Ukraine will start 2018 World Cup qualifications in September against Iceland, Croatia, Turkey, Finland and Kosovo with the new coach on their bench.
Ukraine have appointed former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko as their new national team mentor.
Accepting the honour as the head coach of Ukraine, Shevchenko said he is excited to be given a chance to steer the national team ahead.
“It’s an emotional moment and a great honour for me to be given the key to steer the national team. My first task is creating a real unit who are able to achieve results. I also want to help the team win back the supporters’ respect with the quality of our performances”, he said.
The 39 year old who won 111 caps and scored 48 goals for the national replaces Mykhaylo Fomenko, who spent four years with the national but failed to qualify for the Euro 2016 in France.
The veteran striker was his assistant as Ukraine lost all of their matches, against Germany, Northern Ireland and Poland.
Andriy Shevchenko has signed a two-year contract with the possibility of another two year extension and this is his first coaching carrier of the former Chelsea star.
During his football carrier as a player, Shevchenko played for AC Milan and Chelsea at the club level and was Ukraine’s captain, notably during their run to the 2006 World Cup. He also won the Ballon d’Or award in 2004.
Andriy hanged his boots as a player in 2012 after after having wonderful seasons with different European teams.
With AC Milan he won the Champions League in 2003 after a penalty shootout win over Juventus, and clinched Serie A in 2004, when he was named European footballer of the year.
During his two year spell at Chelsea he won the FA Cup and League Cup before returning to Dynamo Kiev.