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Ruslan Petrovych Rotan (Ukrainian: Руслан Петрович Ротань; born 29 October 1981) is a retired Ukrainian footballer and manager of Ukraine national under-21 football team. He was a member of the Ukrainian national football team.

Ruslan Rotan
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Rotan with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in 2016
Personal information
Full name Ruslan Petrovych Rotan
Date of birth (1981-10-29) 29 October 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth Poltava, Ukraine
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ukraine U21 (manager)
Youth career
1998–1999 UFK Dnipropetrovsk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2005 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 105 (11)
2005–2008 Dynamo Kyiv 50 (5)
2008–2017 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 211 (23)
2017–2018 Slavia Prague 7 (0)
2018 Dynamo Kyiv 9 (0)
Total 382 (39)
National team
2003 Ukraine U21 10 (1)
2003–2018 Ukraine 100 (8)
Teams managed
2018 Olimpik Donetsk (assistant)
2019– Ukraine U21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Rotan's career started off for Dnipro in the 1999–2000 season. He played a total of 105 matches for Dnipro and scored 11 goals.

He transferred to Dynamo Kyiv in the summer of 2005 and was given the number 14. In Dynamo, he played 50 matches and scored five goals in the Ukrainian Premier League.

During winter break 2007–08 Rotan was transferred back to his home club of Dnipro. The transfer fee was undisclosed. However, he signed a three-year contract with Dnipro. He now wears the number 29 jersey.

He became the top assister of the Ukrainian Premier League of the season 2008–2009.[1]

In the summer of 2014, after his Dnipro contract had expired, Rotan went on trial with Rubin Kazan, nearly signing with the club before turning down the offer due to the political situation around the 2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine. Rotan eventually signed a new three-year contract with Dnipro on 8 August 2014.[2]

In the 2014–15 season, Rotan helped Dnipro reach the UEFA Europa League Final in Warsaw on 27 May 2015, in which he equalised the score at 2–2 with a free kick against holders Sevilla FC, who eventually won 3–2.[3]

International careerEdit

Rotan made his debut for Ukraine on 12 February 2003, replacing Andriy Voronin for the final eight minutes of a goalless friendly against Turkey in İzmir. He scored three goals in seven games in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification, going on to play three of their five matches (one start) as they reached the quarter-finals at the tournament. When Ukraine hosted UEFA Euro 2012, he played five minutes as a substitute for Voronin in their opening 2–1 victory over Sweden at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv. With 78 caps, Rotan is Ukraine's fifth-most capped player of all time. He was also on Ukraine's World cup 2006 squad.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Ukraine's goal tally first.[4]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 September 2004 Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty, Kazakhstan   Kazakhstan 2–1 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 3 September 2005 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia   Georgia 1–0 1–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 8 October 2005 Meteor Stadium, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine   Albania 2–2 2–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 15 August 2006 Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine   Azerbaijan 3–0 6–0 Friendly
5. 6 September 2006 Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kyiv, Ukraine   Georgia 2–2 3–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification
6. 22 August 2007 Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine   Uzbekistan 2–0 2–1 Friendly
7. 15 August 2013 Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kyiv, Ukraine   Israel 1–0 2–0 Friendly
8. 9 October 2016 Marshal Józef Piłsudski Stadium, Kraków, Poland   Kosovo 3–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Украина. Премьер-лига - Статистика игроков - Чемпионат.com". Championat.ru. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  2. ^ Трансфер украинского футболиста в «Рубин» сорвался по политическим причинам. http://lenta.ru (in Russian). lenta.ru. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ Keegan, Mike (27 May 2015). "Dnipro 2–3 Sevilla: Carlos Bacca scores twice as La Liga side survive scare to retain Europa League crown and earn Champions League spot with dramatic win in Warsaw". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Rotan, Ruslan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 8 February 2017.

External linksEdit

Ruslan Rotan at the Football Federation of Ukraine (in Ukrainian)