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Andriy Shevchenko (Ukrainian: Андрій Миколайович Шевченко, Andriy
Mykolayovych Shevchenko, nicknamed «Sheva», born September 29, 1976,
Dvirkivschyna, Kiev Oblast) is a in Ukrainian football player who is a
striker for A.C. Milan and the Ukrainian national team.
hevchenko started off his career with Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv, with
whom he won five league titles and two national cups in five seasons
between 1994 and 1999. He has won one Serie A title, one UEFA Champions
League, one European Super Cup, one Italian Cup and one Italian League
Super Cup with Milan till now.
He was named the European Footballer of the Year in 2004.
Shevchenko has represented Ukraine in 63 matches and scored 28
1 Early life and Dynamo Kyiv career
2 AC Milan
3 International goals
5 Awards and honours
6 External links
Early life and Dynamo Kyiv career
Andriy was nine when the Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred in April
1986. His village, not far from Chernobyl, was also affected by the
disaster, and his family was one amongst the thousands who had to
abandon their homes and relocate to the coast to escape the
after-effects. Later the same year, Andriy failed a dribbling test for
entrance to a specialist sports school in Kyiv, as he had a mutated
foot. But he happened to catch the sight of a Dynamo Kyiv scout while
playing in a youth tournament, and was thus brought to the club. He was
extremely successful in the youth system at the club, honing his skills
in their junior teams. In 1990, Andriy, playing for the Dynamo Kyiv
Under-14 team in the Ian Rush Cup in Wales, top scored in the
tournament, and was awarded a pair of Rush’s boots as prize by the
Liverpool player himself.
In 1993-94, Andriy top-scored for Dynamo-2 with twelve goals, and made
an appearance in the first team list for Dynamo Kyiv for next season.
Andriy’s debut in the league for Dynamo came under manager Yozef Szabo
on 28 October 1994, in Donetsk, Dynamo defeating the home team Shakhtar
Donetsk 3-1. He scored his first league goal in the 4-2 home win against
Dnipro on December 1, 1994. Though that was the only goal that
Shevchenko scored in the league that season, he scored another in two
matches played in the UEFA Champions League, and also earned his
national team call-up. His first cap for Ukraine was earned at the age
of 19 years and 177 days, in a 0-4 loss to Croatia on 25 March, 1995 at
Zagreb. Shevchenko’s exceptional ability to convert scoring chances into
goals was fully displayed next season, when he scored 16 goals in just
31 matches, taking Dynamo to their second successive league victory. He
also scored his first international goal in May 1996, in a friendly
against Turkey, at Samsun. Shevchenko won the league again next season
with Dynamo, scoring 6 goals in 20 games. The next two seasons, 1997-98
and 1998-99, were abundantly productive for Shevchenko. The highlight of
his 1997-98 season was his first-half hat-trick against FC Barcelona in
the Champions League, helping Dynamo produce a shock 4-0 away win over
the highly decorated Spanish side. His 19 goals in 23 league matches, 6
goals in 10 Champions League matches, and another league victory with
Dynamo in 1997-98 was followed by 28 goals in all competitions in
1998-99, and the league top-scorer award for his 18 goals there. His
exploits in the Champions League took Dynamo to the semifinal stage of
the tournament, before they lost to Bayern Munich 3-4 on aggregate.
Shevchenko won the domestic league with Dynamo each of the five seasons
he was with the club. Under the guidance of Valeri Lobanovsky, the
manager of Dynamo from January 1997 to May 2002 (his third spell in the
post), he flourished into one of the team’s most prominent and skillful
In 1999 Shevchenko joined the then 5-time European Cup champions A.C.
Milan for $26 million and has been one of their key players since.
Shevchenko made his Serie A debut on August 28, 1999 in a 2-2 draw with
Lecce. The season turned out to be extremely fruitful personally,
Shevchenko’s haul of 24 league goals in 32 matches earned him the
highest scorer title in the Serie A, Andriy becoming, in the process,
the first non-Italian player to do so in his debut season. In March
2000, Lobanovsky was made the Ukrainian national team manager, with the
aim to take Ukraine to the 2002 World Cup. Shevchenko scored 10 goals in
the qualifiers, but Ukraine failed to qualify after losing the playoff
against Germany, and Lobanovsky was sacked.
The next two seasons Shevchenko scored 34 goals in 51 matches, and 17
goals 38 matches respectively, in all competitions, but Milan could not
win any silverware either season.
The disappointment of the past two seasons was overcome in 2002-03 as
Milan won the Champions League as well as the Italian Cup. Though
Shevchenko was not in top goal-scoring form in the league, netting only
five times in 24 matches, he scored the winning penalty in the Champions
League final against arch-rivals Juventus, giving Milan the title.
Shevchenko is the first Ukrainian ever to win the Champions League.
2003-04 was another successful season for both Milan and Shevchenko. He
top scored in the league for the second time in his career, scoring 24
goals in 32 matches and taking Milan to the league title after a gap of
four years. He also scored the winning goal in the UEFA Super Cup
against FC Porto, Milan winning the match 1-0, and their second trophy
of the season.
In December of 2004 Shevchenko was named the European Footballer of the
Year. He was also named by Pele as one of the top 125 greatest living
footballers in March 2004. Also in 2004, Shevchenko was awarded the
title Hero of Ukraine by former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.
In August 2004, Andriy scored three goals against Lazio in the Italian
Super Cup and earned Milan the title. In the same season of 2004-05, the
club finished second in league standings, helped by the seventeen goals
of Shevchenko. They also reached the final of the Champions League, with
him scoring six goals in ten matches. But the successes of the season
were greatly dampened in the final. The game against Liverpool ended 3-3
after extra-time, and went into penalties. Shevchenko missed his
spot-kick, giving the English side the title.
In October 2005, Ukraine finally managed to qualify for the finals of a
World Cup when they topped their qualification group for the 2006 World
Cup, winning seven games out of twelve, and losing only one. Shevchenko
was instrumental in this inspired performance by the team, scoring six
goals out of the total eighteen by Ukraine.
During the summer of 2004 there were reports that Roman Abramovich, the
owner of Chelsea, offered a record sum of F50 million and striker Hernan
Crespo to A.C. Milan in exchange for Andriy. Milan refused but took
Crespo on loan. After that, the determined Abramovich was rumoured to
offer another record sum of F85 million to AC Milan and another record
weekly wage of F225,000 to transfer him to Chelsea, but was again
In the 2005-06 season, Shevchenko has scored nine goals in the thirteen
games that he has played in the league till now, and six goals in six
Champions League matches. On November 23, 2005, in the Champions League
group stage match against Fenerbahce, Shevchenko scored four times,
becoming only the fifth man after Marco van Basten, Simone Inzaghi, Dado
Pr?o and Ruud van Nistelrooy to do so in one match in the competition.
Shevchenko also led the Ukrainian national team to its first
qualification for the World Cup, to take place in June 2006.