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Andriy Shevchenko

Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko (; born 29 September 1976) is a Ukraine Association football who plays for Dynamo Kyiv and the Ukraine national football team as a forward (association football). Andriy Shevchenko is the third-highest scorer in the history of European club competition with 67 goals as of 10 March 2011, behind Filippo Inzaghi and Raúl González. With 175 goals scored with A.C. 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 (Local derby between A.C. Milan and their local rivals F.C. Internazionale Milano) with 14 goals and Ukraine national football team with 46 goals.

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Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko (; born 29 September 1976) is a Ukraine Association football who plays for Dynamo Kyiv and the Ukraine national football team as a forward (association football). Andriy Shevchenko is the third-highest scorer in the history of European club competition with 67 goals as of 10 March 2011, behind Filippo Inzaghi and Raúl González. With 175 goals scored with A.C. 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 (Local derby between A.C. Milan and their local rivals F.C. Internazionale Milano) with 14 goals and Ukraine national football team with 46 goals.

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 Oleg Blokhin and Igor Belanov to receive it). Andriy Shevchenko won the UEFA Champions League in 2003 with A.C. Milan, and Andriy Shevchenko has also won various league and cup titles in Ukrainian Premier League, Serie A, and Premier League.

In Andriy Shevchenko illustrious international career, the striker led the Ukraine national football team as captain to the quarterfinals in their first ever FIFA World Cup appearance in 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Early life

Shevchenko was nine when the Chernobyl disaster occurred in April 1986. Andriy Shevchenko village was affected by the disaster, and Andriy Shevchenko family was forced to abandon their home and relocate to the coast to escape the after-effects. At an early age, Andriy Shevchenko was a competitive Boxing in the LLWI Ukrainian junior league, but eventually Andriy Shevchenko elected to move on to Association football.

Club career

Dynamo Kyiv

In 1986, Shevchenko failed a dribbling test for entrance to a specialist sports school in Kiev, but happened to catch the eye of a FC 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); Andriy Shevchenko finished as the tournament's top scorer and was awarded a pair of Rush's boots as a prize by the then-Liverpool F.C. player.

In 1992–93, Shevchenko was the top scorer for Dynamo-2 with twelve goals, and Andriy Shevchenko made Andriy Shevchenko first appearance in the starting eleven. Andriy Shevchenko won Andriy Shevchenko second league title next season, scoring six goals in 20 matches, and scored a hat trick in the first half of a 1997–98 UEFA Champions League road match against FC Barcelona, which Dynamo won 4–0. Andriy Shevchenko nineteen 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. Andriy Shevchenko won the domestic league title with Dynamo in each of Andriy Shevchenko five seasons with the club.

Milan

In 1999, Shevchenko joined Italy club A.C. Milan for a then-record transfer fee of $25 million. Andriy Shevchenko made Andriy Shevchenko league debut on 28 August 1999 in a 2–2 draw with U.S. Lecce. Alongside other 5 players (Michel Platini, John Charles, Gunnar Nordahl, Istvan Nyers and Férénc Hirzer) Andriy Shevchenko managed, as a foreign player, to win the Serie A scoring title in Andriy Shevchenko debut season, finishing with 24 goals in 32 matches. Shevchenko maintained Andriy Shevchenko 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, however Milan failed to get past the second group stage.

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. Andriy Shevchenko scored the winning penalty in the Penalty shootout (association football) against arch-rivals Juventus F.C. in the final, which had ended goalless after extra time. Following AC Milan winning the Champions League, Shevchenko flew to Kyiv to put Andriy Shevchenko medal by the grave of Valeriy Lobanovskyi (who Andriy Shevchenko managed Andriy Shevchenko when Andriy Shevchenko was at Dynamo Kiev), who died in 2002.Andriy Shevchenko finished top goalscorer in Serie A (2003–04) for the second time in Andriy Shevchenko career, scoring 24 goals in 32 matches as Milan won the Scudetto for the first time in five years. Andriy Shevchenko also scored the winning goal in the UEFA Super Cup victory over F.C. Porto, leading to Milan's second trophy of the season. In August 2004, Andriy Shevchenko scored three goals against S.S. Lazio as Milan won the Supercoppa Italiana. Shevchenko capped off the year by being named the 2004 Ballon d'Or, 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.

Andriy Shevchenko 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, Andriy Shevchenko scored all four goals in Milan's 4–0 group-stage drubbing of Fenerbahçe S.K., becoming only the fifth player to accomplish this feat (his company includes Marco van Basten, Simone Inzaghi, Dado Pršo and Ruud van Nistelrooy; Lionel Messi joined that group in the 2009–10 season as well) 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 Football Club. In the 2005–06 season, Andriy Shevchenko scored Andriy Shevchenko last Milan goal in the second leg of the quarter–finals as they eliminated Olympique Lyonnais after a last-minute comeback in a 3–1 victory. In the semi–finals, Milan lost to eventual winners FC Barcelona 1–0, a match where Shevchenko controversially had a last minute equalizer denied by the referee. Despite this, Andriy Shevchenko still ended up being the top scorer of the whole competition with nine goals in 12 games.

On 8 February 2006, Andriy Shevchenko became Milan's second highest all-time goalscorer, behind Gunnar Nordahl, after netting against Treviso F.B.C. 1993. Andriy Shevchenko finished the season as joint fourth top scorer with 19 goals in 28 games. Shevchenko ended Andriy Shevchenko seven year stint with A.C. Milan with 175 goals in 296 games.

Chelsea

During the summer of 2005, there were persistent reports that Chelsea F.C. owner Roman Abramovich offered a record sum of €75.2 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 Andriy Shevchenko move. Milan, desperate to keep the striker, vainly offered Shevchenko a six year contract extension.

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

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

Shevchenko was handed Andriy Shevchenko first start of the 2007–08 Premier League against Blackburn Rovers F.C. at home to cover for the injured Didier Drogba, but the game finished goalless. Andriy Shevchenko first goal of the season came three days later, equalising for Chelsea in a match against Rosenborg BK which turned out to be Jose 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 José Mourinho. However, during the Christmas period Shevchenko enjoyed a good run of form. Andriy Shevchenko scored the first goal in Chelsea's 2–0 win over Sunderland A.F.C, and Andriy Shevchenko was named Man of the Match in Chelsea's 4–4 draw against Aston Villa F.C. at Stamford Bridge (stadium), scoring twice (including a stunning 25 yard shot into the top left hand corner) and assisting Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa to make the score 3–2 in Chelsea's favour. Shevchenko scored Andriy Shevchenko last goal in the 2007–08 season in a 1–1 draw with Bolton Wanderers F.C Andriy Shevchenko finished the season with five league goals in 17 games. Shevchenko also played a part in a pre-season match which was against Andriy Shevchenko former team A.C. Milan.

Loan to Milan

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

Shevchenko's second spell is considered unsuccessful, as Andriy Shevchenko failed to score any league goals, and only scored two goals in 26 appearances, however Shevchenko only started nine games. At the end of the season, Milan confirmed that Shevchenko would be returning to Chelsea for the final year of Andriy Shevchenko 4-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.

After making a late appearance for Chelsea in their second game of the 2009–10 Premier League, Ancelotti announced that Shevchenko would be likely to leave Chelsea before the summer transfer window closed. Despite this, Ancelotti said it had nothing to do with Andriy Shevchenko decision to leave Shevchenko out of Chelsea's 2009–10 UEFA Champions League squad, but just to continue playing first-team football.

Return to Dynamo Kyiv

On 28 August 2009, Shevchenko signed a two-year deal at Andriy Shevchenko former club Dynamo Kyiv and scored a penalty-goal in Andriy Shevchenko first game upon returning to Andriy Shevchenko former club against FC Metalurh Donetsk in Dynamo's 3–1 victory on 31 August 2009. On 16 September 2009, Shevchenko played Andriy Shevchenko first 2009–10 UEFA Champions League match after returning to Dynamo, against FC Rubin Kazan in Dynamo's first game of the UEFA Champions League 2009–10 season. In October 2009, Andriy Shevchenko was named the best player of the Ukrainian Premier League. On 4 November 2009, Andriy Shevchenko scored a goal in the game against F.C. Internazionale Milano, Milan derby of Andriy Shevchenko former club Milan, in the fourth game of the UEFA Champions League 2009–10 season. It was the 15th goal Andriy Shevchenko had scored against Inter in Andriy Shevchenko career. On 25 August 2010, Andriy Shevchenko scored a penalty against AFC Ajax in the second game against two teams in qualifications level for 2010–11 UEFA Champions League.

International career

Shevchenko has 104 caps and 46 goals for the Ukraine national football team, whom Andriy Shevchenko represented at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Andriy Shevchenko scored Andriy Shevchenko first international goal in May 1996, in a friendly against Turkey national football team.

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 ten goals in the qualifiers, but Ukraine failed to qualify after losing a play-off against Germany national football team. Andriy Shevchenko scored a total of five goals in Ukraine's UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group B.

After only playing two games for Milan in the 2008–09 season, there was a lot of speculation of Shevchenko being past Andriy Shevchenko best but Andriy Shevchenko silenced Andriy Shevchenko critics after scoring an equaliser in an 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 6 against England national football team at the Wembley Stadium, however Ukraine went on to lose the game 2–1 after Andriy Shevchenko former Chelsea F.C. teammate John Terry had scored from a free kick delivered by David Beckham.

In a 21 December 2009 interview with UEFA Shevchenko declared that Andriy Shevchenko was keen to play in Andriy Shevchenko home country at UEFA Euro 2012. "After a disappointing 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) that is my new challenge, or even dream. I will do everything to achieve that."

Personal life

Shevchenko is married to United States 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 Andriy Shevchenko desire to learn English. After Andriy Shevchenko return to Dynamo Kyiv in August 2009 the couple declared that they want their children to learn Ukrainian language.

The couple have two sons: Jordan, Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi is the Godfather of Shevchenko's first son, Jordan. The day after Christian's birth, Shevchenko scored in a 4–0 Chelsea victory over Watford F.C., and Andriy Shevchenko and several of Andriy Shevchenko teammates gathered and performed the popular Goal celebration Common celebrations as a tribute.

Shevchenko is a close friend of fashion designer Giorgio Armani, and has modelled for Armani and opened two boutiques with Andriy Shevchenko in Kiev.

Name

Shevchenko's first name (Андрій in Ukrainian language) does not have a single way of being Romanization of Ukrainian from its original spelling in the Ukrainian alphabet Cyrillic alphabets 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 magazine and Andrei by Sky Sports). The Ukrainian pronunciation is . A.C. Milan and later Chelsea F.C fans gave Andriy Shevchenko the nickname Sheva, a contraction of Shevchenko. Coincidentally, 'Sheva' literally means Seven in Hebrew, the number worn by Shevchenko during Andriy Shevchenko first spell at A.C. Milan, Chelsea F.C. and current spell at Dynamo Kyiv.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andriy_Shevchenko

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