Andriy Shevchenko is one of the most famous football players in Ukraine and the entire post-Soviet space. In his best football years, he shone in the most famous clubs in Europe and was there one of the leaders.
Shevchenko made an invaluable contribution to the development of football in Ukraine, because he is the only player in the post-Soviet space who, in the 21st century, won the most prestigious individual award - the Golden Ball. Currently, he is the head coach of the Ukrainian team. He was appointed to this post on July 15, 2016.
Childhood and youth
Shevchenko Andrey Nikolaevich was born on September 29, 1976 in a small village called Dvorkovshchina, located in the Kiev region. The father of the future football star Nikolai Grigorievich saw his son as a general. He himself was a military man and wanted Andrei to go the same way. Andrei's mother, Lyubov Nikolaevna, worked as a kindergarten teacher for 20 years. She told me that from the age of three, little Andryusha literally fell in love with a football.
Andriy Shevchenko was very active and agile in childhood, constantly walking in bruises. As is often the case, he started the future forward from the position of the goalkeeper. Then he went into defense and only after a while became a striker. The first coach of Shevchenko was Alexander Shpakov, who saw the game of 9-year-old Andrei for the school team and immediately took him to Dynamo. So begins the path of a great football player.
The first steps in football. Dynamo (Kiev)
At the age of 16, namely in the spring of 1992, Shevchenko became a Dynamo 2 player. But Andrei did not stay there for a long time, because a year later, the coach of Dynamo Kyiv, Josef Szabo, took the talented young man into his team.
Shevchenko debuted for an adult team in 1994, November 8, in a match against Shakhtar Donetsk. In his first season, the striker scored 3 goals in 23 games, but one of them was in the Champions League group stage game against Bayern Munich. In the following seasons, Shevchenko gradually became the leader of the club, despite his young age. With Dynamo Kyiv, Andrey becomes the first champion of the country for the first time and wins twice in the Cup.
Football player popularity
The striker received wide popularity not for appearances in the Cup and the Championship of Ukraine, but for the games in the Champions League. At that time, under the leadership of the brilliant coach Valery Lobanovsky, Dynamo was a real threat to all European football. In the 1997/1998 season, a young guy makes a hat-trick at Camp Nou at the gate of the Spanish Barcelona. The name of this guy is Andrey Shevchenko. The footballer gained popularity precisely after this game, which is still remembered by loyal club fans.
A year later, the team of Valery Lobanovsky comes to the semi-finals of the Champions League, where the offensive is inferior to the same “Bavaria” in the sum of two matches. On the way to the semifinals, Dynamo was able to beat Real Madrid. All the goals the Spaniards scored Shevchenko.
This year was a turning point in the career of a football player. After this great season, the ranks of the Italian Milan were joined by a new forward, Andrei Shevchenko. His biography as a great football player begins in Kiev, and finds its continuation in Italy, where Shevchenko became a real hero.
Time spent in Milan
Andrei Shevchenko fits the Milan game scheme in the best possible way and in the first match in Serie A scored a goal. In the debut season, Andrew became the top scorer of the championship, scoring 24 goals. At the same time, he designed the first hat-trick in Italy, scoring three goals against the Roman Lazio. The next seven seasons were like a fairy tale. With Milan, Shevchenko won all possible trophies, and being in the status of one of the team leaders.
Fans of the club adored the Ukrainian footballer and gave him the nickname “Tsar”. In the 2002/2003 season, he scored the winning penalty against Juventus, bringing Milan the victory in the most prestigious club tournament. And in 2004, the new holder of the Golden Ball was named - Andrey Shevchenko. The footballer had previously been nominated for this award, but was the third twice.
There were unsuccessful moments for Shevchenko in "Milan". In 2005 in the Champions League final against Liverpool striker missed a crucial penalty, and the Italians lost the title. However, it should not all the blame for it to hang on the Ukrainian striker, because the best goals of Andriy Shevchenko had scored in games AC Milan.
When Shevchenko was 30 years old, in 2006 he moved to London Chelsea. Many experts believe that this was his fatal mistake, since after the transition Shevchenko became a completely different player. Some believe that the whole thing is in permanent injuries, but most still lean towards another option.
The fact is that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich bought Shevchenko without asking the team’s head coach. And, as you know, Jose Mourinho is not one of those who allow such an attitude to himself. Most likely, he simply did not count on him, and so it all happened.
In the first match for Chelsea, Shevchenko distinguished himself, but then a very long recession began. The football player injured his back and underwent a very serious operation. However, after the restoration, he still could not win a place in the "aristocrats". Andrey Shevchenko played very rarely, mainly in the FA Cup matches.
The end of the club career
In 2008, after two unsuccessful seasons in England, Andrew decides to return to Milan on a one-year lease with the right of redemption. During the year he played 26 games in which he managed to excel only twice. The club decided not to buy the player back, and Shevchenko returned to Chelsea, where he had a contract year.
After the expiration of the contract, Andriy Shevchenko returns to his home club, Dynamo (Kiev). From 2009 to 2012, he regularly played, often scoring. In total, he spent 56 games in three seasons, in which he scored 23 times. In the summer, at the 2012 European Championships, the great football player finished his career as a professional player.
It is symbolic that it was here, in Kiev, that one of the greatest players of the national team of Ukraine, Andrey Shevchenko, hung up the boots on a nail. His biography as a footballer began and ended in the same place.
Unfortunately, for a long time Ukraine could not overcome the qualifying stages for big tournaments. Three times the team was inferior in the play-offs (1998, 2000, 2002). Shevchenko scored in all matches, but the overall level of the national team did not allow to get into the World and European Championships.
Everything changed in 2006, when the team still managed to get into the final stage of the World Cup. The main hero of the selection was Andrey Shevchenko. The national team of Ukraine at that tournament has achieved significant success, reaching the stage of the quarter-finals. Here the team of Oleg Blokhin gave way to the future winners of the championship - the Italian national team.
The last tournament in the national team for Shevchenko was the 2012 European Home Championship. In the first match, he scored a double, thanks to which Ukraine won a strong-willed victory over Sweden. The last game for the national team for Andriy Shevchenko was the match against England in the same tournament. Shevchenko had some minor health problems, and therefore he had not the most outstanding match. On this his career in the national team ended.
Football player's family and personal life
The personal life of a football player has never been the subject of heated debate. About the forward, we can say that he is an exemplary husband and family man. The family of Andrey Shevchenko consists of 5 people: a wife and four sons. In July 2004, Andrew married the American model Kirsten Pasik, who is two years younger than a football player.
They have been together for 12 years and are raising 4 sons: Jordan, Christian, Alexander and Ryder-Gabriel. It is noteworthy that the famous Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi could become the godfather of the eldest son Shevchenko Jordan. However, this did not happen, because according to the laws of the Catholic Church, a divorced person cannot be a godfather. Andrey Shevchenko still maintains friendly relations with Silvio Berlusconi, who until recently was the owner of the Milan football club.
A few interesting facts from the personal life and career of a great football player:
- During his second coming in "Milan" Andrey chose the number 76, the year of his birth, as his beloved "seven" was busy.
- For all the time spent in Milan, Shevchenko was able to score 175 goals, which is the second figure in the history of the club.
- Besides the breath-taking football career, Andrew has won "silver" at the Ukrainian championship in Golf.
- Andrei managed to prove himself as an actor. He starred in several documentary and feature films.
- After football Shevchenko went into politics and even in the party composition of the "SW" participated in the parliamentary elections.
- Shevchenko is the "Hero of Ukraine", this is the highest award of the country.