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Roman Eremenko : biography

19 March 1987 -

Roman Alekseevich Eremenko ( ) (born 19 March 1987 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union) is a Russian-born Finnish footballer who plays for FC Rubin Kazan in the Russian Premier League. He is best known for his time in Dynamo Kyiv, with whom he became leader, winning the Ukrainian Premier League title in 2009, and playing in the Champions and Europa Leagues. He also plays regularly for the Finland national football team.

Eremenko plays in the position of central midfielder but can also operate as a winger and occasional right-back. He is a very creative player, who does not score often, but frequently makes it to most assists tables.

Eremenko has also become a leader of Rubin Kazan and the manager Kurban Berdeyev has set out to build the squad around Eremenko who possesses fantastic technical ability and has matured into Rubin's best player and one of the top players in the Russian league. Many top teams such as Inter Milan have expressed a concrete interest in the player.



Dynamo Kyiv
  • Ukrainian Premier League: 2008–09
  • Ukrainian Super Cup (2): 2009, 2011
Rubin Kazan
  • Russian Cup: 2011–12
  • Russian Super Cup: 2012


  • Finnish Football Association Player of the Year: 2011
  • Finnish Sports’ Journalists Player of the Year: 2011

Career statistics


Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 6 0
2008 8 0
2009 10 0
2010 8 1
2011 9 0
2012 6 1
2013 5 0
Total 52 2

International goals

Finland's score given first. As of 19 August 2011.

Roman Eremenko international goals
# Date Location Opponent Result Competition
1. 3 March 2010 Ta'Qali, Malta MLT}} 2–1 Friendly
2. 26 May 2012 Salzburg, Austria TUR}} 3–2 Friendly

Club career

He made his Veikkausliiga debut for Jaro in 2004 at the age of 17. In the early 2005 season he was already one of the team's key players.


In the summer of 2005 Eremenko signed a five-year deal with Udinese. He made his Serie A debut on the first day of the 2006–07 season against Messina. He was loaned to A.C. Siena on 31 January 2007, where he played 11 games. During the summer of 2007 he returned to Udinese.

In October 2007, Eremenko, Andrea Dossena, Cristián Zapata, and Simone Pepe were awarded a new contract until June 2012.

Dynamo Kyiv

In August 2008, he was loaned to FC Dynamo Kyiv, until 31 May 2009. On 22 May 2009 FC Dynamo Kyiv officials, and head coach Yuriy Semin are keeping Russian-born Finnish midfielder, he has signed on a permanent basis until 2014. During his three years at Dynamo, Eremenko established himself as a leader of the team.

Eremenko debuted in the Champions League on 17 September 2008, in a home game against Arsenal London. That week, he also scored his first goal in the Ukrainian Premier League, netting a pass from Tiberiu Ghioane on the 8th minute of a game against Chornomorets Odessa.

Eremenko scored his first goal in the Champions League on 10 December 2008 on Fenerbahce S.K..

During the 2009–10 season, he took part in a total of 35 official matches for Dynamo, 26 of which were in the Ukrainian championship, and scored 1 goal.

In the 2010–11 season, besides continuing his successful performance for Dynamo domestically, Eremenko became the top assistant of the Europa League.

After a total of three years of playing for Dynamo, Eremenko played in a total of 127 official games, and scored seven goals. He also won the 2008-09 Ukrainian Premier League, and the Ukrainian Super Cups in 2009 and 2011.

Rubin Kazan

In the last stages of the summer transfer window in 2011, Eremenko signed with Russian club Rubin Kazan for a reported fee of 13M €, which is the highest transfer fee ever paid for a Finnish player. His older brother Aleksei also signed a contract with Rubin Kazan in August 2011. On 26 November Roman scored his first goal for Rubin, in a 2–0 home victory over Dynamo Moscow.

On 9 May 2012 he scored the game's only goal in the Russian Cup final.

International career

Eremenko made his international debut in Finland's national team in 6 June 2007 against Belgium. He has been a regular member for Finland ever since. He scored his first goal for Finland from penalty spot in 3 March 2010 in a friendly match against Malta.

Personal life

Eremenko moved to Finland with his family at the age of three when his father, former FC Dynamo Moscow and FC Spartak Moscow player Alexei Eremenko Sr., came to play in Finland with FF Jaro. He was granted Finnish citizenship in 2003, but still holds Russian passport as well, Eremenko is the younger brother of Alexei Eremenko Jr. His father took over as manager in Jaro in August 2009.

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