Rukavytsya playing for Beitar Jerusalem in 2015
|Full name||Nikita Vadimovich Rukavytsya|
|Date of birth||22 June 1987|
|Place of birth||Mykolayiv, Ukrainian SSR|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Striker|
|2010||→ Roeselare (loan)||11||(5)|
|2013||Mainz 05 II||2||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ FSV Frankfurt (loan)||19||(2)|
|2014–2015||Western Sydney Wanderers||23||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2015.
Nikita Vadimovich Rukavytsya (Ukrainian: Микита Вадимович Рукавиця, Mykyta Vadymovych Rukavytsya; born 22 June 1987) is a Ukrainian-Australian professional football player who plays for Beitar Jerusalem in the Israeli Premier League. He began his career as a striker at Perth Glory but has played primarily as a winger since moving to Europe.
Rukavytsya was born in Mykolayiv, Ukraine; his family moved to Australia when he was 14 years old, settling in Perth. He played junior football for Inglewood United and Perth SC in the Football West State League while attending Mount Lawley Senior High School, before being offered a spot at the Australian Institute of Sport on a football scholarship.
He joined Perth Glory on a short-term replacement deal in the latter stages of the 2006–07 A-League season, making three appearances for the club. In March 2007, he signed a contract with the Glory to keep him at the club until the end of the 2008–09 A-League season.
After an excellent pre-season, the start of the 2007–08 A-League season was difficult for both Rukavytsya and Perth Glory. However, with the departure of coach Ron Smith, Rukavytsya turned his form around starting by scoring two goals against the Newcastle Jets in David Mitchell's first game as coach and another two goals against Melbourne Victory at home on 2 December 2007. By the end of the 2007–08 A-League season, Rukavytsya managed to score six goals in the last eight games of the campaign.
In January 2009, he undertook a week-long trial at Dutch club FC Twente. After the last game of the 2008–09 A-League season, it was announced that he would officially be transferring to FC Twente in a transfer deal rumoured to be worth A$1.2 Million.
Rukavytsya scored his first goal for FC Twente in the club's 8–0 Dutch Cup drubbing of SC Joure. On 8 January 2010, KSV Roeselare signed the Australian forward on loan until the end of the season.
On 14 July 2010, Rukavytsya signed for 2. Bundesliga side Hertha BSC. His first season in the 2. Bundesliga was quite successful. He was a regular starter, scored four goals and ended the season with 12 assists, the second most in the league. At season's end, Hertha BSC were promoted back to the Bundesliga and he hoped to feature again for the newly promoted team.
On 31 August, Nikita signed with Bundesliga club Mainz 05 for a reported fee of €1 million, just hours before the transfer cut-off. His last appearance for Berlin was 72 minutes against Jahn Regensburg in the 2. Bundesliga on 24 August 2012.
Rukavytsya joined Frankfurt on a year-long loan deal in August 2013, after failing to break into the Mainz first eleven.
On 12 October 2014, it was announced that Rukavytsya had returned to Australia to sign for the Western Sydney Wanderers. He made his debut in round 3 against Wellington Phoenix. His first goal for the Wanderers came in round 16 against Wellington Phoenix.
While eligible to play for Ukraine, he decided to play for Australia and in 2008, represented Australia in the Australian U-23's Olympic Team at the 2008 Summer Olympics, locking his commitment to Australia.
Rukavytsya scored in a warm-up game for the Olyroos against Adelaide United. He also scored his first international goal for the Australian U-23's, in their 3–0 win over Croatian U-21's at the Intercontinental Cup in Malaysia on 16 May 2008.
Rukavytsya was named in Pim Verbeek's 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He made two appearances off the bench for the Socceroos.
Rukavytsya scored his first international goal in a friendly against South Korea on 14 November 2012, Australia won 2–1.
|1.||14 November 2012||Hwaseong Stadium, Hwaseong, South Korea||South Korea||1–1||1–2||International Friendly|
- As of 15 May 2015
|Perth Glory total||42||16||8||4||0||0||50||20|
|Roeselare (loan)||2009–10||Belgian Pro League||11||5||3||0||0||0||14||5|
|Hertha BSC||2010–11||2. Bundesliga||31||4||1||0||0||0||32||4|
|Hertha BSC total||56||5||2||1||0||0||58||6|
|Mainz 05 total||8||0||1||0||0||0||9||0|
|FSV Frankfurt||2013–14||2. Bundesliga||11||2||1||0||–||–||12||2|
|FSV Frankfurt total||11||2||1||0||–||–||12||2|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||2014–15||A-League||23||3||0||0||5||1||28||4|
|WS Wanderers total||23||3||0||0||5||1||28||4|
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- FC Twente profile
- 2010 FIFA World Cup profile
- Nikita Rukavytsya – FIFA competition record
- Nikita Rukavytsya – UEFA competition record
- Nikita Rukavytsya at National-Football-Teams.com
- Nikita Rukavytsya at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Nikita Rukavytsya career statistics at Soccerbase
- Nikita Rukavytsya at ESPN FC