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UEFA.com's weekly wonderkid: Viktor Tsygankov

Published: Saturday 22 October 2016, 13.00CET
The Ukrainian Gareth Bale, anyone? Viktor Tsygankov's early Dynamo showings have earned praise from coach Serhiy Rebrov and national-team boss Andriy Shevchenko.
by Igor Linnyk from Kyiv
UEFA.com's weekly wonderkid: Viktor Tsygankov
Viktor Tsygankov celebrates silencing the home terraces at Beşiktaş ©AFP/Getty Images

Road to the final

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament. The format changed for 2014/15 with the expansion of the final tournament from eight to 16 teams.

Qualifying round
The qualifying round, played in autumn, is made up of 13 groups of four countries playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from each pool progress alongside the four third-placed sides with the best record against the leading pair in their groups.

Elite round
In the elite round, held in early spring, those 30 qualifiers plus the top two seeds – given a bye this far – compete in eight mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section advance to the finals to join the hosts.

Final tournament
In the final tournament the contenders are split into four groups of four, with the front two from each proceeding to the knockout phase.

Further details, including the criteria for separating sides that finish level on points in a group, or after 80 minutes in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.

 

Published: Saturday 22 October 2016, 13.00CET

UEFA.com's weekly wonderkid: Viktor Tsygankov

The Ukrainian Gareth Bale, anyone? Viktor Tsygankov's early Dynamo showings have earned praise from coach Serhiy Rebrov and national-team boss Andriy Shevchenko.

Three goals and an assist in the space of six games for Dynamo Kyiv earned winger Viktor Tsygankov a call-up to Andriy Shevchenko's Ukraine squad, with UEFA Champions League football helping the 18-year-old learn on the job.

Name: Viktor Tsygankov
Club: Dynamo Kyiv
Debut: 14 August 2016 v Stal
Position: winger
Nationality: Ukrainian
Born: 15 November 1997
Preferred foot: left
Height: 177cm

They say ...
"He is Dynamo's future. It's no coincidence he made his first start in a Champions League game and he really took his chance, providing an assist against Napoli. If he hones his natural talent the right way, he will have a great career."
Serhiy Rebrov, Dynamo Kyiv coach

"Tsygankov was ready for the first team last year. He's cut from the same cloth as Andriy Shevchenko. It's so rare to see such maturity in a player his age. Players like him love football more than anything – and that shows on the pitch."
Ihor Surkis, Dynamo Kyiv president

"Viktor thinks big. Just playing football is not enough for him – he has to win".
Vitaliy Tsygankov, Viktor's father and a former professional player

©Fedja Krvavac

Tsygankov with Ukraine's Under-19s in 2015

Background ...
Born in Israel while his footballer father Vitaliy was with Hapoel Tayibe, Tsygankov Jr started out playing in Vinnytsia, a city 300km from Kyiv, moving to Dynamo in 2010 despite interest from Shakhtar Donetsk. Ascending the ranks, he represented Dynamo in the UEFA Youth League and began training with the seniors this term, starting against Napoli on matchday one and then scoring three minutes after coming off the bench in the 1-1 draw at Beşiktaş.

Playing style ...
The pacy, left-footed Tsygankov is a typical modern winger. He prefers to operate on the right, but since he is unlikely to oust Andriy Yarmolenko from that position, coach Rebrov is deploying him on the opposite flank. His dribbling and ability to create space are a boon for Dynamo.

Shades of ...
Tsygankov has said Lionel Messi and Mario Götze are the players he most looks up to, but he is a closer match to a young Gareth Bale or Theo Walcott.

Highlights: Beşiktaş 1-1 Dynamo Kyiv

Eureka moment ...
Tsygankov had an instant impact with two goals in four Premier-Liha games following his debut in August, a run of form which earned him a chance in the UEFA Champions League. His equaliser at Beşiktaş meant he became Dynamo's second youngest scorer in Europe, pushing Rebrov down to third place. Shevchenko still tops that list, and invited Tsygankov to link up with his Ukraine squad this month, though injury denied the youngster the opportunity of an international debut.

Best-case scenario ...
His coaches like him, he is scoring goals, and Tsygankov is already a Dynamo fans' favourite. His next natural step is to switch to the right wing – a transition that could come soon if captain Yarmolenko achieves his ambition of a big-money move abroad.

He says ...
"Scoring in the Champions League was a dream come true, but I want to keep on developing. My goals don't matter if the team don't win."
Tsygankov after the 1-1 draw at Beşiktaş

"Playing for the national team would have been a real achievement, unlike coming to the camp for a day and heading back to my club as I did. That was down to a hamstring injury, but the coach said he called me up for a reason. I'll try to repay Shevchenko's belief when I get back on pitch."
Tsygankov after his (brief) call-up to the national team

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