Ruslan Rotan

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Ruslan Rotan
Rotan with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in 2011
Personal information
Full name Ruslan Petrovych Rotan
Date of birth (1981-10-29) 29 October 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Poltava, Soviet Union
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Slavia Prague
Number 22
Youth career
1998-1999 UFK Dnipropetrovsk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2005 Dnipro 105 (11)
1998–2002 Dnipro-2 46 (7)
2001–2002 Dnipro-3 10 (3)
2005–2008 Dynamo Kyiv 50 (5)
2008–2017 Dnipro 211 (23)
2017– Slavia Prague 0 (0)
National team
2003 Ukraine U21 10 (1)
2003– Ukraine 93 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 June 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 June 2017

Ruslan Petrovych Rotan (Ukrainian: Руслан Петрович Ротань, born 29 October 1981) is a Ukrainian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Slavia Prague. He is a member of the Ukrainian national football team.

Club career[edit]

Rotan's career started off for Dnipro in the 1999–2000 season. He played a total of 105 matches for Dnipro and scored 11 goals.

He transferred to Dynamo Kyiv in the summer of 2005 and was given the number 14. In Dynamo, he played 50 matches and scored five goals in the Ukrainian Premier League.

During winter break 2007–08 Rotan was transferred back to his home club of Dnipro. The transfer fee was undisclosed. However, he signed a three-year contract with Dnipro. He now wears the number 29 jersey.

He became the top assister of the Ukrainian Premier League of the season 2008–2009.[1]

In the summer of 2014, after his Dnipro contract had expired, Rotan went on trial with Rubin Kazan, nearly signing with the club before turning down the offer due to the political situation around the 2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine. Rotan eventually signed a new three-year contract with Dnipro on 8 August 2014.[2]

In the 2014–15 season, Rotan helped Dnipro reach the UEFA Europa League Final in Warsaw on 27 May 2015, in which he equalised the score at 2–2 with a free kick against holders Sevilla FC, who eventually won 3–2.[3]

International career[edit]

Rotan made his debut for Ukraine on 12 February 2003, replacing Andriy Voronin for the final eight minutes of a goalless friendly against Turkey in İzmir. He scored three goals in seven games in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification, going on to play three of their five matches (one start) as they reached the quarter-finals at the tournament. When Ukraine hosted UEFA Euro 2012, he played five minutes as a substitute for Voronin in their opening 2–1 victory over Sweden at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv. With 78 caps, Rotan is Ukraine's fifth-most capped player of all time. He was also on Ukraine's World cup 2006 squad.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Ukraine's goal tally first.[4]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 September 2004 Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan 2–1 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 3 September 2005 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia  Georgia 1–0 1–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 8 October 2005 Meteor Stadium, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine  Albania 2–2 2–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 15 August 2006 Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine  Azerbaijan 3–0 6–0 Friendly
5. 6 September 2006 Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kyiv, Ukraine  Georgia 2–2 3–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification
6. 22 August 2007 Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine  Uzbekistan 2–0 2–1 Friendly
7. 15 August 2013 Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kyiv, Ukraine  Israel 1–0 2–0 Friendly
8. 9 October 2016 Marshal Józef Piłsudski Stadium, Kraków, Poland  Kosovo 3–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification



Dynamo Kyiv



External links[edit]

Ruslan Rotan at the Football Federation of Ukraine