Andriy Shevchenko

This article is about the footballer and politician. For the journalist and politician, see Andriy Shevchenko (politician).
This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Mykolayovych and the family name is Shevchenko.
Andriy Shevchenko

Shevchenko in 2012
Personal information
Full name Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko[1]
Date of birth (1976-09-29) 29 September 1976
Place of birth Dvirkivschyna, Soviet Union
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Ukraine (manager)
Youth career
1986–1993 Dynamo Kyiv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1999 Dynamo Kyiv 117 (60)
1999–2006 Milan 208 (127)
2006–2009 Chelsea 48 (9)
2008–2009Milan (loan) 18 (0)
2009–2012 Dynamo Kyiv 55 (23)
Total 446 (219)
National team
1994–1995 Ukraine U18 8 (5)
1994–1995 Ukraine U21 7 (6)
1995–2012 Ukraine 111 (48)
Teams managed
2016– Ukraine

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko (Ukrainian: Андрі́й Микола́йович Шевче́нко, pronounced [ɑndˈrij mɪkoˈlɑjovɪt͡ʃ ʃɛwˈt͡ʃɛnko]; born 29 September 1976) is a football manager and retired Ukrainian footballer who played for Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea and the Ukraine national team as a striker. From February to July 2016, he was an assistant coach of the Ukraine national team, at the time led by Mykhailo Fomenko. On 15 July 2016, shortly following the nation's elimination from UEFA Euro 2016, Shevchenko was appointed as Ukraine's head coach.

Shevchenko is ranked as the fifth top goalscorer in all European competitions with 67 goals. With a tally of 175 goals scored for Milan, Shevchenko is the second most prolific player in the history of the club, and is also the all-time top scorer of the Derby della Madonnina (the derby between Milan and their local rivals Internazionale) with 14 goals. Furthermore, he is the all-time top scorer for the Ukrainian national team with 48 goals. In 2012, he quit football and joined Ukraine – Forward! to take part in elections.

Shevchenko's career has been highlighted by many awards, the most prestigious of which was the Ballon d'Or in 2004 (becoming the third Ukrainian, after Oleh Blokhin and Igor Belanov, to receive it). He won the UEFA Champions League in 2003 with Milan, and he has also won various league and cup titles in Ukraine, Italy and England. He was also an UEFA Champions League runner-up in 2005 and 2008.

In his illustrious international career, the striker led Ukraine as captain to the quarter-finals in their first ever FIFA World Cup appearance in 2006, and also took part at UEFA Euro 2012.

On 28 July 2012, Shevchenko announced that he was quitting football for politics.[2] He was standing for election to the Ukrainian Parliament in the October 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election,[3] but his party failed to win parliamentary representation.[4][5]

Early life

Shevchenko was born in the family of Praporshchik Mykola Hryhorovych Shevchenko in 1976. In 1979, his family moved to the newly built neighborhood in Kiev – Obolon (Minsk District was created in 1975).[6] In Kiev, Shevchenko went to the 216th City School and in 1986 (aged 9) enrolled into the football section coached by Oleksandr Shpakov. Because of the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, together with his sport group he was evacuated temporarily from the city. At an early age, he also was a competitive boxer in the LLWI Ukrainian junior league,[7] but eventually he elected to move on to football.

Club career

Dynamo Kyiv

In 1986, Shevchenko failed a dribbling test for entrance to a specialist sports school in Kyiv, but happened to catch the eye of a Dynamo Kyiv scout while playing in a youth tournament, and was thus brought to the club. Four years later, Shevchenko was on the Dynamo under-14 team for the Ian Rush Cup (now the Welsh Super Cup); he finished as the tournament's top scorer and was awarded a pair of Rush's boots as a prize by the then-Liverpool player.

In 1992–93, Shevchenko was the top goal scorer for Dynamo-2 with 12 goals, and he made his first appearance in the starting XI. He made his debut on 28 October 1994 in a game against Shakhtar Donetsk. He won his second league title the next season, scoring 6 goals in 20 matches, and scored a hat-trick in the first half of a 1997–98 UEFA Champions League road match against Barcelona, which Dynamo won 4–0. His 19 goals in 23 league matches and six goals in ten Champions League matches (including a hat trick over two legs against Real Madrid) were followed by 28 total goals in all competitions in 1998–99. He won the domestic league title with Dynamo in each of his five seasons with the club.


In 1999, Shevchenko joined Italian club Milan for a then-record transfer fee of $25 million. He made his league debut on 28 August 1999 in a 2–2 draw with Lecce.[8] Alongside five other players — Michel Platini, John Charles, Gunnar Nordahl, Istvan Nyers, and Férénc Hirzer — he managed, as a foreign player, to win the Serie A scoring title in his debut season, finishing with 24 goals in 32 matches. Shevchenko maintained his excellent form into the 2000–01 season, scoring 24 goals in 34 matches. Shevchenko also managed to score nine goals in 14 matches in the Champions League. Milan, however, failed to get past the second group stage.

Andriy Shevchenko with Milan in 2004

Despite netting only five times in 24 matches, mainly due to injuries, Shevchenko became the first Ukrainian-born player to win the Champions League after Milan lifted their sixth trophy in 2002–03. He scored the winning penalty in the shoot out against arch-rivals Juventus in the final, which had ended goalless after extra time. Following Milan winning the Champions League, Shevchenko flew to Kyiv to put his medal by the grave of Valeriy Lobanovskyi (who he was managed by when he was at Dynamo), who died in 2002. He finished top goalscorer in Serie A in 2003–04 for the second time in his career, scoring 24 goals in 32 matches as Milan won the Scudetto for the first time in five years. He also scored the winning goal in the UEFA Super Cup victory over Porto, leading to Milan's second trophy of the season. In August 2004, he scored three goals against Lazio as Milan won the Supercoppa Italiana. Shevchenko capped off the year by being named the 2004 European Player of the Year, becoming the third Ukrainian player ever to win the award after Oleg Blokhin and Igor Belanov. In the same year, Shevchenko was also inducted into the FIFA 100.

He scored 17 goals in the 2004–05 season after missing several games with a fractured cheekbone. Shevchenko made Champions League history the following season; on 23 November 2005, he scored all four goals in Milan's 4–0 group stage drubbing of Fenerbahçe, becoming only the fifth player to accomplish this feat; his company includes Marco van Basten, Simone Inzaghi, Dado Pršo and Ruud van Nistelrooy (while Lionel Messi joined that group in the 2009–10 season and Robert Lewandowski in 2012–13), and the only one to have done it in an away game. Milan eventually lost the tournament when Shevchenko missed the crucial penalty in the final against Liverpool. In the 2005–06 season, he scored his last Milan goal in the second leg of the quarter-finals as they eliminated Lyon after a last-minute comeback in a 3–1 victory.[9] In the semi-finals, Milan lost to eventual winners Barcelona 1–0, a match where Shevchenko controversially had a last minute equalizer denied by the referee.[10] Despite this, he still ended up being the top scorer of the whole competition with 9 goals in 12 games.[11]

On 8 February 2006, Shevchenko became Milan's second highest all-time goalscorer, behind Gunnar Nordahl, after netting against Treviso.[12] He finished the season as joint fourth-top scorer with 19 goals in 28 games. Shevchenko ended his seven-year stint with Milan with 175 goals in 296 games.


During the summer of 2005, there were persistent reports that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich offered a record sum 75.2 million and striker Hernán Crespo to Milan in exchange for Shevchenko.[13] Milan refused the monetary offer but took Crespo on loan. Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon was quoted as saying, "I think Shevchenko is the type of player we would like. At the end of the day to improve what we have got, it has to be a great player and Shevchenko certainly comes into that class."[14] Shevchenko cited that the persistence of Abramovich was a key factor in his move.[15] Milan, desperate to keep the striker, offered Shevchenko a six-year contract extension.[16]

Shevchenko with Chelsea in 2007.

On 28 May 2006, Shevchenko left Milan for Chelsea for £30.8 million (€43.875million[17][18]), topping Michael Essien's transfer fee from the previous year and also breaking the record for a player signed by an English club.[19] He received the number seven shirt, as Chelsea manager José Mourinho said that Shevchenko could continue wearing it.[20][21]

Shevchenko made his debut for Chelsea on 13 August 2006 in the FA Community Shield, scoring his side's goal in a 2–1 loss to Liverpool. On 23 August, he scored his first Premier League goal — and his 300th in top-flight and international football — in a 2–1 loss to Middlesbrough. He scored goals sporadically throughout the season, including equalisers against Porto and Valencia in the Champions League and another against Tottenham Hotspur to help take his side into the FA Cup semi-finals. He finished with a total of 14 from 51 games. During the campaign, he netted his 57th career goal in European competitions, leaving him second behind Gerd Müller on the all-time European goalscorers list, before Filippo Inzaghi made the record his own in the 2007–08 season.[22] Shevchenko's 2006–07 season was cut short due to injury and a hernia operation. He missed the Champions League semi-finals against Liverpool and the FA Cup Final against Manchester United at the new Wembley Stadium on 19 May 2007.[23] He did, however, start for Chelsea in the 2007 League Cup final victory over Arsenal in which he hit the bar which would have given Chelsea a 3–1 lead.

Shevchenko was handed his first start of the 2007–08 season against Blackburn Rovers at home to cover for the injured Didier Drogba, but the game finished goalless. His first goal of the season came three days later, equalising for Chelsea in a match against Rosenborg, which turned out to be José Mourinho's last game as manager of Chelsea. Throughout the season, Shevchenko was in and out of the starting lineup because of injuries and the appointment of Avram Grant following the departure of Mourinho. During the Christmas period, however, Shevchenko enjoyed a good run of form. He scored the first goal in Chelsea's 2–0 win over Sunderland, and he was named Man of the Match in Chelsea's 4–4 draw against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, scoring twice (including a stunning 25-yard shot into the top left hand corner) and assisting Alex to make the score 3–2 in Chelsea's favour. Shevchenko scored his last goal in the 2007–08 season in a 1–1 draw with Bolton Wanderers. He finished the season with five league goals in 17 games. Shevchenko also played a part in a pre-season match which was against his former team, Milan.

Loan to Milan

Shevchenko was not used very often in the starting lineup at Chelsea, and with the appointment of Luiz Felipe Scolari, he was deemed surplus to requirements. Due to this, Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani offered to take Shevchenko back to the San Siro and Shevchenko was loaned back to his old club for the 2008–09 season.

Shevchenko's second spell was considered unsuccessful, as he failed to score any league goals and only scored 2 goals in 26 appearances, starting only nine of those games. At the end of the season, Milan confirmed that Shevchenko would be returning to Chelsea for the final year of his four-year contract. At the end of that season, it was also announced that Milan's manager, Carlo Ancelotti, would also be leaving to join Chelsea.

Shevchenko was not even on the bench for Chelsea's penalty shoot-out victory over Manchester United at Wembley at the weekend in the season-opening Community Shield.[24] After making a late appearance for Chelsea in their second game of the 2009–10 season, Ancelotti announced that Shevchenko would be likely to leave Chelsea before the summer transfer window closed.[25] Despite this, Ancelotti said it had nothing to do with his decision to leave Shevchenko out of Chelsea's 2009–10 Champions League squad, but just to continue playing first-team football.[26]

Return to Dynamo Kyiv

Shevchenko during his second spell at Dynamo Kyiv

On 28 August 2009, Shevchenko signed a two-year deal at his former club Dynamo Kyiv[27] and scored a penalty-goal in his first game upon returning to his former club against Metalurh Donetsk in Dynamo's 3–1 victory on 31 August 2009. He was mostly used as a left winger, and was named left winger in the 2009 team of the season.[28] On 16 September 2009, Shevchenko played his first Champions League match after returning to Dynamo, against Rubin Kazan, in Dynamo's first game of the 2009–10 season. In October 2009, he was named the best player of the Ukrainian Premier League. On 4 November 2009, he scored a goal in the game against Internazionale, cross-city rivals of his former club Milan, in the fourth game of the Champions League season. It was the 15th goal he had scored against Inter in his career.

On 25 August 2010, he scored a penalty against Ajax in the second game against two teams in qualifications level for 2010–11 Champions League.

On 28 July 2012, Shevchenko announced that he was quitting football for politics.[2]

International career

Shevchenko achieved 111 caps and scored 48 goals for the Ukrainian national team, whom he represented at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012. He earned his first cap in 1995 and scored his first international goal in May 1996 in a friendly against Turkey.

During qualification for the 1998 World Cup, Shevchenko scored three times as Ukraine finished second in Group G to earn a place in the play-offs. Ukraine were knocked out 3–1 on aggregate by Croatia, the team who would go on to finish third in the finals, with Shevchenko scoring Ukraine's goal in the home leg.

Ukraine performed similarly impressively in UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying, again making the play-offs after finishing one point behind World Champions France in Group 4. However, the team again failed at the play-off stage, losing to underdogs Slovenia. Overall, Shevchenko scored four times for Ukraine during their Euro 2000 qualifying campaign.

In March 2000, Dynamo manager Valeri Lobanovsky became Ukraine's coach, with the aim to qualify for the 2002 World Cup finals. Shevchenko scored ten goals in the qualifiers, but Ukraine again failed to qualify after losing a play-off, this time against Germany. He then scored a total of three goals in Ukraine's Euro 2004 qualifying round, but the team failed to qualify for the play-offs, finishing below Greece and Spain in third place in Group 6.

Shevchenko scored six goals in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, to take his country to its first ever major tournament. He captained the team at the finals and scored in Ukraine's first ever World Cup win, a 4–0 defeat of Saudi Arabia. He then scored the winning goal from a penalty kick as Ukraine beat Tunisia 1–0 to qualify for the second round where, despite Shevchenko failing with their first kick, Ukraine knocked out Switzerland on penalties. Ukraine were then beaten 3–0 by eventual champions Italy at the quarter-final stage.

After only playing two games for Milan in the 2008–09 season, some critics suggested Shevchenko was past his best but he silenced his critics after scoring an equaliser in an 2010 World Cup qualifying match against England at Wembley Stadium. Ukraine, however, went on to lose the game 2–1 after his former Chelsea teammate John Terry scored from a free kick delivered by David Beckham.

Shevchenko celebrates scoring against Sweden at Euro 2012.

In a 21 December 2009 interview with UEFA, Shevchenko declared that he was keen to play in his home country at Euro 2012. "After a disappointing 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, that is my new challenge, or even dream. I will do everything to achieve that."[29]

In May 2012, Shevchenko was named in the Ukrainian squad for Euro 2012. In Ukraine's opening game, Shevchenko scored two headers to beat Sweden 2–1 in Group D.[30][31] In Ukraine's final game, against England, Marko Dević scored a "ghost goal" in the second half, with Ukraine losing 1–0 to a Wayne Rooney goal. Dević's shot was hooked clear from behind the England goal-line by Shevchenko's former Chelsea teammate John Terry under the eyes of the additional assistant referee standing beside the goal (as confirmed by video replays).[32] The incident reopened football's goal-line technology debate.[33][34][35] Replays, however, also showed Artem Milevskiy should have been ruled offside before Dević's shot.[36] After this game, Shevchenko announced he would retire from international football, having been Ukraine's youngest and oldest goalscorer and record marksman with 48 goals in 111 appearances.[37]

In November 2012, Shevchenko refused to accept Football Federation of Ukraine's proposal to become head coach of the Ukraine national team.[38]

Style of play

A fast, hardworking, energetic, opportunistic and prolific goalscorer, Shevchenko was usually deployed as a centre-forward,[39] although he was capable of attacking from the left wing as well, a position which he occupied during his second stint with Dynamo Kyiv;[28] he was also effective from set-pieces and was an accurate penalty taker.[39] A strong and physical striker with an eye for goal, he was primarily known for his excellent positional sense and his powerful and accurate shot, although he also possessed good technique and aerial ability, and was capable of playing off of his teammates.[39][40]

Coaching career


On 15 July 2016, Shevchenko was appointed as manager of the Ukraine national team. The 39-year-old replaced Mykhaylo Fomenko, whose four-year spell ended with elimination at the group stage of Euro 2016. Prior to his appointment, Shevchenko served as the assistant manager of the national team. He signed a two-year contract with the possibility of another two-year extension. Former Italy and Milan defender Mauro Tassotti, who was assistant coach when Shevchenko was at Milan, joined his coaching staff, as did former Dynamo coach Raul Riancho, and former Milan Youth System coach Andrea Maldera.[41]

Political career

Andriy Shevchenko
Occupation Politician
Political party Ukraine – Forward! (2012)
SDPU(u) (1998–2005)
Spouse(s) Kristen Pazik (m. 2004)
Children 4 sons (Jordan, Christian, Alexander, and Rider Gabriel)

In the late 1990s, Shevchenko and other teammates of Dynamo Kyiv publicly backed the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united).[2][42] During the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election, Shevchenko publicly endorsed candidate Viktor Yanukovych.[43]

After his retirement in June 2012, Shevchenko immediately joined Ukraine – Forward! (formerly known as Ukrainian Social Democratic Party)[2][44] and took second place on the party list for the October 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[3] This was in spite of him stating a month earlier that he wanted to coach after his playing career: "This is the world I understand, the world I want to stay in."[43] In the election his party won 1.58% of the national votes and no constituencies and thus failed to win parliamentary representation.[4][5]

Personal life

Shevchenko is married to American model Kristen Pazik. The couple met at a Giorgio Armani afterparty in 2002, and married on 14 July 2004 in a private ceremony on a golf course in Washington, D.C.[45][46] They communicate with each other in Italian,[47] though Shevchenko had previously made public his desire to learn English.[48] After his return to Dynamo Kyiv in August 2009, the couple declared that they want their children to learn Ukrainian.[49]

The couple have four sons: Jordan,[47] born on 29 October 2004, Christian, born on 10 November 2006, Alexander, born on 1 October 2012 and Rider Gabriel,[50] born on 6 April 2014.[51] Shevchenko commemorated Jordan's birth by scoring against Sampdoria the following day (Milan won 1–0).[52] Milan owner and former Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi is the godfather of Shevchenko's first son, Jordan.[53] The day after Christian's birth, Shevchenko scored in a 4–0 Chelsea victory over Watford and he and several of his teammates gathered and performed the popular "rock-the-baby" goal celebration as a tribute.[54]

Shevchenko is a close friend of fashion designer Giorgio Armani, and has modelled for Armani and opened two boutiques with him in Kyiv.[45] With his wife, he has started an e-commerce Web site called, dedicated to men’s fashion and lifestyle.[43]

In June 2005, he became an ambassador for the SOS Children's Villages charity.[55] Shevchenko also has a foundation to support orphaned children.[43]

Shevchenko, an avid golfer, participated in his first professional golf tournament, the Kharkov Superior Cup, in September 2013.[56]

Shevchenko represented the Rest of the World team against England for Soccer Aid on 8 June 2014.


Shevchenko's first name (Андрій in Ukrainian) has multiple ways of being transliterated from its original spelling in the Ukrainian Cyrillic alphabet into the Latin alphabet. "Andriy" is the spelling used throughout the player's official web site.[57] It has also been adopted by UEFA and FIFA and is the preferred spelling in most English publications (although "Andrii" is used by World Soccer magazine and "Andrei" by Sky Sports). The Ukrainian pronunciation is [anˈdrij].


Shevchenko features in EA Sports' FIFA video game series; he was on the cover of FIFA 2005,[58] and was named one of the Ultimate Team Legends in FIFA 14.[59]

Career statistics


Season Club League League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1994–95 Dynamo Kyiv Premier League 1714121--233
1995–96 31165122--3819
1996–97 206------206
1997–98 231988106--4133
1998–99 2618451410--4433
1999–00 Milan Serie A 32244461104329
2000–01 342431149--5134
2001–02 29143063--3817
2002–03 24541114--3910
2003–04 322410105204529
2004–05 2917--106134026
2005–06 2819--129--4028
2006–07 Chelsea Premier League 30463103545114
2007–08 175105122258
2008–09 Milan (loan) Serie A 1801171--262
2009–10 Chelsea Premier League 10------10
2009–10 Dynamo Kyiv Premier League 2172061--298
2010–11 181021125--3216
2011–12 1661050--226
Dynamo 1728326165125--249124
Milan 226127167763843322175
Chelsea 48973154767722
Career total 446219492614267119648321

*Other tournaments include Supercoppa Italiana, Community Shield, Football League Cup and Intercontinental Cup


As of 19 June 2012[61][62]
Year Apps Goals
1995 20
1996 21
1997 84
1998 61
1999 92
2000 55
2001 76
2002 30
2003 83
2004 64
2005 62
2006 95
2007 83
2008 73
2009 84
2010 62
2011 51
2012 62
Total 11148

Managerial statistics

As of 15 November 2016
Team From To Record
Ukraine 15 July 2016 Present 5 3 2 0 9 3 +6 60.00 [63]
Total 5 3 2 0 9 3 +6 60.00


Andriy Shevchenko and Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko on graffiti, Kharkiv, 2008. The message reads "Shevchenko brothers".
Andriy Shevchenko's 2005 Golden Foot imprint


Dynamo Kyiv




Ballon d'Or

FIFA World Player of the Year

World Soccer Award


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