The coaching career of Andriy Shevchenko initiated with the Ukraine national football team as he became the head coach of Ukraine on July of 2016 and the pressure is building on him to help his national side qualify for the upcoming edition of the FIFA World Cup which is something that they have not been able to do since 2006.
During the 2006 edition of the FIFA World Cup, Ukraine was able to reach the quarter-finals but ultimately lost to Italy with a final scoreboard of 0-3. They have seriously struggled from there on out as Ukraine has not even managed to qualify.
Andriy Shevchenko has so far clinched positive results in charge of Ukraine and helped the national side in positioning themselves into the higher section in group I of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification phase.
Ukraine has secured 8 points from their 5 opening qualification matches and this positions them at the 3rd spot behind Iceland and the table toppers Croatia.
This is a very good start to AndriySchevchenko as he is fairly new to the world of coaching and has not truly managed to manage any top club or national side before taking over Ukraine but has kicked things off in a positive way. Continue reading “Andriy Shevchenko has the task of pushing Ukraine to”
Dutch strikers seem not to be top notch at the moment, professionally. Exported talents like Memphis Depay and Vincent Janssen have been struggling in their respective clubs despite their stellar records at home.
Depay scored for fun when he played for PSV Eindhoven. He secured a move to Premier League giants Manchester United aged 21, and it seems he would regret the move after joining Ligue 1 side Lyon in January.
Janssen on the other hand is still with Tottenham after his move from the Eredivisie. The player, who Coach Mauricio Pochettino wanted to support Harry Kane, is yet to score a goal in open play.
The two players have given Dutch players a bad reputation now that scouts would look away when their names pop. Yeah, not another one! About a decade or more ago, Dutch attacking talents were highly coveted. Now it seems that coveted status has gone to Belgian players now.
While the potency of the youth system is not in doubt, top academy players might not get automatic shots at the biggest foreign clubs like Arjen Robben, Edgar Davids, Wesley Sneijder, Clarence Seedorf et al. Continue reading “DUTCH STRIKERS DISAPPOINTING THEIR CLUBS”
Ukraine national team coach Andrei Shevchenko believes that AC Milan will be able to return to their former glory days largely because they have been able to retain the services of Carlos Bacca.
The striker is seen as one of the last remaining great players at the club. At 29 years of age, he may be on his last opportunity to win trophies. Other clubs have been trying to persuade the player with the idea of trophies, but Milan successfully managed to retain him for the 2016-17 campaign. Shevchenko terrorised defences in the Milan shirt for almost a decade. He believes that Bacca has the potential to bring back the glory days to the San Siro.
Milan are no longer the force that they once were and they are even struggling to achieve Europa League qualification. The striker came up with the first hat-trick of his career in the 3-2 win over Torino. The result was also mightily important for Milan given that they had to start the new campaign in a positive fashion. West Ham are reportedly interested in the forward amongst many other clubs. Shevchenko says that it is important for a squad to have a forward who can score out of nothing. After years of the building, Shevchenko believes that Milan have a decent squad to aim for European qualification.
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Former Chelsea and AC Milan striker Andrei Shevchenko has been appointed as the new manager of the Ukrainian national football team.
It is a move that has been expected for quite a while, as Shevchenko has been involved in coaching over the last few years. As one of the most iconic players from eastern European football in the last few decades, Shevchenko will command a lot of respect almost immediately. At 39 years of age, he has very little experience in management but his overall experience as a player is expected to help him through.
Shevchenko comes in as the replacement for Mykhaylo Fomenko. After being eliminated from the Euro 2016 at the group stages, Ukraine sensed the need for a new direction.Fomenko had been in charge of the national team for the last four years. During this period, results have been up and down as the team failed to qualify for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Shevchenko will integrate into the team quite nicely after having experienced the tournament from close up as the assistant manager for Fomenko. Shevchenko watched his team suffered losses against Germany, Northern Ireland, and Poland at the Euro 2016. The former AC Milan forward retired from the game in 2012 and he remains the top scorer for the national team with 48 goals.
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Ukraine will hope that they can perform better at Euros 2016 compared to their campaign in 2012.
Indeed, they went out crashing after the first round in the last tournament, and they would not want this performance to be replicated.
They have full trust in their manager MykhalyloFomenko who has successfully help them qualify amidst a tough qualifying campaign, and they will want this to continue in France. Indeed, Ukraine finished only third in their group and had to win a play-off match against Slovenia in order to qualify for the Euros finals.
This Ukraine team does not have any star compared to the past where they had players such as Andriy Shevchenko and SergiyRebro. They will have to rely on a solid defense as well as strong team performance in order to achieve something at the finals in France.
All the fans hope will be residing on Yevgeny Konoplyanka, who is considered as being the best Ukrainian player at the moment. However, the winger who currently plays in Spain for Sevilla has not enjoyed a good campaign this season. He has spent the majority of the season on the bench, but Ukraine will be hoping that he could recover his form for the Euros. Continue reading “Ukraine hopes to have a good performance at Euros 2016”
Not too many players in the world would turn down Barcelona and talk about moving to Everton instead.
But, there is one that kind of Footballer and he is none other than the Ukrainian skipper Andriy Yarmolenko.
He reckons there is no point for him to join Barcelona just to go there and click a few photos with their superstar players and do nothing else.
According to Yarmolenko, he is not one of those people who remain satisfied only with billions and billions of likes and followers on social media.
The winger was quoted saying yesterday, “At Barcelona, you would have the opportunity to click yourself with the superstars and then, upload it on the internet and maybe increase the number of followers that you have. But, as far as I am concerned, I don’t think it would please me that much. I’d rather like to go to Everton.”
Everton had actually placed a bid for Yarmolenko in the summer of 2015 and had even got that bid accepted by Dynamo Kiev, but, there was no eventual materialization of the deal as the club and the player didn’t agree on the wages and all.
However, now that Yarmolenko has passed such comments, it would surely encourage Everton to go for him once again. Continue reading “Not too many players in the world would turn down Barcelona”
Vicente Del Bosque reckons the level of Ukrainian Football has gone up over the years and his side will have to pay dearly if they take the Yellow Blue lightly in the upcoming Euro qualifier.
In the Group C table though, Spain is ahead of Ukraine at the moment, but, only just. It’s the goal difference that has kept the two teams separated really.
Whoever wins in the showdown later this week will be able to secure the no. 2 spot in the group.
As far as the top position is concerned, it’s owned by Slovakia which has won all the 4 games.
According to Del Bosque, he watched some of the games in Europe recently in which the Ukrainian Clubs were taking part and he was left highly impressed by their performances especially the way they attacked.
Speaking in an interview, the La Roja boss said, “I saw some of their guys play and I must say they’re immensely skilful.”
“Normally, as a manager, you always tend to praise the opposition, but, I mean every bit of what I am saying here. Ukraine has really got some wonderful players who can be the game changers.” Continue reading “Vicente Del Bosque reckons the level of Ukrainian Football has gone up over the years”
Despite all of the doubts and concerns that were surrounding the 2014 World Cup, it was still held and completed. Brazil was the host nation and some of the biggest problems that emerged in this World Cup was the fact that many stadiums were not completed and ready in the time that FIFA had scheduled. Some workers died in this process and managers did not like the idea of having to travel a long distance and play in a freezing temperature for one match while the next day having to perform in a hot climate.
Those were some of the main issues that enclosed the 2014 World Cup however, even with those problems, the event was still considered to be a huge success as over 40 million people watched the opening match between Brazil and Croatia and the amount of viewers increased throughout the tournament.
The upcoming 2018 World Cup will be taking place in Russia and even though there still are over 3 years of time before it kicks off, there are much bigger problems and issues surrounding the approaching international tournament.
Ukraine has an ongoing conflict with Russia involving a dispute over Crimea which is a major land mass which is being mostly controlled by Russia but Ukraine wants them to pull their troops out of that territory and if they oppose, then Ukraine is considering boycotting the 2018 World Cup.
The president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko did not hesitate in supporting this idea as he said:“I think there has to be discussion of a boycott of this World Cup. As long as there are Russian troops in Ukraine I think a World Cup in that country is unthinkable,” Continue reading “Brazil was the host nation of World Cup 2014”