Andriy Shevchenko: Expanding of World Cup aims to develop football
On Monday 9th of January was held FIFA Football Awards ceremony, during which the best players and coaches of 2016 have received their trophies. The head coach of the National team of Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko also visited this event and spoke about his feelings and impressions.
«I gladly responded to the FIFA invitation to take part in the ceremony. My impressions are really positive! I was delighted to meet old friends, to talk with Cafu and Zvonimir Boban. Boban, like Marco van Basten and many other former players, now works in the football federation structure. It is a sign of modern times, a sign of change in this institution.
I also talked with Claudio Ranieri and sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson remembered Lobanovskyi, he noted the huge contribution this coach had made to the development of the game. I was very pleased to hear it. I also congratulated Claudio, I voted for him in the Best Coach nomination. It was incredibly successful year for Ranieri, he did something that seemed absolutely impossible. He has won one of the strongest championships in the world with «underdogs». This brings us back to the essence of football - you don’t need to waste great funds to get wins if you have good players and coaching knowledge. Cristiano Ronaldo also deserved his prize. This is an extremely successful year in his career. He has won major titles, and importantly, demonstrated stabile performance. It is a great achievement, if you perform in 80 matches at a highest level. I am glad that the award also has found Falcao, he changed this game. He is talented and hard-working player, he is phenomenon!
Everyone with whom I spoke was very positive about the FIFA innovation. Expanding of the World Cup to 48 teams is a move aimed at the development of the game, a motivation for teams to progress, because they now get a real chance to participate in the FIFA World Cup final round. This decision becomes a new FIFA approach for solving global problems».Print version
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