The passing 2015 year, on the one hand, was very difficult for Ukraine, but on the other, it was really successful. 112.ua recalls the major events of Ukrainian sports during the year.
"Dnipro" v "Seville"
The year began with the launch of our teams in the playoffs the European cup. "Dnipro" has calmly beaten "Olympiacos", and "Dynamo" suddenly gave way to the French "Guingamp", "Shakhtar" played a promising draw with the "Bavaria" in the Champions League. Then “Shakhtar” has suffered notorious fiasco in Munich (0-7).
At the beginning of spring, and our teams continued to take their opponents in the European League. "Dynamo" has issued a magical match against "Everton", and then gave way to the "Fiorentina". At the same time, "Dnipro" took "Ajax" and "Bruges". Then there was the emotional semi-final with the "Napoli" and the finals, at last. The event, which no one could not simply think or even dream.
The fans just could not wait to watch the final match "Dnipro" against "Seville". Media discussed every detail before the upcoming match. And then Kalinic, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Rotan, and Bacca, scored the goals and brought the victory of the Spanish team. But "Dnipro" was not ashamed though. Moreover, there was an incredible pride that Ukrainian team managed to reach the final of the European Cup, and it did not play at home not a single game (all the home matches "Dnipro" played in Kyiv).
Sensations in boxing
At the same time in April, Wolodymyr Klitschko has gone to America to fight against Bryant Jennings. Despite the good skills of Bryant, Wolodymyr calmly and confidently got another victory in his career. And he had a strong desire to fight with Deontay Leshun Wilder, who owned the last championship belt. But then Tyson Fury appeared...
No one took seriously Fury. He looked like a normal British heavyweight that is rather able to create a buzz around himself, than boxing. He wrote on Twitter about the many bloody ways in which it will cope with Klitschko. He dressed up in Viking to scare the Ukrainian boxer. Probably he amused everyone, when he came to a joint press conference in the costume of Batman. Well, how could be this guy taken seriously?
Nevertheless, after getting in the ring, Tyson turned from a clown in a very disciplined and fast boxer. Wolodymyr was not ready for it and was defeated by unanimous decision of the judges. Now everyone is waiting for the boxers fight rematch, which is to dot the "i".
Viktor Postol sensationally won the championship belt in the welterweight. At the same time, Vasyl Lomachenko and Olexander Usyk continued to gain confident victory. Lomachenko with without problems dealt with Gamalier Rodriguez, while Usyk did not leave a chance to Andriy Knyazyev, Johnny Muller and Pedro Rodriguez. The upcoming fight could be very significant for Ukrainians, both of them gradually come to the title fights.
The long-awaited Euro 2016
Ukraine national football team under the leadership of Fomenko has not played a single game for the year, about which you can tell your grandchildren. Ukrainians did not surprise neither by the game, nor by the results. Ukrainian team could not win neither from the Slovaks, nor from the Spaniards. And the third place in their group is absolutely reasonable.
In the playoffs, Ukrainians played with the Slovenes. Revanchist mood prevailed in all football circles. And despite the bleak game, Ukrainian team was able to go to Slovenia for the first time on their own and reach the level of European Championship.
National teams of Germany, Poland, and Northern Ireland are waiting for the game with Ukraine. Opponents are strong. But the system of the tournament is that Ukraine has a real chance to go to the playoffs of the tournament. But this we be said when summing results of 2016.
Magic wand of Serhiy Rebrov
"Dynamo" Kyiv won the championship of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Cup, and came in the playoffs of the Champions League. Kyiv has been dreaming for a long time about such results. However, the dreams came true only after the arrival of Serhiy Rebrov, who brought a friendly atmosphere and good tactical training. Of course, "Dynamo" has got a lot of minuses, but the fact that Kyiv has finally got a quite an efficient team, which, most importantly, has some room to grow, brings a lot of happiness for this New Year.