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Oleksandr Mykolayovych Kucher (Ukrainian: Олександр Миколайович Кучер; born 22 October 1982) is a Ukrainian professional footballer who plays for Ukrainian Premier League club Karpaty Lviv.

Oleksandr Kucher
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Kucher with Shakhtar Donetsk in 2016
Personal information
Full name Oleksandr Mykolayovych Kucher
Date of birth (1982-10-22) 22 October 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Karpaty Lviv
Number 5
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Arsenal Kharkiv 59 (5)
2002–2005 Metalurh Donetsk 9 (0)
2002–2003Kharkiv (loan) 14 (0)
2003–2004Banants Yerevan (loan) 19 (3)
2004–2005Kharkiv (loan) 12 (0)
2005–2006 Metalist 28 (2)
2006–2017 Shakhtar Donetsk 167 (7)
2017–2019 Kayserispor 42 (0)
2019– Karpaty Lviv 0 (0)
National team
2006– Ukraine 57 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 May 2019

He is a powerful defender who is good in the air and provides good coverage in the back. He also can play as a defensive midfielder.

A Shakhtar Donetsk player from 2006 until 2017, he won many honours including Premier League titles and the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. He made his senior international debut in 2006 and represented Ukraine when they co-hosted UEFA Euro 2012.

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Club careerEdit

Kucher started his career with Youth Academy alumnus "Athlete" Kiev and Arsenal Kyiv, playing 59 times and scoring 5 goals. He joined Metalurh Donetsk in 2002, spending a season on loan at FC Kharkiv during the 2002–03 season, a season at Armenian side Banants Yerevan during the 2003–04 season and another spell with FC Kharkiv in the 2004–05 season. He made 26 appearances for FC Kharkiv over his two seasons on loan. He scored 3 goals in 19 appearances for Banants. Having made 9 appearances for Metalurh, Kucher moved to Metalist Kharkiv during the 2005–06 season playing 28 matches with his only two goals coming in 5–2 defeat to Chornomorets Odesa.[2] Oleksandr joined Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2006–07 season. He made his debut for Shakhtar as a substitute in a 5–0 victory over his former club Metalist. He scored in a 4–1 victory over Metalurh Donetsk on 9 August 2009.[3] He netted an extra time winner in the final of the 2011–12 Ukrainian Cup.[4] Kucher scored a brace in a 3–1 victory over Dynamo Kyiv on 4 September 2012[5] in a man of the match performance.[6]

On 11 March 2015, he was given the quickest red card in the history of the Champions League when he was sent off for foul on Thomas Müller in the third minute of a last 16 second leg against Bayern Munich which Bayern won 7–0.[7]

International careerEdit

Kucher made his debut for the Ukrainian national team on 15 August 2006 at the age of 23 years, 9 months and 24 days in a 6–0 friendly victory over Azerbaijan. He scored his first goal for Ukraine on 11 October 2006 in a 2–0 Euro 2008 qualifying match victory over Scotland.[8] He was part of Ukraine's squad as they co-hosted UEFA Euro 2012 with Poland, but did not feature in the group stage exit. Four years later, Kucher was again part of his country's 23-man roster to participate in the UEFA Euro 2016. This time, he made one appearance for Ukraine, in a 1-0 loss to Poland, as Ukraine was once again eliminated at the group stage.[9]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 19 May 2019
Club Season League Cup Europe Super Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shakhtar Donetsk 2006–07 Ukrainian Premier League 14 0 4 1 5 0 23 1
2007–08 21 1 4 0 8 0 33 1
2008–09 15 0 2 0 11 0 1 0 29 0
2009–10 14 1 1 0 11 0 26 1
2010–11 10 0 5 0 3 0 18 0
2011–12 21 0 4 1 6 0 1 0 32 1
2012–13 15 3 4 0 7 0 1 0 27 3
2013–14 13 1 4 0 8 0 1 0 26 1
2014–15 11 0 6 1 6 0 1 0 24 1
2015–16 11 1 3 1 13 1 1 0 28 3
2016–17 22 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 29 0
Total 167 7 38 4 84 1 6 0 295 12
Kayserispor 2017–18 Süper Lig 21 0 5 0 26 0
2018–19 19 0 5 1 24 1
Total 40 0 10 1 50 1
Career total 207 7 48 5 84 1 6 0 345 13

InternationalEdit

As of 07:15, Saturday, August 24, 2019 (UTC)[10]
National Team Year Apps Goals
Ukraine 2006 2 1
2007 5 0
2008 4 0
2009 8 0
2010 2 0
2011 7 0
2012 3 1
2013 6 0
2014 6 0
2015 4 0
2016 8 0
2017 2 0
Total 57 2


International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Ukraine's goal tally first.[10]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 October 2006 Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev   Scotland 1–0 2–0 Euro 2008 qualifying
2. 13 November 2012 Vasil Levski Stadium, Sofia   Bulgaria 0–1 0–1 International Friendly

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://shakhtar.com/en/team/player/?id=192
  2. ^ "Olexandr Kucher: We were upset after conceding a goal before the break". Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Metalurh Donetsk 4–1". Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Metalurh Donetsk vs Shakhtar Donetsk 1–2". Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Dynamo Kyiv 3–1". Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Kucher named Man of the Match". Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Bayern Mun 7–0 Shakt Donetsk". BBC Sport. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Ukraine vs Scotland 2–0". Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  9. ^ "UEFA Euro 2016 - History - Ukraine-Poland". uefa.com. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Oleksandr Kucher - national football team player". eu-football.info. Retrieved 19 May 2019.

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