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Andrii Shevchenko becomes president of Ukrainian Association of Football

Andrii Shevchenko becomes president of Ukrainian Association of Football Photo: Andrii Shevchenko changed the coaching bench for a functionary's chair (
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Delegates to the extraordinary congress of the Ukrainian Association of Football have elected a new head of the organization at the Football House in Kyiv. It was former striker and head coach of the Ukrainian national team Andrii Shevchenko, according to UAF.

The 2004 Ballon d'Or winner became the head of Ukrainian football. The election of the association's president was the third item on the agenda of the UAF's XXVI Congress.

Shevchenko was the unopposed candidate for the presidency. Before voting for his candidacy, the congress delegates unanimously supported the proposal to recognize the term of office of the predecessor of the new UAF head, Andrii Pavelko, as expired. 93 delegates voted for Shevchenko, and 1 abstained.

Shevchenko became the sixth president of the FFU/UAF in history. Previously, Viktor Bannikov, Valerii Pustovoitenko, Hryhorii Surkis, and Anatolii Konkov also led the national football. Last year, Pavelko was imprisoned on charges of embezzlement at the construction of an artificial grass plant.

Who is Andrii Shevchenko?

A native of the Kyiv region, a football player and coach. He graduated from Dynamo Kyiv and made his adult debut with Dynamo Kyiv-2 in the 1992/93 season.

He joined the first team Dynamo Kyiv in 1994. He played five seasons in a row in the Dynamo first team, won 5 championship titles and 3 Ukrainian Cups, and moved to AC Milan for $ 25 million. He played 7 years in the ranks of the Rossoneri and helped Milan win the 2003/04 Scudetto, the 2002/03 Champions League trophy, the Italian Cup and Super Cup, and the 2003 UEFA Super Cup.

After making his debut for the Ukrainian national team at the 2006 World Cup (5 matches, 2 goals), he ended up at Chelsea in London. He failed to win a place in the Blues' starting lineup and returned to Milan on loan two seasons later. He could not reach the previous level and left to play the last three seasons of his career for Dynamo.

In 2004, he won the Ballon d'Or. He played 111 matches for the Ukrainian national team (48 goals). In 2016-2021, he worked with the national team as head coach and led the team to the quarterfinals of Euro 2020. In the 2021/22 season, he unsuccessfully coached the Italian Genoa.