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Oleksandr Hladkyy

Oleksandr Hladkyy
Ukraine8(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 November 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2009

Oleksandr Mykolayovych Hladkyy (Ukrainian: Олександр Миколайович Гладкий, born 24 August 1987 in Lozova, Kharkiv) is a Ukrainian football forward. He plays for FC Karpaty Lviv (on loan from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk) and the Ukraine national football team. His last name can also be transliterated as Hladkiy,[1] Gladkiy[2] and Gladkyy.[3]

Club career

Kharkiv

Oleksandr Hladkyy started his career in Metalist Kharkiv football academy, and soon after, the young player was invited to another professional club from the city, FC Kharkiv. Under direction of coach Volodymyr Bessonov, Hladkyy became a regular player for the club and soon established himself as one of the best strikers in the league. Oleksandr's first fame came in season of 2006–07, when after scoring 13 goals, Hladkyy became the Ukrainian league's top scorer.

Shakhtar Donetsk

After this success, Oleksandr Hladkyy was noticed by one of Ukrainian leaders FC Shakhtar Donetsk and on 8 June 2007, he signed a 5-year deal worth €2.5 million with the club. On his debut for the club (friendly match), he scored the winning goal. Not long after, he scored two goals in a friendly.

On 7 May 2008 Hladkyy got his first piece of silverware in his career when his Shakhtar beat Dynamo Kyiv 2–0, in the Ukrainian Cup Final where he scored and was also sent off.

He won the premiership with Shakhtar that season but fell 1 goal short of breaking Ukrainian Premier League history by being the top goal scorer two consecutive years. With the addition of Yevhen Seleznyov and Marcelo Moreno, Hladkyy has had difficulty to regain his spot in the starting line-up or even the bench leaving his future in doubt especially with the coach Mircea Lucescu using a 4-5-1 (meaning only one forward) over last years 4-4-2 . After 10 league games with only 1 win Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu gave Hladkyy the start and he scored in the 28th minute in a 3–0 win over Chornomorets Odessa. Mircea gave Hladkyy another starting opportunity due to Luiz Adriano being injured, and Oleksandr scored the 3rd goal in Shakhtars 4–2 win over FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih. Hladkyy scored a winner for Shakhtar against Olexandria in the 93rd minute in an Ukrainian Cup quarter final, although this pro comes with a con as he injured second choice goalkeeper Rustam Khudzhamov during a collision in the Shakhtar penalty area. He scored his first two UEFA Champions League goals in a historic 3–2 win in Spain beating giants F.C. Barcelona (whom were on a streak of 20 games without defeat.) This was also big for Shakhtar as Shakhtar collected more points in the group stage than ever before (9).

After not gaining a regular place in Shakhtar Donetsk he transferred to Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on 17 August 2010.[4]

International career

Oleksandr Hladkyy was a regular member of the Ukraine national under-21 football team and scored 6 goals in 12 games. On 22 August 2007, he made his debut for the senior Ukraine national football team in a friendly against Uzbekistan and scored the opening goal.[5] Since then, he has been called up to the main squad for every game under both Oleg Blokhin, and now, Oleksiy Mykhailychenko.

Career statistics

Club

As of 20 July 2013
Club Season League Cup Europe Super Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Metalist 2003–04 8 3 - - - - - - 8 3
2004–05 9 1 2 0 - - - - 11 1
Total 17 4 2 0 - - - - 19 4
Kharkiv 2004–05 10 4 - - - - - - 10 4
2005–06 25 1 2 1 - - - - 27 2
2006–07 29 13 1 0 - - - - 30 13
Total 64 18 3 1 - - - - 67 19
Shakhtar 2007–08 29 17 7 1 9 2 1 1 46 21
2008–09 26 4 5 1 10 2 1 0 42 7
2009–10 22 6 2 1 6 1 - - 30 8
2010–11 5 0 - - - - 1 2 6 2
Total 82 27 14 3 25 5 3 3 124 38
Dnipro 2010–11 19 2 4 2 2 0 - - 25 4
2011–12 4 0 2 0 - - - - 6 0
Total 23 2 6 2 2 0 - - 31 4
Karpaty 2011–12 8 3 2 1 - - - - 10 4
2012–13 23 5 3 0 - - - - 26 5
2013–14 2 1 - - - - - - 2 1
Total 33 9 5 1 - - - - 38 10
Career total 219 60 30 7 27 5 3 3 284 75

Honours

Club
2008, 2010
2008
2008, 2010
2009
Individual
  • Ukrainian Premier league Top Goalscorer (13 goals): 2007
  • Ukrainian Premier League Top Assister (11 assists): 2008

References

External links

  • Player Profile at Shakhtar Donetsk Official Website (English)

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