Olexiy Drozdenko celebrates 75th birthday

Today, 28 February, the Pitmen’s legendary defender of 1960-1970, and later coach of Shakhtar celebrates his birthday. Olexiy Drozdenko turns 75! We wish his sound health, vitality and well-being. And we are dialling his number.

- Where are you right now?
- At the moment I am living in Kyiv with my granddaughter.

- Although you are retired, but you are surely following football, aren’t you?
- Of course! It's my life. I am interested in not only the domestic championship. I am also watching European leagues. I like watching Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich. I love English football, there is impressive atmosphere at the stadiums.

- How are you celebrating the birthday?
- At home, with my family. Honestly, I'm not a particular fan of such events because there are no my achievements here. It is the parents whom I have to thank for the fact that I was born, and for what they gave me. But Shakhtar presented me a wonderful gift for the birthday, when they beat Schalke in the Europa League. I am very pleased with the game in Germany!

- Since we started talking about the experiences associated with Shakhtar, what’s your most vivid memory?
- There are so many of them! It's hard to single out any of them. I am glad that the Pitmen always, even in difficult times, are a team that keep their brand. This club has always employed great specialists: experienced coaches and talented managers. Today, Shakhtar are the flagship of the Ukrainian football, which is represented well in Europe. I wish the club every success, peace and, of course, return to the Donbass Arena.