Andriy Shevchenko appointed as new head coach of Italian Genoa

09:10, 08 November 2021
Andriy Shevchenko appointed as new head coach of Italian Genoa

Former Ukrainian football player Andriy Shevchenko, 45, was officially named the new head coach of the Italian Serie A team of Genoa on Sunday. 

It comes one day after the previous manager Davide Ballardini got fired after an unsuccessful start of the season while Genoa takes 18th place with 9 points.

Shevchenko has signed a contract till the end of June 2024, the team’s official reported. The Ukrainian specialist has never coached the football clubs before as he had been working as the head coach of the Ukraine National team from 2016 to 2021.

According to the Italian media, Shevchenko's assistants will be Mauro Tassotti and Luigi Nocentini, who also helped him in the Ukrainian national team.

Shevchenko is considered one the best Ukrainian player of all time and he is widely known for playing in AC Milan. 

He is ranked sixth among the top scorers in all European competitions with 67 goals. Shevchenko is also the second-highest scoring player in club history with 176 goals and the top scorer in the Milan derby (a derby between Milan and local rivals Inter Milan) with 14 goals. In addition, he is the top scorer of the Ukrainian national team with 48 goals. 

In 2004 the Ukrainian player won the Golden Ball prize which is the most prestigious individual award for footballers.