Blokhin back for Ukraine
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Ukrainian football legend Oleg Blokhin has been appointed as the new national team coach, the football federation announced on Thursday. He replaces interim coach Yury Kalitvintsev.

The 58-year-old, who was top scorer of the Soviet league and the Soviet national side during his career, previously trained Ukraine's national squad in 2003-2007, leading them to the 2006 FIFA ™World Cup quarter-finals.

"I feel double responsibility," Blokhin said. "First is the national side's prestige and second is the European championship, which Ukraine host. "Our main goal is to win the European championship. We will need to make the first step - to win a place in the event's play-off stage."