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Ukraine’s Euro 2012 Ambassadors

27. January 2010 by Gregg 0 Comments

It is normally traditional for the host country for the UEFA European Football Championship to appoint 4 or 5 notable citizens to serve as Tournament Ambassadors during the games. As Ukraine is sharing host duties with Poland during the 2012 matches, they each have chosen two ambassadors to represent their respective countries.

Poland have named legendary player and Coach Zbigniew Boniek, who has been recognized as one of the best footballers of all time and is the only Polish entry on the “FIFA 100” list of the greatest players as one ambassador and Olympic silver medalist Andrzej Szarmach as the other.

Ukraine skewed slightly younger when picking their Ambassadors. Currently active footballer Andriy Shevchenko was one of the two named. Shevchenko, who had previously mentioned his hope to actually play in the Euro 2012 games, was born in Ukraine but built most of his career playing in Milan and Chelsea, football clubs in Italy and England respectively, although he is currently playing for the Kiev football team “Dynamo Kyiv” and is considered one of the best Ukrainian football players in history.

Former Soviet Forward Oleg Blokhin is Ukraine’s other appointment. The 57 year old built a strong reputation during the height of the USSR for leading Dynamo Kyiv to 8 USSR National championships and 2 UEFA Winner’s Cups. After retiring and moving to coaching, he has worked with Greek clubs, as well as Ukraine’s National team and FC Moscow.