Olexandr PETRAKOV: “At the world Cup the most difficult were the matches against USA and Italy”

A year ago the national team of Ukraine U-20 under the leadership of Alexander Petrakova won the world championship, which took place in Poland. The coach shared his memories of the tournament.

– Alexander Vasilievich, what are your emotions a year after winning the world Cup with the national team of Ukraine U-20?

– Such joy, how then was I willing to suffer all Ukrainian coaches. An incredible feeling when you become a world champion. This is the story, which is always nice to remember, but now had a new dream – to achieve the same vertices with a new team.

– After a game at the world Cup, you understand that this team can go far?

First my dream was getting into the top three. But really, I probably would have been happy and the exit in the quarter-finals. As for your question, it so happened that we were going to his goal from game to game. And when in the semi-finals beat the Italians, I said to the players that in any case it is impossible to complete the tournament in the rank of Vice-Champions, it will be a failure (laughs). But when before going to the match with the Koreans, I saw the eyes of their children, understand that all will be well.

– What is the duel for you was the most difficult in the tournament?

First, with the Americans. They had seven or eight individually strong performers with good world price. Our team pulled this match on your character. And, of course, can not allocate the semi-final against Italy. With such passion, which was at my players, and adult teams can beat European giants.

Who was the leader of the national team of Ukraine U-20?

– I’m not someone to call personally, it will be wrong. This victory, forged everything from administrative staff to the attackers.

– The home of your historical success has not remained without attention…

– Congratulated us great! I confess, immediately after the final match directly at the stadium in Lodz, Andriy Pavelko has promised the team a solid reward for the victory. But in the end it turned out that the President of the Association and even exceeded the plan (smiles). We are grateful for the leadership of the UAF and for the prize, and for the warm gala evening organized by the team. Such moments remain in memory forever.

– Keep track of your former clients?

– We’ve already scattered, leaving only pleasant memories, but I follow all the players, sometimes we talk, because to me they are like children.

– Any news on your U-17 team?

– Waiting for 17 June, when there will be a teleconference of the Executive Committee of UEFA. There are three plans for the development of the situation. However, our September and October fees has not been canceled. And in November, plan to begin the new format UEFA Euro. We will be interested to play in the elite class with the best teams of the continent.

But now the main thing – health. And after the restoration of Ukrainian competitions wish the teams success and to the country’s top team pleased us with their results for the Euro in 2021.

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