Former AC Milan and Chelsea Striker Named Ukraine Coach
Former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has been appointed the new head coach of Ukraine.
It is a first coaching job for the 39-year-old as he replaces Mykhaylo Fomenko, whose four-year spell ended with the country’s elimination at the group stage of Euro 2016.
Ukraine’s all-time leading scorer with 48 goals, Shevchenko joined the country’s coaching staff ahead of Euro 2016, succeeding Olexandr Zavarov as assistant to Fomenko.
Shevchenko, who captained his country to their first ever world cup appearance in 2006, has signed a two-year contract with the possibility of another two-year extension, the BBC writes.
Former Italy defender Mauro Tassotti, who was assistant coach when Shevchenko was at Milan, will join his coaching staff, as will former Dynamo coach Raul Riancho.
Generally referred to as the most complete striker during his playing days, Sheva won the 2004 Ballon d’Or, and also represented his country at Euro 2012, co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland.
He begins the job with a World Cup 2018 qualification at home to Iceland September 5.
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