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Erik Sergiyovych Sviatchenko (Ukrainian: Ерік Сергійович Святченко; born 4 October 1991) is a Danish footballer who plays as a defender for FC Midtjylland.

Erik Sviatchenko
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Personal information
Full name Erik Sergiyovych Sviatchenko
Date of birth (1991-10-04) 4 October 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Viborg, Denmark
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
FC Midtjylland
Number 28
Youth career
1997–1998 Viborg FF
2001–2003 Houlkær
2003–2004 Søndermarken
2004–2006 FK Viborg
2006–2009 FC Midtjylland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2016 FC Midtjylland 111 (10)
2016–2018 Celtic 42 (3)
2018FC Midtjylland (loan) 16 (1)
2018– FC Midtjylland 17 (1)
National team
2009 Denmark U18 2 (1)
2009–2010 Denmark U19 6 (0)
2010 Denmark U20 3 (0)
2010–2012 Denmark U21 8 (2)
2015– Denmark 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:33, 3 March 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 October 2016

Contents

Club careerEdit

FC MidtjyllandEdit

Sviatchenko was, during his youth playing years, captain of the FC Midtjylland squad. During his first year as a U/19 player, he and his team finished first in the Danish U/19 league, which was followed up the next season with another first place. In 2009, he was awarded the "Academy Player Of The Year" award, which is given to players who have excelled themselves during their period at the academy.

He has been a starter in almost all of FC Midtjylland's games since his arrival at the club. He missed the Danish Cup final against FC Nordsjælland in May 2011 and the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Denmark due to a cruciate ligament injury.[1] In January 2012 he recovered and rejoined the first team in FC Midtjylland and played all the games in the last half of the season. Prior to the season 2013/2014 he was made vice-captain of the first team.[1]

Sviatchenko established himself as a key player for FC Midtjylland, helping them to the Danish title in 2014–15, as well as securing progression to the last 32 stage of the UEFA Europa League the following season.[2]

CelticEdit

On 16 January 2016, it was reported that Sviatchenko was in Glasgow undergoing a medical with a view to joining Celtic in a £1.5 million transfer.[2][3] The transfer was confirmed the following day, with Sviatchenko signing a four-and-a-half year deal with Celtic.[4] Sviatchenko helped Celtic win a domestic treble in 2016–17. He damaged knee ligaments in a 2017–18 UEFA Champions League qualifier against Rosenborg, which prevented him playing for three months. In January 2018, Sviatchenko returned to FC Midtjylland on loan until the end of the 2017–18 season.[5][6] That loan move was made permanent on 27 May 2018 for a fee of £1m.

International careerEdit

Due to his dual citizenship, Sviatchenko was eligible to play for Ukraine,[7] but agreed to a call-up for the Danish national team on 25 March 2015, due to injuries for Daniel Agger and Jores Okore. He made his international debut the following day at NRGi Arena in Aarhus, starting against the United States in a 3–2 friendly win, in central defence alongside Simon Kjær.[8][9]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results table. Denmark's goal tally first:[10][11]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 October 2015 Parken, Copenhagen   France 1–2 1–2 Friendly match

Personal lifeEdit

His wife, Anne Rudmose, is also a professional footballer and has played for Viborg FF's women's team and the Denmark national team.[12][13] Rudmose signed for the Celtic women's team in February 2016, one month after Sviatchenko had joined the men's team.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 25 February 2018[14]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Midtjylland 2008–09[15] Superligaen 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10[15] 5 1 0 0 5 1
2010–11[15] 13 0 2 0 15 0
2011–12[15] 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
2012–13[15] 28 2 2 0 30 2
2013–14[15] 17 3 1 0 2[a] 0 20 3
2014–15[15] 19 1 0 0 1[a] 0 20 1
2015–16[15] 13 2 0 0 12[b] 1 25 3
Subtotal 111 10 5 0 15 1 131 11
Celtic 2015–16[15] Scottish Premiership 14 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 18 1
2016–17[15] 28 1 3 0 3 0 9[c] 0 43 1
2017–18[15] 0 0 0 0 0 0 2[c] 0 2 0
Subtotal 42 1 6 1 4 0 11 0 63 2
Midtjylland (loan) 2017–18 Superligaen 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 156 11 11 1 4 0 26 1 197 13
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the Europa League
  2. ^ Eight appearances in the Europa League and four in the Champions League
  3. ^ a b Appearances in the Champions League

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Spillere - Erik Sviatchenko". FCM. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Erik Sviatchenko has Celtic medical ahead of move from Midtjylland". STV Sport. 16 January 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Erik Sviatchenko: Celtic medical for £1.5m Midtjylland defender". BBC Sport. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Erik Sviatchenko: Celtic seal transfer for £1.5m Midtjylland defender". BBC Sport. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko returns to FC Midtjylland on loan". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Erik Sviatchenko joins FC Midtjylland on loan". celticfc.net. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Denmark may lose Sviatchenko". Advarsity Sports. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Fem nye i startopstillingen". Dansk Boldspil-Union (in Danish). Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Bendtner-hattrick i dansk sejr i Aarhus". Bold (in Danish). 25 March 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Sviatchenko, Erik". National Football Team. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  11. ^ "E. Sviatchenko". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  12. ^ a b Currie, David (23 February 2016). "Celtic sign Erik Sviatchenko's partner - Anne Rudmose". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  13. ^ Mark, Thomas (21 October 2015). "Tidligere Team Viborg-spiller gravid med landsholdsspiller". viborg-folkeblad.dk. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  14. ^ Erik Sviatchenko at Soccerbase
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Erik Sviatchenko at Soccerway. Retrieved 26 July 2017.

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