Oleksandr Zinchenko (footballer)

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Oleksandr Zinchenko
Zinchenko 2018.jpg
Zinchenko playing for Manchester City in 2018
Personal information
Full name Oleksandr Volodymyrovych Zinchenko[1]
Date of birth (1996-12-15) 15 December 1996 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Radomyshl, Ukraine
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[3]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Left-back
Left wingback
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 11
Youth career
2004–2008 Karpatiya Radomyshl
2008–2009 Monolit Illichivsk
2010–2014 Shakhtar Donetsk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Ufa 31 (2)
2016– Manchester City 45 (0)
2016–2017PSV (loan) 12 (0)
2017Jong PSV (loan) 7 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Ukraine U16 2 (0)
2012–2013 Ukraine U17 6 (1)
2013 Ukraine U18 6 (1)
2014–2015 Ukraine U19 6 (1)
2015–2017 Ukraine U21 8 (1)
2015– Ukraine 35 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:30, 17 January 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2020

Oleksandr Volodymyrovych Zinchenko (Ukrainian: Олександр Володимирович Зінченко; born 15 December 1996) is a Ukrainian professional footballer who plays for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Ukraine national team. Zinchenko began his career at Russian Premier League team FC Ufa before joining Manchester City in 2016 for a fee in the region of £1 million. A versatile midfielder, he can also operate in many positions on the left side, such as a wing back or a full-back.

Early life[edit]

Zinchenko was born in Radomyshl, Zhytomyr Oblast.[4]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Zinchenko playing for Ufa in 2015

Zinchenko is a product of Youth Sporitve School Karpatiya of his native Radomyshl (with first coach Serhiy Boretskyi),[5] FC Monolit Illichivsk and FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

He made his Russian Premier League debut for Ufa on 20 March 2015 in a match against FC Krasnodar.[6]

Manchester City[edit]

On 4 July 2016, Zinchenko signed for Premier League club Manchester City for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £1.7 million.[7][8] The move surprised some. However, he was described by a Russian football scout as a "real talent", with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund also monitoring him.[9]

Zinchenko was loaned to Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven on 26 August, for the 2016–17 season.[10] He made his debut on 1 October, as a substitute in a 1–1 draw against SC Heerenveen.[11]

Zinchenko returned to Manchester City for the 2017–18 season, and made his debut on 24 October 2017, playing the full match including extra time in a 0–0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the EFL Cup.[12] He made his first Premier League appearance on 13 December 2017, coming off the bench in a 4–0 away win at Swansea City.[13]

On 18 December 2017, Zinchenko scored the winning penalty kick against Leicester City after a 1-1 stalemate in regulation time, sending Manchester City through to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup.[14]

Zinchenko gained an extended run in the side following injuries to left backs Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph, putting in a number of consistent performances in the position.[15]

Zinchenko made his first appearance of the 2018–19 season in a 3–0 away win at Oxford United in the EFL Cup. In the same week, he made his first league start of the season in a 2–0 home win against Brighton & Hove Albion, due to injuries to Mendy and Delph.[16]

Zinchenko scored his first goal for Manchester City in the EFL Cup semi-final against Burton Albion on 9 January 2019, a 9–0 home win.[17]

In June 2019 he signed a new contract with the club, to keep him with them until 2024.[18] On 25 October 2019, Zinchenko had a knee surgery in Barcelona.[19] Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola told that the recovery from the injury would take from 5 to 6 weeks: "He had a contact with a knee. He felt something in the bone and had to stop. He had something to clean up the knee. It was not a big issue. Five or six weeks."[20] In the beginning of December 2019 Zinchenko returned to full training.[21] On 11 December 2019 he played his first game after the injury against Dinamo Zagreb.[22]

International career[edit]

He made his international debut in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualification match against Spain on 12 October 2015. Zinchenko scored his first international goal in a friendly against neighbours Romania in Turin, which Ukraine won 4–3 on 29 May 2016. He also became Ukraine's youngest player to score an international goal at the age of 19 years and 165 days, beating a record held since 1996 by Andriy Shevchenko.[23]

Zinchenko was included in Ukraine's squad for Euro 2016, appearing as a substitute for Viktor Kovalenko in both of Ukraine's first two matches, against Germany and Northern Ireland as Ukraine failed to score and were the first team eliminated.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 13 January 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ufa 2014–15[3] Russian Premier League 7 0 0 0 7 0
2015–16[3] Russian Premier League 24 2 2 0 26 2
Total 31 2 2 0 33 2
PSV (loan) 2016–17[3] Eredivisie 12 0 1 0 4[c] 0 17 0
Jong PSV (loan) 2016–17[3] Eerste Divisie 7 0 7 0
Manchester City 2016–17[25] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18[26] Premier League 8 0 1 0 4 0 1[c] 0 14 0
2018–19[27] Premier League 14 0 4 0 6 1 5[c] 0 0 0 29 1
2019–20[28] Premier League 19 0 1 1 2 0 2[c] 0 1[d] 0 25 1
2020–21[29] Premier League 3 0 0 0 2 0 4[c] 0 9 0
Total 44 0 6 1 14 1 12 0 1 0 77 2
Career total 95 2 9 1 14 1 16 0 1 0 134 4
  1. ^ Includes Russian Cup, FA Cup, KNVB Cup
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup
  3. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

International[edit]

As of match played 14 November 2020[30]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Ukraine
2015 1 0
2016 10 1
2017 2 0
2018 10 1
2019 8 2
2020 4 1
Total 35 5

International goals[edit]

As of matches played 3 September 2020. Scores and results list Ukraine's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Zinchenko goal.[30]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 29 May 2016 Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy 2  Romania 2–1 4–3 Friendly [31]
2 6 September 2018 Městský fotbalový stadion, Uherské Hradiště, Czech Rep. 18  Czech Republic 2–1 2–1 2018–19 UEFA Nations League B [32]
3 7 September 2019 LFF Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania 28  Lithuania 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification [33]
4 10 September 2019 Dnipro-Arena, Dnipro, Ukraine 29  Nigeria 1–2 2–2 Friendly [34]
5 3 September 2020 Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine 32   Switzerland 2–1 2–1 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A [35]

Honours[edit]

Manchester City

Individual

References[edit]

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