Ukraine boss Andriy Shevchenko evacuated Kiev aged 9 due to Chernobyl disaster

Ukraine boss Andriy Shevchenko had to evacuate Kiev at just nine years old due to the Chernobyl disaster.

The former Chelsea forward will be hoping he can pull off a managerial masterpiece agains England to send his country to the Euro 2020 semi-finals against Denmark.

He has enjoyed an incredible career, scoring 381 goals in more than 800 goals during his playing career – including a 2004 Ballon d’Or win.

While he has been the manager of the the national side for nearly five years, winning 25 of his 51 games in charge ahead of kick-off in Rome.

But Shevchenko has a rough start in life due to a disastrous even that took place in his home country.

Born in the tiny village of Dvirkivschychna, his family made the move 130km east to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev when he was a young child.

In 1986, though, the country was thrown into chaos as a nuclear accident at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat shocked the world.

Thousands of people moved away from Kiev – only 200km away from the site – due to fears of radiation impacting them.

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And Sheckvhenko was moved to the Sea of Azov on the south coast of the country before heading back to the country’s capital a few years later.

The 44-year-old is trying to figure out a way to see off the only team left in Euro 2020 yet to concede a goal.

Ukraine made it to the quarter-finals after a dramatic extra-time over Sweden in the round-of-16, Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko providing a goal and assist.

While the Three Lions pulled off a memorable 2-0 win over historic rivals Germany at Wembley.

But the Eastern European side are already facing an uphill battle, with Raheem Sterling threading a pass through the defence to find Harry Kane after just four minutes.

The sides are battling it out for a place in the semi-finals back at the 90,000-seater stadium in London against Denmark on July 7.

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