Erik Sviatchenko

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Erik Sviatchenko
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Personal information
Full name Erik Sergeivich Sviatchenko
Date of birth (1991-10-04) 4 October 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Viborg, Denmark
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Number 28
Youth career
1997–1998 Viborg FF
2001–2003 Houlkær
2003–2004 Søndermarken
2004–2006 FK Viborg
2006–2009 FC Midtjylland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2016 FC Midtjylland 111 (10)
2016– Celtic 42 (1)
National team
2009 Denmark U18 2 (1)
2009–2010 Denmark U19 6 (0)
2010 Denmark U20 3 (0)
2010–2012 Denmark U21 8 (2)
2015– Denmark 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:35, 21 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 October 2016

Erik Sergeivich Sviatchenko (Ukrainian: Ерік Сергійович Святченко; born 4 October 1991) is a Danish footballer who plays as a defender for Scottish Premiership side Celtic.

Club career[edit]

FC Midtjylland[edit]

Sviatchenko was, during his youth playing years, captain of the FC Midtjylland squad. During his first year as a U/19 player, he and his team finished first in the Danish U/19 league, which was followed up the next season with another first place. In 2009, he was awarded the "Academy Player Of The Year" award, which is given to players who have excelled themselves during their period at the academy.

He has been a starter in almost all of FC Midtjylland's games since his arrival at the club. He missed the Danish Cup final against FC Nordsjælland in May 2011 and the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Denmark due to a cruciate ligament injury.[1] In January 2012 he recovered and rejoined the first team in FC Midtjylland and played all the games in the last half of the season. Prior to the season 2013/2014 he was made vice-captain of the first team.[1]

Sviatchenko established himself as a key player for FC Midtjylland, helping them to the Danish title in 2014–15, as well as securing progression to the last 32 stage of the UEFA Europa League the following season.[2]


On 16 January 2016, it was reported that Sviatchenko was in Glasgow undergoing a medical with a view to joining Celtic in a £1.5 million transfer.[2][3] The transfer was confirmed the following day, with Sviatchenko signing a four-and-a-half year deal with Celtic.[4] On 17 April Sviatchenko scored his first goal for the club against rivals Rangers in the semi final of the William Hill Scottish Cup scoring a header which equalised, although Rangers won the match 5-4 on penalties.

He was handed the captain's armband in a 2-1 defeat at St. Johnstone on 11 May.

International career[edit]

Due to his dual citizenship, Sviatchenko was eligible to play for Ukraine,[5] but agreed to a call-up for the Danish national team on 25 March 2015, due to injuries for Daniel Agger and Jores Okore. He made his international debut the following day at NRGi Arena in Aarhus, starting against the United States in a 3–2 friendly win, in central defence alongside Simon Kjær.[6][7]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Denmark's goal tally first:[8][9]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 October 2015 Parken, Copenhagen  France 1–2 1–2 Friendly match

Personal life[edit]

Erik Sviatchenko is the son of Ukrainian-born multi artist Sergei Sviatchenko, whom together with Erik's older brother, Philip Sviatchenko, are authors on a fashion inspiring blog, which shows the modern classicist style.[10]

His girlfriend, Anne Rudmose, is also a professional footballer and has played for Viborg FF's women's team and the Denmark national team.[11][12] Rudmose signed for the Celtic women's team in February 2016, one month after Sviatchenko had joined the men's team.[11]


FC Midtjylland


  1. ^ a b c "Spillere - Erik Sviatchenko". FCM. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Erik Sviatchenko has Celtic medical ahead of move from Midtjylland". STV Sport. 16 January 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Erik Sviatchenko: Celtic medical for £1.5m Midtjylland defender". BBC Sport. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Erik Sviatchenko: Celtic seal transfer for £1.5m Midtjylland defender". BBC Sport. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Denmark may lose Sviatchenko". Advarsity Sports. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Fem nye i startopstillingen". Dansk Boldspil-Union (in Danish). Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Bendtner-hattrick i dansk sejr i Aarhus". Bold (in Danish). 25 March 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sviatchenko, Erik". National Football Team. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "E. Sviatchenko". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "A well suited family: Philip Sviatchenko". Feel Selected. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Currie, David (23 February 2016). "Celtic sign Erik Sviatchenko's partner - Anne Rudmose". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  12. ^ Mark, Thomas (21 October 2015). "Tidligere Team Viborg-spiller gravid med landsholdsspiller". Retrieved 17 January 2016. 

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