Thursday, 1 November 2012


Who is he? Where does he play?

Not related to the old Russian rich-guy Boris, Igor (Ihor, Igor, it doesn't really matter) is a goalkeeper playing in the Ukranian Premier League for little known outfit Obolon Kiev. 22 years old and a bit of a jolly green giant at 6ft 3, Berezovskyi is imposing strikers and causing nightmares to spellcheckers everywhere as his solid displays between the sticks catch the eye.

Green giant? Is he genetically disfigured?

Noooo..... don't be stupid, though with just 2 years of first-team experience in a side that sits mid-table in the Ukranian league, the old Eastern Bloc equivalent of Sunderland if you will, he could be a little green behind the eyes. He still hasn't been promoted from the under-21s in the national side either as he attempts to break into a talented band of Zbirna goal-tenders including Bohdan Shust and Andriy Pyatov. 

So why's he in the news?

Because clubs are after him. More specifically, English clubs. More specifically, Chelsea and Manchester City as their search for a more reliable understudy to Messrs Cech and Hart has taken the ultra-affluent clubs to the old Iron Curtain. Ross Turnbull and Hilario have been useless at Chelsea while Richard Wright and Costel Pantillimon haven't fared much better at City, so Berezovsky, impressing folk with his displays this season as Obolon lie in 13th, could be set to move to Blighty to gain some valuable bench-warming experience. Bayern Munich could be set to march in should the English clubs fail as they look for somebody to take the strain off Manuel Neuer.

Anything to add?

Not really, although Berezovskyi (suffixes -skyi or -sky it doesn't matter) is expected to be called up to the Ukraine national team for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Poland. They're in England's group, so hopefully you can see what the fuss is about for yourself before he comes to a bench, or even a goal, near you, soon........

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