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Andriy Shevchenko Appointed Ukraine Manager

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Ukraine have appointed Andriy Shevchenko Manager

Kiev, Ukraine – The Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) have appointed former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko as manager, the federation announced on Friday.

The 39-year-old, who won 111 caps, replaces Mykhaylo Fomenko, whose four-year spell ended with elimination at the group stage of Euro 2016.

Shevchenko’s first steps into full senior management and his first match as head coach will be at home to Iceland in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on September 5. They are both in Group I along with Croatia, Turkey, Finland and Kosovo.

Shevchenko was previously assistant manager of Ukraine under Fomenko’s staff that saw his side lose all three of their matches against Germany, Poland and Northern Ireland.

Shevchenko, who won the 2004 Ballon d’Or, scored 48 goals in 111 international appearances, representing his country at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and at Euro 2012, co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland.

He won the Champions League with AC Milan and FA Cup with Chelsea and previously turned down a chance to become Ukraine’s head coach in 2012.

He has signed a two-year contract with the possibility of another two-year extension.