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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 

DYNAMO president talks about future plans

The president of FC Dynamo Kyiv Igor Surkis in a yesterday's interview to "Our football" TV program shared his vision for the future strategy of the club. The key dilemma over the winter break will be strengthening the team with new players vs betting on the professional growth of the ones already in the team. As Mr. Surkis said, he'd prefer to see the local players to get more play and growth. He mentioned that Argentinian Roberto Nanni who's still recovering after the surgery will definitely play a major role in the team in the future. Mr. Surkis expects such players as Gusev, Milevsky and Yussuf to appear much more frequently in the main squad next year.

Also, the president of the club compared the 100m euro annual budget of FC "Internazionale" to $30m budget of Dynamo in explaining why does his club not purchase the top stars.

The goals for the new season are standard - winning the national championship and the Cup, and advancing to the Champions League group stage. Mr. Surkis is confident that should the quality of the game played by Dynamo be at least the same if not higher next year, there will be more significant achievements in Europe. Among the critical problems of the club he mentioned inability to maintain concentration in the very end of the games (as suggested by three last-minute losses in this year's Champions league) and admitting about 90% of all goals from standard situations (corners, free shots, penalties).

From the author: Summarizing Dynamo's European campaign it is hard to disagree that the team's play was impressive. Building on the traditional counter-attacking style, the team employed much higher tempo and showed excellent mobility. Ukrainian fans and commentators generally agree that it is Shatskikh inability to convert numerous chances, which prevented Dynamo from materializing the play into the result. All of this year's games demonstrated the team was in the amazing physical condition dominating the game at will despite the name of the opponent. Should Alexei Mikhailichenko, Dynamo coach, get the pair of forwards able to convert their chances, the future will look much brighter for the Ukrainian team.

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