2022 – Scotland gets the unenviable honor in a World Cup playoff with Ukraine | football

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At 17:00 (GMT) today, while your daily dose of football gossip from Fiver Towers ends up in tens of thousands of spam folders around the world, it takes 173 days and 18 hours for the Human Rights World Cup to begin On the Qatar International Football Team. Fiver is counting down the seconds and staring longingly at the official countdown clock on Fifa’s website, powered by Hublot, the official timekeeper for the FIFA World Cup.

With their very sympathetic supporters, who always have a lot to thank for the few international tournaments their team has qualified for in recent decades, few usually give Scotland a place in this year’s finals. This year, however, Scotland face the frightening prospect of facing Ukraine in the semi-finals tomorrow night.

It is a great honor for Scotland to host the national team of a country currently under illegal invasion from Russia in their first competitive match since the declaration of war. Not least because it allows a nation that has been harassed by its tyrannical neighbor in the past to support its Ukrainian visitors on a global scale. It’s also a bit enviable, with some looking at the Scots’ victory as kicking a blind man’s stick or shooting Bambi’s mother.

Scotland midfielder John McGinn said the timekeeper was unknown. “I don’t think there is an escape from the terrible situation and our sympathies are with the players, the staff and everyone involved, but it is important that we don’t let the emotions get better from us. We are there to win a football match and make our dreams come true.”

With a player winning to take it all against Wales, for all to come out victorious from Hampden Park on Wednesday night, it is important to note that Ukraine coach Oleksandr Petrakov and his proud players deserve special treatment from Scotland that he neither wants nor expects. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Petrakov and his wife refused to flee the besieged capital of Kyiv. The 64-year-old tried to volunteer to defend his country’s territory but was turned down. He and his players have trained in Slovenia for the past few weeks, but despite training matches against Borussia Monchengladbach, Empoli and Croatian club Rijeka come to Scotland without any real match training.

“We want everyone in Europe to know that we want to be part of the EU family,” Petrakov said. Ukraine is Europe. In March, tearful Petrakov paid tribute to his compatriots in fighting the illegal invaders of Russia, saying, “I am the coach of the national football team and I want to kneel before you and thank all our players. May God protect you and give glory to Ukraine.” While he doesn’t say ‘boys, it’s Tottenham’, one suspects that team talk has been sorted.

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“He looked clueless. We only had three months to organize this, we killed ourselves to put this game together,” he said to me. “I am more concerned that people are not getting killed outside,” said Steve Rotheram, Mayor of Liverpool and Nagy. Hillsborough, told Andy Hunter on his meeting with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin on Saturday at the Stade de France amid chaotic scenes unfolding outside.

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