Oleksandr Hladkyy

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Oleksandr Hladkyy
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Personal information
Full name Oleksandr Mykolayovych Hladkyy
Date of birth (1987-08-24) 24 August 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Lozova, Kharkiv Region, Soviet Union
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Number 21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Metalist Kharkiv 17 (4)
2005–2007 Kharkiv 64 (18)
2007–2010 Shakhtar Donetsk 82 (27)
2010–2014 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 23 (2)
2012–2014 Karpaty Lviv (loan) 59 (18)
2014– Shakhtar Donetsk 8 (5)
National team
2004–2009 Ukraine U-21 15 (5)
2007– Ukraine 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 May 2014
This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Mykolayovych and the family name is Hladkyy.

Oleksandr Mykolayovych Hladkyy (Ukrainian: Олександр Миколайович Гладкий, born 24 August 1987 in Lozova, Kharkiv) is a Ukrainian football forward. He plays for Shakhtar Donetsk and the Ukraine national football team. His last name can also be transliterated as Hladkiy,[1] Gladkiy[2] and Gladkyy.[3]

Club career[edit]

Kharkiv[edit]

Oleksandr Hladkyy started his career in Metalist Kharkiv football academy, and soon after, the young player was invited to another professional club from the city, FC Kharkiv. Under direction of coach Volodymyr Bessonov, Hladkyy became a regular player for the club and soon established himself as one of the best strikers in the league. Oleksandr's first fame came in season of 2006–07, when after scoring 13 goals, Hladkyy became the Ukrainian league's top scorer.

Shakhtar Donetsk[edit]

After this success, Oleksandr Hladkyy was noticed by one of Ukrainian leaders FC Shakhtar Donetsk and on 8 June 2007, he signed a 5-year deal worth €2.5 million with the club. On his debut for the club (friendly match), he scored the winning goal. Not long after, he scored two goals in a friendly.

On 7 May 2008 Hladkyy got his first piece of silverware in his career when his Shakhtar beat Dynamo Kyiv 2–0, in the Ukrainian Cup Final where he scored and was also sent off.

He won the premiership with Shakhtar that season but fell 1 goal short of breaking Ukrainian Premier League history by being the top goal scorer two consecutive years. With the addition of Yevhen Seleznyov and Marcelo Moreno, Hladkyy has had difficulty to regain his spot in the starting line-up or even the bench leaving his future in doubt especially with the coach Mircea Lucescu using a 4-5-1 (meaning only one forward) over last years 4-4-2 . After 10 league games with only 1 win Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu gave Hladkyy the start and he scored in the 28th minute in a 3–0 win over Chornomorets Odessa. Mircea gave Hladkyy another starting opportunity due to Luiz Adriano being injured, and Oleksandr scored the 3rd goal in Shakhtars 4–2 win over FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih. Hladkyy scored a winner for Shakhtar against Olexandria in the 93rd minute in an Ukrainian Cup quarter final, although this pro comes with a con as he injured second choice goalkeeper Rustam Khudzhamov during a collision in the Shakhtar penalty area. He scored his first two UEFA Champions League goals in a historic 3–2 win in Spain beating giants F.C. Barcelona (whom were on a streak of 20 games without defeat.) This was also big for Shakhtar as Shakhtar collected more points in the group stage than ever before (9).

After not gaining a regular place in Shakhtar Donetsk he transferred to Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on 17 August 2010.[4]

Shakhtar Donetsk Return[edit]

In May 2014, Hladkyy resigned for FC Shakhtar Donetsk, signing a two-year contract.[5]

International career[edit]

Oleksandr Hladkyy was a regular member of the Ukraine national under-21 football team and scored 6 goals in 12 games. On 22 August 2007, he made his debut for the senior Ukraine national football team in a friendly against Uzbekistan and scored the opening goal.[6] Since then, he has been called up to the main squad for every game under both Oleg Blokhin, and now, Oleksiy Mykhailychenko.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 20 December 2014
Club Season League Cup Europe Super Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Metalist 2003–04 8 3 - - - - - - 8 3
2004–05 9 1 2 0 - - - - 11 1
Total 17 4 2 0 - - - - 19 4
Kharkiv 2004–05 10 4 - - - - - - 10 4
2005–06 25 1 2 1 - - - - 27 2
2006–07 29 13 1 0 - - - - 30 13
Total 64 18 3 1 - - - - 67 19
Shakhtar 2007–08 29 17 7 1 9 2 1 1 46 21
2008–09 26 4 5 1 10 2 1 0 42 7
2009–10 22 6 2 1 6 1 - - 30 8
2010–11 5 0 - - - - 1 2 6 2
Total 82 27 14 3 25 5 3 3 124 38
Dnipro 2010–11 19 2 4 2 2 0 - - 25 4
2011–12 4 0 2 0 - - - - 6 0
Total 23 2 6 2 2 0 - - 31 4
Karpaty 2011–12 8 3 2 1 - - - - 10 4
2012–13 23 5 3 0 - - - - 26 5
2013–14 27 10 2 0 - - - - 29 10
Total 58 18 7 1 - - - - 65 19
Shakhtar 2014-15 11 7 3 2 2 0 1 1 15 10
Total 11 7 3 2 2 0 1 1 15 10
Career total 255 76 35 9 29 5 4 4 323 94

Honours[edit]

Club
2008, 2010
2008
2008, 2010
2009
Individual
  • Ukrainian Premier league Top Goalscorer (13 goals): 2007
  • Ukrainian Premier League Top Assister (11 assists): 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blokhin fits up trusted squad". Article at ffu.org.ua. 5 October 2007. Retrieved 7 October 2007. 
  2. ^ Player profile at uefa.com, uefa.com, accessed 7 October 2007
  3. ^ Player profile at shakhtar.com, shakhtar.com, accessed 7 October 2007
  4. ^ "Александр Гладкий: "О переходе в "Днепр" долго не думал" (Oleksandr Hladkyy: About the transfer to "Dnipro" did not think long about it)" (in Russian). ua-football.com. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Гладкий підписав контракт із Шахтарем на два роки. www.champion.com.ua (in Ukrainian). champion.com.ua. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Game report from ScoresPro.com Game Report on ScoresPro.com

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