Vitālijs Maksimenko

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Vitālijs Maksimenko
Vitalijs Maksimenko.jpg
Maksimenko playing for Skonto Riga
Personal information
Full name Vitālijs Maksimenko[1]
Date of birth (1990-12-08) 8 December 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Riga, Latvian SSR, USSR
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
VVV-Venlo
Number 6
Youth career
1996–2003 JFC Skonto
2003–2007 Daugava 90
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Daugava Rīga 9 (0)
2009 CSKA Moscow (loan) 0 (0)
2010–2012 Skonto Riga 76 (2)
2013– Brighton & Hove Albion 1 (0)
2013 Yeovil Town (loan) 3 (0)
2014 Kilmarnock (loan) 8 (1)
2014– VVV-Venlo (loan) 7 (0)
National team
Latvia U-17 17 (9)
Latvia U-19 6 (0)
2009–2012 Latvia U-21 11 (2)
2013– Latvia 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:03, 22 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:03, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

Vitālijs Maksimenko (born 8 December 1990) is a Latvian professional football defender, currently playing for Eerste Divisie side VVV-Venlo, on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion. Maksimenko also plays for the Latvia national football team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

As a youth player Vitālijs Maksimenko was a member of his local club Skonto Riga academy. At the age of 13 he moved to Daugava 90. In 2008 Maksimenko was taken to the club's first team Daugava Rīga. That year they became champions of the Latvian First League. Maksimenko made his first team debut in 2009. In mid-season, with 9 Latvian Higher League caps under his belt, the player went on trials with the Russian Premier League clubs Lokomotiv Moscow[2] and CSKA Moscow.[3] CSKA signed him on loan until the end of the season.[4] He played several matches for the club's reserves.

Skonto Riga[edit]

At the start of 2010 Maksimenko began training with the Latvian Higher League club Skonto Riga.[5] Leaving a good impression, he signed a contract with the club on 15 March 2010.[6] Playing 25 matches in his debut season, Maksimenko helped Skonto become the champions of the Latvian Higher League.[7] In 2011 they became the champions of Baltic League,[8] but in 2012 won the Latvian Football Cup.[9] Skonto finished the 2012 season as the runners-up of the league, with Maksimenko being included in both – Latvian Football Federation[10] and sportacentrs.com teams of the tournament.[11] He was also named the best defender of the season, and later on voted the best Skonto Riga player of the season.

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

At the end of 2012 Maksimenko went on trial with the English Football League Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion. In spite of interest from other Football League Championship and Premier League clubs, he signed a two-and-a-half-year contract deal with the Seagulls on 5 January 2013, being added to the development squad.[12]

Yeovil loan spell[edit]

On 18 March 2013, Maksimenko joined Football League One side Yeovil Town on a one-month loan deal.[13] Maksimenko made his Yeovil and Football League debut as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 defeat against Oldham Athletic, on 16 April 2013.[14] On 20 May 2013, Maksimenko appeared as a second-half substitute in the 2013 League One play-off Final as Yeovil beat Brentford to earn promotion to the Championship.[15] Maksimenko returned to Brighton having appeared 4 times for Yeovil.

Kilmarnock loan spell[edit]

On 24 January 2014, Maksimenko joined Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock on a loan deal lasting until the end of the 2013–14 Scottish Premiership season.[16]

VVV-Venlo loan spell[edit]

On 1 September 2014, it was announced that Maksimenko was sent on loan to Dutch Eerste Divisie side VVV-Venlo until the end of the season.[17]

International career[edit]

Maksimenko has been a member of all age youth teams, including U-17, U-19 and U-21 levels. On 15 August 2012 he was firstly called up to the Latvia national football team for a friendly match against Montenegro.[18] Maksimenko made his full international debut on 6 February 2013 in a 0–3 friendly match loss against Japan, coming on as a substitute in the 72nd minute and replacing Vladimirs Kamešs.[19]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Skonto Riga
Yeovil Town

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 8. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Atskats uz 1. līgas sezonu (3. daļa) – 1. līga – Futbols –". Sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rīgas "Daugava" pilnā sastāvā trenēsies tikai februāra beigās". Sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rīgas "Daugavas" aizsargs pārceļas uz Maskavas "CSKA"". Sportacentrs.com. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cauņam gaidāma operācija, bez futbola – vismaz mēnesi". Sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Juris Laizāns pievienojas "Skonto"". Sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  7. ^ DELFI (7 November 2010). "Čempioni 'Skonto' ar pārliecinošu uzvaru noslēdz 'LMT Virslīgas' sezonu". Delfi.lv. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  8. ^ ""Skonto" pendeļu trillerī uzvar "Ventspili" un triumfē Baltijas līgā". Sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Futbola Virslīga – Latvijas kausu iegūst Skonto FC". Futbolavirsliga.lv. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "LFF: Virslīgas simboliskā izlase LFF vērtējumā". Lff.lv. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Virslīgas sezonas simboliskā izlase". Sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Albion Sign Vitalijs Maksimenko". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Yeovil sign Brighton's Maksimenko and Charlton's Cook". BBC Sport. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Oldham 1–0 Yeovil". BBC Sport. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Brentford 1–2 Yeovil". BBC Sport. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Barnes, John (24 January 2014). "Kilmarnock take Vitalijs Maksimenko on loan from Brighton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Letse international Maksimenko naar VVV". L1. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "LFF: Latvijas izlases rindas papildina Vitālijs Maksimenko un Alans Sineļņikovs". Lff.lv. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "Latvijas izlasei sagrāve Japānā". Sportacentrs.com. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 

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