Victor Yushchenko met with players and coaches of the National Football Team to congratulate them on becoming World Championship finalists, President's press office reported.

“I would only like to ask you to win the World Championship, for it is worth winning, it is unique. I am sure each of you has set such an objective,” said the President, adding that he wanted the players togive thisgift to the whole nation.

Addressing those present, Yushchenko stressed that our footballers played a profound role to mature Ukrainians’ dignity and patriotism. The Head of State believes their sports achievements positively affect the European choice millions of Ukrainians should make.

“Our football is genuinely European,” he said.

The President also complimented Coach Oleh Blohin on forming this team.

Yushchenko informed all that he had met with Humanitarian Vice Prime Minister Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko, Deputy Secretariat Chief of Staff Ivan Vasyunyk and Football Federation President Ihor Surkis to discuss ways to develop sports in Ukraine.

“I hope this meeting will result in a document to respond to all key challenges,” said the President, adding that the state should care for each sportsman.

Wishing the team victories, the Head of State presented them with an icon.

In his turn, Blohin gave Yushchenko a ball with all players’ signatures while forward Andriy Shevchenko presented him with a uniform. The coach and the best player said that President’s support was very important. Surkis told Yushchenko about the current state of Ukrainian football and saidthe World Football Cup would be brought to Ukraine this October.


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