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Eremenko playing for Saturn Moscow in 2009
|Full name||Aleksei Alekseyevich Yeryomenko|
|Date of birth||24 March 1983|
|Place of birth||Rostov-on-Don, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2010||→ FF Jaro (loan)||16||(7)|
|2010–2011||→ Kilmarnock (loan)||31||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:43, 2 May 2015 (UTC).
Alexei Eremenko (born Aleksei Alekseyevich Yeryomenko; Russian: Алексей Алексеевич Ерёменко; born 24 March 1983) is a Russian-born Finnish professional footballer currently playing for Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership. He is a midfielder who is able to operate in many roles, and is also known as a set piece specialist.
Eremenko was born in Rostov-on-Don, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union but moved to Finland with his family at the age of seven when his father, former FC Dynamo Moscow and FC Spartak Moscow player Alexei Eremenko Sr., came to play in Finland with FF Jaro. He was granted Finnish citizenship in 2003, but still holds a Russian passport as well. He is the elder brother of Roman Eremenko, and also a new father with a son born in September 2007.
Eremenko spent some time with Tromsø IL in Norway (his father played for the senior team, he himself played for the under-fifteens team) and with the youth academy of FC Metz in France, before returning to Finland to make his Veikkausliiga debut with FC Jokerit in 2001. A try out with Aston Villa followed, but in the next season he moved to HJK, and eventually became the league's top player. He won two Finnish championships and one Finnish Cup with HJK. In the summer of 2004, Eremenko moved abroad, joining Italian Serie A club US Lecce. After failing to make a major breakthrough at Lecce, he moved to FC Saturn on a four-year deal in January 2006 transfer window, becoming a key player for the Russian side.
On 15 July 2011 it was reported that he is signing for Leeds United in a Finish newspaper, but the transfer was delayed due to a cancelled flight, which prevented him from linking up with the squad in Scotland.
On 12 March 2010 it was announced that Eremenko had been traded back to his first club, FF Jaro, for the 2010 season. His father, Alexei Eremenko Sr., is the current manager of FF Jaro. He managed to score on his debut, in a Finnish League Cup game against JJK on 20 March 2010. He also continued scoring in Veikkausliiga's opening match against FC Lahti, scoring on a rebound after his unsuccessful penalty kick.
On 30 August 2010, it was announced that Eremenko had been traded to Mixu Paatelainen's Kilmarnock until the end of the season. He scored on his debut in a 2–1 victory over St. Mirren. On 5 March 2011, Eremenko was given his second straight red card of the season against Hearts at Tynecastle on after an off the ball altercation with Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas. On 11 April, Eremenko stated that he wanted to end his career at Rugby Park. Eremenko was nominated for the 2010–11 Players' Player of the Year award, losing out to Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre.
After returning from his loan spell, Metalist Kharkiv told him he could leave, where he then stated that he had received bids from a Championship club and a Russian club, with reports that Old Firm duo Celtic and Rangers were interested in signing him. The Championship club was later reported to be the Welsh club Cardiff City. Brighton & Hove Albion, a fellow Championship club, were also believed to be interested in signing Eremenko.
On 28 January 2014 it was announced that Eremenko had joined Kilmarnock until the end of the 2013–14 season. On 7 August 2014, he signed a new contract at Kilmarnock, keeping him at the club for the 2014–15 season.
Eremenko made his debut for the Finnish national team on 11 October 2003 against Canada. He was a key player for Finland in 2006 World Cup qualifying, scoring seven goals, four of which came from free kicks. He shared the third position among the top scorers in the group, along with Adrian Mutu, but behind Jan Koller and Ruud van Nistelrooy who both scored nine goals.
As of 15 November 2011.
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- As of 17 June 2013
|Finland national team|
- HJK Helsinki
- Rubin Kazan
- Scottish Premier League Player of the Month: November 2010
- Scottish Premier League Player of the Year: 2010/11 nominee
- Алексей Еременко – игрок Металлиста!. metallist.kharkov.ua
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- С АЛЕКСЕЕМ ЕРЕМЕНКО РАСТОРГНУТ КОНТРАКТ (in Russian). http://www.fckairat.kz/. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
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- The national team on the Finnish Football Association’s website (Finnish)
- Rakas jalkapallo: sata vuotta suomalaista jalkapalloa, p. 402–403. Edited by Yrjö Lautela and Göran Wallén; written by Yrjö Lautela ... [et al.]. Helsinki: Teos, 2007. ISBN 978–951–851–068–3 (hardcover).
- Jalkapallokirja 2010, (‘Football Yearbook’) p. 50. Ed. by Heidi Soininen. Publication of the Football Association of Finland. Vol. 50. ISSN-0787-7188.
- (Finnish) Alexei Eremenko jr. | Suomen Palloliitto. Palloliitto.fi. Retrieved on 1 May 2015.
- "Clydsedale Bank Player Of The Month". Retrieved 3 March 2011.
- Alexei Eremenko at FC Rubin Kazan (Russian)
- Alexei Eremenko – UEFA competition record
- Alexei Eremenko – FIFA competition record
- Alexei Eremenko at National-Football-Teams.com
- Alexei Eremenko profile at Soccerway
- Alexei Eremenko career statistics at Soccerbase
- (Finnish) Profile at FA of Finland's official website
- (Finnish) Finn, Iltalehti, 14 September 2006.