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).
The first Goal Project
In late 2003, the Goal Bureau approved the laying of an artificial turf pitch at the Olympic stadium in Kiev. After various formalities prevented the project from going ahead, alternative plans were made for a technical centre in Gorenyi, just outside of Kiev. Since receiving approval from the Goal Bureau, construction of the new project has commenced. The centre will improve training facilities, especially for young players, and the association has launched a new development programme to boost results. A substantial proportion of the Ukraine's FIFA Financial Assistance Programme funds has been invested in this programme, which is being run in conjunction with the government in an effort to promote football in schools. Thanks to an agreement reached with the Ministry for Youth, Sport and Education, football is now a compulsory part of the school curriculum. The Football Federation of Ukraine provides the necessary teaching material and equipment, and coordinates the training of the teachers involved.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Technical centre in Gorenyi, Kiev
Project approved
1 May 2004
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000