Olexandr Kucher

  • Date of birth : 22/10/1982
  • Position : Defender
  • Country : Ukraine Ukraine
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Olexandr Kucher

Olexandr Kucher

Clubs: FC Arsenal Kharkiv, FC Metalurh Donetsk, FC Kharkiv (loan), FC Banants (loan), FC Metalist Kharkiv, FC Shakhtar Donetsk

• Born in Kyiv, Kucher turned out for a variety of clubs in the early stages of his career, including spending the 2003 season with Armenia's FC Banants, with whom he played in the UEFA Cup.

• Joined FC Metalist Kharkiv from FC Metalurh Donetsk in 2005 and enjoyed a breakthrough season under coach Myron Markevych, starting 23 league games and scoring two goals.

• Returned to Donetsk in May 2006, joining Shakhtar on a five-year contract; won his first international cap three months later – in a 6-0 friendly win against Azerbaijan – and scored on his competitive debut, a 2-0 defeat of Scotland in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying.

• Made his debut for Shakhtar in a 5-0 win against former club Metalist but did not became a regular until his second season, 2007/08, in which he played a prominent role in Shakhtar's league and cup double triumph.

• Won the UEFA Cup in 2009, playing all 120 minutes of the showpiece versus SV Werder Bremen, and collected Premier League winners' medals in each of the next two seasons, the second of which ended with cup final success against FC Dynamo Kyiv.

• Did the double again with Shakhtar in 2011/12, finishing above Dynamo in the league and beating FC Metalurh Donetsk 2-1 to win their second consecutive Ukrainian Cup, thanks to Kucher's extra-time winner.

• Made it to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League in 2012/13, only to be defeated by Borussia Dortmund, in a season which saw the Pitmen win yet another domestic league and cup double.

UEFA honours
winner 2009

Last updated: 03/07/13 19.28CET


Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 22/11/2015 07:07 CET
03.09.2014Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stageUkraineUkraine1-0MoldovaMoldova9000
08.09.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundUkraineUkraine0-1SlovakiaSlovakia9000
09.10.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundBelarusBelarus0-2UkraineUkraine9000
12.10.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundUkraineUkraine1-0FYR MacedoniaFYR Macedonia9000
27.03.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundSpainSpain1-0UkraineUkraine9000
31.03.2015Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stageUkraineUkraine1-1LatviaLatvia9000
14.06.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundUkraineUkraine3-0LuxembourgLuxembourg1300
01.08.2015Ukrainian Premier LeagueShakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk2-0HoverlaHoverla9000
05.08.2015UEFA Champions LeagueThird qualifying roundShakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk3-0FenerbahçeFenerbahçe700
09.08.2015Ukrainian Premier LeagueVorsklaVorskla2-2Shakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk9000
19.08.2015UEFA Champions LeaguePlay-offsRapid WienRapid Wien0-1Shakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk9000
28.08.2015Ukrainian Premier LeagueShakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk2-0Metalurh ZaporizhyaMetalurh Zaporizhya9000
11.09.2015Ukrainian Premier LeagueMetalistMetalist0-5Shakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk9010
15.09.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageReal MadridReal Madrid4-0Shakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk9000
26.09.2015Ukrainian Premier LeagueOlimpik DonetskOlimpik Donetsk2-3Shakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk7100
30.09.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageShakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk0-3ParisParis9000
03.10.2015Ukrainian Premier LeagueShakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk2-0Chornomorets OdesaChornomorets Odesa9000
12.10.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundUkraineUkraine0-1SpainSpain9000
16.10.2015Ukrainian Premier LeagueDynamo KyivDynamo Kyiv0-3Shakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk9000
21.10.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageMalmöMalmö1-0Shakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk9000
03.11.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageShakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk4-0MalmöMalmö9000
21.11.2015Ukrainian Premier LeagueShakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk4-0VolynVolyn9000

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Olexandr Kucher
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 22/10/1982 (32)
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Squad number: 5
  • Club: Shakhtar Donetsk ( UKR)

  • Height: 184cm
  • Weight: 77kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2015/16
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2014/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (Qualifying round)
    14/08/03: H. Tel-Aviv 1-1 Banants
  • National team: UEFA European Football Championship (Qualifying round)
    11/10/06: Ukraine 2-0 Scotland

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions


Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
Shakhtar Donetsk530
UEFA Super Cup
Shakhtar Donetsk10
UEFA Europa League
Shakhtar Donetsk170
Last updated: 18/11/2015 01:20 CET