Episode 55: Ukrainian Football with Andrew Todos

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The United Mates Keitel and Joe are joined by Andrew Todos to discuss all things Ukrainian football after the “Zbirna’s” extremely respectable showing at EURO 2020. Andrew Todos is a journalist, a podcaster and the founder of Zorya Londonsk, the number one source for Ukrainian football in English.

Icebreaker:

After some digging on Andrew’s personal Twitter account, the guys found a custom-made employee ID that a young Andrew created for himself as the owner of “Andy’s Toy Factory”. On that note, the group name some of their favorite toys from their childhoods.

On Football in Andrew’s Childhood and Ukrainian Football Culture:

Andrew grew up in the shadows of the old Wembley Stadium, something that he shares in common with one Raheem Sterling. An early trip to the famous old ground to watch England take on his family’s native Ukraine paved the way for a lifetime of Ukrainian football fanaticism to come. It was the 2006 World Cup in Germany and a strong effort from Ukraine’s national side that solidified Andrew’s obsession. As an adult he founded Zorya Londonsk and became part of the Ukraine + Football podcast.

When it comes to domestic football in Ukraine, outside of the big 2 clubs many teams have experienced a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows over the years. Several famous old clubs no longer exist and other minnow clubs with new money from Ukraine’s fruitful agriculture industry have seen their stock rise massively in recent times.

Haway Which Lads?:

Joe has chosen 2 fixtures between Ukrainian and English clubs in European competition from the past and Andrew and Keitel have to name the Premier League teams’ starting elevens from the given matchdays.

Shakhtar Donestk 2 Manchester City 1 – UEFA Champions League – December 6, 2017 – Metalist Stadium

Zorya Luhansk 0 Manchester United 2 – UEFA Europa League – December 8, 2016 – Chornomorets Stadium

On the Ukraine National Team and Individual Prospects:

Andrew shares his thoughts on Ukraine’s performance at the recent EURO 2020 tournament in which they were beaten at the quarter final stage by England, as well as giving his opinion on the future of national team manager and Ukraine football legend Andriy Shevchenko.

The group discuss the potential that Ukraine’s younger players have and what their individual futures might hold. In particular, Andrew weighs in on prospects like Viktor Tsygankov, Mykola Shaparenko, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Andriy Lunin, Ruslan Malinovskiy and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

On some High-Profile Ukrainian Flops:

Andrew breaks down the disappointing spells at Liverpool and Barcelona respectively for Andriy Voronin and Dmytro Chygrynskiy.

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