Football treasures: Top 10 Ukrainian footballers in famous European clubs
Our players proved their professionalism and talent in Britain, Italy, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and France – and we can once more recall their triumphs and failures
For the time of independence Ukrainian footballers have played in all major European leagues. Some will forever remain in the hearts of fans overseas, and someone is already forgotten. But our players proved their professionalism and talent in Britain, Italy, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and France – and we can once more recall their triumphs and failures.
10. Dmytro Chygrynskiy - Central defender - 'Barcelona', Spain
Though Dmytro Chygrynskiy had not played successfully for "Barcelona", because mostly he spent time in the hospital and on the substitute bench - his name is remembered here by many Spanish fans. It was Dmytro who became the first Ukrainian in history playing for the Catalonian team. Also it’s noteworthy that on the transfer of its central defender Donetsk "Shakhtar" made a profit of ten million dollars.
9. Igor Belanov – Forward - 'Borussia' (M), 'Eintracht' (B), Germany
The winner of the "Golden Ball" -1986 appeared in Germany three years after receiving such an authoritative prize. Being a member of "Borussia", Ukrainian footballer had not played well because of constant injuries and conflicts with coaches, but in the "Eintracht" the former player of Kyiv "Dynamo" participated in almost 70 matches scoring goals in the rivals’ gates 21 times. After his work in Germany, he returned to his native Odessa.
8. Olexander Yakovenko – Midfielder - 'Lierse', 'Genk', 'Westerlo', 'Leven', 'Anderlecht', 'Den Haag', 'Malaga', 'Fiorentina'
Olexander, who for 11 years have performed outside his home country, tried his hand at playing in many foreign teams. It's no secret that not in every one of the teams he was able to succeed, but in some European clubs he was really a star. In 2014 he tried his hand as a player of Italian "Fiorentina", where he did not succeed. In February 2016, he officially became a member of Kyiv "Dynamo".
7. Olexander Zavarov - Midfielder - 'Juventus' Italy, 'Nancy' and 'Saint-Dizier', France
One of the most known Ukrainian players Olexander Zavarov is considered the first legionary in Soviet football history. At one time Zavarov’s transition from Kyiv "Dynamo" to Turin "Juventus" created a real buzz. Ukrainian footballer was taken as a replacement to the legendary Michel Platini. During his performances in Italy Zavarov did not score a lot, and then went to the French club "Nancy.
6. Serhiy Rebrov - Forward, attacking midfielder - 'Tottenham' (England), 'Fenerbahce' (Turkey), 'West Ham' (England), 'Rubin' (Russia)
The current coach of the Kyiv "Dynamo" Sergyi Rebrov many times shone in the championships of England, Turkey and Russia. His path on the world’s football scene began in Europe with the transition to the London "Tottenham", and then continued with playing in the Turkish "Fenerbahce" and Russian "Rubin". Also Ukrainian forward tried his hand as a part of another London club - "West Ham".
5. Oleg Luzhnyi - Right defender - 'Arsenal', 'Wolverhampton' (both - England), 'Venta' (Latvia)
The famous Ukrainian footballer Oleg Luzhny moved to the "Arsenal" while being already an experienced player, so he managed to win not only the 'Gunners' fans’ sympathy but also several important trophies. In May 2006, Luzhnyi became assistant coach of Kiev "Dynamo", and later he led several Ukrainian clubs.
4. Andriy Voronin - Forward - 'Borussia' M, 'Mainz', 'Köln', 'Bayer' (Germany), 'Liverpool' (England), 'Hertha' (Germany), 'Dynamo' (Moscow, Russia) 'Fortuna' (Germany)
Andriy Voronin is a unique player - he had never performed in Ukrainian championship. Despite this, the forward managed to make an excellent career abroad. With his playing in the 2000s, he drew the attention of the English "Liverpool", which bought the Ukrainian star. In 2010 Voronin officially signed a contract with Dynamo (Moscow).
3. Viktor Skrypnyk - Full-back - ('Werder', Germany)
This Ukrainian footballer really feels himself at home in Bremen. Full-back spent 19 years playing for the German football club. For his devotion to football Skrypnyk was awarded - in 2014 he became the head coach of the first Bremen team.
2. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk - Central midfielder, defender – ‘Zenit’ (St. Petersburg, Russia), ‘Bavaria’ (Germany), ‘Kairat’ (Kazakhstan)
This talented player managed to build a successful career not only in Ukraine but also abroad. Tymoshchuk is one of the few Ukrainian footballers who became the winner of the Champions League (when playing for "Bavaria"). For some time an experienced player and captain of national football team played for the Russian club, and later went to raise Kazakhstan football as a member of ‘Kairat’ club.
1. Andriy Shevchenko - Forward - "Milan" (Italy), "Chelsea" (England)
Shevchenko is undoubtedly a living legend of national football and the most titled Ukrainian footballer. His name is known to every Ukrainian and to many foreign fans. Being a player of Italian "Milan" he won in the Champions League, and became the owner of "Golden Ball" award. All European grants chased Andriy to sign a contract with, but he decided to continue his career in "Chelsea", where things did not go very well for him. In 2009 Andriy returned to Kyiv "Dynamo". In 2016 Shevchenko joined the coaching staff of the national team of Ukraine.
His titles take long time to enumerate - top scorer (48 goals) of Ukrainian national team, winner of the "Golden Ball" in 2004, double-leading scorer in the Champions League, twice – in Italian championship. The second top scorer in the history of "Milan", the best scorer in the history of the 'Milan' derby. Six times was voted the best player of Ukraine. Received the title of Honored Master of Sports of Ukraine.
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