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Ukraine appoint former Premier League striker as their new manager

Serhiy Rebrov
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The Blue and Yellow had been without a permanent head coach since Oleksandr Petrakov left the post in January.

Ukraine have appointed former Tottenham and West Ham striker Serhiy Rebrov as their manager.

The 49-year-old’s appointment ends Ukraine’s search for a new coach. He replaces Oleksandr Petrakov, who vacated the role in January to take charge of the Armenian national team.

“This is a long-awaited event. A new stage in the history of Ukrainian football,” said Andriy Pavelko, the Ukrainian Football Association chief.

“A special moment, since the new page will be written during martial law, in a special period for our country.”

Rebrov has had an extensive career as a manager, having led Dinamo Kyiv, Al-Ahli, Ferencvaros, and most recently Al-Ain.

The former striker is the fourth-highest scorer in the national team’s history, having scored 15 goals in 75 appearances between 1992 and 2006. He now takes on the challenge of being in the dugout, with a contract until 2026.

Ukraine’s Euro 2024 qualification hopes rest on Rebrov’s shoulders as they try to rebound from a 2-0 loss to England in their opening game under interim coach Ruslan Rotan. Their next match is against North Macedonia on Friday, followed by a match against Malta hosted in Trnava, Slovakia due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Vicente Gomez (physical and tactical trainer), Alberto Bosch (data analyst), Gleb Platov (trainer-analyst), and Rustam Khudzhamov (goalkeeper coach) will also join Ukraine as part of Rebrov’s backroom staff.

The team begins training on Thursday in Bremen, Germany.

File:Сергей Ребров – Serhiy Rebrov (22050994848).jpg” by Aleksandr Osipov from Ukraine is under the license of CC BY-SA 2.0.