Taras Stepanenko

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Taras Stepanenko
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Stepanenko with Ukraine U-21 in 2010
Personal information
Full name Taras Mykolayovych Stepanenko
Date of birth (1989-08-08) 8 August 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Velyka Novosilka, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Number 6
Youth career
2001–2003 FC Torpedo-Kosmos Zaporizhya
2003 FC Arsenal Kharkiv
2003–2004 FC Torpedo Zaporizhia
2004–2006 Kosmos Zaporizhia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Metalurh-2 Zporizhya 16 (1)
2007–2010 Metalurh Zaporizhya 81 (1)
2010– Shakhtar Donetsk 62 (2)
National team
2008 Ukraine-19 4 (0)
2007–2011 Ukraine-21 27 (1)
2010– Ukraine 14 (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 11 February 2014
This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Mykolayovych and the family name is Stepanenko.

Taras Mykolayovych Stepanenko (Ukrainian: Тарас Миколайович Степаненко; born 8 August 1989 in Velyka Novosilka,[1] Donetsk Oblast, Ukrainian SSR) is a Ukrainian footballer, who is currently playing for FC Shakhtar Donetsk. He started his career at Metalurh Zaporizhya, making his debut in 2007, before joining Shakhtar in 2010.

Club career[edit]

Metalurh Zaporizhya[edit]

Taras began his career with Metalurh Zaporizhya, playing for the junior team 16 times, scoring 1 goal, in the 2006-07 season, before being promoted to the senior team for the rest of the season.

He made his debut for the senior team on 4 March 2007 at the age of 17 in a 3-1 defeat to Dynamo Kyiv. He ended his first season in the senior side with 12 appearances.

In his second season he scored his first goal for the club on 21 July 2007 in a 1-0 Premier League victory over Kryvbas. He was just one month shy of his 18th birthday when he netted the goal. He went on to make 23 appearances for the club in that season, with 1 goal.

His third season saw him become an integral part of the team as he made 29 appearances for the club.

The following season he played 17 matches for the club. At the end of the season he agreed a deal to join reigning Premier League champions Shakhtar Donetsk. He made a total of 81 appearances for Metalurh's first team, scoring 1 goal.

Shakhtar Donetsk[edit]

2010–11[edit]

On 11 May 2010 the midfielder signed a five-year deal with Shakhtar Donetsk for an undisclosed, leaving Metalurh Zaporizhya with Serhiy Kryvtsov who also joined Shakhtar in a five-year deal.[2] He made his debut for the club in a 7-1 Super Cup victory over Tavriya Simferopol, coming on as a substitute. This was his first trophy with the club. He scored his first goal for the club on 23 November 2010 in a 3-0 Champions League group stage victory over Partizan Belgrade. He made 20 appearances for Shakhtar in his first season, including 15 league appearances, scoring 1 goal. He helped Shakhtar to a treble, winning the Premier League, Super Cup and the Cup.[3]

2011–12[edit]

In his second season with the club he made 12 appearances, 9 in the league and 3 in the cup. He came on in the 109th minute of Shakhtar's 2-1 extra time victory over Metalurh Donetsk in the Ukrainian Cup Final.[4] Shakhtar also secured another Premier League title.[5]

2012–13[edit]

He played the full 90 minutes of Shakhtar's 2-0 Super Cup victory over Metalurh Donetsk, picking up a yellow card in the 60th minute.[6] On 6 August 2012 he assisted Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the second goal in a 4-0 Premier League victory over Volyn Lutsk.[7] He assisted Oleksandr Kucher for the first goal in a 3-1 victory over FC Dynamo Kyiv on 2 September.[8] On 28 September he picked up a red card in the 89th minute after receiving a second yellow card in a match against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, however it did not affect Shakhtar as they won the match 2-1.[9] On 19 October he assisted Dmytro Chygrynskiy for the winning goal in a 2-1 victory against Illichivets Mariupol.[10]

International career[edit]

Stepanenko battling for the ball with Franck Ribéry

He is captain of Ukraine national under-21 football team. He has appeared for Ukraine's under-19 team four times, the under-21 team on 22 occasions, scoring one goal, and the senior team five times. On 17 November 2010, he made his debut for the senior side in the 2:2 draw with Switzerland in a friendly match, coming on as a 65th minute substitute for Taras Mykhalyk.[11] His first start came on 8 February 2011 in a 2-2 draw against Romania.[12] He made another appearance the following day in a 1-1 draw with Sweden.[13] He played in a 0-2 defeat to Italy on 29 March 2011.[14] On 15 August 2012 he came on as a 72nd minute substitute for Shakhtar Donetsk teammate Marko Dević in a 0-0 draw with Czech Republic.[15] On 26 March 2013 Stepanenko received red card for high kick on Vitaliy Bordiyan in a World Cup qualification match against Moldova. [16]

International goal[edit]

Scores and results list Ukraine's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 May 2014 V. Lobanovskyi Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine  Niger 2–1 2–1 Friendly match

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 13 April 2013
Club Season League Cup Europe Super Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Metalurh Z 2006–07 12 0 - - - - - - 12 0
2007–08 23 1 - - - - - - 23 1
2008–09 29 0 - - - - - - 29 0
2009–10 17 0 - - - - - - 17 0
Total 81 1 - - - - - - 81 1
Shakhtar 2010–11 15 0 2 0 2 1 1 0 20 1
2011–12 9 0 3 0 - - - - 12 0
2012–13 14 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 19 0
Total 38 0 6 0 5 1 2 0 51 1
Career Total 119 1 6 0 5 1 2 0 132 2

International[edit]

As of 28 August 2012 [17]
Ukraine national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 4 0
2012 1 0
Total 5 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Тарас Степаненко: "Я уже играл за "Шахтер"" (in Russian). Terrikon.dn.ua. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  2. ^ "Fresh blood in Shakhtar". FC Shakhtar Official Site. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  3. ^ "2010/11Ukraine". Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Metalurh Donetsk vs Shakhtar Donetsk 1-2". Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "2010/11Ukraine". Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Metalurh Donetsk vs Shakhtar 0-2". Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Volyn vs Shakhtar Donetsk 0-4". Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Dynamo Kyiv 3-1". Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Shakhtar vs Dnipro 2-1". Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Shakhtar vs Illichivets 2-1". Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Switzerland vs Ukraine 2-2". Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Romania vs Ukraine 2-2". Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Sweden vs Ukraine 1-1". Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Ukraine vs Italy 0-2". Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Ukraine vs Czech Republic 0-0". Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "The clearest red card EVER?! Taras Stepanenko’s shocking foul (Ukraine) v Moldova". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  17. ^ Taras Stepanenko at National-Football-Teams.com

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