Ukrainian President Zelensky suggests sacked football legend Shevchenko return to Ukraine

18 January, 11:24 AM
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Andriy Shevchenko pictured during the Ukrainian Independence Day celebration in Kyiv on Aug.24 (Photo:Volodymyr Zelensky/ Facebook)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Andriy Shevchenko pictured during the Ukrainian Independence Day celebration in Kyiv on Aug.24 (Photo:Volodymyr Zelensky/ Facebook)

Ukrainian football legend and coach Andriy Shevchenko should return to work in Ukraine following his firing as head coach of Italian football club Genoa, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote in a post to his Facebook page on Jan. 15.

Zelensky said that all of Ukraine - and Europe - know the type of game that Andriy Shevchenko can coach out of his players.

“Let this be only the “the first club pancake is always lumpy” at the beginning of a great career as a great coach,” Zelensky wrote, adapting a popular Ukrainian saying that refers to first tries often not working out.

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“We believe that you will not break, we know that you will become even better! And most importantly. You are beloved in Ukraine. That’s why you should come home to work.” 

Shevchenko took up the job as head coach of Italy’s Genoa C.F.C. on Nov. 7, 2021. Under his leadership, Genoa played nine matches in the Italian Serie A league, in which the team drew three times and suffered six defeats.

The team, led by the Ukrainian star, won only one match – against Salernitana in the last 16th match of the Italian Cup.

After just over two months of work, Genoa’s management decided to remove Shevchenko from his post.

Polish media outlets have speculated that Shevchenko may be under considerations as a candidate for the job of head coach post of the Polish national team.

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