Andriy Dykan

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Andriy Dykan
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Personal information
Full name Andriy Oleksandrovich Dykan
Date of birth (1977-07-16) 16 July 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Krasnodar
Youth career
sport-school in Kharkiv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Avanhard Rovenky 21 (2)
1999 Shakhtar Makiivka
1999–2004 SKA-Energiya Khabarovsk 132 (9)
2004–2008 Kuban Krasnodar 95 (0)
2008 Tavriya Simferopol 23 (0)
2009–2010 Terek Grozny 47 (0)
2010–2014 Spartak Moscow 69 (0)
2014– Krasnodar
National team
2010–2014 Ukraine 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 May 2012

Andriy Oleksandrovych Dykan (Ukrainian: Андрій Олександрович Дикань (born 16 July 1977) is a Ukrainian international football goalkeeper currently playing for Russian side FC Krasnodar.[1]

He also holds Russian citizenship which he obtained in 2000 in Khabarovsk.[2][3]

Club career[edit]

Born in Kharkiv, Andriy Dykan played in Ukrainian lower league clubs, until he joined the Russian First Division side SKA-Energiya Khabarovsk in 1999. He became a first-choice goalkeeper and also regularly took penalties, scoring 9 goals in his 5 years with the club. Young and gifted goalkeeper was noticed by a number of top flight Russian clubs, but deal offers from Lokomotiv Moscow and Rubin Kazan were rejected due to various reasons.

In 2004, Dykan signed for FC Kuban Krasnodar, where he also became a regular starter, but following an illness, lost his first-team place to Vladimir Gabulov. Dykan then moved back to Ukraine and joined FC Tavriya Simferopol in January 2008.

In January 2009, he left Tavriya on free transfer and moved to FC Terek Grozny. His outstanding performances in the first half of 2010 season earned him an offer from Russian giants FC Spartak Moscow. In August 2010, Dykan signed a contract with the Moscow club. In his only second competitive game for Spartak, an UEFA Champions League away match against Olympique de Marseille on 15 September 2010, Dykan became the hero of the hour, keeping the clean sheet and making many crucial saves, as Spartak went on to win the game 1-0. He maintained steady performances in 2010-11 UEFA Europa League, keeping two clean sheets against AFC Ajax in the round of sixteen and thus helping Spartak to defeat Dutch team 4-0 on aggregate. Dykan's form in Russian Premier League was also solid, meaning that Spartak's goalkeeper troubles that had emerged after the departure of Stipe Pletikosa, were finally over. As of spring 2012, Dykan remains an undoubted number one goalkeeper of Spartak, and his ability to make spectacular saves as well as virtual absence of blunders have earned him much respect from the fans.

After the recovering of a few injuries, Dikan was considered as Spartak's second-choice keeper due to the outstanding performances of second and third-choise keepers Sergey Pesjakov and Artem Rebrov. However, he then returned to being Spartak's first choice goalie, especially after the impressive performance against city rivals CSKA Moscow.

The next season, he didn't play regularly and at one point became the fourth-choice goalkeeper, but at the end of the season once again started playing regularly despite a disappointing sixth place in the league. He is said to soon become a player-coach.

International career[edit]

Dykan made his debut for the Ukraine national football team in a friendly match against Norway on 2 June 2010. He continued making regular appearances for the national team, and as Ukraine's home European Championship approached, Dykan, despite his belated debut at 32 years of age, appeared as most probable first choise keeper for Ukraine. Not only his good performances contributed to this state of things, but his position was also strengthened by the injury of Ukraine's everlasting veteran Oleksandr Shovkovskiy and the 2-year ban of young and talented Oleksandr Rybka. However, on 31 March 2012, while playing for Spartak against Zenit, he suffered a collision with Zenit's Aleksandr Kerzhakov and was injured. Dykan was diagnosed with multiple facial bones fractures, craniocerebral trauma and brain concussion.[4][5] Therefore his participation in Ukraine's long-awaited tournament was out of the question.

Honours[edit]

Individuel.

Spartak Moscow.

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