- Andriy Shevchenko speaks exclusively with FIFA.com
- Ukraine manager reflects on his transition to coach, rebuilding inhabitant team
- Shevchenko: “We have really gifted players”
Looking during a cold tough facts, Ukraine have enjoyed few vital footballing highlights given gaining autonomy 27 years ago. Despite going all a approach to a quarter-finals in their initial and so distant usually FIFA World Cupâ„¢ coming in 2006, a Yellow and Blues have frequently depressed brief of expectations since, unwell to swell past a organisation theatre during UEFA EURO 2012 and 2016.
The Eastern European side have positively not been brief of talent, with Anatoliy Tymoschuk, Andriy Voronin, Andriy Shevchenko and Serhiy Rebrov all plying their trade during Europeâ€™s tip clubs during this period.
Any fears that Ukraine would go retrograde after these stars hung adult their boots valid to be unfounded. The appointment of Shevchenko as inhabitant manager in 2016 heralded a uninformed start and a duration of transition. The former goal-getter usually and meticulously built adult a new immature group â€“ and a formula are starting to show.
Although Ukraine missed out on a place during a 2018 FIFA World Cup Russiaâ„¢, they were a highest climbers in a latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, leaping 6 places to 29th interjection to dual victories over a Czech Republic (47th, down 3) and Slovakia (26th, no change) in a UEFA Nations League in September. Last Wednesday they available a important 1-1 pull opposite four-time universe champions Italy.
FIFA.com spoke exclusively to Shevchenko about his purpose as Ukraine coach, his ambitions for a inhabitant side and his choices during The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018.