Football in the Ukraine
Football is the most popular sport in Ukraine, a country vying with Russia for the honour of being the best team to have emerged from the former Soviet Union. The association can look back on a string of successes. The flag bearer of Ukrainian football, Dynamo Kiev, won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1975 and 1986 while the national futsal team claimed the silver medal at the UEFA Futsal Championship in 2003. Oleg Blochin is the most-famous Ukrainian player of recent times. He was part of the Dynamo Kiev team that won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1975 and was also named as European Player of the Year in the same year. He scored 211 goals in 432 games. The highlight of his coaching career so far has been to help Ukraine to their first ever World Cup final competition, which they will be contesting in Germany 2006. Today's star is Andriy Shevchenko, who plays for AC Milan, with whom he won the UEFA Champions League in 2003. Valeri Lobanovski was the coach of the Soviet Union and Ukraine. He also led Dynamo Kiev to their European Cup Winners' Cup triumphs in 1975 and 1986. An international football tournament, held in Kiev, has been held in his honour ever since his death in 2002 (Lobanovski Memorial International Tournament).
Second Goal project
One of the Football Federation of Ukraine's main long-term objectives is to improve the working conditions of its staff and upgrade its communications infrastructure. On 15 March 2006, the Goal Bureau approved a proposed project to address these very issues. Therefore, new headquarters have been built with up-to-date technical facilities, meeting rooms and suitable offices for the staff and management, thus allowing the entire administration to make an important step forward.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Association headquarters in Kiev
Project approved on
15 March 2006
Opened on 29 November 2006
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000