The trend in the last few years has been for football players to publish (auto) biographies, and Andriy Shevchenko, a legend of Ukrainian football, has also stepped on those waters. The former Dinamo Kyiv football player, Milan, and Chelsea, and now the coach of Ukraine, published the book "My life, my football", in which he touched on all the important moments that he remembers from a young age until today.
Those about a football career, and also about moments outside the green field. One of the topics that Shevchenko mentioned was the final of the Champions League from 2005, in which he led 3-0 with Milan at halftime against Liverpool and - lost.
"It's a wound that is still bleeding. We allowed ourselves to be carried away by the euphoria in the locker room, although Maldini warned us to be careful." "For the next month, I woke up screaming in my sleep, dreaming of that game.
I am a coach now and I often think about how we allowed ourselves to concede three goals in such a short time." "I do not criticize Ancelotti, but I think that he should have done something, made a change, in some way disrupted the course of the game," Shevchenko wrote in the book.
The Ukrainian ace singled out the coach he remembers the most, who was like his father - Valeriy Lobanovskyi. "He is still a part of my life, he was by my side in all the difficult moments. He was much more than just a coach to me.
I remember how he made us repeat an exercise we called "Stairs of Death" The one who didn't vomit in the end didn't even play. "
Chernobyl and Italy
Shevchenko spent the best years of his career in Milan.
And, long before he played for the Rossoneri, he discovered that Italy was his promised land. "I was 12 years old and we played in a tournament in a place called Agropoli. People were wonderful to us, always smiling, and we melted in the sun.
That's when I realized that it was my destiny to play in Italy. " Last year, the big world hit was the TV series "Chernobyl" about the famous explosion of a nuclear reactor in that place. Shevchenko lived in a place 200 kilometers away from the focus of the catastrophe and remembers well the turbulent events that followed in his life.
"I lived normally, I was 10 years old, I played football like crazy everywhere, they took me to Kyiv to the Dinamo football academy. And then reactor number four exploded and they took us all away." "Buses came and put all the children between the ages of six and 15 in them. They took us 1,500 kilometers away from home. It all seemed to me as if I had fallen into a movie. "