Shovkovskiy playing for Dynamo Kyiv in 2015
|Full name||Oleksandr Volodymyrovych Shovkovskiy|
|Date of birth||2 January 1975|
|Place of birth||Kiev, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|1993||→ CSK ZSU Kyiv (loan)||2||(0)|
|1993–2006||→ Dynamo-2 Kyiv||31||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Oleksandr Volodymyrovych Shovkovskiy (Ukrainian: Олександр Володимирович Шовковський; born 2 January 1975) is a retired Ukrainian footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He played for Dynamo Kyiv in the Vyscha Liha, the top level of Ukrainian football, from 1993 to 2016.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Shovkovskiy is a graduate of the Dynamo Kyiv football academy. Since his teenage years and up until now Oleksandr Shovkovskiy has played for only one club. In fact he has more caps for the club than anybody else in the history of Dynamo. After advancing from one age group youth team to another, this talented young goalkeeper made his way to the first squad of the Ukrainian giants Dynamo where he made his debut in a league fixture in 1993. By next year he was already called up to the Ukraine national football team. Throughout the majority of his career he was the first choice goalkeeper for Dynamo, except for a few brief periods caused by injuries. The goalkeeper's fame came to him as he became notorious for saving penalties, which made him popular in the media and among fans. By the end of 2009 his goals against average in the League was .632 with over 300 games played.
In the summer of 2011, Shovkovskiy played his 100th match in the Champions League (against Rubin Kazan in Kazan). Shovkovskiy has played 121 matches in European cups, keeping 33 clean-sheets; 109 of these appearances have come in the UEFA Champions League (77, excluding qualifiers), in which he has kept 28 clean sheets (16, excluding qualifiers).
On 13 December, 2016, Shovkovskiy announced his retirement at the age of 41.
Shovkovskiy is well known for his blunder during the UEFA Euro 2000 play-off game where Ukraine faced Slovenia. In the 83rd minute of the first leg in Ljubljana, Shovkovskiy came out of his goal almost to the corner flag to kick the ball away, but scuffed his kick to Milenko Acimovic who scored into the empty net from 40 meters out. Ukraine lost this match 2–1 and drew the second leg 1–1 and hence did not qualify for Euro 2000 in Netherlands/Belgium.
Shovkovskiy was the first-choice keeper for Ukraine at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Notably, he saved two spot kicks from Marco Streller and Ricardo Cabanas in the penalty shootout against Switzerland in their second-round match, which sent Ukraine through to the quarterfinals, becoming the first goalkeeper in FIFA World Cup history not to concede a goal during penalty shootout (Tranquillo Barnetta also hit the bar); Shovkovskiy was subsequently awarded the man of the match award. Also more recently Oleksandr was voted player of the tournament in early 2008, in a Channel One Cup in Israel, which was won by Dynamo in a notorious game against the club's top rival Shakhtar Donetsk. During this game in a series of penalty kicks, Oleksandr Shovkovskiy saved 3 kicks and almost single-handedly won the match. Oleksandr Shovkovskiy also holds a record for being the third most capped player in the Ukrainian national team after Andriy Shevchenko and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk. His goals against average for the national team is .86 with a bit short of 100 games mark on his count (92).
Shovkovsky got a lot of media attention when giving an interview about the Euromaidan situation. When commenting on the number of people killed, he mentioned how his grandfather started every toast saying "For not having any wars", after which he couldn't hold his tears. Before a Europa League game against Valencia Shovkovsky sent a request to UEFA to start the games of the Ukrainian clubs from a moment of silence, a request that was granted.
Shovkovsky is a supporter of the Euromaidan movement, and said he wants to live by "European values and not by Soviet values". He also criticized the previous government for the use of violence against the protesters. However, he criticized the decision of the new government to take away the status of Russian language as a second language in Russian language speaking regions.
- As of 17 october 2017
- As of 30 June 2013
- Ukrainian Premier League (14): 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Ukrainian Cup (10): 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2013–14, 2014–15
- Ukrainian Super Cup (6): 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2016
- CIS Cup (4): 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002
- Valeriy Lobanovskyi Memorial Tournament (2): 2003, 2004
Ukraine and CIS
- Ukrainian Footballer of the Year: 2nd place 2004–05 (by newspaper «Komanda»)
- Ukrainian goalkeeper of the Year (9): 1994, 1997—1999, 2003—2006, 2011 (by newspaper «Ukrayinskyi futbol»)
- UPL goalkeeper of the season (2): 2010/2011, 2011/2012
- independent Ukraine's history the best footballer, with Andriy Shevchenko and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk)
- 2000–2010 CIS the best goalkeeper (by soccer.ru)
- Ukrainian Footballer of the Year: 2nd place (1994), 3rd place (1999) (by newspaper «Ukrayinskyi futbol»)
Worldwide and European
- Ballon d'Or 1999 – nominated (top 50)
- 2006 FIFA World Cup round of 16 Switzerland vs Ukraine Man of the Match
- Shovkovskiy's save in match Rubin Kazan vs. Dynamo Kyiv – UEFA ChL 2009/2010 group stage fifth round Moment of the Round
- 2010–11 UEFA Europa League best goalkeeper
- "The Champions League's greatest ever goalkeepers". UEFA.com. 20 March 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
- Александр Шовковский: "Лечу вместе с командой в Париж" [Oleksandr Shovkovskiy: I'm flying together with the team to Paris] (in Russian). ua-football.com. 13 September 2012. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008.
- "Пятов установил рекорд по продолжительности сухой серии в сборной Украины". 16 November 2013. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008.
- Александр Шовковский плачет, комментируя ситуацию в Украине [Oleksandr Shovkovskiy cries while explaining situation in Ukraine] (in Russian). Archived from the original on 1 December 2008.
- http://www.ua-football.com/ukrainian/video/5307aa1d.html Archived 26 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
- Шовковський: Той безлад, який зараз твориться в Україні, не повинен залишати байдужим нікого (in Ukrainian). 20 February 2014. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
- "Шовковский попросил УЕФА о минуте молчания во время матча с "Валенсией"" [Shovkovskiy asked for a minute of silence from FIFA during a match with Valencia]. 20 February 2014. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008.
- http://www.ua-football.com/ukrainian/high/5305aa36.html Archived 26 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
- Матч Виктория – Шахтер начался с минуты молчания (in Russian). 20 February 2014. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008.
- Александр Шовковский: «В Киеве нет фашистов и бандеровцев. Приезжайте и посмотрите – я куплю билет кому угодно» [Oleksandr Shovkovskiy: There are no Nazis or nationalists in Kiev. Come and see – I will buy tickets for everybody] (in Russian). 15 March 2014. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008.
- Символическая сборная постсоветского пространства 2000–2010 rus.
- Ballon d'Or — «Золотой мяч-99» rus.
- Рубин – Динамо Киев. ЛЧ. Сейв Шовковского. Archived 30 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine. rus.
- Шовковский – самый эффективный вратарь Лиги Европы rus.