18 November 2009

Ukraine Defeated by Greece 1-0, No World Cup

More like Ukraine defeated itself.  The Ukrainian national team will not be travelling to South Africa for the World Cup. Donbass Arena was 60% full. President Yushchenko in attendance. A match plagued by so many mistakes it was impossible to keep track. So many missed opportunities.  The commentator on 1st Nationalny: "...nu prosto rozbyvayut nashi sertsya...".  Got that right.

Thanks to infighting between two oligarchs, see article (thanks m.r.), the minimum Donbas Arena ticket price was USD 25.  Akhmetov wanted cheaper prices to fill the stadium, Surkis (Ukrainian Football Federation) denied his request....result 40% of the seats empty.  Typical modern Ukraina.