Today Ukrainians all around the world were disappointed to hear how their beloved soccer team lost to Greece 0-1 and failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In a hardly fought game by both teams Greece managed to get the one goal that would send them to the next stage and leave Ukraine packing.
This two game series, despite me not getting the result I wanted was still a good one. You saw some really good goaltending because throughout the series the one goal scored today was the only one scored at all.
FIFA people proved to be one smarter than the average person in this one. Most people out there called it to go the other way with Ukraine winning it and advancing. FIFA has world rankings which has Greece ranked at 16 and Ukraine at 22. They called it that Greece would be moving on and they did. For the first time in 16 years!
In the 2006 World Cup Ukraine showed a side of soccer talent that the world did not realize existed. They made it all the way to the quarter finals where they eventually got knocked out by the soon to be champs, Italy.
In the qualifiers Ukraine did not prove to be any weaker. In their group this year Ukraine proved to be quite the team. Knocking off other teams with clean sheets, high scoring afairs and pulling off wins when the game looked deadlocked. Despite all that effort it's all done now. Ukraine will have to wait to live the dream two more years until 2012 when the Euro will come to Ukraine and Poland.
Quick side note, 2012 is also the year the world is supposedly suppose to end(which it won't, I can guarantee it) so it wouldn't be a bad way for Ukraine to go off, but once again the world won't end. I'm very sick of hearing everyone talk about it. Oh and I suggest you see the 2012 movie to see what the idiots think is going to happen to our world and won't.
Kind of off topic there so let's go back to the game and Ukraine. In the first half Dimitrios Salpigidis put one past Ukrainian net minder, Oleksandr Shovkovskiy who is truly a great goalie, but is very underrated for reasons beyond me. Greece was up. This meant that Ukraine needed to answer with two of their own. With 31 minutes already played the rest of the game had to be played at best effort.
In the second half, Ukraine put up amazing pressure in the game. Sadly it had no result. Ukraine finished losing 0-1. After the match Salpigidis broke out in tears of joy and knelt down on the ground. After that he was hugged by his teammates and they headed center field where they began the celebration.
After the match Salpigidis was quoted say, "This is a huge win and we're celebrating it!" He also said that he heard a lot of criticism about the team in the qualifiers, but they never stopped believing and now they have made it. Hopefully next time it will be the Ukranian teams saying something along those lines. It would be only our second appearance, but we would make it memorable.
Greece players were praising the Ukrainian team on their play and that was very pleasant to hear. They said that they were not able to stop the Ukrainians play as best as they could. They said that it was one bad break for the Ukrainians that cost them. Nice to hear that the Greece players are quite modest about their win and not a team that rubs it in. The Greeks obviously played a great game too and luckily we didn't see some them use cheating to win unlike other teams that usually do, yes Italy we are thinking about you. Don't pretend like you don't fake all that crap, we see it.
Looks like I'll be with the Brazilians and Germans for this World Cup because my country is out. Too bad Canada's soccer team isn't as good as their soccer team. Then that would be a team worth watching.
Time will go by fast, believe me soccer fans and soon we will all be turning on our TVs to watch South Africa and see all our favourite players and teams go head to head with one another. Hopefully the Italians will be dethroned this year. Preferably by someone like Germany, Brazil, England, etc.
Until that exciting action kicks off remember to keep watching exciting leagues like the Premier League, Italian Serie A, and Spanish Primiera. Oh and don't forget about the UEFA Champions League. Well I'm out everyone, enjoy your days.