Ukraine holds second place in group of World Cup qualifiers

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Ukraine tied with Kazakhstan 1-1 on March 31 in a 2022 World Cup Group D qualifier in Kyiv. Roman Yaremchuk opened the scoring for Ukraine in the 20th minute, but Serikzhan Muzhikov equalized in the 59th minute. Ukraine tied 1-1 with Finland (third place, 2 points) on March 28 in Kyiv. Junior Moraes scored for Ukraine in the 80th minute, but Teemu Pukki leveled the score for the Finns in the 89th minute with a penalty kick.

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Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk advance
Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk advanced to the Round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League after winning their respective matches in the Round of 32.

Online gala “Rekindle the Magic of Soyuzivka” raises over $200k

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – A virtual winter gala, “Rekindle the Magic of Soyuzivka” that was hosted online on January 16 by the Ukrainian National Foundation, an affiliated company of the Ukrainian National Association, raised more than $200,000 to benefit the Soyuzivka Heritage Center in Kerhonkson, N.Y. The gala was organized with the aim of raising funds for the continued operation of Soyuzivka, which has faced significant financial hurdles as a result of ongoing pandemic restrictions. Those restrictions have temporarily shuttered the center’s camps, festivals and other in-person events.

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Kovalenko signs multi-year deal with Atalanta
Atalanta FC (Bergamo, Italy) announced on February 1 the transfer of FC Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Viktor Kovalenko, and Shakhtar also confirmed that the 24-year-old footballer (he turns 25 on February 14) will continue his career in Italy, but the clubs did not disclose the details of the agreement. According to the Transfermarkt website, the transfer amount was 700,000 euros, contracted for four years and six months until June 30, 2025. Kovalenko, a graduate of the FC Shakhtar Academy, made his debut in the premier team in the 2014-2015 season. He played 200 official matches for the club in all tournaments and scored 32 goals. As part of Shakhtar, he won 10 trophies: he won the Ukrainian league and cup four times, and the Ukrainian Super Cup twice.

Ukrainians contend for best save in UEFA Champions League

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Dynamo Kyiv’s Ruslan Neshcheret, 19, and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Anatoliy Trubin, 19, are among eight contenders for the title of best save in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (UCL). An online vote is being hosted on Instagram (www.instagram.com/championsleague), where viewers can vote for their favorite goalkeeper of the UCL group stage. The direct website link for the vote is: www.instagram.com/p/CJnv4DxDVUx/.

Ukraine wins 51 medals at European Games in Minsk

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Ukraine – represented by 197 athletes – finished in third place on the medals table (16 gold, 17 silver and 18 bronze, for a total of 51 total) at the 2019 European Games in Minsk on June 21-30. The games – the second iteration, as the first were held in 2015 in Baku – attracted 43 National Olympic Committee member countries that sent some 3,667 athletes that were featured in 200 events in 15 sports (archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, beach soccer, boxing, canoe, cycling, gymnastics, judo, karate, sambo, shooting, table tennis and wrestling). Ten of the sports offered qualification opportunities for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

3-1 victory at U-20 World Cup final caps Ukraine’s historic performance

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Ukraine’s under-20 men’s team put on a showcase final with its 3-1 come-from-behind win against South Korea on June 15 at Lodz Stadium in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland. South Korea drew first blood with a penalty kick in the fifth minute by Lee Kang-in. Through modern Video Assistant Referee technology, the play that triggered the penalty was reviewed and showed that captain Hwang Taehyeon was tripped on the inside right edge of the penalty area. Ukraine dominated the scoring for the remainder of the match with a brace of goals by Vladyslav Supriaha in the 34th and 52nd minutes. (He is among few players to score multiple goals in a U-20 World Cup final, including Oscar’s hat-trick in 2011 for Brazil.) Supriaha’s equalizer came off Serhiy Buletsa’s free kick returned by South Korea, when Supriaha captured a loose ball and fired it into the goal from eight yards.

Ukraine set for U-20 World Cup final against South Korea

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Serhiy Buletsa’s shot in the 65th minute was the lone goal that sealed Ukraine’s 1-0 win against Italy on June 11 in the semifinal of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Gdynia, Poland. With the win, Ukraine advanced to the final against South Korea on June 15 in Lodz.