FIFA President: "Andrii Shevchenko inspired the nation as a player. I am convinced that he will succeed in the position of president of the UAF"
FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the newly elected President of the Ukrainian Football Association Andriy Shevchenko discussed prospects for further cooperation at a meeting in Paris (France). This is about it in information on the official FIFA website.
Andriy Shevchenko was elected as the chairman of the UAF on January 25, 2024, taking up this position in his country in the midst of a conflict that changed the national football landscape. The national team of Ukraine continues to play, albeit in other countries, holding home matches, in particular, in Poland and Germany.
I was pleased to meet Andrii Shevchenko again, this time after his election as president of the Ukrainian Football Association. As a player, Andriy Shevchenko inspired the nation, and as the president of the Ukrainian Football Association, I am sure he will do the same, said Mr. Infantino. "Ukrainian football has recently maintained impressive momentum during a difficult period, and with his energy, President Shevchenko will give the beautiful game in his country an extra boost, and we are here to support their continued growth on and off the field."
While the success of the U-21 youth national team earned Ukraine its first participation in the Olympic Games in Paris this summer, the men's national team still has a chance to qualify for the upcoming European Championship under the leadership of Shevchenko's former partner on the Ukrainian national team and current national team head coach Serhii Rebrov .
Mr. Infantino noted that President Shevchenko's status as an icon of national football and his vision for the future of the game will allow Ukrainian football to move forward and up. Shevchenko, who was unanimously elected president and previously coached Ukraine's national team, said he and Mr. Infantino discussed a number of topics during the meeting.
He also acknowledged FIFA's important role in supporting the UAF, also through initiatives such as the programme FIFA Forward, FIFA Football for Schools і FIFA Talent Development Scheme — the formation of Ukrainian society and the education of a new generation of Shevchenkos.
"First, we talked about Ukraine, about the situation in the country. We talked about how we can not only preserve football in Ukraine, but also develop it during the war. This is a big challenge for me. I think we can work on different projects.
One of my key points is helping grassroots football, developing programs for younger generations, Shevchenko said. — Women's football and digitalization were also on the agenda. FIFA has many programs that we already use as an association, but we plan to use them more and see where we can collaborate. In addition, it is very important for us to have this international connection and to work with the FIFA Foundation."
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