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By ESPN Staff
Jan 11, 2008

Ukraine appoint Mikhaylichenko as new coach

KIEV, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Former Dynamo Kiev midfielder and trainer Olexiy Mikhaylichenko was named as Ukraine's national team coach on Friday.

'I consider it an honour and great responsibility to take on this job,' said Mikhaylichenko, promoted from the under-21 team.

'Our main aim is to qualify for the World Cup 2010. To tell the truth, we do have some potential to fulfil this task', Mikhaylichenko told reporters.

Oleh Blokhin, Ukraine's previous coach, quit in December after the side failed to qualify for Euro 2008. He had succeeded however in steering them to their first major finals at the 2006 World Cup in Germany where they reached the last eight.

Former Soviet Union international Mikhaylichenko, 44, was coach of Dynamo Kiev from 2002 to 2004, winning two Ukrainian league titles and the national cup twice.

Mikhaylichenko had been in charge Ukraine's under-21 team since 2004, steering them to the final of the 2006 European championship where they lost to the Netherlands.

As a midfielder, Mikhaylichenko also played for Sampdoria and Rangers. He won league championship medals in three different countries, the Soviet Union, Italy and Scotland in the 1990s.