Roman Zozulya

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For the gymnast, see Roman Zozulya (gymnast).
This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Vyacheslavovych and the family name is Zozulya.
Roman Zozulya
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Personal information
Full name Roman Vyacheslavovych Zozulya
Date of birth (1989-11-17) 17 November 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Kyiv, Ukraine
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Real Betis
Number 18
Youth career
2002–2006 FC Dynamo Kyiv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 FC Dynamo Kyiv 35 (3)
2006 FC Dynamo-3 Kyiv 1 (0)
2006–2008 FC Dynamo-2 Kyiv 59 (11)
2011–2016 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 85 (22)
2016– Betis 6 (0)
2017 Rayo Vallecano (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Ukraine U17 14 (2)
2007–2008 Ukraine U19 15 (4)
2008–2011 Ukraine U21 22 (1)
2010– Ukraine 33 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 October 2016

Roman Vyacheslavovych Zozulya (Ukrainian: Роман В'ячеславович Зозуля, born 17 November 1989 in Kyiv) is a Ukrainian football striker, who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Betis and Ukrainian national team.

Career[edit]

Dynamo Kyiv[edit]

He was a product of the Dynamo youth system progressing through Dynamo-3 and Dynamo-2. In 2008 after the 2007–08 season he was promoted to the main team.

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk[edit]

On 27 February 2014, in a Europa League match against Tottenham Zozulya was sent off after he directed a head-butt towards Jan Vertonghen.[1] Zozulya was sent off and had to be restrained from attacking Vertonghen, who was accused of faking the degree of contact.[2] Tottenham went on to win the game 3–1, knocking Dnipro out of the Europa League.[3]

Betis[edit]

On 27 July 2016, Zozulya signed a three-year contract with La Liga side Real Betis.[4]

Rayo Vallecano[edit]

On 31 January 2017, Zozulya joined Rayo Vallecano on loan until the end of the season. His arrival was met with protests from the club's fans, unhappy over his alleged far-right links. Zozulya denying any ultra-right links in a letter to Rayo's fans insisting he did nothing more than volunteering to help the Ukrainian army during the Russian military intervention in Ukraine.[5][6] On 1 February 2017 Zozulya had his contract cancelled due to reactions of Rayo fans and returned to Betis.[7] This meant that he could not play anymore in the 2016-2017 season because the Royal Spanish Football Federation rules say players cannot register for more than two teams in one campaign.[7]

Civil involvement[edit]

Zozulya is the founder of the Narodna Armiya (People's Army) organisation which is a part of the civil volunteer movement helping Ukrainian forces in the war in Donbass. In particular Zozulya's organisation is providing food, clothing and technical equipment to Ukrainian Army and helps families of the military. [8][9] In 2016, he received a special commendation from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine for his support to the Armed Forces of Ukraine .

This was incorrectly interpreted by Spanish media who accused Zozulya of nazism and supporting rogue paramilitary formations, which both Zozulya and Narodna Armiya denied. [7]

International career[edit]

Roman debuted for Ukraine on 2 June 2010 against Norway at Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo. He scored a goal after Yevhen Konoplyanka fired a long shot at Jon Knudsen, who fumbled with the ball and let Roman kick the ball into the net. He was substituted in the 81st minute.[10][11] He was member of the Ukrainian 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 7 February 2017
Club Season League Cup Europe Super Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dynamo Kyiv 2007–08 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09 11 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 15 1
2009–10 11 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 13 3
2010–11 12 0 3 1 8 1 0 0 23 2
Total (Dynamo) 35 3 7 2 9 1 1 0 52 6
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2011–12 15 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 18 4
2012–13 23 8 2 0 9 3 0 0 34 11
2013–14 24 7 1 0 10 4 0 0 35 11
2014–15 13 1 2 0 9 1 0 0 24 2
2015–16 10 3 4 2 1 0 0 0 15 5
Total (Dnipro) 85 22 11 3 30 8 0 0 126 33
Betis 2016–17 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Career total 126 25 18 5 39 9 1 0 184 39

International[edit]

As of 7 February 2017
Ukraine
Year Apps Goals
2010 1 1
2011 0 0
2012 4 0
2013 9 2
2014 7 0
2015 1 0
2016 11 1
Total 33 4

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 June 2010 Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo, Norway  Norway 0–1 0–1 Friendly
2. 22 March 2013 National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland  Poland 1–3 1–3 WC 2014 Qual
3. 15 November 2013 Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine  France 1–0 2–0 WC 2014 Qual
4. 29 May 2016 Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy  Romania 1–1 3–4 Friendly

Honors[edit]

Dynamo Kyiv

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

References[edit]

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