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Blokhin tops honours list

Published: Wednesday 30 August 2006, 9.47CET
Monthly review: National team coach Oleh Blokhin was one of a raft of footballing figures to receive honours from Ukrainian president Viktor Yuschkenko.
by Ihor Linnyk
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Published: Wednesday 30 August 2006, 9.47CET

Blokhin tops honours list

Monthly review: National team coach Oleh Blokhin was one of a raft of footballing figures to receive honours from Ukrainian president Viktor Yuschkenko.
Some of the nation's leading footballing figures have received recognition from Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko. National team coach Oleh Blokhin and Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) president Grigoriy Surkis were welcomed into the Order of Prince Yaroslavl while FC Shakhtar Donetsk president Rinat Akhmetov and his FC Dynamo Kyiv counterpart Igor Surkis collected Orders of Merit.

Independence awards
FFU vice-president and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk owner Ihor Kolomoyskiy also received an award, along with FC Metalurh Donetsk president Serhiy Taruta and Blokhin's assistants Vladimir Veremiev, Oleh Kuznetsov and Andriy Bal. The honours list included 24 internationals and 18 other footballers who were honoured on the eve of Ukraine's Independence Day.

Moreno option
With the start of the UEFA Champions League group stage looming, Dynamo president Surkis is considering a move for 25-year-old Colombian international forward José Moreno from Cali-based CD América. "He is at our training camp at the moment," said Surkis. "I do not know whether we will buy him. We might bring him in to have an extra option in the Champions League."

Bielik quandary
By contrast, Shakhtar have a surplus of forwards. Ukrainian international Olexiy Bielik has been linked with a move to FC Dinamo Moskva who want him on loan with an option to buy. However, that move may have been scuppered after Bielik's two goals against FC Illychivets Mariupil at the weekend offered a reminder of his ability.

League battle
The Premier League title race between Dynamo and Shakhtar continues apace. Last week's unexpected goalless draw in the Donetsk derby at Metalurh ended Shakhtar's run of 18 successive victories. Dynamo, meanwhile, won their latest outing 2-0 at home to FC Metalist Kharkiv.

Kucherevskiy mourned
Elsewhere, teams continue to reinforce their squads with Dnipro bringing in Kakhaber Aladashvili, Mladen Bartulović, Denis Glavina and Davidson de Oliveira. This was despite the loss of their sporting director, club legend Evhen Kucherevskiy, who was tragically killed in a car crash.

Official reason
Meanwhile, Metalist lost one of their main front men, 24-year-old Miljan Mrdaković, who has made Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC the eighth club of his career. The Serbian scored seven goals in 25 matches for Metalist. Finally, Oleh Venhlinskiy's future at FC Chornomorets Odesa could be in danger after he missed team training.

Last updated: 30/08/06 12.48CET

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