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Ilyos Zeytulayev : biography

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Ilyos Zeytulayev ( born 13 August 1984) is an Uzbek footballer who plays for Lanciano in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione.

Zeytulayev has spent most of his career in Serie B and Lega Pro Prima Divisione (formerly Serie C1). His first name is sometimes spelled Illyos, or Ilyas (Cyrillic: Ильяс), the latter of which is the Russian equivalent. Moreover, Zeytulayev is also romanized as Zeytulaev.


Zeytulayev started his professional career in the Juventus youth teams along with Serhiy Kovalenko and Viktor Budyanskiy. He signed a 5–year contract on 10 August 2001. He joined Juve permanently in February 2002 along with Kovalenko after a loan from Sportakademklub Moscow, the team he played since he was 13. The Turin club paid US$400,000 (about €454K) to buy the duo's image and registration rights. He also played both legs against Sampdoria in the Coppa Italia 2001–02.

Reggina and various loans

After graduating from the U20 team in June, along with Viktor Budyanskiy, they were unable to register as a Juve players. At first, FIGC declared that their remaining 2-year contracts did not fulfill the regulations and voided them. The FIGC declared that they had been on youth contracts which could only run for a maximum of 3 years. In addition, a non-EU player at that time could not sign a contract extension. Thus they were released. However, after an appeal, the appeal community stated that a foreigner could sign a professional contract regardless his age, and FIGC regulations only protected domestic youth products who can only sign a contract for more than 3 years after the age of 18. They were transferred to Reggina for €1K to co-own the players in January 2005, He played in his first Serie A match on 19 March 2005, coming on as a substitute for Marco Borriello in the 75th minutes against his first club Juve. The match ended in a 0-1 loss. In June 2005, Juventus bought back Budyanskiy for €0.5K, while Reggina signed Zeytulayev permanently for the same price.

After not playing in the 2005–06 Serie A, in January 2006 he was loaned out to Serie B side Crotone. In 2006-07 season, he was loaned out again, this time to Genoa and Vicenza of Serie B (as an exchange with Ivan Castiglia).

Lega Pro Prima Divisione

In July 2007, he left for Verona of Serie C1. But after a poor season, he left for Pescara on a free transfer. There, he became a regular member of the team. In August 2009, he signed a 3-year contract with Lanciano as a free agent. In his first season, he only made 14 league appearances, but in 2010–11 season, he started a successive 5 league games for the team, as one of the strikers in a 4-3-3 formation, along with Luís Gabriel Sacilotto to partner with Umberto Improta or Francesco Di Gennaro.

Career statistics

International statistics

International appearances and goals
App Date Venue Opponent Result Goal Competition
7 May 2001 Amman, Jordan Jordan}} 1–1 0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 September 2001 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Oman}} 5–0 0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
30 April 2003 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Belarus}} 1–2 0 Friendly
22 July 2004 Chengdu, China (PRC) Saudi Arabia}} 1–0 0 2004 AFC Asian Cup
26 July 2004 Chongqing, China (PRC) Turkmenistan}} 1–0 0 2004 AFC Asian Cup
11 October 2006 Dhaka, Bangladesh BAN}} 4-0 1 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
15 November 2006 Tashkent, Uzbekistan QAT}} 2-0 1 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
27 March 2007 Macau SAR, China (PRC) PRC}} 1–3 0 url=|title=友谊赛:韩鹏准帽子戏法 中国3比1力克中亚狼|date=2007-03-07|accessdate=2010-02-16|author=一剑|work=腾讯体育 (QQ Sports)|language=Chinese}}

International career

Zeytulayev has been capped for Uzbekistan U20 team in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. He also played for the Uzbekistan national football team in the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification, 2004 AFC Asian Cup and 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification. He was named in the squad for friendlies before 2007 AFC Asian Cup in March 2007. In March 2009, he was recalled to national team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification in March 2009 but did not play.

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