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Andriy Shevchenko: "Still, Russian and Ukrainian - two fraternal peoples"

January 25 2006

This tall handsome young man is the face of fashion house Armani. Designer himself considers it a standard male elegance. But millions know him in a slightly different incarnation, they are sure that he is a model of this player. We are talking about Andriy Shevchenko.

This player has forced many to make for themselves geographical discovery: in Europe there is a country - Ukraine. Italy's AC Milan, in which "work" our hero, with his help to add on to its already solid collection of trophies a few more (which alone is worth the decisive goal against Juventus in the Champions League final).

But the Russian fans surname Shevchenko is not the most throwing an association. October 9, 1999, the stadium "Luzhniki", 88 th minute of the meeting between the teams of Russia and Ukraine. 1:0 leads our team - this situation is completely we love, if hold out for a few minutes, then pass on the European Championship-2000 in our hands .... A free kick in our doors. At the ball Shevchenko.

Blow Filimonov (Russia goalkeeper) does not fix a slippery from rain the ball - goal! 1:1 - Pakistan goes to the play-offs, Russia remains the Championship. This is unlikely to ever be forgotten. Nor forget that hysteria which accompanied this historic match. What can I say, if the most respected sports publication comes on the eve of the title "Bey Khokhlov!" (A reference to what was meant was the name of the Russian midfielder, unconvincing ...).

But everything is flowing and changing. The current situation is that our team is already on its own without the help of Ukrainians, "flew" past the 2006 World Cup, and, in turn, the Ukrainians got there, and triumphantly, with first place in the group ....

A few days ago Andriy Shevchenko visited the Russian capital. Occasion - awarding him the prize "The Star", as the best footballer of the CIS and Baltic states. He won the poll of the newspaper "Sport Express" among journalists.

Andrew advantage over the others was unconditional - he won 39 first places out of 45 and eventually scored 219 points. In second place is midfielder Russia and St. Petersburg Zenit's Andrei Arshavin - 99 points (two first places), the third was the CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev - 81 points. Overall, the survey was mentioned 24 players from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia.

After a nice ceremony, Andrew in an interview with "Novye Izvestia" talked about his plans for the Winter Olympics in Turin:

"I think many people know that as a child I enjoyed playing hockey and still am an ardent hockey fans. Be sure I will go to Turin to support the team Vladimir Krikunov. I have many friends in the Russian national team - for example, Alexei Yashin, who is familiar with a very long time. Of course, I will survive, and for the Ukrainian athletes in other sports - said Shevchenko.

Attention! Shevchenko - a symbol of Ukraine - will be rooting for Russia! "Maybe we should, and the Russian and Ukrainian politicians to learn from this young man's prudence and common sense?

In addition, Andrew said that he hoped for support of Russian fans at the World Cup in Germany, because "after all Russian and Ukrainian - two fraternal peoples."

See also:

FIFA World Cup: "Take your places!"

CSKA champion again

ak ice is melting: an ugly scandal in Russian hockey

Triumph of the Russian team at the Cup ROSNO - an occasion for great Olympic hopes

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