Before the start of the student national team: Ukraine at the World Universiade football tournaments

Soccer became a part of the 1979 Summer Universiade. Ukraine first introduced its student football team in 1995 in Fukuoka, Japan.

The debut came out of the career. Our team reached the semifinal stage, where lost to South Korea - 1: 3. In the third place match our guys lost to Russia with a similar score. Interestingly, the next attempt, in Italian Sicily, was in the same scenario - losing in the semifinals and in the duel for third place and the final fourth place.

Ukraine made it to the finals for the first time in 2001. However, the Ukrainian students were a little lucky - the Japanese players were stronger and won with a score of 1: 0. Therefore - only silver.

It is possible to consider the fields of Thailand and Serbia as happy for our national team, because at the next two Universities Ukraine won in the final of the national team of Italy. In 2007 in Bangkok, our players won - 1: 0. For two years in Belgrade the wards of Vladimir Lozinski and Ivan Shepelenko celebrated the victory - 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 taking off in Beijing, Bangkok and Belgrade, 45 of our football students became masters of international class sports.

Subsequently, two more times our collections failed to overcome the group stage and stopped a step before the playoffs. The Ukrainian national team also reached the quarter-finals twice. So it was at the last Universiade - 2017 in Taipei, when our boys lost to the national team of Mexico - 0: 2.

At this year's tournament Italy and Mexico will already be our rivals. Our guys will be able to demonstrate their intentions on the pitch today in a face-to-face meeting with the Italians (the match starts at 19.00 Kyiv time).

We will add that the future contender has already won his starting match against the Mexicans with a score of 2: 0.

Roman Dyachenko

Results of the Ukrainian national football team at World Universities

Year of holding

Venue

The place of the national team

1995

Cheap hotels in Fukuoka, Japan

4

1997

Cheap hotels in Sicily, Italy

4

1999

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

11

2001

Beijing, China

2

2003

Daegu, Korea

11

2007

Bangkok, Thailand

1

2009

Belgrade, Serbia

1

2011

Shenzhen, China

12

2013

Hotels in Kazan, Russia

6

2015

Gwangju, South Korea

12

2017

Taipei, Republic of China

7

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