Ruslan Malinovskiy only the eighth Ukrainian, who will be performing in the most prestigious championship Italy Serie A. Ruslan new season will start with the Belgian “Genk” and with Italian Atalanta. Ruslan has long matchmaker in Italy. In mass-media named a number of clubs who are interested in Ukrainian: Roma, Sampdoria, Atalanta and others.
Last season, Malinowski played 51 games for Genk in all competitions and became in its structure the champion of Belgium. In the asset Ruslan 16 goals and 16 assists. Good stats to move to Italy.
Important to Ruslana was a friendly match between the national teams of Ukraine and Italy 10 October 2018. The teams broke the world, and Ruslan scored a beautiful goal. After that, leaving the Apennines was only a matter of time.
The first Ukrainian in the Series And in 1988 became Alexander Zavarov. The legend of “Dynamo” moved from Kiev to Turin “Juventus” for 4 million euros. Zavarov played for Juventus until 1990, then moved to the French club Nancy.
Alexander Zavarov. Photo: from open sources
In the Series And the legendary Zavarov played 60 matches, scored 7 goals and gave 3 assists. In 1990, together with the “Old lady” Zavarov was the winner of the Italian Cup and UEFA Cup.
However, the Ukrainians failed to open up at Juventus. According to Sergey Aleynikov, Zavarova prevented to reveal psychological reasons.
Zavarov, by their nature, are not too loved to talk, including with journalists. Practiced workout and go home. In Italy this approach to the problem, alas, was inevitable.
And the third reason is my guess. People used to work in the twice-a-day workouts all the time to be in the team, almost not to be home. Here, when the training day is only one and there are no fees, there was a lot of free time. For family, it must have been good, but most Zavarova, I suppose, to reorganize was difficult, – said the Belarusian.
In 1990 Sampdoria appeared another star Ukrainian footballer Oleksiy Mykhailychenko. He moved from the “Dynamo”. In Italy Mickle has spent only one season: played 24 matches and scored 3 goals. In 1991, the Genoa club was released Mickle in Scottish club Rangers.
Alex Mickle. Photo: from open sources
Mickle was able to immediately become the team player. In the first year in Italy, the midfielder helped Sampdoria to win the first ever championship title. Also with the team in the Ukraine reached the final of the UEFA Cup.
After Mickle in a Series And Ukrainians played Sergei Atelkin. Of Shakhtar Donetsk Atelkin moved to Lecce. First Ukrainian permanently in the first team, made his debut in the home match against Juventus. Then, got injured early in the second round, in part to get stopped. Held in a series of 16 matches, and once scored against as Roma, SSC Napoli and Bologna FC respectively. Club Lecce took 17th place out of 18 and went to Series B.
According to Italian law, the Serie B is only able to nominate two foreigners from the States outside the European Union. And one of them must be under the age of 21. Because the team had 7 players from countries that are not EU members, Atelkin on loan moved to Portuguese club “Boavista”.
In 1999, I returned to the location of Lecce, who was no longer interested in the services of the player. Come down to the fact that the player took a car that belonged to him under the contract, and ceased to pay rent. The player appealed to the Union and the players that hired him lawyers. The contract with the team was terminated and Atelkin has received the status of a free agent.
The following Ukrainian in A Series of the legendary Andriy Shevchenko. In 1999, Shevchenko moved from the “Dynamo” in Milan for nearly 24 million euros. Shevchenko played in 226 Serie A matches and scored 127 goals. Along with AC Milan, Shevchenko has won the Champions League (2003), UEFA super Cup (2003), Serie a (2003/2004), a Coppa Italia (2003), the Italian Supercup (2004).
Andrey Shevchenko. Photo: from open sources
In 2004, Shevchenko won the Golden ball. Shevchenko, top scorer in the history of the Milan Derby, twice the top scorer in Serie A (2000, 2004). In the “Milan” twice the best scorer of the Champions League: 2001 (9 goals), 2006 (9 goals). In 2006, Shevchenko left Milan and went to Chelsea.
In 2013 in the Italian Serie a moved Alexander Yakovenko. Fiorentina took for free Yakovenko from Belgian “Anderlecht”. In 2014 “violet” gave Ukrainian for rent in Spanish “Malaga”. In 2015, the Italians have given the Ukrainians to rent Dutch club ADO “Den Haag”.
Alexander Yakovenko. Photo: from open sources
In 2016, the contract Yakovenko ended and he as a free agent moved to the “Dinamo”. In General in Italy Yakovenko has played only three games (74 minutes).
In 2015 in the Italian “Torino” came Vasily Priyma. In the first season of Basil played only 5 matches for Juventus. In 2016, Basil went to rent in “Frosinone” of the Series B. In the 2016 session became a full-fledged player “Frosinone”. A year Priyma moved to Zorya Luhansk. In 2019 Basil joined Shakhtar Soligorsk.
Seven Ukrainians in the Series A has not yet played a single match. We are talking about Eugene Checks. This summer shahs joined Lecce. The Italian club returns to the Series A. In Series B Lecce took second place. Shahs in 2019 became the champion of Greece against PAOK and as a free agent moved to Lecce.
Malinowski, like kings, will debut in Serie A. the Difference between players lies in the fact that Atalanta had generously paid for the 26-year-old Ruslan. Before Malinowski will be challenged immediately to join the team and become an important player in the midfield.
Coach of the club from Bergamo Gian Piero Gasperini will be forced to give a chance to Ukrainian. The reason – the same money that was posted for Ruslan. In turn, the 28-year-old shahs free moved to Lecce. Consequently, he will have to prove that he is the best in the conditions, when the chance almost no.