Gestapo”, Turkey), Jose Sa (Olympiakos, Greece), Rui patrício (“Wolverhampton”, England); defenders — Joao Cancelo (Juventus, Italy), Nelson Semed (Barcelona, Spain), Jose Fonte (Lille, France), Pepe (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica), Rui Mario (Napoli, Italy), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia D., Germany); Midfielders — Daniel Pereira (Porto), Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho (both “Wolverhampton”), William Carvalho (real Betis, Spain), Bruno Fernandes (sporting), Joao Mario (inter, Italy), Pizzi (Benfica); forwards — Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, Italy), Bernardo Silva (Manchester city, England), joão Feliz, Rafa Silva (both from Benfica), Andre Silva (Sevilla, Spain), Diogo Jota (“Wolverhampton”, England), Diego Souza (Braga), gonçalo Guedes (Valencia, Spain).
The match Portugal — Ukraine UEFA has entrusted to judge the team from France, headed by 36-year-old Clement Turpinam, who will assist on the lines of The Nicolas and Cyrille Gringore (reserve referee Benoit Mello).
Clement Stavrev, working at matches under the auspices of FIFA since 2010, had not crossed paths with our teams, including the stadium “Da Luz” in Lisbon: Germany (U21) — Ukraine (U21) — 2:1 in 2010, Moldova — Ukraine — 0:0 in 2012, Thun — Dynamo — 0:2 in 2013 (at 16-minutes, the Frenchman sent off FC Dynamo Kyiv Dieumerci Mbokani), Ukraine — Iceland — 1:1 in 2016 (83 minutes Konoplyanka missed a penalty), Benfica — Dynamo — 1:0 in 2016 and Ajax — Dynamo — 3:1 in 2018.
Junior Moraes arrived in the team of Ukraine
31-year-old Brazilian striker Shakhtar Donetsk Junior Moraes, received the Ukrainian passport, responded to the challenge of Andriy Shevchenko became the football team of Ukraine.
The striker has arrived in camp with the team on Tuesday evening, March 19, the striker spent in the “yellow-blue” the first training session.
The training of the national team of Ukraine on NSC “Olympic”
Monday, March 18, our national team gathered in Kiev, stay at the Hilton. In the evening wards of Andrey Shevchenko held an open training session for fans at the “Olympic” before that, giving everyone autographs and taking some photos.
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— FFU/FFU (@FFUKRAINE) March 19, 2019
Day in history
In its history, which since 1992 has 255 matches, the national team of Ukraine held on March 22, only one match, but very good. On this day in 2013 the team Mykhailo Fomenko at the stadium “Narodowy” in Warsaw in the qualifiers for the 2014 world Cup defeated the team of Poland — 1:3 (Yarmolenko, Gusev, Zozulya).
Of those who called into the camp of “yellow-blue” this time, in the Warsaw match was attended by Andriy Pyatov, Taras Stepanenko and Roman Bezus.
The head coach of the national team of Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko was summoned to the national team for the qualifying matches of Euro 2020, with Portugal and Luxembourg (25 March in Luxembourg city) 26 players.
For the first time since September of 2017 to the national team invited the midfielder to the Belgian “Ghent” Roman Bezus, and the reserve list appeared the name of the forward of the Spanish “Albacete” Roman Zozulya.
The national team of Ukraine: goalkeepers — Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar), Denis Boyko (“Dynamo”), Andrey Lunin (“Valencia”, Spain); defenders — Sergey Krivtsov, Bogdan Butko, Mykola Matviyenko (Shakhtar), Mykyta Burda, Artem Shabanov, Vitaly, mykolenko (“Dynamo”), Alexander Karavayev (Zorya), Eduard Sobol (Jablonec, Czech Republic); Midfielders — Samir Nasri (Schalke, Germany), Taras Stepanenko, Rakitskiy, Viktor Kovalenko and Serhiy Bolbat (Shakhtar Donetsk), Serhiy sydorchuk, Victor Tsygankov, Vitaliy buialskyi, Nikolay Shaparenko, Vladimir Shepelev (“Dynamo”), Alexander Zinchenko (Manchester city, England), Ruslan Malinovskiy (Genk, Belgium), Roman Bezus (Gent, Belgium); forwards — Roman Yaremchuk (Gent, Belgium), Artem Kravets (Kayserispor, Turkey).
In the reserve list of the team got defender Igor Plastun (Gent, Belgium), midfielder Ivan Petryak (“Budapest”, Hungary) and forward Roman Zozulia (Albacete, Spain).
The composition of the Portuguese is more expensive by almost six times
Authoritative portal transfermarkt. de estimates the total cost of the Portuguese team almost six times more expensive than the wards of Andrey Shevchenko (661 million euros against 114,65 million).
The most expensive players of the Portuguese team is Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, € 100 million), Bernardo Silva (Manchester city, 80 million), Joao Cancelo (Juventus, 55 million), Ruben Neves (“Wolverhampton”, 40 million) and Nelson Semed (Barcelona, 40 million).
As for the national team of Ukraine, more than all in the team are Shevchenko Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester city, 15 million euros), Marlos (Shakhtar 11 million), Victor Tsygankov (“Dynamo”, 10 million), Yevhen Konoplyanka (Schalke 10 million), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar 10 million) and Ruslan Malinovskiy (Genk, 10 million).
Playmaker “West ham” Andriy Yarmolenko is estimated at 20 million euros.
Stadium “Da Luz”
Home arena Lisbon Benfica “estádio da Luz” (translated from Portuguese “Stadium of light”) was built on the site of the old arena could seat from 78 000 to 120 000 spectators.
In 2002, the stadium was completely dismantled, and in its place built the arena, which is able to take on their stands 65 647 fans and ranks among the 25 most capacious stadiums in Europe.
On “Da Luz”, which yours truly happened to be three times passed matches of the championship of Europe 2004, including the final between Portugal and Greece (0:1), as well as the final match of Champions League 2014
By the way, the winning streak of the Portuguese national team at the “Da Luz” has eight matches. After team 2 Jun 2012 in a friendly match lost to the Turks (1:3), the Portuguese won all their matches with a total score of 20:1, Russia — 1:0, from Sweden — 1:0, Serbia — 2:1, Estonia 7:0, from Hungary with 3:0 Switzerland — 2:0 Algeria — 3:0 and Italy 1:0.
At the same time on another stage of the Lisbon “Jose Alvalade” stadium (sporting) Portugal national team can not win four matches in a row.
Ukraine vs Portugal
The history of confrontation between the rivals has only two matches, held in 1996 in the qualifiers for the 1998 world Cup. October 5 national team of Ukraine in Kiev thanks to goals from Serhiy Popov and Yury Maximov on the 88th minute to snatch victory from eminent opponent — 2:1, and 9 November, the Portuguese took revenge in Porto — 1:0.
Portugal occupies in the FIFA ranking sixth position, behind only England, Croatia, Brazil, France and Belgium leading. The team of Ukraine — on the 30th position.
The weather on the day of the match
On Friday, March 22, weather forecasters promise in the capital of Portugal good weather — a cloudless sky and 11-21 degrees Celsius.
The National Team Of Ukraine
The players of the national team of Ukraine began preparation for the start of the qualifying tournament of Euro-2020.
Yesterday the players held in Kiev on NSK “Olympic” training session. And already on March 22 in Lisbon will be the first match of group b, in which the players of the Ukrainian team will play against the Champions of Europe the national team of Portugal. For the Portuguese fielded Cristiano Ronaldo, against which already came up with a plan Andriy Shevchenko.
The Ukrainian players had a training session at the Olympic stadium, and then took part in an autograph session and a photo with the fans.
Midfielder of the English Manchester city Oleksandr Zinchenko pleased young fan from Kazakhstan Turganbekov Ali, who has no legs. Ali loves soccer and play together with the famous footballer was his dream come true in Kiev!
Also with the Kazakhstan fan who received the gift of the ball poster photographed by Andriy Shevchenko!
Before the start of the national team of Ukraine for UEFA Euro 2020 head coach of “yellow-blue” Andrey Shevchenko gave press-conference in Kiev and answered the journalists ‘ questions. Ukrainian coach spoke about the leader of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Against the best players in the world strategy is hard to find. We must work as a team. Should be a team game. There are slight variations to this game. Portugal is a great team. We will look for different strategies to take Ronaldo away from the goal.
Ronaldo in the match against Atletico showed that the age – it is not a hindrance. He’s skilled in the field: an excellent free-kick, he has a scoring instinct,” said Andrey.
Ukrainian team will meet with Portugal on March 22 and Luxembourg on March 25.
As previously reported Znayu Junior Moraes joined the national team of Ukraine.