Oleksandr Shovkovskiy

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Oleksandr Shovkovskiy
Oleksandr Volodymyrovych Shovkovskiy.jpg
Shovkovskiy playing for Dynamo Kyiv in 2011
Personal information
Full name Oleksandr Volodymyrovych Shovkovskiy
Date of birth (1975-01-02) 2 January 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Dynamo Kyiv
Number 1
Youth career
Dynamo Kyiv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Dynamo Kyiv 3 16 (0)
1993–1994 Dynamo Kyiv 2 16 (0)
1993– Dynamo Kyiv 357 (0)
2001–2002 Dynamo Kyiv 2 5 (0)
National team
1993–1997 Ukraine U21 12 (0)
1994–2012 Ukraine 92 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 November 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Oleksandr Volodymyrovych Shovkovskiy (Ukrainian: Олександр Володимирович Шовковський; Russian: Александр Владимирович Шовковский) (born 2 January 1975) is a Ukrainian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. He has played for Dynamo Kyiv in the Vyscha Liha, the top level of Ukrainian football, since 1993.

Club career[edit]

Born in Kyiv, in the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union (in present-day Ukraine), Shovkovskiy is a graduate of the Dynamo Kyiv football academy. Since his teenage years and up until now Oleksandr Shovkovskiy has played for only one club. In fact he has more caps for the club than anybody else in the history of Dynamo. After advancing from one age group youth team to another, this talented young goalkeeper made his way to the first squad of the Ukrainian giants Dynamo where he made his debut in a league fixture in 1993. By next year he was already called up to the Ukraine national football team. Throughout the majority of his career he was the first choice goalkeeper for Dynamo, except for a few brief periods caused by injuries. The goalkeeper's fame came to him as he became notorious for saving penalties, which made him popular in the media and among fans. By the end of 2009 his goals against average in the League was .632 with over 300 games played.

In summer 2011, Shovkovskiy played his 100th match in the Champions League (against Rubin Kazan in Kazan). Shovkovskiy played 121 matches in european cups, with 33 clean-sheet matches.

Political views[edit]

Shovkovsky got a lot of media attention when giving an interview about the Euromaidan situation. When commenting on the number of people killed, he mentioned how his grandfather started every toast saying "For not having any wars", after which he couldn't hold his tears.[1][2][3] Before a Europa League game against Valencia Shovkovsky sent a request to UEFA to start the games of the Ukrainian clubs from a moment of silence,[4][5] a request that was granted.[6]

Shovkovsky is a supporter of the Euromaidan movement, and said he wants to live by "European values and not by Soviet values". He also criticized the previous government for the use of violence against the protesters. However, he criticized the decision of the new government to take away the status of Russian language as a second language in Russian language speaking regions.[7]

International career[edit]

Shovkovskiy is well known for his blunder during the EURO 2000 qualification game where Ukraine faced Slovenia where Shovkovskiy on 68th minute in the first match in Maribor, went out almost to the corner flag to kick the ball away, which resulted in the open net and Milenko Acimovic scoring from 40 meters out, which proved to be crucial to Ukraine not qualifying for EURO 2000 in Netherlands/Belgium.

Shovkovskiy was the first-choice keeper for Ukraine at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Notably, he saved two spot kicks in the penalty shootout against Switzerland in their second-round match, which sent Ukraine through to the quarterfinals, becoming the first goalkeeper in FIFA World Cup history not to concede a goal during penalty shootout; Shovkovskiy was subsequently awarded the man of the match award. Also more recently Oleksandr was voted player of the tournament in early 2008, in a Channel One Cup in Israel, which was won by Dynamo in a notorious game against the club's top rival Shakhtar Donetsk. During this game in a series of penalty kicks, Oleksandr Shovkovskiy saved 3 kicks and almost single-handedly won the match. Oleksandr Shovkovskiy also holds a record for being the third most capped player in the Ukrainian national team after Andriy Shevchenko and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk. His goals against average for the national team is .86 with a bit short of 100 games mark on his count (92).

In September 2012, Shovkovsky announced his retirement from the Ukraine national football team.[8]

Until 2013 Shovkosvky held the record for the Ukraine team of minutes played without a goal, 728 minutes, but it was beaten by Andriy Pyatov.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 3 November 2013

[10]

Club Season League Cup Europe Super Cup Total
Apps GA Apps GA Apps GA Apps GA Apps GA
Dynamo 1993-94 9 6 - - - - - - 9 6
1994-95 25 15 2 1 8 12 - - 35 28
1995-96 25 13 4 0 3 1 - - 32 14
1996-97 24 14 2 1 3 6 - - 29 21
1997-98 26 13 7 4 12 14 - - 45 31
1998-99 24 14 6 4 13 13 - - 43 31
1999-00 15 10 1 1 16 19 - - 32 30
2000-01 19 9 - - 6 8 - - 25 17
2001-02 6 2 2 3 - - - - 8 5
2002-03 15 13 5 0 2 2 - - 22 15
2003-04 19 15 3 0 8 9 - - 30 24
2004-05 23 9 4 2 10 12 - - 37 23
2005-06 24 17 3 0 2 3 1 1 30 21
2006-07 24 19 5 5 8 16 1 0 38 40
2007-08 22 21 4 3 6 12 - - 32 36
2008-09 10 9 2 0 2 2 1 1 15 12
2009-10 24 13 1 0 4 5 1 0 30 18
2010-11 10 7 2 2 8 4 - - 20 13
2011-12 24 11 1 3 9 9 1 1 35 24
2012-13 6 5 1 4 2 3 0 0 9 12
2013-14 6 4 0 0 2 2 0 0 9 12
Total 380 239 55 33 124 152 5 3 564 427

International[edit]

As of 30 June 2013

[11]

National team Year
Apps GA
Ukraine 1994 1 0
1995 0 0
1996 1 0
1997 9 7
1998 5 4
1999 9 5
2000 3 2
2001 6 2
2002 4 3
2003 8 7
2004 10 10
2005 8 4
2006 12 11
2007 7 9
2008 2 1
2009 2 5
2010 0 0
2011 4 2
2012 1 0
Total 92 74

Honours[edit]

Dynamo Kyiv

Ukrainian Premier League (12): 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009

Ukrainian Cup (8): 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007

Ukrainian Super Cup (5): 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011

CIS Cup (4): 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002

Valeriy Lobanovskiy Memorial Tournament (2): 2003, 2004

Individual honours[edit]

Ukraine and CIS[edit]

Worldwide and European[edit]

  • Ballon d'Or 1999 – nominated (top 50)[13]
  • FIFA World Cup 2006 round of 16 Switzerland vs Ukraine Man of the Match
  • Shovkovskiy's save[14] in match Rubin Kazan vs. Dynamo Kyiv – UEFA ChL 2009/2010 group stage fifth round Moment of the Round
  • UEFA Europa League 2010/2011 best goalkeeper[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Александр Шовковский плачет, комментируя ситуацию в Украине" [Oleksandr Shovkovskiy cries while explaining situation in Ukraine] (in Russian). Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.ua-football.com/ukrainian/video/5307aa1d.html[dead link]
  3. ^ "Шовковський: Той безлад, який зараз твориться в Україні, не повинен залишати байдужим нікого" (in Ukrainian). 20 February 2014. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Шовковский попросил УЕФА о минуте молчания во время матча с «Валенсией»" [Shovkovskiy asked for a minute of silence from FIFA during a match with Valencia]. 20 February 2014. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.ua-football.com/ukrainian/high/5305aa36.html[dead link]
  6. ^ "Матч Виктория - Шахтер начался с минуты молчания" (in Russian). 20 February 2014. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Александр Шовковский: «В Киеве нет фашистов и бандеровцев. Приезжайте и посмотрите – я куплю билет кому угодно»" [Oleksandr Shovkovskiy: There are no Nazis or nationalists in Kiev. Come and see - I will buy tickets for everybody] (in Russian). 15 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Александр Шовковский: "Лечу вместе с командой в Париж"" [Oleksandr Shovkovskiy: I'm flying together with the team to Paris] (in Russian). ua-football.com. 13 September 2012. Archived from the original on 16 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Пятов установил рекорд по продолжительности сухой серии в сборной Украины". 16 November 2013. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. 
  10. ^ http://footballfan.com.ua/klub_rudakova._aleksandr_shovkovskiy.html
  11. ^ http://www.ffu.org.ua/ukr/tournaments/prof/26328
  12. ^ Символическая сборная постсоветского пространства 2000–2010 rus.
  13. ^ Ballon d'Or — «Золотой мяч-99» rus.
  14. ^ Рубин – Динамо Киев. ЛЧ. Сейв Шовковского. rus.
  15. ^ Шовковский – самый эффективный вратарь Лиги Европы rus.

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