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Blokhin's steadfast Ukraine can make their mark

Published: Monday 12 March 2012, 13.41CET
Coach Oleh Blokhin admits he has had his work cut out rebuilding the backbone of his side in six months, but is confident of guiding Ukraine to another major quarter-final.
Published: Monday 12 March 2012, 13.41CET

Blokhin's steadfast Ukraine can make their mark

Coach Oleh Blokhin admits he has had his work cut out rebuilding the backbone of his side in six months, but is confident of guiding Ukraine to another major quarter-final.

Oleh Blokhin admits that his second stint in charge of Ukraine has not been easy. The 59-year-old has had to rebuild the backbone of the side in the space of six months, but having already guided his country to the 2006 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, the former Ballon d'Or winner is confident that his EURO 2012 co-hosts will prove "worthy of their place".

Blokhin is determined, however, to avoid any complacency creeping into a squad that qualified automatically for the finals. "I never got to play in a European Championship," he tells UEFA.com. "It's very prestigious so [the players] need to understand that they are making history." With the right attitude, the Zhovto-Blakytni might just equal the achievements of six years ago, according to current forward Andriy Voronin, who adds: "After that, anything can happen. Nobody could have imagined Greece winning EURO 2004."

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