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Andriy Shevchenko ( Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko, nicknamed "Sheva", born September 29, 1976 in the village of Dvirkivschyna, of Kiev Oblast (province) in Ukraine, is a Ukrainian football player who is a striker for A.C. Milan and the Ukrainian national team.
Shevchenko started off his career with Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv, with whom he won five league titles and two national cups in five seasons between 1994 and 1999. He has won one Serie A title, one UEFA Champions League, one European Super Cup, one Italian Cup and one Italian League Super Cup with Milan till now.
He was named the European Footballer of the Year in 2004.
Shevchenko has represented Ukraine in 63 matches and scored 28 international goals. In 1999 Shevchenko joined the then 5-time European Cup champions A.C. Milan for $26 million and has been one of their key players since.
Shevchenko made his Serie A debut on August 28, 1999 in a 2-2 draw with Lecce. The season turned out to be extremely fruitful personally, Shevchenko's haul of 24 league goals in 32 matches earned him the highest scorer title in the Serie A, Andriy becoming, in the process, the first non-Italian player to do so in his debut season. In March 2000, Lobanovsky was made the Ukrainian national team manager, with the aim to take Ukraine to the 2002 World Cup. Shevchenko scored 10 goals in the qualifiers, but Ukraine failed to qualify after losing the playoff against Germany, and Lobanovsky was sacked.
The next two seasons Shevchenko scored 34 goals in 51 matches, and 17 goals 38 matches respectively, in all competitions, but Milan could not win any silverware either season.
The disappointment of the past two seasons ......
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