Internet | ‘Liveblogging’ Dnipro Dnipropetrovs’k v. Dynamo Kyiv

We have covered the revival of the Ukrainian championship—back after winter break—and the weekend’s top fixture, second-place Dnipro Dnipropetrovs’k (43 points) hosting fourth-place Dynamo Kyiv (39).

On Mar 2, Dnipro Dnipropetrovs’k hosted Dynamo Kyiv in a key encounter in Ukraine’s top division. Dynamo’s sway over Ukrainian football remains strong, as a four-goal barrage, by members of a fully globalized Dynamo side, attests. (, 0:53)

Dnipro is trying to end Dynamo’s and Shakhtar Donetsk’s grip on first and second place in the top division. The two sides have occupied those positions, in various order, for 11 straight seasons. Dnipro, on the other hand—lying in the eastern, ethnically Russian section of Ukraine, along the mighty River Dnieper—has not won a trophy since 1989. They defeated the rivals from the capital 3–1 in the sides’ previous meeting.


Jonathan Wilson, whom we quote extensively in the live blog, refers to Yuri Semin‘s presence as Kyiv’s fourth manager of the season—the team turning to Russian leadership and setting aside the nationalist legacy in the interest of pragmatics (“The Nationalist Guard in Ukraine Are Rearming,” Guardian Unlimited, Mar 4). Also, in remaking the team during winter break, Dynamo

seem, at last, to have run out of players who once played for Valeriy Lobanovskyi. The need to break the Colonel’s ideological hold was manifest—you might be able to run a church by speculating on what a past leader would have done in a given circumstance, but not, it seems, a football club—and so Dynamo did the unthinkable and turned to somebody who isn’t even Ukrainian.

About the Author

John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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