Fomenko appointed Ukraine national team coach

Former Soviet footballer Mykhailo Fomenko has been appointed

coach of the Ukraine national team.

Ukraine’s football federation announced the appointment on

Wednesday of Fomenko on a one-year contract with an option for

another year.

The 64-year-old Fomenko replaces Oleg Blokhin, who resigned in

September after failing to lead the team out of the group stage at

the European Championship earlier this year. Ukraine co-hosted Euro

2012 with Poland.

A product of the Soviet football school, Fomenko was capped 24

times for the U.S.S.R. and was an integral part of the Dynamo Kiev

team in the 1970’s. Starting coaching in 1979, he guided Metalist

Kharkiv among numerous other Ukrainian clubs.

Ukraine had previously approached former Tottenham manager Harry

Redknapp and ex-England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson to lead the

national team without success.