The war with Russia has greatly affected the schedule and the morale of the players, as their relatives and families are currently trying to resist Russia.
The dispute with Ukraine has made Russia lose the opportunity to participate in the biggest tournament on the planet. FIFA has banned Russia from participating in the 2022 World Cup. Last season 2017-2018, Russia competed with Poland. However, Russia did not participate, so FIFA set a way for Poland to continue to the next round as Poland qualified for the World Cup after beating Sweden.
Can UKraine participate in the 2022 World Cup?
Ukraine won 2nd place on the rankings at the French World Cup, this is the reason Ukraine has a ticket to the World Cup. The schedule of the first match with Scotland was scheduled to be on March 24, 2022, but was forced to postpone because the battle with Russia entered a tense period.
On June 1, 2022, at Glasgow Stadium, Ukraine showed the spirit of strength to defeat Scotland 3-1, moving on to the next match with Wales on June 5, 2022.
Ukraine won a knockout ticket with Wales to see which team the only ticket would go. Hope is high in the hearts of all Ukraine fans, the players hope to get a ticket to attend the 2022 World Cup to cheer the spirit of their homeland facing a war with Russia.
The belief was so great that disappointment followed a lot, Ukraine’s dream collapsed when captain Andriy Yarmolenko scored an own goal to the surprise of all the fans watching the match. All efforts became meaningless when the whistle ended the match with a score of 1-0 in favor of Wales.
Ukraine fans were disappointed when their team did not win a ticket to continue to participate in the World Cup. In contrast to Ukraine, Wales celebrates victory when getting a ticket to continue to participate in the 2022 World Cup after 64 years of waiting.
Schedule of the next matches of Ukraine
Ending all efforts to get a ticket to the 2022 World Cup, Ukraine switched to playing for the UEFA Nations League. The schedule of 6 matches has been arranged and hopefully Ukraine can get something to cheer up the fans at home.
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Ukraine’s squad for the World Cup 2022
Entering the season with a squad of 26 players. Ukraine prepared 2 months in advance in Slovenia to be able to attend the 2022 World Cup.
The most difficult thing is to assemble the team when most of the players living in Ukraine are facing the war and 10 other teammates are playing abroad. Some players are participating in the 2021-2022 European season:
⧫ In the English Premier League:
- Andriy Yarmolenko plays for West Ham
- Oleksandr Zinchenko plays for Manchester City
- Vitaliy Mykolenko plays at Everton
⧫ In the Serie A there are Ruslan Malinovskyi and Viktor Kovalenko
After the regrettable defeat to Wales, many Ukrainian players apologized to the fans and shared their thoughts to their homeland Ukraine.
Oleksandr Zinchenko cried while interviewing with the media, he clearly expressed his regret at not being able to accompany his relatives and Ukrainian people to fight. Now that the Premier League is over he will do everything for his country.
Shakhtar defender Viktor Kornienko signed up to join the Ukrainian army to fight the invasion of the mighty Russian army. It is not known if he received prior training, but his name appeared on the list of the armed forces of Ukraine this June.
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