Serhiy Kovalyov appointed as Shakhtar U19 head coach

In the new season, Shakhtar U19 team will be coached by Serhiy Kovalyov. Henadiy Orbu has been appointed as assistant to the 43-year-old specialist.

The new coaching staff are already preparing the team for official matches. Let us remind you that on August 2, Shakhtar U19 start their Ukrainian league camapign, later taking part in the UEFA Youth League.

- Serhiy Kovalyov was assistant to Miguel Cardoso in the U21 team. He perfectly knows the principles of work of the team to be joined by his current charges in the future, - said Oleksandr Funderat, director of Shakhtar Academy. - In turn, Henadiy Orbu heads the U17 graduate group at the Academy. The guys who have moved to Shakhtar U19, are well familiar with the coaching staff, while the coaches also know them well.

The new head coach of the team commented on his appointment:

- Both for me and for the young players the move to Shakhtar U19 is a new challenge, because last season the team achieved great success, - said Serhiy Kovalyov. – We are currently forming a new group from the players born in 1997 and 1998. We will try to instil a fluid playing style, will to win and the mining character into the team. These are the features that will allow the players to progress, develop and achieve victories in the Ukrainian Premier League and UEFA Youth League.


Serhiy Kovalyov
Born November 22, 1971
Played for Shakhtar back in 1994-2001
Ukrainian League runner-up - 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
Ukrainian Cup Winner - 1995, 1997, 2001
Ukraine national team cap - 10 apps, 1 goal
Coach of Shakhtar Academy since 2002
Honoured Worker of Physical Culture and Sports of Ukraine

Henadiy Orbu
Born July 23, 1970
Played for Shakhtar back in 1992-2000 (spells)
Ukrainian League runner-up - 1994, 1998, 1999
Ukrainian Cup Winner - 1995, 1997
Ukraine national team cap - 17 apps
Coach of FC Sevastopol in 2013
Coach of FC Daugava (Daugavpils, Latvia) in 2014
Coach of Shakhtar Academy since 2014