Blokhin: Ukraine Wants To Win Euro 2012

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine boss Oleg Blokhin has stated his desire to win Euro 2012, which the nation co-hosts with Poland, and believes that his young squad can spring a surprise and take the crown next summer.

Oleg Blokhin

The former Soviet international, who won a staggering 112 caps and secured legendary status at Dynamo Kiev in his playing days, regrets never having the chance to play at the Euros, but has told Fifa that he's looking forward to taking charge at the tournament, and feels his team have the capability to lift the trophy.

He stated: ""The main task before this team is to win Euro 2012. But our first target must be to qualify from the group. Of course, we will strive to achieve the maximum, but without completing the first task, the main one is impossible.""

The tactician also praised the ability of his side, from experienced forward Andriy Shevchenko to many of their youth team, adding: ""He

[Shevchenko] is one of the veterans of the team, a player whose experience we count on, and it is obvious that he will play an important role in our gameplan.

""There are talented young guys in Ukraine and everything depends on how they play in defining matches.""

Blokhin, however, remained coy on his chances of taking the team to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, concluding: ""For the moment, I have a one-year contract and after that we will see what will happen.""

Source: Goal