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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Ukraine First European Qualifiers for World Cup

The first European team to have qualified for next year's World Cup finals in Germany is the Ukraine, who have won Group Two. As this is a group that includes European Champions Greece, Turkey and Denmark, this is a particularly impressive achievement. Not to mention the problems their coach had combining his role as national team manager with his other job - that of an MP.

What's interesting about the Ukraine is the betting possibilities that their involvement in the tournament brings. I'm not crazy enough to tout them as potential winners (although if you want that kind of action you can get them at a very generous 50-1 with Victor Chandler or VipSports) but their star player - Andriy Shevchenko is surely a great each way bet for the golden boot award. And the team as a whole look extremely solid and - with a good draw - are a worthy outside bet for the Quarter Finals.

posted by mark_s at 7:50 PM


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