Anatoliy Tymoshchuk : biography
Anatoliy Oleksandrovych Tymoshchuk ( born 30 March 1979) is a Ukrainian football midfielder who plays for Russian Premier League club FC Zenit Saint Petersburg and captains the Ukrainian national team. He is "a deep-lying midfielder who is comfortable on the ball and capable of ferocious long-range shooting."
Tymoshchuk began his professional career with his local Volyn Lutsk. He moved to play for Ukrainian giants, Shakhtar Donetsk, whom he captained and with whom he won the Ukrainian Premier League, Ukrainian Cup, and Ukrainian Super Cup titles. In 2008, Tymoshchuk won the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup as the captain of Zenit St. Petersburg. He also won a Russian Premier League and Russian Super Cup title. With Bayern, Tymoshchuk has already won the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and the DFB-Supercup titles. In 2013 Tymoschuk returned to Zenit to finish his career in the club. Tymoshchuk won the UEFA Champions League in 2013 and he is also a UEFA Champions League runner-up in 2010 and 2012.
Tymoshchuk is currently the captain of the Ukraine national football team. He is also the current all-time most capped player of the team. He took part in Ukraine’s first-ever FIFA World Cup in 2006. He won the Ukrainian Footballer of the Year on three occasions.
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk started his career playing for his hometown team Volyn Lutsk, having risen through the ranks at the team. Following two successful seasons, the player began to attract attention from bigger clubs.
In 1997 at age 18, Tymoshchuk was bought from Volyn by Shakhtar. At Shakhtar, Tymoshchuk was a key member of the team which won three Ukrainian Premier League titles, three Ukrainian Cups, and a Ukrainian Super Cup. His time with Shakhtar is credited with establishing him as a great midfielder in Europe.
In 2006, having captained Shakhtar for a number of years, Tymoshchuk became linked with a string of European clubs, including Juventus, Feyenoord, Celtic, and Roma.
Zenit St. Petersburg
On 27 February 2007, Tymoshchuk transferred to Zenit St. Petersburg for a fee reported to be about €15 million. He was soon named as the new captain of the team. Manager Dick Advocaat was very impressed with him, saying: "About Tymoschuk I can say only good things, and not only the player but also the person. Tymoschuk – is a professional from head to toes. I never had complaints to him about discipline. While Tymoschuk and I are at the club, he will be the captain of Zenit."
His first season at the club ended in success, with Zenit winning the Russian Premier League title for the first time in the club’s history. This trophy constituted the club’s first league title since its 1984 Soviet Top League triumph. At the end of the season, Tymoshchuk was included in the annual list of the best 33 players of the Russian Premier League, and was also voted as league player of the year by popular sports magazine Sport-Express.
After FC Zenit Saint Petersburg won the championship title, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko known as a fan of the team, waved Zenit shirt with Tymoshchuk’s name on it while in space. Zenit became the first team to have its uniform shown in space.
During the 2007–08 European season, Tymoshchuk captained Zenit to the 2008 UEFA Cup, in which they defeated Scottish Premier League club Rangers 2–0 in the final. The club then went on to claim the 2008 UEFA Super Cup in a 2–1 victory over Manchester United.
In February 2009, Uli Hoeneß, the general manager of Bayern Munich, announced Tymoshchuk had agreed that he would join the club. Initially, Zenit announced that there was no agreement yet between the two clubs, but on 18 February, Bayern announced that Tymoshchuk would join the club in July 2009, in order to let Tymoshchuk play for Zenit until the summer. He played his last games with Zenit on 14 June 2009.
Tymoshchuk officially joined Bayern on 1 July 2009 with a contract that will expire on 30 June 2012. The transfer fee was undisclosed but German media reports put the deal at €14 million.