Ukraine boss Andriy Shevchenko plays golf with John Terry and Gianfranco Zola, watches Chelsea with Roman Abramovich and his son is part of the Blues academy
Do you know how much of a secret Englishman Toni Kroos is? Love Robbie Williams and darts? Well, Andriy Shevchenko is the same.
The Ukrainian manager still owns a home in Surrey, so he can golf at Wentworth with John Terry and occasionally get along at Chelsea games with close friend Roman Abramovich.
His 14-year-old son Kristian is actually part of the Blues academy and could one day play for England if he wanted to.
But, before the quarter-final of his country against the Three Lions at Euro 2020, it is not on these shores that Shevchenko made a name for himself. Rather the opposite.
The game will take place in Italy, where the 44-year-old has become one of the most legendary strikers in history with AC Milan, and he is a celebrity in his own right in Ukraine.
It’s just England where he has something to prove, after this disastrous spell with Chelsea.
Even before that, it was his bad penalty that Jerzy Dudek saved as Liverpool won the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan.
However, joining Chelsea for a record £ 30million in 2006, just two years after winning the Ballon d’Or, few could have predicted how poor the Ukrainian would turn out to be.
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Throughout his career, it was always believed that Abramovich wanted Shevchenko to be chosen more than Jose Mourinho, apparently causing rifts in the relationship between manager and owner.
Mourinho imitated a golf swing when asked where his striker was towards the end of the 2006/07 season.
Perhaps that would be justified by the fact that Shevchenko played zero at one point, basically good enough to go pro, and that doesn’t happen without a little practice.
Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti didn’t really want him either, and Shevchenko left England in 2009 with just nine Premier League goals in 48 appearances.
After three more years at childhood club Dynamo Kiev, Shevchenko quit football for politics – and it didn’t go very well either.
After taking second place on the party list for “Ukraine – Forward! », He obtained only 1.58% of the national votes and failed to obtain parliamentary representation in 2012.
Returning to football, Shevchenko strengthened his reputation as a legend in Ukraine by sealing his qualification for Euro 2020 and now qualifying for the quarter-finals.
You see the picture: it’s great in Italy and Ukraine, not so good in England. So we can call it two out of three for tonight’s game.