With Shakhtar Donetsk becoming the first Ukrainian team to win a major European tournament last night in an absorbing last UEFA Cup final, this repost of a fascinating article on how football and politics mix in the Ukraine over on When Saturday Comes is very timely indeed. It’s interesting how the bitter political battle between the ‘Orange revolutionaries’ and the pro-Moscow hardliners of 2004 impacted upon football. I hadn’t previously heard about Sergei Rebrov’s brave stance.