The Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) have confirmed Andriy Shevchenko is to join the national team’s coaching staff ahead of Euro 2016.
The former Chelsea and Milan striker will assume Olexandr Zavarov’s role as Mikhail Formenko’s assistant. His first involvement will most likely come when Ukraine take on Cyprus and Wales in friendlies next month.
Shevchenko retired after the last European Championship in 2012 which his home nation co-hosted with Poland. He then began a career in politics before giving commentating a shot.
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With a whopping 48 goals in 111 appearances, the 39-year-old remains his country’s leading top-scorer and the second most capped player behind Anatoliy Tymoshchuk.
Back in 2012, Shevchenko turned down the opportunity of managing Ukraine claiming he didn’t possess the required qualifications for the job at the time. However, the 2004 Ballon d’Or winner successfully passed his UEFA Pro License in March last year.
“Coaching courses helped me to shape up my ideas and determine my own vision of football. Hopefully, this will help me in the future” he said.
Shevchenko obviously went down in the history books as one of the most deadly number 9’s. In his pomp, very few defenders were able to contain his lethal onslaughts.
During his 18-year long career, the Ukrainian legend played for Dynamo Kiev, AC Milan and Chelsea.
He gathered over fifteen trophies, including a Champions League in 2003 and an FA Cup in 2007. He also had the privilege of working with some of football’s finest managers. The famous Valery Lobanovskyi, Carlo Ancelotti as well as Jose Mourinho, all had the pleasure of overseeing him on the training ground.
After finishing third in Group C, behind France and Slovakia, Ukraine qualified for their third major tournament by beating Slovenia in the recent playoffs and will face Germany, Northern Ireland and Poland in their group this summer.