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Ukraine: Premier League Nations

The next destination of our alphabetical world tour is Ukraine. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, Ukraine played its first international as an independent nation in 1992. Since then, six players have represented Ukraine in the Premier League.

First Player – Alex Evtushok (Coventry; 1997)

Probably the least well known of Ukraine’s Premier League cohort was the first. Alex Evtushok made just three appearances for Coventry in the back end of 1997/98 in a forgettable spell.

He endured something of a nightmare debut, going 2-0 down against Manchester United within five minutes before being substituted after half an hour. Though he had very little impact on Coventry’s season, the Sky Blues scraped to survival. Evtushok left the club at the end of the campaign.

Andrei Kanchelskis played his post-Soviet international career for Russia but could have elected to play for Ukraine. Had he done so, he would have been the first player to represent Ukraine in the Premier League.

Records

Current/Most Recent Players

Two Ukrainians currently play in the Premier League: Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko and West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko. Before those two, the three Ukrainians we have not mentioned all played in the Premier League at some point in the 2000s.

Trivia

  • Two Ukrainians have won the Premier League – Oleg Luzhny and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
  • Serhiy Rebrov, Andriy Shevchenko and Andriy Yarmolenko have 13 Ukrainian Footballer of the Year awards between them.
  • Shevchenko (48), Yarmolenko (37) and Rebrov (15) are 1st, 2nd and 4th in the list of top scorers for the Ukraine national team.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Manchester City 25 18 5 2 59
2 Manchester United 25 14 7 4 49
3 Leicester City 25 15 4 6 49
4 West Ham United 25 13 6 6 45
5 Chelsea 25 12 7 6 43
6 Liverpool 25 11 7 7 40
7 Everton 24 12 4 8 40
8 Aston Villa 23 11 3 9 36
9 Tottenham Hotspur 24 10 6 8 36
10 Leeds United 25 11 2 12 35
11 Arsenal 25 10 4 11 34
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 9 6 10 33
13 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 32
14 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30
15 Burnley 25 7 7 11 28
16 Brighton & Hov… 25 5 11 9 26
17 Newcastle United 25 7 4 14 25
18 Fulham 25 4 10 11 22
19 West Bromwich Albion 25 2 8 15 14
20 Sheffield United 25 3 2 20 11

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