World-Ukraine Squad Land In Germany, Coach Upbeat

BERLIN, Germany -- Ukraine's squad touched down at Berlin's Tegel Airport on Friday, the last of the 31 visiting World Cup teams to arrive on German soil.

Ukraine's national soccer team leave the plane after arriving at Berlin airport Friday, June 9, 2006. The team arrive for upcoming Soccer World Cup in Germany.

Coach Oleg Blokhin was upbeat after a 3-0 warm-up victory over Luxembourg on Wednesday in which captain Andriy Shevchenko scored as a second-half substitute in his first game after a month out with a knee injury.

"The mood in the squad is perfect," a relaxed-looking Blokhin told reporters as the players boarded a coach for the short trip to their base in nearby Potsdam.

Shevchenko, wearing sunglasses, greeted Italian journalists as he walked from the aircraft to the coach but declined to answer any questions.

The 2004 European Player of the Year featured for 30 minutes against Luxembourg but Blokhin said it was too early to give the striker a clean bill of health.

World Cup debutants Ukraine open their Group H campaign on Wednesday against Spain in Leipzig. Tunisia and Saudi Arabia are also in Group H.

Source: Reuters