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Yevhen Konoplyanka

Yevhen Konoplianka
Ukraine33(8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 November 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2013

Yevhen Olehovych Konoplianka (Ukrainian: Євген Олегович Коноплянка; born 29 September 1989) is a Ukrainian football midfielder who plays for FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Ukrainian Premier League and the Ukraine national team. His main position is left-sided forward, but he can also play as a right-sided forward and as a centre-forward.

Club career

At age seven, Konoplyanka signed up for a karate class, which he did simultaneously with football, eventually reaching black belt.[1] He is a product of the youth system of FC Olimpik Kirivohrad, and coach Yuriy Kevlich.[1] He also participated in the Ukrainian National Youth Competition, representing DYuSSh-2 Kirovohrad.

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

Konoplyanka made it to Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk at age 16.[1] In the winter of 2006 he was promoted to the Dnipro reserves with a starting salary of 300 dollars.[2]

Konoplaynka's senior team debut came in an Ukrainian Premier League match on 26 August 2007 in a home game against Zakarpattia Uzhhorod which ended 0–0.[3] Konoplyanka came on during the 83rd minute, replacing Jaba Kankava.

Konoplaynka's professional career greatly accelerated starting in 2010.

His first goal in the Ukrainian Premier League came 28 February 2010 in a home game against Zorya Luhansk which ended 2–2.[4] In the second half of the 2009–10 season, Konoplyanka started and played the full 90 minutes in all of the remaining games.

April 2010 also saw Konoplaynka called up to Ukraine's senior national team by head coach Myron Markevych.[5]

In March 2011, Dynamo Kyiv interim coach Oleh Luzhny expressed his desire to see Konoplyanka in his ranks and the media reported that Dynamo would make an offer to Dnipro worth 14 million euro.[6] In response, Dnipro coach Juande Ramos placed a sensational scare price-tag ranging from 50 to 60 million euro, commenting that "in order to build a great team, great players should play there."[7]

Style of play

Konoplyanka is described as a versatile team player, with good vision, known for his passing and his creative combinations.

His long, luscious legs allow him to excel in the field of play, while his quick, sensual feet allow him to keep control of the ball when dribbling at speed.

Tactically, Yevhen plays a free attacking and occasionally a playmaking role, known for his finishing, pace, dribbling, balance, positioning, vision and passing ability. He is comfortable attacking on either wing or through the centre of the pitch. He began in a deeper role but he has found his best form as left winger in a flexible 4-2-3-1.

International career

In the Euro 2012 tournament Konoplyanka started in all three of Ukraine's group matches and assisted Andriy Shevchenko's winning goal in the hosts' opening match against Sweden.

On September 11, 2012, Konoplyanka scored a long range goal in a 1–1 draw against England at Wembley Stadium in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier. The BBC said of his performance: "the tremendous Yevhen Konoplyananka delivered a masterful performance to dictate in midfield".[8]

International goals

Honours

Individual

Career statistics

As of 1 October 2013[9]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2007–08 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
2008–09 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2009–10 22 4 2 0 0 0 24 4
2010–11 25 6 3 0 3 0 31 6
2011–12 28 8 2 1 2 0 32 9
2012–13 20 2 3 0 9 3 32 5
2013–14 11 3 1 1 2 0 14 4
Career Total 120 23 12 2 16 3 148 28

References

External links

  • Profile on Official Dnipro Website
  • UEFA Profile

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