Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko
Андрій Миколайович Шевченко, Andrij
; commonly known as Andrei Shevchenko
born 29 September 1976 in Yagotyn, Kiev Oblast) is a Ukrainian football
striker who plays for Milan and the Ukraine national team. He is the
fourth-highest scorer in the history of European club competition with 61
goals, behind Filippo Inzaghi, Raúl and Gerd Müller.
Shevchenko's career has been highlighted by many awards, the most
prestigious of which were the Ballon d'Or in 2004 and the UEFA Champions
League in 2003 with Milan. Along with this, he has won various league and
cup titles in Ukraine, Italy, and England. Besides the Golden Ball,
Shevchenko was awarded other individual awards. In his international career,
the striker led Ukraine as captain to the quarterfinals in their first ever
FIFA World Cup appearance in 2006.
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Shevchenko was nine when the Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred in April
1986. His village was affected by the disaster, and his family was forced to
abandon their home and relocate to the coast to escape the after-effects.
At an early age, he was a competitive boxer in the LLWI Ukrainian junior
league, but eventually he elected to move on to football.
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 Kyiv 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
In 1992-93, Shevchenko was the top scorer for Dynamo-2 with twelve goals,
and he made his first appearance in the starting eleven. He won his second
league title next season, scoring 6 goals in 20 matches, and scored a hat
trick in the first half of a 1997-98 Champions League road match against
Barcelona, which Dynamo won 4-0. His nineteen goals in 23 league matches and
six goals in ten Champions League matches 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 Milan for a then-record transfer fee of $25
million. He made his Serie A debut on 28 August 1999 in a 2-2 draw with
Lecce. He became the first foreign player to win the Serie A scoring title
in his debut season, finishing with 24 goals in 32 matches.
Despite netting only five times in 24 matches, 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. He finished top goalscorer in Serie A (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 four years. 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.
He scored seventeen 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,
Filippo Inzaghi, Dado Pršo and Ruud van Nistelrooy). He scored his last
Milan goal in the second leg of the quarterfinals as they eliminated
Olympique Lyonnais after a last-minute comeback, but then fell to eventual
winners Barcelona in the semifinals.
On 8 February 2006, he became Milan's second all-time goalscorer, behind
Gunnar Nordahl, after netting against Treviso.
During the summer of 2005, there were persistent reports that Chelsea
owner Roman Abramovich offered a record sum of €35.2 million and striker
Hernán Crespo to Milan in exchange for Shevchenko.
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."
Shevchenko cited that the persistence of Abramovich was a key factor in his
On 28 May 2006, Shevchenko left Milan for Chelsea for £30 million,
topping Michael Essien's transfer fee from the previous year and also
breaking the record for a player signed by an English club.
He received the number seven shirt, as Chelsea coach José Mourinho said that
Shevchenko could continue wearing it.
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 UEFA Champions League and another against
Tottenham Hotspur to help take his side into the FA Cup semifinals. 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
Muller on the all-time European goalscorers list, before Filippo Inzaghi
made the record his own in the 2007-08 season.
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
Shevchenko was handed his first start of the 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 in a match
against Rosenborg, on 18 September 2007. Shevchenko was in and out of the
starting lineup because of injuries and the appointment of Avram Grant
following the departure of José Mourinho the day after the Rosenborg game,
and finished with five league goals for the season. Shevchenko scored his
last goal in the 2007-08 season in the 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers.
Return to Milan
On 23 August 2008, Milan reacquired Shevchenko on loan from Chelsea. The
move was criticised by Milan assistant coach Alessandro Costacurta.
Shevchenko was the third player after Ronaldinho and Mathieu Flamini to take
his year of birth, 76, as his squad number; this was due to Alexandre Pato
occupying the number 7 shirt.
On 31 August 2008, Shevchenko made his debut in Milan's 1-2
season-opening loss to Bologna, coming on for Marek Jankulovski at
half-time. On 2 October 2008, Shevchenko scored his first goal since his
return to Milan in a UEFA Cup match against Zürich. Milan won the match 1-0,
going through to the group stages with a 4-1 aggregate victory.
In his time back at AC Milan, Shevchenko did not manage to break into the
starting lineup and made only a handful of appearances, mostly in UEFA Cup
and Coppa Italia games. On 30 March 2009 he confirmed he expects to leave AC
Milan at the end of the season.
Shevchenko has 85 caps and 40 goals for the Ukrainian national team, whom
he represented at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He scored his first international
goal in May 1996, in a friendly against Turkey.
In March 2000, Dynamo manager Valeri Lobanovsky became the Ukraine coach,
with the aim to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals. Shevchenko
scored 10 goals in the qualifiers, but Ukraine failed to qualify after
losing a play-off against Germany. He scored a total of five goals in
Ukraine's Euro 2008 qualifiers.
After only playing two games for AC Milan in the season 08/09 there was a
lot of speculation (especially before England vs Ukraine in the world cup
qualifiers) of Andriy being past his best but he silenced his critics after
he fired in an equaliser against England at the New Wembley Stadium, however
Ukraine went on to lose the game.
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, DC.
They communicate with each other in Italian,
though Shevchenko had previously made public his desire to learn English.
The couple have two sons: Jordan,
born on 29 October 2004, and Christian, born on 10 November 2006. Andriy
commemorated Jordan's birth by scoring against Sampdoria the following day
(Milan won 1–0). Milan
supremo Silvio Berlusconi is the Godfather of Andriy's first son, Jordan.
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.
Shevchenko is a close friend of fashion designer Giorgio Armani, and has
modelled for Armani and opened two boutiques with him in Kyiv.
In June 2005, he became an ambassador for the SOS Children's Villages
Shevchenko's first name (Андрій in Ukrainian) does not have a
single way of being transliterated from its original spelling in the
Cyrillic alphabet into the Latin alphabet. Andriy is the spelling
used throughout the player's official web site (). 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 correct pronunciation is
[an.ˈdrij]. Dinamo Kiev fans gave him the nickname Sheva,
a contraction of Shevchenko.
- Ukrainian Premier League: 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98,
- Ukrainian Cup: 1996, 1998, 1999
- Commonwealth of Independent States Cup: 1996, 1997, 1998
- UEFA Champions League: 2003
- Coppa Italia: 2002-03
- UEFA Super Cup: 2003
- Serie A: 2003-04
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2004
- FA Cup: 2007
- Football League Cup: 2007
- Commonwealth of Independent States Cup Top Scorer: 1997
- Ukrainian Premier League Top Scorer: 1998-99
- UEFA Champions League Best Forward: 1998-99
- Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year: 2000
- Serie A Top Scorer: 1999-00, 2003-04
- FIFA 100
- Ballon D'or: 2004
- FIFPro World XI: 2004-05
- Ukrainian Footballer of the Year: 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005
- UEFA Champions League Top Scorer: 1998-99, 2000-01, 2005-06
- Ukraine national team top all-time scorer
- A.C. Milan second all-time scorer
Sheva is a good player. Everything about sheva is interesting.
You looks very cool when you're play....
Shevchenko is a wonderful striker with controlled finishing,
he is a shining example to his new club Chelsea. This Ukrainian man should have
a few more goals in his career, before retirement
He is the best scorer between 1999-2006? HIM. This speaks for