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Anatoliy Tymoshchuk

Clubs: FC Volyn Lutsk, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Zenit St Petersburg, FC Bayern München, FC Zenit St Petersburg

• Began his career with home-town club Volyn Lutsk before moving to Shakhtar, aged 18, in 1997. Made gradual progress at Shakhtar and was eventually awarded the captaincy; spent a decade with the club, winning three domestic titles and three Ukrainian Cups as well as making over 50 appearances in European competition.

• First capped by Ukraine in April 2000, he became a prominent figure in midfield throughout the next decade, scaling a career peak in 2006 when he was part of the squad which reached the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals in Germany.

• Joined Zenit in a big-money move at the start of the 2007 Russian Premier-Liga season and immediately captained the club to its first post-Soviet league title; the following year he skippered Zenit to victory in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

• A domestic double winner in his first season with Bayern, 2009/10, he was an unused substitute in the Bavarians' UEFA Champions League final loss to FC Internazionale Milano.

• Became the second player to reach 100 caps for Ukraine − after Andriy Shevchenko, who achieved the feat three days earlier during a 2-2 draw with Canada in which Tymoshchuk scored − when he captained his country against Brazil on 11 October 2010.

• "I'm delighted to have reached this landmark with the national team," said Tymoshchuk after the game. "The number 100 is something special when you're talking about appearances for your country. I needed ten long years to get my century. It's very important for any footballer because there are very few players in the world who get so many caps."

• Tymoshchuk received a commemorative cap and medal from UEFA to mark his century of international appearances on 11 November 2011, before playing in Ukraine's 3-3 draw with Germany in Kyiv.

• Normally a defensive midfielder, he played at centre-back in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final against Chelsea FC due to the suspension of Holger Badstuber. Announced his return to Zenit on a free transfer in early June 2013, a day after he had helped Bayern defeat VfB Stuttgart in the German Cup final and complete an historic treble. 

UEFA honours
UEFA Champions League:
runner-up 2010, 2012; winner 2013
UEFA Cup: winner 2008
UEFA Super Cup: winner 2008

Last updated: 08/12/13 7.16CET

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year


General info

  • Name: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 30/03/1979 (36)
  • Country: Ukraine

  • Height: 181cm
  • Weight: 70kg

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

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (First qualifying round)
    29/07/98: Birkirkara 0-4 Shakhtar Donetsk
  • National team: UEFA European Under-18 Championship (Preliminary round)
    22/10/96: Moldova 1-2 Ukraine

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Ukraine U-2151
Ukraine U-1851

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
Shakhtar Donetsk361
UEFA Super Cup
UEFA Europa League
Shakhtar Donetsk210
Last updated: 09/09/2015 01:09 CET