Anatoliy Tymoschuk


Anatoliy Tymoschuk
  • Full Name: Anatoliy Tymoschuk
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Birthday: March 30, 1979 (Age: 35)
  • Club: Zenit St Petersburg
  • Height: 5' 11" (1.8m)

tournament statistics

Games Minutes Goals Assists Shots
3 270 0 0 2

Anatoliy Tymoschuk

Although Andriy Shevchenko has unquestionably been the most famous Ukrainain footballer of the past two decades, there is no player more respected in the country than Bayern Munich midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk.

Ukraine's all-time leading appearance maker has been a key figure for the national team for more than a decade and his passion on the pitch resonates with the supporters, who voted him 'Ukraine's Greatest Ever Player' ahead of Shevchenko in a 2011 poll.

Born in Lutsk, in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Tymoshchuk began his career with hometown club Volyn Lutsk before moving on to Shakthar Donetsk. He played a major role in Shakhtar winning three Ukrainian Premier League titles, three Ukrainian Cups, and a Ukrainian Super Cup during a nine-year spell before moving abroad in search of a new challenge.

A €15 million transfer to Zenit St Petersburg in 2007 gave him an opportunity to test himself in a new league and he thrived on the responsibility of being named club captain, leading them to a first ever Russian Premier League title in his debut season, before adding a UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup winners' medal to his collection the following year.

The biggest move of his career followed, as Bayern Munich snapped him up in the summer of 2009, but it has been a difficult few seasons for Tymoshchuk as he has often been a substitute or played out of position at the Allianz Arena. Nonethless, he goes into Euro 2012 having been part of the Bayern side that reached this year's Champions League final, playing nine games in the competition.

Having represented Ukraine with distinction at the 2006 World Cup, Tymoshchuk goes into this summer's home European Championship as the country's most seasoned international performer and the 33-year-old's presence in Oleg Blokhin's midfield will be vital to their chances of progress beyond the group stages.

Strengths: Positioning and tackling, Tymoshchuk is adept at intercepting the ball in midfield and is an accomplished distributor of the ball.

Weaknesses: Finishing - despite enjoying roaming forward occasionally from defensive midfield, his goal return could be better. He is also susceptible when coming up against players with plenty of pace.

Career high: Captaining Zenit St Petersburg to their first major European trophy - the 2008 UEFA Cup - and then guiding them to UEFA Super Cup victory over reigning Champions League winners Manchester United the same year.

Career low: His first season at Bayern saw him used sparingly by Louis van Gaal and he started just two Champions League games - both in the group stages - as the Bavarians reached the final, where he was an unused substitute in the defeat to Inter Milan.

Style: A hard-working midfielder with a captain's level of committment on the pitch.

Quotes: "Anatoliy is my captain and one of our most important players. He's a vital figure for the team, on and off the pitch. And that's not unimportant in today's game. He's a top professional and a very, very good player." Then-Zenit coach Dick Advocaat , February 2009.

Trivia: One of Tymoshchuk's favourite hobbies is collecting religious icons, while his dessert of choice is apple pie with caramel sauce.

Euro 2012

Sweden 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
France 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
England 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 1 0