Viktor Kovalenko (footballer)


Viktor Viktorovych Kovalenko (Ukrainian: Віктор Вікторович Коваленко; born 14 February 1996) is a Ukrainian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Atalanta and the Ukraine national team.

Viktor Kovalenko
Kovalenko in 2015
Personal information
Full name Viktor Viktorovych Kovalenko
Date of birth (1996-02-14) 14 February 1996 (age 25)
Place of birth Kherson, Ukraine
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atalanta
Number 20
Youth career
2008–2015 Shakhtar Donetsk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2020 Shakhtar Donetsk 130 (23)
2021– Atalanta 1 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Ukraine U16 13 (4)
2010–2013 Ukraine U17 20 (11)
2013–2015 Ukraine U19 20 (5)
2015 Ukraine U20 5 (5)
2015–2018 Ukraine U21 13 (6)
2016– Ukraine 32 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2021

Club career


Shakhtar Donetsk

Kovalenko is product of youth team of Shakhtar Donetsk.[1] He made his début in the Ukrainian Premier League for Shakhtar in the game against FC Vorskla Poltava on 28 February 2015.[2] On 9 May 2015, he made his first direct contribution for the first team when assisting the fifth and sixth goals for Shakhtar in a 7–3 win over FC Hoverla Uzhhorod.

On 20 February 2020, Kovalenko scored the winning goal in Shakhtar's 2–1 win against Benfica in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 32 clash.[3]

On 17 October 2020, Kovalenko scored twice in the first 18 minutes of Shakhtar's 5–1 hammering of FC Lviv in the Ukrainian Premier League.[4]

Atalanta

On 1 February 2021, with less than six months remaining in his contract with Shakhtar, Kovalenko signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Italian Serie A club Atalanta for a reported fee of €700,000.[5]

International career


Kovalenko was called up by Ukraine to play in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. He scored two goals in a 6–0 victory over Myanmar[6] and added a hat-trick against the United States to secure 3–0 win at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, as the team reached the round of 16.[7] He won the Golden Boot of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup with 5 goals.

Career statistics


Club

As of 21 March 2021[8]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Europe Other Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Shakhtar Donetsk 2014–15 Ukrainian Premier League 2020000040
2015–16 Ukrainian Premier League 2307215[lower-alpha 1]210464
2016–17 Ukrainian Premier League 287108[lower-alpha 2]3103810
2017–18 Ukrainian Premier League 274415[lower-alpha 3]010375
2018–19 Ukrainian Premier League 257306[lower-alpha 4]010377
2019–20 Ukrainian Premier League 171109[lower-alpha 5]100272
2020–21 Ukrainian Premier League 84003[lower-alpha 3]000114
Total 130231834864020032
Atalanta 2020–21 Serie A 100010
Career total 131231834864020132

International

As of 28 March 2021
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Ukraine 2016100
201760
201840
201960
202040
202120
Total320

Honours


Club

Shakhtar

Individual

Notes


  1. Seven appearances in UEFA Champions League, eight appearances and two goals in UEFA Europa League
  2. Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. Six appearances in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League
  5. Five appearances in UEFA Champions League, four appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League

References


  1. Віктор Коваленко (in Ukrainian). Shakhtar's Academy Site. 1 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  2. Чемпіонат Прем'єр-ліги. 15 тур. Матч № 102 28 February 2015 (in Ukrainian). UPL Official Web Site. 1 March 2015.
  3. Patrick. "Castro's Shakhtar top Benfica in narrow first-leg triumph". portugoal.net. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  4. ""Шахтар" — "Львів" — 5:1". UPL (in Ukrainian). 17 October 2020. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  5. "Official: Kovalenko to Atalanta". Fotball-Italia. 1 February 2021. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  6. "Ukraine hit Myanmar for six". FIFA. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  7. "Kovalenko treble puts Ukraine on top". FIFA. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  8. "V. Kovalenko". Soccerway. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  9. "FIFA World Youth Championship New Zealand 2015". FIFA. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  10. "Визначено лауреатів сезону 2015/16!". .upl.ua. Retrieved 5 October 2017.