Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin was a legendary player and hopes that image will be further embellished with a successful campaign by the Euro 2012 co-hosts starting with his side's Group D match against Sweden on Monday.
"Of course I am excited - I don't know how I am going to sleep before the match. Before the match with Turkey I slept like a baby. But now I'll doubtless be watching videos through the night," he smiled.
Blokhin won the European Footballer of the year accolade in 1975 when Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union.
Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin reacts after his team scores during the friendly football match between Ukraine and Austria, in Kiev, on November 15, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY