At home in the centre of the defence or in a midfield slot, this powerhouse performer could be a valuable asset for Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin at Euro 2012.
Rakitskiy has shot to prominence in the Shakhtar side in the last couple of years and heads into this tournament boosted by the knowledge that he has the full backing of his coach Blokhin. “He may lack some experience, but Rakitskiy gives everything to his team,” says the Ukrainian legend. “You can only say he has taken his chance to prove what he can do with his club and he deserves to be part of this Euro 2012 squad.”
A three-time Ukrainian title winner with Shakhtar, Rakitskiy got on the scoresheet in Ukraine’s 2-2 draw against Romania last year.