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Mykhaylo Fomenko (Ukrainian: Михайло Іванович Фоменко; born 19 September 1948) is a Ukrainian former association footballer and former head coach of the Ukraine national team.[1] As a player, he was capped 24 times for the Soviet Union,[1] and, as a head coach, became the second ever manager – after Oleh Blokhin – to take Ukraine to an international finals tournament, reaching UEFA Euro 2016.

Mykhaylo Fomenko
Mykhaylo Fomenko 2013.jpg
Personal information
Full name Mykhaylo Ivanovych Fomenko
Date of birth (1948-09-19) 19 September 1948 (age 71)
Place of birth Mala Rybytsia, Sumy Oblast, Ukrainian SSR
Soviet Union
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1962–1965 Spartak Sumy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1970 Spartak Sumy 48 (8)
1970–1972 Zorya Luhansk 59 (1)
1972–1979 Dynamo Kyiv 173 (0)
National team
1972–1976 USSR 24 (0)
Teams managed
1979 Frunzenets Sumy
1980–1985 Dynamo Kyiv (as instructor)
1985–1986 Desna Chernihiv
1987 Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih
1987–1990 Guria Lanchkhuti
1990–1991 Al-Rasheed / Iraq
1991–1992 Avtomobilist Sumy
1993 Dynamo Kyiv
1994 Veres Rivne
1994 Guinea
1994–1996 CSKA-Borysfen Kyiv
1996–2000 Metalist Kharkiv
2000–2001 CSKA Kyiv
2001–2002 Metalist Kharkiv
2003 Metalurh Zaporizhia
2003–2005 Metalist Kharkiv
2005 Spartak Sumy (vice-president)
2005–2008 Tavriya Simferopol
2010–2011 Salyut Belgorod
2012–2016 Ukraine
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Olympic medal record
Representing  Soviet Union
Men’s Football
Bronze medal – third place 1976 Montreal Team competition

Fomenko was famous for his coaching in Dynamo Kyiv, winning its first Ukrainian gold medals for the club, first Ukrainian Cup for the club and most notably, defeating Barcelona in the very first leg of the Champions League tournament. Barcelona, under Johan Cruyff and with such star players as Ronald Koeman and Pep Guardiola, ended up to be finalist of that UEFA Champions League season.

CareerEdit

PlayingEdit

Fomenko was an integral part of Dynamo Kyiv's achievements in the 1970s at the club level, which included hoisting the 1975 Winners Cup and Super Cup.[1]

CoachingEdit

After graduating the Higher School of Coaches in Moscow in 1979, Fomenko has coached numerous Ukrainian clubs, most notably Dynamo Kyiv. With Fomenko the club won its first Ukrainian gold medals, first Ukrainian Cup both in 1993 and most notably, beating Barcelona in the very first leg of the Champions League tournament. Barcelona ended up to be finalist of that 39th season of the UEFA Champions League. Before that success, in the end of 1989, he promoted Georgian club Guria Lanchkhuti to the Soviet Top league and in 2001 reached Ukrainian Cup final with CSKA Kyiv what is the best result in club's history.

On 26 December 2012, Fomenko was given a one-year contract – with a possible second-year extension – as head coach of Ukraine national team[1] after the Football Federation of Ukraine had failed to retain Harry Redknapp and Sven-Göran Eriksson for the role.[1] Fomenko coached Ukraine to six 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification wins, coming against Poland (twice), Moldova, Montenegro, San Marino and France, as well as one draw against England.

After placing second in their qualifying group, Ukraine was matched against France in the second round of UEFA qualifiers. Despite winning the first leg 2–0 at home, Ukraine fell 3–0 away to lose 3–2 on aggregate, thus failing to make the 2014 World Cup finals. Despite this, Fomenko indicated he would like to continue is his role and lead Ukraine in its UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, and on 6 February 2014, the Football Federation of Ukraine announced it had extended his contract until the end of 2015.[2]

Fomenko ultimately led Ukraine to successful qualification to the Euro 2016 finals in France after finishing in third place in its qualifying group, setting up a playoff matchup against Slovenia. Here, Ukraine won 3–1 on aggregate to ensure the nation's spot in France. Fomenko subsequently extended his contract to coach Ukraine up to Euro 2016 until 30 July 2016, though he was promised another extension should Ukraine perform well at Euro 2016. Ukraine, however, had a disastrous tournament, losing all three group stage matches, including a defeat against the then world champions Germany (0–2) and, most shockingly, a loss to Northern Ireland (0–2), which sent Ukraine to an early exit.

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

Сlub
International

ManagerEdit

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 21 June 2016
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Ukraine December 2012 present 37 24 6 7 064.86
Total 37 24 6 7 064.86

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  • Biography in Russian
  • Profile
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Mykhailo Fomenko". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.