Andriy Schevchenko

The Early Years

Ukrainian Andriy Schevchenko is arguably the finest UEFA Champions League football player ever to emerge from the former Soviet republics. The gifted player began his sports career in boxing before moving to football. He was soon spotted by talent scouts from the Ukraine’s most famous club, Dynamo Kiev.

During the 1990 Ian Rush Cup held in Wales, the gifted young striker led the goal scoring rankings and emerged as the top goal scorer of the tournament, which won him a pair of football boots belonging to Liverpool’s greatest ever player.

Schevchenko made his professional debut in 1993 at the age of 15, playing for the Dynamo Kiev B team. During his first season he made an appearance in the first team that eventually went on to win the league.

Professional Career

Andriy Schevchenko played his first season for the senior Dynamo Kiev team in 1994 at the age of 17, winning the Ukrainian League with his club and contributing six goals in 20 appearances. For the remainder of his time with his Ukrainian Club they never failed to win their domestic league.

In 1999 Schevchenko was transferred for a then record $25 million to Italian Club AC Milan. The move to Milan brought the best out of the young player, and in his first season the UEFA Champions League football legend scored 24 goals in 32 domestic league matches.

UEFA Champions League Football Legend

Playing with Dynamo Kiev, Schevchenko had ample opportunity to become acquainted with European Club football, and scored a remarkable hat-trick against Barcelona during the 1997/1998 tournament.

In 2003 Schevchenko won the UEFA Champions League with AC Milan, becoming the first Ukrainian player to lift the trophy, and scored the winning penalty in the final against Italian rivals Juventus. Milan reached the Champions League final again in 1995, before a brilliant Liverpool comeback saw the Reds claim an unlikely victory.

Playing Style

Andriy Schevchenko has the joint second best goal scoring record in Champions League history with 56 goals from 100 games as of November 2007. Schevchenko’s recent transfer to English giants Chelsea for a secret, but reportedly record fee is largely based on the Champions League legend’s ability to score consistently in all levels of football. As a clinical finisher, Schevchenko has the talent to take Chelsea to their first Champions League title in 2008.