Soccer-Blokhin quits as Ukraine coach

KIEV Thu Dec 6, 2007 1:46pm GMT

KIEV Dec 7 (Reuters) - Oleg Blokhin quit as Ukraine coach on Thursday after his team failed to qualify for Euro 2008.

"I think I have nothing more to give to the national team," Blokhin, 55, told the Ukrainian FA's executive board meeting.

"I'm not putting the blame for the team's failure on anyone but myself."

The ex-Soviet striker, European Player of the Year in 1975 after leading Dynamo Kiev to their first European Cup Winners' Cup success, coached Ukraine to their first major finals at the 2006 World Cup in Germany where they reached the quarter-finals. (Reporting by Mikhail Volobuyev, writing by Gennady Fyodorov; editing by Ken Ferris)