Today is the day that Ukraine advances to the World Cup. That’s it. That could be the entire article. In case that’s not enough, let me remind you who this team is. Geo-politics aside, this team advanced to the quarterfinals in Euros before running into the freight train that was England. They beat a very good and under rated Sweden team 2-1. In WC qualifying they drew France 1-1. They have since beat Finland, Bosnia, and Scotland on this run. The last obstacle to overcome is Wales. As a Madrid supporter, I can confidently tell you Gary B ain’t it. I know he tends to show out for country over club, but you know who needs a win more than Gary B needs a new contract? The entire country of Ukraine.
Yarmolenko is an absolute monster and, in my personal opinion, isn’t getting the time he deserves on West Ham’s bench. He deserves to be starting for a club. Yaremchuk from Benfica is all class. He can finish in front of the net and isn’t afraid to mix it up with anyone along the way. I also want to remind everyone of Shaparenko’s absolutely FILTHY goal from outside the box vs France. If you haven’t seen that it is 100% worth your time to look it up.
I'm not even going to pretend to talk about Wales very much. This team will go as far as Bale will take them. I hate Bale because of his Madrid contract and general attitude. No ducking that from this author. Daniel James from Leeds is a very nice player but rarely a goal contributor. Aaron Ramsey is also a quality footballer who deserves some respect on his name. That’s really all I have for Wales. They’re a quality but forgettable club outside of Bale’s shenanigans.