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
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.