Andriy Mykolayovych Yarmolenko (Ukrainian: Андрій Миколайович Ярмоленко; born 23 October 1989) is a Ukrainian football winger or forward who currently plays for West Ham United in the Premier League and the Ukraine national team.
Yarmolenko with Dynamo Kyiv in 2017
|Full name||Andriy Mykolayovych Yarmolenko|
|Date of birth||23 October 1989|
|Place of birth||Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Forward / Winger|
|West Ham United|
|2018–||West Ham United||0||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 June 2018
Yarmolenko's parents, native Ukrainians, were originally from Kulykivka Raion, Chernihiv Oblast. After marrying, his mother was offered a job in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russian SFSR, and moved there, later joined by her husband. Shortly after the birth of Andriy, the family moved back to their native land, to the city of Chernihiv.
Yarmolenko is a pupil of the Chernihiv youth system. He joined the Dynamo Kyiv Youth Academy at age 13. However, he returned to Chernihiv after a year, unable to endure the physical demands of training. At the start of his professional career, he played at local clubs Polissia and Desna Chernihiv before joining Dynamo again.
In December 2006, Yarmolenko signed a five-year contract with Ukrainian giants, Dynamo Kyiv, where he joined its second team, Dynamo-2, which plays in lower leagues, for a couple of seasons. The talented youngster was praised as the "new Sheva" by journalists, who noted his qualities of good physique, shot and especially his speed. The then vice-president of Dynamo, Yozhef Sabo, also praised the youngster, saying, "Yarmolenko has all the makings to become a top-level player."
On 11 May 2008, Yarmolenko debuted for Dynamo's first team in an away match against Vorskla Poltava and scored the winning goal in Kyiv's 1–2 victory. He scored 7 goals in 21 games in his first season and 11 in 19 in his second. He is now regularly used as a left or centre forward.
Rivalry with Taras StepanenkoEdit
In a match in October 2015, Yarmolenko committed a dangerous challenge which almost broke Shakhtar Donetsk player Taras Stepanenko's leg. The two reconciled after the game and exchanged jerseys, but afterwards Yarmolenko threw Stepanenko's shirt on the ground while he thanked the Dynamo fans. In the Shakhtar–Dynamo derby in April 2016, after the former won 3–0, Stepanenko stepped in front of the Dynamo fans kissing his Shakhtar badge. In a brawl that escalated, Yarmolenko kicked Stepanenko to the ground.
On 28 August 2017, Yarmolenko signed a four-year contract with Borussia Dortmund. On 10 September 2017, Yarmolenko made his debut for Dortmund as a substitute in the 79 minute against Freiburg. He then got his first start for Dortmund against Tottenham Hotspur in a Champions League fixture, where he scored Dortmund's only goal in the 3–1 defeat.
West Ham UnitedEdit
On 11 August 2007 Yaromolenko represented Ukraine under-19 team in an away exhibition game against Japan, winning 1–0. He also participated in the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification.
After the qualification on 10 October 2008, Yarmolenko was invited to the under-21 squad which played against the Netherlands. He later participated in qualification and finals of the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.
On 5 September 2009, in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification game against Andorra, Yarmolenko made his first senior appearance for Ukraine and scored in a 5–0 win. On 2 September 2011, in an international friendly against Uruguay in Kharkiv, Yarmolenko set a national team record by scoring 14 seconds into the match, the fastest time in which a Ukraine national team player has scored a goal.
Yarmolenko scored a hat-trick on 15 November 2014, netting all of Ukraine's goals in a 3–0 victory away to Luxembourg in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying. In November 2015, Yarmolenko scored in both legs of Ukraine's 3–1 play-off victory over Slovenia to qualify the nation for Euro 2016 final stages. Yarmolenko was subsequently included in Ukraine's squad for Euro 2016, where he played in all three matches as Ukraine failed to score and finished bottom of the group.
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- As of 5 May 2018
|Dynamo Kyiv||2007–08||Ukrainian Premier League||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1|
- As of 3 June 2018
- Scores and results lists Ukraine's goal tally first.
|1.||5 September 2009||Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine||Andorra||1–0||5–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|2.||14 October 2009||Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella, Andorra la Vella, Andora||Andorra||6–0||6–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|3.||17 November 2010||Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland||Switzerland||1–1||2–2||Friendly|||
|4.||2 September 2011||Metalist Oblast Sports Complex, Kharkiv, Ukraine||Uruguay||1–0||2–3||Friendly|||
|5.||7 October 2011||Metalist Oblast Sports Complex, Kharkiv, Ukraine||Bulgaria||3–0||3–0||Friendly|||
|6.||11 November 2011||Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine||Germany||1–0||3–3||Friendly|||
|7.||29 February 2012||HaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva, Israel||Israel||3–1||3–2||Friendly|||
|8.||28 May 2012||Kufstein Arena, Kufstein, Austria||Estonia||1–0||4–0||Friendly|||
|9.||6 February 2013||Estadio de La Cartuja, Seville, Spain||Norway||2–0||2–0||Friendly|||
|10.||22 March 2013||National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland||Poland||1–0||3–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|11.||26 March 2013||Chornomorets Stadium, Odessa, Ukraine||Moldova||1–0||2–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|12.||11 October 2013||Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine||Poland||1–0||1–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|13.||15 October 2013||San Marino Stadium, Serravalle, San Marino||San Marino||5–0||8–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|14.||15 November 2013||Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine||France||2–0||2–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|15.||5 March 2014||Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus||United States||1–0||2–0||Friendly|||
|16.||15 November 2014||Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||1–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|||
|19.||31 March 2015||Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine||Latvia||1–0||1–1||Friendly|||
|20.||5 September 2015||Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine||Belarus||2–0||3–1||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|||
|21.||14 November 2015||Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine||Slovenia||1–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying play-offs|||
|22.||17 November 2015||Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia||Slovenia||1–1||1–1||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying play-offs|||
|23.||28 March 2016||Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine||Wales||1–0||1–0||Friendly|||
|24.||29 May 2016||Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy||Romania||4–1||4–3||Friendly|||
|25.||3 June 2016||Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, Bergamo, Italy||Albania||2–1||3–1||Friendly|||
|26.||5 September 2016||Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine||Iceland||1–1||1–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|27.||6 October 2016||Torku Arena, Konya, Turkey||Turkey||1–0||2–2||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|28.||9 October 2016||Marshal Józef Piłsudski Stadium, Kraków, Poland||Kosovo||2–0||3–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|29.||15 November 2016||Metalist Oblast Sports Complex, Kharkiv, Ukraine||Serbia||2–0||2–0||Friendly|||
|30.||2 September 2017||Metalist Oblast Sports Complex, Kharkiv, Ukraine||Turkey||1–0||2–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|32.||6 October 2017||Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër, Albania||Kosovo||2–0||2–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|33.||10 November 2017||Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine||Slovakia||1–1||2–1||Friendly|||
|34.||3 June 2018||Stade Camille Fournier, Évian-les-Bains, France||Albania||2–0||4–1||Friendly|||
- Ukrainian Premier League: 2008–09, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Ukrainian Cup: 2013–14, 2014–15
- Ukrainian Super Cup: 2009, 2011
- Ukrainian Premier League Footballer of the Year : 2011, 2014
- Ukrainian Footballer of the Year: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
- Ukrainian Premier League Best Player: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
- Ukrainian Premier League Top Scorer: 2016–17
- Ukrainian Cup Top Scorer: 2008–09, 2015–16, 2016–17
- UEFA Europa League Most Assists: 2014–15
- Андрей Ярмоленко: "Для академии "Динамо" был слаб" (Andriy Yarmolenko: I was too weak for Dynamo Kievs's youth academy) interview with Lyudmila Rusanova of Komanda (in Russian)
- Андрей Ярмоленко перешел в "Динамо" (Andriy Yarmolenko moved to "Dynamo") article on ua-football.com (in Russian)
- Уже не "Шева", а "Блохин" (Now not "Sheva", but "Blokhin") article on ua-football.com (in Russian)
- Андрей Ярмоленко: "Мне просто повезло" (Andriy Yarmolenko: I was lucky) interview with Dynamo's website (in Russian)
- Michael Yokhin (4 May 2016). "Shakhtar and Dynamo Kiev rivalry could hurt Ukraine at Euro 2016". ESPNFC. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
- "Andriy Yarmolenko: Borussia Dortmund sign Ukraine striker on four-year deal". BBC Sport. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
- "Yarmolenko got Dortmund back in it with a fantastic curler! #UCL". Fox Soccer. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017.[non-primary source needed]
- "Yarmolenko hat-trick eases Ukraine past Luxembourg". UEFA. 15 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- "Ukraine survive Slovenia onslaught". UEFA. 17 November 2015.
- "Ukraine ends participation in Euro 2016 by defeat to Poland". Kyiv Post. 22 June 2016.