Yevhen Olehovych Konoplyanka (Ukrainian: Євген Олегович Коноплянка; born 29 September 1989) is a Ukrainian professional footballer who plays as a winger for German club Schalke and the Ukraine national team.
Konoplyanka with Sevilla in 2016
|Full name||Yevhen Olehovych Konoplyanka|
|Date of birth||29 September 1989|
|Place of birth||Kirovohrád, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2016–2017||→ Schalke 04 (loan)||17||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2019
He began his professional career at Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, where he made his debut in 2007 and featured in 211 matches across all competitions, scoring 45 goals and helping them to the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final. He then moved to the team who won that match, Sevilla, on a free transfer, and won the Europa League in his only season in Spain before joining Schalke 04, initially on loan.
A full international since 2010, Konoplyanka has earned over 80 caps for Ukraine, and scored 21 international goals. He played for Ukraine in Euro 2012 and Euro 2016, and is a three-time Ukrainian Footballer of the Year.
At age seven, Konoplyanka signed up for a karate class, which he did simultaneously with football, eventually reaching black belt. He is a product of the youth system of Olimpik Kirovohrad, and coach Yuriy Kevlych. He also participated in the Ukrainian National Youth Competition, representing DYuSSh-2 Kirovohrad.
Konoplaynka's senior team debut came in a Ukrainian Premier League match on 26 August 2007 in a home game against Zakarpattia Uzhhorod which ended 0–0. Konoplyanka came on during the 83rd minute, replacing Jaba Kankava.
His first goal in the Ukrainian Premier League came 28 February 2010 in a home game against Zorya Luhansk which ended 2–2. In the second half of the 2009–10 season, Konoplyanka started and played the full 90 minutes in all of the remaining games.
In March 2011, Dynamo Kyiv interim coach Oleh Luzhny expressed his desire to see Konoplyanka in his ranks and the media reported that Dynamo would make an offer to Dnipro worth €14 million. In response, Dnipro coach Juande Ramos placed a sensational scare price-tag ranging from €50–€60 million, commenting that "in order to build a great team, great players should play there."
Konoplyanka was a major catalyst in Dnipro's successful 2014–15 season where he helped them to a 3rd place in the domestic league and a place in the Europa League final. He was named in the competition's squad of the season.
On 2 July 2015, Sevilla announced that Konoplyanka was undergoing a medical. A week later, the Spanish club confirmed that he had joined on a free transfer, and signed a four-year deal, with a reported release clause of €40 million.
On 11 August, he made his competitive debut for Sevilla in the 2015 UEFA Super Cup against Barcelona, as a 68th-minute substitute for captain José Antonio Reyes. He scored an 81st-minute equaliser as Sevilla came from behind to draw 4–4, but they lost 5–4 after extra time. Ten days later, he made his La Liga debut in a goalless draw at Málaga, again as a 65th-minute substitute for Reyes, and on 16 September, he scored on his UEFA Champions League debut, concluding a 3–0 group stage win over Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Estadio Ramon Sánchez Pizjuán with his first touch of the game. Ten days later, after coming off the bench against Rayo Vallecano, he attained his first league goal for the Andalusians, winning the match 3–2 with a late free kick for a first victory of the season.
At the end of the calendar year, Konoplyanka was one of the shortlisted nominees for UEFA Team of the Year. He was an unused substitute in the 2016 UEFA Europa League Final, where Sevilla beat Liverpool 3–1 in Basel to claim their fifth trophy. He played seven matches in their Copa del Rey campaign, scoring a late equaliser as a substitute in a 2–2 draw at Celta Vigo in the semi-finals (6–2 aggregate), and also came off the bench in the final where they lost 2–0 to Barcelona after extra time. On 9 August, he scored a penalty in the 2016 UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid, an eventual 3–2 loss following extra time in Trondheim.
On 30 August 2016, Konoplyanka was loaned to Schalke 04 with an obligatory buyout clause at the end of the campaign for €12.5 million. He made his debut on 9 September in a 2–0 home loss to reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, and scored his first goal on 20 October, the game's only in an away Europa League group game at Krasnodar. Six days later, he struck twice in the first half of a 3–2 win at 1. FC Nürnberg in the second round of the DFB-Pokal. In a mid-table season, his only goal of 17 league games was scored on 17 December to equalise in a 1–1 draw with SC Freiburg at the Veltins-Arena.
In April 2010, Konoplyanka was first called up to Ukraine's senior national team by head coach Myron Markevych. He made his international debut on 25 May, playing the entirety of a 4–0 friendly win over Lithuania in Kharkiv. Four days later at Arena Lviv, he scored the equaliser as Ukraine came from behind to defeat Romania 3–2 in another friendly.
In the Euro 2012 tournament Konoplyanka started in all three of Ukraine's matches as the co-hosts exited in the group stage. In their opening game at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, he assisted Andriy Shevchenko's winning goal with a corner for a 2–1 victory against Sweden.
On 11 September 2012, Konoplyanka scored a long-range goal in a 1–1 draw against England at Wembley Stadium in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier. The BBC said of his performance: "the tremendous Yevhen Konoplyanka delivered a masterful performance to dictate in midfield". He scored two more goals in Ukraine's qualifying campaign, in victories over San Marino and Montenegro, but the team lost to France in a play-off for the tournament.
Konoplyanka scored twice in 11 matches as Ukraine qualified for Euro 2016, their first successful qualification campaign. He captained the team for their 3–1 aggregate win over Slovenia in the play-off in November 2015.
|Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk||2007–08||Ukrainian Premier League||2||0||1||0||0||0||–||3||0|
- As of match played 7 June 2019. Ukraine score listed first, score column indicates score after each Konoplyanka goal.
|1||29 May 2010||Ukraina Stadium, Lviv, Ukraine||2||Romania||2–2||3–2||Friendly|
|2||17 November 2010||Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland||6||Switzerland||2–2||2–2|
|3||2 September 2011||Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv, Ukraine||10||Uruguay||2–1||2–3|
|4||11 November 2011||NSC Olympiyskiy Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine||14||Germany||2–0||3–3|
|5||29 February 2012||HaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva, Israel||16||Israel||2–0||3–2|
|6||11 September 2012||Wembley Stadium, London, England||24||England||1–0||1–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7||7 June 2013||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro||28||Montenegro||2–0||4–0|
|8||6 September 2013||Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine||30||San Marino||5–0||9–0|
|9||9 June 2015||Linzer Stadion, Linz, Austria||44||Georgia||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
|10||15 June 2015||Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine||45||Luxembourg||3–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualification|
|11||5 September 2015||46||Belarus||3–0||3–1|
|12||29 May 2016||Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy||52||Romania||1–3||3–4||Friendly|
|13||3 June 2016||Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, Bergamo, Italy||53||Albania||3–1||3–1|
|14||11 June 2017||Ratinan Stadium, Tampere, Finland||63||Finland||1–0||2–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|15||10 November 2017||Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine||68||Slovakia||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|16||3 June 2018||Stade Camille Fournier, Évian-les-Bains, France||72||Albania||1–0||4–1|
|18||6 September 2018||Městský fotbalový stadion, Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic||73||Czech Republic||1–1||2–1||2018–19 UEFA Nations League B|
|19||16 November 2018||Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia||77||Slovakia||1–2||1–4|
|20||7 June 2019||Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine||81||Serbia||3–0||5–0||UEFA Euro 2020 qualification|
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