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SHEVCHENKO Andriy

08 June, 2006

SHEVCHENKO Andriy from Ukraine.Ukrainian legend Andriy Shevchenko is one of the most exciting forwards in the game, combining speed and skill with a sharp eye for goal, as he proved in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League final.

Name:  SHEVCHENKO Andriy

Date of birth:  29 September 1976

Height:  183 cm

Weight:  73 kg

Position:  Forward

Current Club:  AC Milan (ITA)

Int'l Goals:   28 (as of 6-Jun-2006)

Int'l Caps:  63 (as of 6-Jun-2006)

First Int'l Cap:  Croatia v. Ukraine (25-Mar-1995)

Detail:  Ukrainian legend Andriy Shevchenko is one of the most exciting forwards in the game, combining speed and skill with a sharp eye for goal, as he proved in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League final.

National team

Now his country's talisman, Shevchenko first appeared for Ukraine in March 1995 against Croatia, scoring his first goal in May 1996 against Turkey. Achieved his dream of qualifying for a major tournament when Ukraine won FIFA World Cup qualifying Group 2 to advance to Germany.

Club

Shevchenko spent five seasons at FC Dynamo Kyiv, before joining Milan in 1999 for €26m. He had just scored eight goals to help Dynamo into the Champions League semi-finals. During the previous season he struck a first-half hat-trick at the Camp Nou in a sensational 4-0 win against FC Barcelona. He left the club having won five championships and two Ukrainian Cups.

1999: It was no great surprise when 'Sheva' became the first foreigner to top the Serie A scoring charts in a debut season. He tormented Serie A defenders with another 24-goal haul in the 2000/01 season, and managed 14 goals in 29 league appearances in 2001/02. Shevchenko scored the winning penalty in the 2003 Champions League final victory against Juventus FC and also received the Ukrainian Order of Merit from president Leonid Kuchma.

2003: Scored the only goal in the UEFA Super Cup defeat of FC Porto in Monaco, and again top scored in Serie A with 24 goals prior to signing a new contract with the champions until 2009.

2004/05: Scored the hat-trick that earned Milan victory in the Italian Super Cup against S.S. Lazio in August. Voted the European Footballer of the Year, Shevchenko scored 17 goals in Serie A and six in the UEFA Champions League but his season ended in disappointment as he missed the decisive kick in the Champions League final penalty shoot-out against Liverpool FC.

Did you know?

Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush gave Shevchenko, then just 14, a pair of his boots as a prize for his goalscoring prowess in a 1990 youth tournament.


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