Roman Eremenko

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Roman Eremenko
Roman Eremenko 2016.jpg
With CSKA in October 2016, his last game before the cocaine ban
Personal information
Full name Roman Alekseyevich Eremenko
Date of birth (1987-03-19) 19 March 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Moscow, Soviet Union
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
CSKA Moscow
Number 25
Youth career
1994–1997 Jaro
1998 Tromsø IL
1999–2003 HJK
2003 Jokerit
2003–2004 Jaro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Jaro 19 (3)
2005–2009 Udinese 13 (0)
2007 Siena (loan) 11 (0)
2008–2009 Dynamo Kyiv (loan) 19 (1)
2009–2011 Dynamo Kyiv 58 (3)
2011–2014 Rubin Kazan 73 (11)
2014– CSKA Moscow 59 (19)
National team
Finland U-17 6 (3)
Finland U-19 5 (0)
2006–2008 Finland U-21 5 (0)
2007–2016 Finland 73 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 October 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 September 2016

Roman Alekseyevich Eremenko (Russian: Роман Алексеевич Ерёменко; born 19 March 1987) is a Finnish professional footballer who is contracted to CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League, but is currently banned from football by UEFA after testing positive for cocaine. Eremenko is best known for his time in Dynamo Kyiv, winning the Ukrainian Premier League title in 2009, and playing in the Champions and Europa Leagues. He also plays regularly for the Finland national football team.[1] Eremenko made his international debut for Finland in June 2007, at the age of 20. In November 2016, UEFA banned Eremenko from their competitions for two years, with FIFA following suit in December 2016, after it was discovered he had used cocaine.

Club career[edit]

Jaro[edit]

Eremenko's career on senior level started when he made his Veikkausliiga debut for Jaro in 2004 at the age of 17 when coach Hannu Touru used him as a substitute in a match against MYPA on 29 June in 2004. In that match Eremenko appeared on the pitch at the same time with his father Alexei Eremenko Sr. who played for the whole match as a midfielder. Eremenko scored his first goal on senior level on 18 September 2004 in a match against FC Lahti. He gained six caps for Jaro on his first season. During season 2004 he was also loaned to Finnish Second Division club Jakobstads BK and to Finnish First Division club GBK Kokkola. He made his break through in Jaro during season 2005 when he became a regular in the starting eleven. He gained 13 caps and was in the starting line-up 10 times. In those 13 matches he scored two goals.

Udinese[edit]

In the summer of 2005 Eremenko signed a five-year deal with Udinese. He made his Serie A debut on the first day of the 2006–07 season against Messina. He became the fourth Finnish footballer after Mika Aaltonen, Mika Lehkosuo and his brother Alexei Eremenko Jr to make an appearance in a Serie A match.[2] He was loaned to A.C. Siena on 31 January 2007, where he played 11 games. During the summer of 2007 he returned to Udinese.

In October 2007, Eremenko, Andrea Dossena, Cristián Zapata, and Simone Pepe were awarded a new contract until June 2012.[3]

Dynamo Kyiv[edit]

In August 2008, he was loaned to FC Dynamo Kyiv, until 31 May 2009. On 22 May 2009 FC Dynamo Kyiv officials, and head coach Yuriy Semin are keeping Russian-born Finnish midfielder, he has signed on a permanent basis until 2014. During his three years at Dynamo, Eremenko established himself as one of the leaders of the team.

Eremenko debuted in the Champions League on 17 September 2008, in a home game against Arsenal London. That week, he also scored his first goal in the Ukrainian Premier League, netting a pass from Tiberiu Ghioane on the 8th minute of a game against Chornomorets Odessa.

Eremenko scored his first goal in the Champions League on 10 December 2008 on Fenerbahce S.K..

During the 2009–10 season, he took part in a total of 35 official matches for Dynamo, 26 of which were in the Ukrainian championship, and scored 1 goal.

In the 2010–11 season, besides continuing his successful performance for Dynamo domestically, Eremenko became the top assistant of the Europa League.

After a total of three years of playing for Dynamo, Eremenko played in a total of 127 official games, and scored seven goals. He also won the 2008-09 Ukrainian Premier League, and the Ukrainian Super Cups in 2009 and 2011.

Rubin Kazan[edit]

In the last stages of the summer transfer window in 2011, Eremenko signed with Russian club Rubin Kazan for a reported fee of 13M €, which is the highest transfer fee ever paid for a Finnish player. His older brother Alexei also signed a contract with Rubin Kazan in August 2011.[4] On 26 November Roman scored his first goal for Rubin, in a 2–0 home victory over Dynamo Moscow.

On 9 May 2012 he scored the game's only goal in the Russian Cup final.

CSKA Moscow[edit]

After leaving Rubin Kazan in the summer of 2014, Eremenko signed a four-year contract with PFC CSKA Moscow on 25 August 2014.[5] Eremenko was selected as the Best Player of October and December 2014 and March 2015 in the Russian Football Premier League.[6][7][8] Eremenko won the Russian Football Premier League MVP of the season-2014/15 award.[9]

On 6 October 2016, Finland announced that Eremenko had been handed a 30-day ban from football by UEFA.[10]

On 18 November 2016, UEFA announced that Roman had been handed a 2-year ban from UEFA competitions due to testing positive for cocaine.[11] In December 2016, FIFA extended Eremenko's ban to all football competitions.[12] His appeal was rejected by UEFA and ban was upheld on 6 March 2017.[13]

International career[edit]

Eremenko made his international debut in Finland's national team at Helsinki Olympic Stadium on 6 June 2007 in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualification match against Belgium when Roy Hodgson chose him to the starting line up. The game was interrupted for six minutes after an Eurasian eagle-owl intruded the playing pitch. This incident earned the Finland team their current nickname, The Eagle Owls.[14] Eremenko has been a regular member for Finland ever since and he was a key player in Finland`s qualification campaigns for 2010 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2012, 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016. He scored his first goal for Finland from penalty spot on 3 March 2010 in a friendly match against Malta.

Personal life[edit]

Eremenko moved to Finland with his family at the age of three 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, Eremenko is the younger brother of Alexei Eremenko Jr and the older brother of Sergei Eremenko. His father took over as manager in Jaro in August 2009.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 2 October 2016[15][16]
Club Season League Domestic Cups Europe[a] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GBK 2004 Kakkonen 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Jaro 2004 Veikkausliiga 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
2005 13 2 0 0 0 0 13 2
Total 19 3 0 0 0 0 19 3
Siena 2006-07 Serie A 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Udinese 2006-07 Serie A 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2007-08 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Dynamo Kyiv 2008-09 Ukrainian Premier League 19 1 0 0 7 1 26 1
2009-10 26 1 3 0 6 0 35 1
2010-11 26 3 3 0 16 1 45 4
2011-12 6 0 1 0 4 0 11 0
Total 77 5 7 0 33 2 117 7
Rubin Kazan 2011-12 Russian Premier League 21 2 4 1 0 0 25 3
2012-13 25 6 2 0 10 0 37 6
2013-14 27 3 1 0 11 5 39 8
Total 73 11 7 1 22 5 102 17
CSKA Moscow 2014-15 Russian Premier League 25 13 2 0 6 0 33 13
2015-16 25 3 1 0 7 0 33 3
2016-17 9 3 1 0 2 1 10 4
Total 59 19 4 0 15 1 77 20
Career total 255 38 18 1 70 8 343 44
  1. ^ Includes appearances in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup.

International[edit]

As of 5 September 2016[17][18]
National team Year Apps Goals
Finland
2007 6 0
2008 8 0
2009 10 0
2010 8 1
2011 9 0
2012 6 1
2013 14 1
2014 8 2
2015 3 0
2016 5 0
Total 73 5

International goals[edit]

Finland's score given first. As of 7 September 2014.[19]

Roman Eremenko international goals
# Date Location Opponent Result Competition
1. 3 March 2010 Ta'Qali, Malta  Malta 2–1 Friendly
2. 26 May 2012 Salzburg, Austria  Turkey 3–2 Friendly
3. 10 September 2013 Tbilisi, Georgia  Georgia 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 5 March 2014 Győr, Hungary  Hungary 2–1 Friendly
5. 7 September 2014 Thorshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 3–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dynamo Kyiv
Rubin Kazan
CSKA Moscow

Individual[edit]

  • Finnish Football Association Player of the Year: 2011,[20] 2014
  • Finnish Sports’ Journalists Player of the Year: 2011,[21] 2014, 2015
  • UEFA Europa League most assists leading to a goal in tournament phase: 2010–11[22]
  • Russian League MVP of the season: 2014-15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roman Eremenko" (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Seitsemäs suomalaispelaaja debytoi Serie A:ssa". Ilta-Sanomat (in Finnish). 12 September 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "CALCIO, UDINESE: IN QUATTRO RINNOVANO FINO AL 2012". la Repubblica (in Italian). 12 October 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Роман Еременко остается в "Динамо" (in Russian). Dynamo Kyiv. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Roman Eremenko joins PFC CSKA". http://en.pfc-cska.com/. PFC CSKA Moscow. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ "Roman Eremenko received the Best Player of October award". 
  7. ^ "Roman Eremenko is the Most Valuable Player of December". 
  8. ^ "Roman Eremenko is the Most Valuable Player of March". 
  9. ^ "Roman Eremenko named Russian League MVP of the season-2014/15". 
  10. ^ "Roman Eremenko väliaikaiseen pelikieltoon". palloliitto.fi (in Finish). Palloliitto. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "Roman Eremenko: CSKA Moscow midfielder handed two-year ban for taking cocaine". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "Eremenko is suspended from all tournaments under the auspices of FIFA". news-4-u.ru. Latest News From Russia. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "Eremenko ban upheld" (in Russian). PFC CSKA Moscow. 6 March 2017. 
  14. ^ http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/news/newsid=1745866.html
  15. ^ http://nr.soccerway.com/players/roman-eremenko/4699/
  16. ^ http://www.national-football-teams.com/player/21439/Roman_Eremenko.html
  17. ^ "Roman Eremenko" (in Finnish). palloliitto.fi. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  18. ^ Roman Eremenko at National-Football-Teams.com
  19. ^ "Eremenko Roman" (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto (Football Association of Finland). Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  20. ^ Palloliiton Vuoden Pelaaja
  21. ^ Lajien parhaat 2011 on valittu
  22. ^ "2010/11 UEFA Europa League Tournament phase Assists". UEFA. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 

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