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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

No Place Like Home for Andriy Shevchenko

Andriy Shevchenko returns to Dynamo Kiev

After wearing out his welcome at Chelsea FC, Andriy Shevchenko returned home to his childhood club where he rose to fame: Dynamo Kyiv. At the age of 14, he joined the fabled Kyiv club as a youth player. He then blossomed to catch the attention of Italian giants, AC Milan, where he spent several very successful years.

Fall From Grace

The last few seasons have been a surprising and rapid fall from grace for one of the best strikers in European football. He left AC Milan as a legend, but his time in West London became a nightmare. He was written off, benched, ridiculed, loaned back to Milan, and last week, told he was surplus to requirements by Carlo Ancelotti.



Scores on His Debut

On Monday night, he scored on a penalty kick in injury time against Metalurg Donetsk (3 x 1) in front of his adoring fans. I watched a brief video clip from his presentation press conference. The journalists and photographers cheered for him. I've never seen that before, and it was a clear reference to the esteem that he is held by his countrymen.

Career Statistics

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ukraine League Ukrainian Cup Europe Total
1994–95 Dynamo Kyiv Premier League 17 1 4 1 2 1 23 3
1995–96 31 16 5 1 2 2 38 19
1996–97 20 6 0 0 0 0 20 6
1997–98 23 19 8 8 10 6 41 33
1998–99 26 18 4 5 14 10 44 33
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1999–00 Milan Serie A 32 24 5 4 6 1 43 29
2000–01 34 24 3 1 14 9 51 34
2001–02 29 14 3 0 6 3 38 17
2002–03 24 5 4 1 11 4 39 10
2003–04 32 24 2 0 11 5 45 29
2004–05 29 17 1 3 10 6 40 26
2005–06 28 19 0 0 12 9 40 28
England League FA Cup Europe Total
2006–07 Chelsea Premier League 30 4 11 7 10 3 51 14
2007–08 17 5 3 2 4 1 24 8
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
2008–09 Milan Serie A 17 0 1 1 7 1 26 2
England League FA Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Chelsea Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Ukraine League Ukrainian Cup Europe Total
2009-10 Dynamo Kyiv Premier League 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Total Ukraine 118 61 21 15 28 19 167 95
Italy 224 127 19 10 77 38 317 173
England 48 9 14 9 14 4 76 22
Career Total 390 197 54 34 119 61 560 292

Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Since 1995, Andriy has been capped 87 times with 41 goals for Ukraine.

Redemption comes from within...

Best wishes to the great champion, Sheva, for his new Ukrainian experience.

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