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Roman Pavlyuchenko

Roman Anatolyevich Pavlyuchenko (; born 15 December 1981 in Mostovskoy, Krasnodar Krai) is a Russian footballer playing as a Forward (association football) for Russian club FC Lokomotiv Moscow and for the Russia national football team.

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Roman Pavlyuchenko biography

Roman Anatolyevich Pavlyuchenko (; born 15 December 1981 in Mostovskoy, Krasnodar Krai) is a Russian footballer playing as a Forward (association football) for Russian club FC Lokomotiv Moscow and for the Russia national football team.

Club career

Spartak Moscow

Pavlyuchenko moved to FC Spartak Moscow in the spring of 2003. During Roman Pavlyuchenko time at Spartak, Pavlyuchenko was the club's most prolific goalscorer, scoring 109 goals in 187 games. Roman Pavlyuchenko goalscoring, together with Roman Pavlyuchenko loyalty to the rhombik (the club's emblem), earned Roman Pavlyuchenko much respect and appreciation from the "Army of Red-White Fans".

Tottenham Hotspur

In September 2008, Pavlyuchenko signed for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. for a reported fee of £14 million. Pavlyuchenko made Roman Pavlyuchenko debut for the Spurs on 15 September against Aston Villa F.C.. Roman Pavlyuchenko scored Roman Pavlyuchenko first goal on 24 September 2008, in the 2–1 Football League Cup 3rd round win against Newcastle United F.C.. Pavlyuchenko went on to score Roman Pavlyuchenko first league goal for the club in the 2–0 victory against Bolton Wanderers F.C. on 26 October 2008. Roman Pavlyuchenko has scored in every English domestic cup competition game Roman Pavlyuchenko has played in, except for the 2009 Football League Cup Final. In the 2009–10 season, Pavlyuchenko was fourth-choice striker for Tottenham, with Harry Redknapp preferring Robbie Keane, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe to the Russian.

Pavlyuchenko came on as a substitute on 21 February against and scored Roman Pavlyuchenko first league goal of the season, a close-range finish to make the score 2–0. Roman Pavlyuchenko also added a second from a very tight angle during injury time to make it 3–0. Roman Pavlyuchenko made Roman Pavlyuchenko second start of the season on three days later in the FA Cup fifth-round replay against and scored twice, a match Tottenham won 4–0. Redknapp has since gone on to say that the Russian striker has taken Roman Pavlyuchenko opportunity and may well see further first team action. Pavlyuchenko continued Roman Pavlyuchenko good form with another goal against Everton F.C. on the 28 February, and another two goals against Blackburn Rovers F.C. on 13 March. Roman Pavlyuchenko also scored a goal in the quarter-final replay against Fulham F.C. at White Hart Lane on 24 March.
On 17 August, Roman Pavlyuchenko scored a vital away goal against BSC Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League play-off round first leg. Tottenham were losing 3–0 until a Sébastien Bassong header pulled it back to 3–1 and Pavlyuchenko later made it 3–2. In the second leg, Spurs won 4–0 at home, meaning that they would progress into the Champions League group stages. Pavlyuchenko's promising form in this tournament continued with two second-half penalty strikes against FC Twente in Tottenham's second group match, followed by a decisive third goal as Spurs beat cup holders F.C. Internazionale Milano on Matchday 4. On 4 November, Pavlyuchenko scored with a volley in a 4–2 defeat to . The following weekend, Roman Pavlyuchenko scored again in a home win against . On 6 March 2011, Roman Pavlyuchenko scored a goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.. Roman Pavlyuchenko scored the first goal against West Bromwich Albion F.C. on 2–2 draw on April. Pavlyuchenko scored a goal in a London derby against Chelsea F.C. in a 1–1 draw. On 22 May, the final day of the season, Pavlyuchenko scored two stunning long-range goals in a 2–1 win against Birmingham City F.C. to ensure that Tottenham finished fifth in the Premier League and qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. The win also relegated Birmingham to the Football League Championship. The Russian's Tottenham career up until this point had consisted of constantly being down the pecking order despite in the 2009-10 season having a better goals per minute ratio than all of Roman Pavlyuchenko fellow strike partners in Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane. The same went for the 2010-11 season when in March Pavlyuchenko had a minutes per goals ratio of 151 compared to competitors Jermain Defoe who had 208, Peter Crouch had 243 and Rafael van der Vaart had 161. In December of the 2011-12 season, the striker had been restricted to just 18 minutes of Barclays Premier League football, until Roman Pavlyuchenko came on against Sunderland A.F.C. and Rubin Kazan in the Europa League earlier in the season.

Lokomotiv Moscow

On 3 February 2012, Pavlyuchenko signed a deal with FC Lokomotiv Moscow for a fee of £8 million.

International career

In 2003, Pavlyuchenko was first called into the Russia national football team and since 2005 has been consistently earning caps at the national level.

Euro 2008

Roman Pavlyuchenko was in the spotlight when Roman Pavlyuchenko scored both goals in Russia's 2–1 victory in a crucial Euro 2008 qualification match against England national football team. Roman Pavlyuchenko was named in Guus Hiddink's 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2008.

Roman Pavlyuchenko scored a late consolation goal in Russia's loss to Spain national football team in their opening match of the campaign and the first goal in Russia's third match of the tournament against Sweden national football team to send Russia through at Sweden's expense. Roman Pavlyuchenko was declared man of the match after the 1–0 game with Greece national football team, although Roman Pavlyuchenko did not score in the game, and then scored the first goal of the match in Russia's 3–1 quarter final victory over the Netherlands national football team. After the tournament ended, Roman Pavlyuchenko was named in the 23-man Team of the Tournament.

Euro 2012 qualification

Pavlyuchenko scored Roman Pavlyuchenko first international hat-trick on 4 June 2011 in a match against Armenia.


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