Students forced to reckon with them!
The first major success at the World Universiade was the 2001 Ukrainian Student National Team in Beijing, the capital of China, where it won silver awards from its fourth attempt. After that, she was fourth twice (1995 - Fukuoka (Japan) and 1997 - Palermo (Italy)), and two years later she failed in competitions in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) - 11th place. .
However, after the silver takeoff in Beijing of Anatoliy Buznik's wards, our football students did not hold on to these positions. In 2003, they were only 11 in the Korean city of Daegu, and two years later they did not go to Turkish Izmir because of lack of funding.
At the 2007 World Universiade in Bangkok (Thailand), our team sensationally conquered the highest stage of the podium with a 1-0 win over the Italians. The best player of the tournament was the leader of the Ukrainian national team Dmitry Pronevych - author of four goals, and was prepared by the team of Vladimir Lozynsky and Ivan Shepelenko.
The next Universiade - 2009 in Belgrade - was the jubilee, the 25th, and it is gratifying that our student footballers have once again justified their hopes, showing not only a high level of preparation but also iron endurance. Suffice it to say that at once in four duels they took out a lucky ticket in a series of post-match penalties! In the final rivals of the wards Lozynsky and Shepelenko were again the Italians, who this time were forced to lay down their weapons - 3: 2. The grand prize was in the hands of Ukrainian captain Anton Monakhov, who studied at the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management. Students of the same university were Andriy Bashlai, Artem Stargorodsky, Andriy Zaporozhan, Andriy Shevchuk. Ivano-Frankivsk Oil and Gas University students Igor Khudobyak, Mykola Revutsky and Igor Grebinsky also became two-time champions of the Universiade.
In total, after our take-offs in Beijing, Bangkok and Belgrade, 45 of our football students became masters of international class sports.
However, at the last four Universiades Ukraine's national football team finished outside the prize three ...