U-18: playing practice of football players of the youth national team of Ukraine in the UPL season 2019/2020

For almost six months, since February, the national teams of Ukraine have not been on the field. This break is especially difficult for the players of the youth national teams, because due to quarantine the DUFLU and UPL championships in the U-19 and U-21 categories ended ahead of schedule, and it is impossible to progress without playing practice.

But at the finish of the Ukrainian Premier League championship we saw the debuts of a large number of young players. We have already talked about boys born in 2003-2004, now it's the turn of players born in 2002.

The first representative of this generation, Maksym Brama (Lviv), made his debut in the UPL last season, on May 31, 2019, coming on as a substitute in the match against Shakhtar for five minutes. This season, he did not even get to the application of the first team.

But Arseniy Batagov (Dnipro-2019) picked up the baton at the start of the 2020/1 championship, playing 877 minutes in 14 matches. Plus 90 minutes - in the Cup of Ukraine. For a long time he was the only footballer born in 2002 who played in the UPL.

Theoretically, goalkeepers Ruslan Nescheret (Dynamo), Kyrylo Fesyun (Vorskla) and Andriy Chekotun (Olympic) had a chance to make their debut in the Premier League in autumn 2019. They were included in the application for the first team match, but remained in reserve. As a result, of the three, the first match at this level was held only by the last - in July 2020.

In February and March 2020, midfielder Yuriy Tlumak (Karpaty) and defender Ilya Zabarny (Dynamo) were included in the UPR protocol. And after the quarantine the process started. Young players in Vorskla (coaching decision) and Karpaty (due to financial problems and hopelessness) were given a chance at the finish of the season.

In any case, Volodymyr Yezersky can be satisfied that the potential players of his youth team have received practice at the level of the elite division. Most of them - Batagov, Gadzhuk, Zabarny, Karabin, Komarets, Kulakovsky, Nescheret, Pavlyuk, Sass, Slyusar, Tlumak, Fesyun - have already been called up to the national team. But some - Bugaenko, Vlasov, Senko, Chekotun - not yet.

Footballers born in 2002 in UPL clubs in the championship of Ukraine of the 2019/2020 season

Player

Date of birth

Club

Debut in UPL

Games

Minutes

Goals

Arseniy BATAGOV (pz)

05.03.2002

Dnipro-1

31.07.2019

14

877

0

Eugene PAVLYUK (c)

18.08.2002

Vorskla

19.06.2020

4

271

1

Ilya GADZHUK (pz)

02.08.2002

Vorskla

28.06.2020

4

268

0

Oleg VLASOV (pz)

25.10.2002

Vorskla

28.06.2020

4

235

0

Artem KULAKOVSKY (pz)

11.02.2002

Vorskla

03.07.2020

2

9

0

Denis SLYUSAR (h)

27.05.2002

Karpaty

27.06.2020

1

90

0

Andriy CHEKOTUN (c)

02.09.2002

Donetsk

05.07.2020

1

90

2c

Maxim KOMARETS (c)

23.05.2002

Lviv

19.07.2020

1

78

0

Cyril SENKO (n)

19.11.2002

Kolos

15.07.2020

1

16

0

Yuriy TLUMAK (pz)

11.07.2002

Karpaty

27.06.2020

1

16

0

Danilo BUGAYENKO (pz)

04.10.2002

Vorskla

03.07.2020

1

8

0

Ilya ZABARNY (c)

01.09.2002

Dynamo

0

0

0

Yaroslav KARABIN (n)

19.11.2002

Karpaty

0

0

0

Ruslan NESCHERET (c)

22.01.2002

Dynamo

0

0

0

Nazar-Stefan SASS (c)

09.01.2002

Karpaty

0

0

0

Cyril FESYUN (c)

07.08.2002

Vorskla

0

0

0

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