Oleksandr Zinchenko (footballer)

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Oleksandr Zinchenko
Zinchenko 2018.jpg
Zinchenko playing for Manchester City in 2018
Personal information
Full name Oleksandr Zinchenko[1]
Date of birth (1996-12-15) 15 December 1996 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Radomyshl, Ukraine
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[3]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Left-back
Left wingback
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 11
Youth career
2004–2008 Karpatiya Radomyshl
2008–2009 Monolit Illichivsk
2010–2014 Shakhtar Donetsk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Ufa 31 (2)
2016– Manchester City 24 (0)
2016–2017PSV (loan) 12 (0)
2017Jong PSV (loan) 7 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Ukraine U16 2 (0)
2012–2013 Ukraine U17 6 (1)
2013 Ukraine U18 6 (1)
2014–2015 Ukraine U19 6 (1)
2015–2017 Ukraine U21 8 (1)
2015– Ukraine 27 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:55, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:54, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

Oleksandr Zinchenko (Ukrainian: Олександр Зінченко; born 15 December 1996) is a Ukrainian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Ukraine national team. Zinchenko began his career at Russian Premier League team FC Ufa before joining Manchester City in 2016 for a fee in the region of £1 million. A versatile midfielder, he can also operate in many positions in the left wing, such as a wing back or a full-back.

Early life[edit]

Zinchenko was born in Radomyshl, Zhytomyr Oblast.[4]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Zinchenko playing for Ufa in 2015

Zinchenko is a product of Youth Sporitve School Karpatiya of his native Radomyshl (with first coach Serhiy Boretskyi),[5] FC Monolit Illichivsk and FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

He made his Russian Premier League debut for Ufa on 20 March 2015 in a match against FC Krasnodar.[6]

Manchester City[edit]

On 4 July 2016, Zinchenko signed for Premier League club Manchester City for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £1.7 million.[7][8] The move surprised some. However, he was described by a Russian football scout as a "real talent", with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund also monitoring him.[9]

Zinchenko was loaned to Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven on 26 August, for the 2016–17 season.[10] He made his debut on 1 October, as a substitute in a 1–1 draw against SC Heerenveen.[11]

Zinchenko returned to Manchester City for the 2017–18 season, and made his debut on 24 October 2017, playing the full match including extra time in a 0–0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the EFL Cup.[12] He made his first Premier League appearance on 13 December 2017, coming off the bench in a 4–0 away win at Swansea City.[13] Zinchenko gained an extended run in the side following injuries to left backs Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph, putting in a number of consistent performances in the position.[14][15]

On 9 August 2018, Zinchenko rejected a reported £16 million move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in order to stay at Manchester City and fight for his place in the starting eleven. [16]

Zinchenko made his first appearance of the 2018–19 season in a 3–0 away win at Oxford United in the EFL Cup. In the same week, he made his first league start of the season in a 2–0 home win against Brighton, due to injuries to Mendy and Delph.[17]

On 18 December 2018, Zinchenko scored the winning penalty kick against Leicester City after a 1-1 stalemate in regulation time, sending Manchester City through to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup.[18]

Zinchenko scored his first goal from open play for Manchester City in the EFL cup semi-final against Burton Albion F.C. on 9 January 2019 in a 9–0 home win.[19]

In June 2019 he signed a new contract with the club.[20]

International career[edit]

He made his international debut in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualification match against Spain on 12 October 2015. Zinchenko scored his first international goal in a friendly against neighbours Romania in Turin, which Ukraine won 4–3 on 29 May 2016. He also became Ukraine's youngest player to score an international goal at the age of 19, beating a record previously held by Andriy Shevchenko.[citation needed]

Zinchenko was included in Ukraine's squad for Euro 2016, appearing as a substitute for Viktor Kovalenko in both of Ukraine's first two matches, against Germany and Northern Ireland as Ukraine failed to score and were the first team eliminated[21].

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 17 August 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ufa 2014–15[3] Russian Premier League 7 0 0 0 7 0
2015–16[3] Russian Premier League 24 2 2 0 26 2
Total 31 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 33 2
PSV (loan) 2016–17[3] Eredivisie 12 0 1 0 4[c] 0 17 0
Jong PSV (loan) 2016–17[3] Eerste Divisie 7 0 7 0
Manchester City 2016–17[22] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18[23] Premier League 8 0 1 0 4 0 1[c] 0 14 0
2018–19[24] Premier League 14 0 4 0 6 1 5[c] 0 29 1
2019–20[25] Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 1[d] 0 3 0
Total 24 0 5 0 10 1 7 0 46 1
Career total 74 2 8 0 10 1 11 0 103 3
  1. ^ Includes Russian Cup, FA Cup and KNVB Cup
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup
  3. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

International[edit]

As of match played 10 June 2019[26]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Ukraine
2015 1 0
2016 10 1
2017 2 0
2018 10 1
2019 4 0
Total 27 2

International goals[edit]

As of match played 6 September 2018. Scores and results list Ukraine's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Zinchenko goal.[26]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 29 May 2016 Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy 2  Romania 2–1 4–3 Friendly [27]
2 6 September 2018 Městský fotbalový stadion, Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic 18  Czech Republic 2–1 2–1 2018–19 UEFA Nations League [28]

Honours[edit]

Manchester City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Olexsandr Zinchenko". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e "O. Zinchenko: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Oleksandr Zinchenko". PSV. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Отец Александра Зинченко: "Я помягче буду, а сын готов землю грызть во имя цели"". dynamo.kiev.ua. 15 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Ufa-Krasnodar game protocol". Russian Premier League. 20 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Man City: Oleksandr Zinchenko signs after Euro 2016 duty with Ukraine". BBC Sport. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Premier League transfers: Lowdown on summer signings". BBC Sport. 13 July 2016.
  9. ^ Giles, Thomas (6 July 2016). "Who is new Manchester City signing Oleksandr Zinchenko?". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko joins PSV Eindhoven on loan". ESPN FC. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  11. ^ "PSV loopt weer averij op in Heerenveen" [PSV is running again in Heerenveen] (in Dutch). Eindhovens Dagblad. 1 October 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  12. ^ Bevan, Chris (25 October 2017). "Manchester City 0–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  13. ^ Fisher, Ben (13 December 2017). "David Silva leads latest Manchester City masterclass in win at Swansea". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  14. ^ Gaughan, Jack (20 January 2018). "Oleksandr Zinchenko impressed in his audition at left back for Manchester City… his first Premier League start against Newcastle was the product of progress made behind the scenes". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  15. ^ "The Resurgence of Oleksandr Zinchenko". Futbolgrad. 25 December 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Oleksandr Zinchenko rejects £16m move to Wolves to remain at Manchester City". www.thesun.co.uk. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Manchester City 2–0 Brighton: City beat visitors to go top of table". BBC Sport. 29 September 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  18. ^ Wallace, Sam; Hurrey, Adam (18 December 2018). "Aro Muric spares Raheem Sterling blushes as Man City beat Leicester on penalties to stay in hunt for quadruple". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Manchester City 9-0 Burton Albion: Gabriel Jesus scores four in Carabao Cup semi-final". BBC Sport. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  20. ^ "Oleksandr Zinchenko: Man City defender signs contract extension". 20 June 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  21. ^ uefa.com. "UEFA EURO 2016 - History - Standings". UEFA.com. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Games played by Alexander Zinchenko in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Games played by Alexander Zinchenko in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Games played by Alexander Zinchenko in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  25. ^ "Games played by Alexander Zinchenko in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  26. ^ a b "Zinchenko, Oleksandr". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  27. ^ "Romania 3–4 Ukraine". Sky Sports. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  28. ^ "Czech Republic 1–2 Ukraine". BBC Sport. 6 September 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  29. ^ "Oleksandr Zinchenko: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  30. ^ McNulty, Phil (18 May 2019). "Manchester City 6–0 Watford". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  31. ^ McNulty, Phil (25 February 2018). "Arsenal 0–3 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  32. ^ McNulty, Phil (24 February 2019). "Chelsea 0–0 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  33. ^ Begley, Emlyn (4 August 2019). "Liverpool 1–1 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 August 2019.

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