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Shevchenko accepts head coaching position for Ukraine

Andriy Shevchenko

Ukraine’s Andriy Shevchenko, right, warms up during the official training of Ukraine on the eve of the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group D match between Ukraine and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Thursday, June 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)


Ukraine is turning to a legend in order to turn around its international fortunes.

Andriy Shevchenko will take the reigns of the Yellow-Blue, bringing his status as the nation’s all-time leading scorer from assistant to head coach.

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Shevchenko, 39, was the assistant to Mykhaylo Fomenko at EURO 2016, where Ukraine went 0-3 and failed to score a single goal in a group with Germany, Poland and Northern Ireland.

The former Milan, Chelsea and Dynamo Kyiv striker has the most caps as captain of Ukraine, and has turned down approaches to coach the side in the past.

From the BBC:

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.

Ukraine’s World Cup 2018 qualification campaign begins with a home match against Iceland in September. They are both in Group I along with Croatia, Turkey, Finland and Kosovo.

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