But this achievement was achieved by one of the youngest teams at the Euro. At the time of the quarterfinals, only the British were younger than us. Spain has a slightly older average age. At the same time, Ilya Zabarny, one of the youngest players in the tournament, plays for us at the base. And he played so that there are a minimum of claims against him. He and 25-year-old Matvienko were in the top 5 of the interception tournament.
It is worth noting Mykola Shaparenko. He is only 22 years old, and this season he became the “brain” of Dynamo Kyiv. And at Euro 2020 he was able to fully become a replacement for Ruslan Malynovsky, who played injections, and completely dropped out of the application for the match with England. Nevertheless, Shaparenko made his trademark jerks and turns in the center of the field many times in the tournament, showing that he is able to look good against the background of even top opponents. Yes, I was wrong, I lost the ball. But in such a tournament, with such rivals, under such pressure, everyone will make mistakes. But Kolya coped with all this perfectly, showing himself to be a very mature footballer.
And we didn't see the maximum from Mykolenko and Tsygankov. The statistics of the first were severely crippled by the injury of Oleksandr Zubkov. It is difficult to defend almost alone on the flank, but Vitaliy tried his best. I made a mistake, brought goals into my own goal, but continued to work. And it was obvious that he was angry with himself. And in the match with England, he became one of the best on the field according to the calculations of the portal InStat.
Tsygankov's faded play can be attributed to injuries. It's a shame, of course, for Victor. For many years he has been one of the main talents of Ukrainian football. But so far he can’t get his best move. Remember how he was enchanting in the fall when Dynamo played in the Champions League and the national team in the Nations League. But at Euro Tsygankov was not remembered for anything at all.
The next big tournament is the World Championship in Qatar. We have already started to qualify for it, so far with problems, but not with the most criminal ones. It is still possible to breakthrough. The world championship itself will begin at the end of November 2022. That is, in a little more than a year. Will our team change significantly during this time? Unlikely. Andriy Pyatov, who has already spoken about the end of his international career, will probably leave. Maybe finish, or maybe catch up at last 33-year-old Marlos, who already lacks physics. Yarmolenko will become even slower, but technology and thought will not go anywhere.
Our 20-year-old world champions will grow up for another year. Denis Popov (was in the application, but was injured), Andriy Lunin, Efim Konoplya did not play at the Euro, but they are regular guests in the camp of the national team. Tsitaishvili, Buletsa, Supryaga may well give out an excellent season. Add Sudakov and Trubin to them. Just with Mykolenko, Zabarny, and Tsygankov, there will be a whole squad of players. With two goalkeepers, but still.
Andriy Shevchenko's contract with the UAF was signed until 2022. The legend of Ukrainian football, with his work with the national team, has established himself very well as a coach. In England, the media are in full swing discussing Shevchenko’s invitation to Chelsea. Is this alignment realistic? Sure. But something says that Shevchenko was more dissatisfied with the way the Euro developed for Ukraine. This team can do even better. And Shevchenko does not like to lose. Therefore, we are waiting for work on mistakes, the progress of youth, and the Qatari world championship.