Ruslan Rotan

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Ruslan Rotan
Rotan with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in 2011
Personal information
Full name Ruslan Petrovych Rotan
Date of birth (1981-10-29) 29 October 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Poltava, Ukraine
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Number 29
Youth career
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 105 (11)
2005–2008 Dynamo Kyiv 50 (5)
2008– Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 157 (15)
National team
2003– Ukraine 78 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 April 2015
This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Petrovych and the family name is Rotan.

Ruslan Petrovych Rotan (Ukrainian: Руслан Петрович Ротань, born 29 October 1981 in Poltava) is a Ukrainian international footballer who currently plays for FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and is an international for the Ukrainian national football team.

Club career[edit]

Rotan's career started off for FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the 1999–2000 season. He played a total of 105 matches for Dnipro and scored 11 goals.

He transferred to Dynamo in the summer of 2005 and was given the number 14. In Dynamo, he played 50 matches and scored five goals in the Ukrainian Premier League.

During winter break 2007–08 Rotan was transferred back to his home club of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. The transfer fee was undisclosed. However, he signed a three-year contract with Dnipro. He now wears the number 29 jersey.

He became the top assister of the Ukrainian Premier League of the season 2008–2009.[1]

In the summer of 2014, after his Dnipro contract had expired, Rotan went on trial with Rubin Kazan, nearly signing with the club before turning down the offer due to the political situation around the 2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine. Rotan eventually signed a new three-year contract with Dnipro on 8 August 2014.[2]

On 27 May 2015, Rotan equalised the score at 2–2 with a free kick in the UEFA Europa League Final in Warsaw against holders Sevilla FC, who eventually won.[3]

International career[edit]

Rotan made his debut for Ukraine on 12 February 2003, replacing Andriy Voronin for the final eight minutes of a goalless friendly against Turkey in İzmir. He scored three goals in seven games in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification, going on to play three of their five matches (one start) as they reached the quarter-finals at the tournament. When Ukraine hosted UEFA Euro 2012, he played five minutes as a substitute for Voronin in their opening 2–1 victory over Sweden at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. With 78 caps, Rotan is Ukraine's fifth-most capped player of all time.


External links[edit]

Ruslan Rotan at (Ukrainian)