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 playing for Ukraine in 2012
Personal information
Full name Yevhen Olehovych Konoplyanka
Date of birth (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Kirovohrad, Ukrainian SSR
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Sevilla
Number 22
Youth career
2002–2004 Olimpik Kirovohrad
2004–2005 DYuSSh-2 Kirovohrad
2006 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2015 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 156 (35)
2015– Sevilla 0 (0)
National team
2006 Ukraine U17 3 (2)
2007–2008 Ukraine U19 9 (3)
2008–2011 Ukraine U21 16 (5)
2010– Ukraine 45 (10)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:40, 15 May 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 June 2015

Yevhen Olehovych Konoplyanka (Ukrainian: Євген Олегович Коноплянка; born 29 September 1989) is a Ukrainian 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. He helped them to the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final, and then moved to the team who won that match, Sevilla, on a free transfer in July 2015.

A full international since 2010, Konoplyanka has earned over 40 caps for Ukraine, and scored 10 international goals. He played for Ukraine when they co-hosted Euro 2012. He 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 made it to 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]

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.

Konoplyanka with Dnipro in 2011.

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 2014-2015 season where he helped them to a 3rd place in the 2014–15 Ukrainian Premier League and a place in the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final. He was named in the 2014–15 Europa League: Squad of the season.[8]

Sevilla[edit]

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]

International career[edit]

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

In April 2010, Konoplaynka was first called up to Ukraine's senior national team by head coach Myron Markevych.[12] 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 Kiev, he assisted Andriy Shevchenko's winning goal with a corner for a 2–1 victory against Sweden.[13]

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".[14] 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.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 15 May 2015[15]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2007–08 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
2008–09 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2009–10 22 4 2 0 0 0 24 4
2010–11 25 6 3 0 3 0 31 6
2011–12 28 8 2 1 2 0 32 9
2012–13 20 2 3 0 9 3 32 5
2013–14 27 8 1 1 8 4 36 13
2014–15 21 7 4 0 17 1 42 8
Career total 156 35 16 2 39 8 211 45

International[edit]

As of 15 June 2015[15]
Ukraine national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 6 2
2011 9 2
2012 10 2
2013 10 2
2014 6 0
2015 4 2
Total 45 10

International goals[edit]

As of 15 June 2015[15]
# 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

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Коноплянка: "Всегда знал, что могу играть на этом уровне". Football.ua (in Russian). 23 April 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-06-08. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  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. 
  4. ^ Протокол матча. Чемпионат.ру (in Russian). 28 February 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  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. 
  11. ^ "KONOPLYANKA YA ES JUGADOR CIEN POR CIEN DEL SEVILLA FC" [KONOPLYANKA IS 100% A SEVILLA FC PLAYER] (in Spanish). Sevilla FC. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Маркевич назвал первый состав. Football.ua (in Russian). 21 April 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-30. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  13. ^ Doyle, Paul (11 June 2012). "Euro 2012: Ukraine v Sweden – as it happened". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Ben Smith (11 September 2012). "Tom Cleverley given reality check on night of frustration for England". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c Player Profile from ffu.org.ua
  16. ^ "UEFA Europa League squad of the season". UEFA.com. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 

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