Wednesday, May 31, 2006

PLAYER PROFILE - 10 Andriy Shevchenko

Date of birth: 29 September 1976; born in Yagotyn, Ukraine
183 cm
73 kg
Ukraine Jersey number -10

Clubs: Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea (to move next season)

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

The man known as Sheva is going to be a man to watch during this World Cup. Andriy Shevchenko's quick manoeuver ability along with great finishing of chances created, makes him one of the most deadly strikers in the football world.

The European footballer of the year 2004 started his football goal in Ukraine with Dynamo Kyiv. He had a prolific stint with the club and was immediately noticed by the Italian giants AC Milan. His transfer and subsequent seasons with the club were really fruitful and slowly made him argueably the most-feared forward in the league.

Coming to his national side Ukraine, which lost out in the previous two play-offs for the World Cup. They finally managed to qualify to this edition of World Cup by winning 7 of their 11 games. Though they may not be the contenders, the sheer brilliance of Sheva might see a spring in their performances.

Sheva is known to play a major part in his team's silverware. AC milan has achieved a lot of them with his efforts for the Club. He top-scored for a couple of seasons in the Serie A. This top-scoring in the Italian league (the league known for their defensive style of play) in the 2003-04 season with 24 league goals in 32 matches has won him many accolades across the globe.

Sheva also top-scored in the 2003-04 European league. He scored the winning penalty that helped AC Milan win the European Cup that season. Further his subsequent stints with the club were as successful; however AC Milan’s loss to Liverpool in the 2004-05 Champions League finals cut-short from being a perfect year for Sheva. In the finals with both team tied at 3-3 after extra-time, Shevchenko missed his spot-kick in the penalties to give the English side the title.

However the man has now reached the stage of reckoning, his performance in the World Cup will be closely watched from all quarters- his country, clubs and his many fans across the world. Presently Sheva is down with an injury but he shall be ready for the opener with Spain on June 14.

These days he’s also making the transfer headlines, with Chelsea holding talks with AC Milan. With Shevchenko confirming that he would be leaving the Italian Club and moving to England, English fans can expect fireworks on the field during the English Football season.


Anonymous Dave said...

Sheva is simply superb.

12:19 AM  

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