Yevhen Konoplyanka

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Olehovych and the family name is Konoplyanka.
Yevhen Konoplyanka
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Konoplyanka with Sevilla in 2016
Personal information
Full name Yevhen Olehovych Konoplyanka
Date of birth (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth Kirovohrad, Ukraine SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Sevilla
Number 10
Youth career
2002–2004 Olimpik Kirovohrad
2004–2005 DYuSSh-2 Kirovohrad
2006 Dnipro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2015 Dnipro 156 (35)
2015– Sevilla 32 (4)
National team
2006 Ukraine U17 1 (0)
2007–2008 Ukraine U19 9 (3)
2008–2011 Ukraine U21 16 (5)
2010– Ukraine 56 (13)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 July 2016

Yevhen Olehovych Konoplyanka (Ukrainian: Євген Олегович Коноплянка; born 29 September 1989) is a Ukrainian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Sevilla FC and the Ukraine national team.

He began his professional career at Dnipro, where he made his debut in 2007 and featured in 211 matches across all competitions, scoring 45 goals and helping them to the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final. He then moved to the team who won that match, Sevilla, on a free transfer, and won the Europa League in his first season in Spain.

A full international since 2010, Konoplyanka has earned over 50 caps for Ukraine, and scored 13 international goals. He played for Ukraine in Euro 2012 and Euro 2016, and is a three-time Ukrainian Footballer of the Year.

Club career[edit]

At age seven, Konoplyanka signed up for a karate class, which he did simultaneously with football, eventually reaching black belt.[1] He is a product of the youth system of FC Olimpik Kirovohrad, and coach Yuriy Kevlych.[1] He also participated in the Ukrainian National Youth Competition, representing DYuSSh-2 Kirovohrad.

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk[edit]

Konoplyanka was signed as a youth by Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk at age 16.[1] In the winter of 2006 he was promoted to the Dnipro reserves with a starting salary of 300 dollars.[2]

Konoplyanka with Dnipro in 2013.

Konoplaynka's senior team debut came in an Ukrainian Premier League match on 26 August 2007 in a home game against Zakarpattia Uzhhorod which ended 0–0.[3] Konoplyanka came on during the 83rd minute, replacing Jaba Kankava.

His first goal in the Ukrainian Premier League came 28 February 2010 in a home game against Zorya Luhansk which ended 2–2.[4] In the second half of the 2009–10 season, Konoplyanka started and played the full 90 minutes in all of the remaining games.

In March 2011, Dynamo Kyiv interim coach Oleh Luzhny expressed his desire to see Konoplyanka in his ranks and the media reported that Dynamo would make an offer to Dnipro worth 14 million euro.[5] In response, Dnipro coach Juande Ramos placed a sensational scare price-tag ranging from 50 to 60 million euro, commenting that "in order to build a great team, great players should play there."[6]

In January 2014, Konoplyanka nearly moved to English team Liverpool for £16 million, his buyout clause, but Dnipro president Ihor Kolomoyskyi refused to sanction the transfer.[7]

Konoplyanka was a major catalyst in Dnipro's successful 2014–15 season where he helped them to a 3rd place in the domestic league and a place in the Europa League Final. He was named in the Europa League's Squad of the season.[8]

Sevilla[edit]

Konoplyanka scored on his debut for Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup against Barcelona

On 2 July 2015, Europa League holders Sevilla FC announced that Konoplyanka was undergoing a medical.[9] A week later, the Spanish club confirmed that he had joined on a free transfer, and signed a four-year deal, with a reported release clause of €40 million.[10][11]

On 11 August, he made his competitive debut for Sevilla in the 2015 UEFA Super Cup against FC Barcelona, as a 68th-minute substitute for captain José Antonio Reyes. He scored an 81st-minute equaliser as Sevilla came from behind to draw 4–4, but they lost 5–4 after extra time.[12] Ten days later, he made his La Liga debut in a goalless draw at Málaga CF, again as a 65th-minute substitute for Reyes,[13] and on 16 September he scored on his UEFA Champions League debut, concluding a 3–0 group stage win over Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Estadio Ramon Sánchez Pizjuán with his first touch of the game.[14] Ten days later, after coming off the bench against Rayo Vallecano, he attained his first league goal for the Andalusians, winning the match 3–2 with a late free kick for a first victory of the campaign.[15]

At the end of the calendar year, Konoplyanka was one of the shortlisted nominees for UEFA Team of the Year.[16] He was an unused substitute in the 2016 UEFA Europa League Final, where Sevilla beat Liverpool 3–1 in Basel to claim their fifth trophy. He played seven matches in their Copa del Rey campaign, scoring a late equaliser as a substitute in a 2–2 draw at Celta de Vigo in the semi-finals (6–2 aggregate),[17] and also came off the bench in the final where they lost 2–0 to Barcelona after extra time.

International career[edit]

Konoplyanka challenging Sweden's Mikael Lustig at UEFA Euro 2012.

In April 2010, Konoplyanka was first called up to Ukraine's senior national team by head coach Myron Markevych.[18] He made his international debut on 25 May, playing the entirety of a 4–0 friendly win over Lithuania in Kharkiv. Four days later at the Arena Lviv, he scored the equaliser as Ukraine came from behind to defeat Romania 3–2 in another friendly.

In the Euro 2012 tournament Konoplyanka started in all three of Ukraine's matches as the co-hosts exited in the group stage. In their opening game at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv, he assisted Andriy Shevchenko's winning goal with a corner for a 2–1 victory against Sweden.[19]

On 11 September 2012, Konoplyanka scored a long-range goal in a 1–1 draw against England at Wembley Stadium in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier. The BBC said of his performance: "the tremendous Yevhen Konoplyanka delivered a masterful performance to dictate in midfield".[20] He scored two more goals in Ukraine's qualifying campaign, in victories over San Marino and Montenegro, but the team lost to France in a play-off for the tournament.

Konoplyanka scored twice in 11 matches as Ukraine qualified for UEFA Euro 2016, their first successful qualification campaign. He captained the team for their 3–1 aggregate win over Slovenia in the play-off in November 2015.[21]

He was included in Ukraine's squad for Euro 2016 in France, where Ukraine failed to score and finished bottom of the group.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 22 May 2016[23][24]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2007–08 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2008–09 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2009–10 22 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 24 4
2010–11 25 6 3 0 3 0 0 0 31 6
2011–12 28 8 2 1 2 0 0 0 32 9
2012–13 20 2 3 0 9 3 0 0 32 5
2013–14 27 8 1 1 8 4 0 0 36 13
2014–15 21 7 4 0 17 1 0 0 42 8
Total 156 35 16 2 39 8 0 0 211 45
Sevilla 2015–16 32 4 7 1 12 2 1 1[a] 52 8
Career total 188 39 23 3 51 10 1 1 263 53
  1. ^ One appearance and one goal in UEFA Super Cup

International[edit]

As of 21 June 2016[23]
Ukraine national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 6 2
2011 9 2
2012 10 2
2013 10 2
2014 6 0
2015 10 3
2016 5 2
Total 56 13

International goals[edit]

As of 3 June 2016[23]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 May 2010 Ukraina Stadium, Lviv, Ukraine  Romania 2–2 3–2 Friendly
2. 17 November 2010 Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland   Switzerland 2–2 2–2 Friendly
3. 2 September 2011 Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv, Ukraine  Uruguay 2–1 2–3 Friendly
4. 11 November 2011 NSC Olympiyskiy Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine  Germany 2–0 3–3 Friendly
5. 29 February 2012 HaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva, Israel  Israel 0–2 2–3 Friendly
6. 11 September 2012 Wembley, London, England  England 0–1 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
7. 7 June 2013 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro  Montenegro 0–2 0–4 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
8. 6 September 2013 Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine  San Marino 5–0 9–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
9. 9 June 2015 Linzer Stadion, Linz, Austria  Georgia 2–0 2–1 Friendly
10. 15 June 2015 Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine  Luxembourg 3–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers
11. 5 September 2015 Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine  Belarus 3–0 3–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers
12. 29 May 2016 Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy  Romania 1–3 3–4 Friendly
13. 3 June 2016 Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, Bergamo, Italy  Albania 1–3 1–3 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dnipro
Sevilla

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Коноплянка: "Пока склоняюсь к тому, чтобы остаться в "Днепре"". Football.ua (in Russian). 24 April 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-06-08. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Протокол матча. Чемпионат.ру (in Russian). 26 August 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
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  5. ^ "Динамо" купить лідера "Дніпра" за 14 мільйонів євро?". ua-football.com. 28 March 2011.
  6. ^ Хуанде Рамос: "Пятьдесят-шестьдесят миллионов евро – это была бы хорошая цена за Коноплянку". ua-football.com. 7 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Liverpool fail in bid to sign £16m Ukraine forward Yevhen Konoplyanka". The Guardian. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "UEFA Europa League squad of the season". UEFA.com. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "KONOPLYANKA ESTÁ EN SEVILLA PARA PASAR RECONOCOMIENTO MÉDICO" [KONOPLYANKA IS IN SEVILLE TO TAKE A MEDICAL] (in Spanish). Sevilla FC. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Yevhen Konoplyanka signs for Sevilla from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk". ESPNFC. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
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  14. ^ Aitken, Nick (15 September 2015). "Sevilla make Mönchengladbach pay the penalty". UEFA. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "Un misil de Konoplyanka sella el primer triunfo del Sevilla" [A missile from Konoplyanka seals Sevilla's first triumph] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 16 September 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Team of the Year – Midfielders – Yevhen Konoplyanka". UEFA.com. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  17. ^ Law, Matt (11 February 2016). "Result: Sevilla advance to Copa del Rey final". Sports Mole. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  18. ^ Маркевич назвал первый состав. Football.ua (in Russian). 21 April 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-30. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
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  20. ^ Ben Smith (11 September 2012). "Tom Cleverley given reality check on night of frustration for England". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  21. ^ Sever, Grega (17 November 2015). "Ukraine survive Slovenia onslaught". UEFA. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  22. ^ Ukrainian football team returns home from France. Ukraine Today. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  23. ^ a b c Player Profile from ffu.org.ua
  24. ^ "Y. Konoplyanka". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  25. ^ "UEFA Europa League squad of the season". UEFA.com. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 

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