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Ukraine
Maksym Koval
Date of Birth: 09 December 1992
Age: 26
Place of birth: Zaporizhia
Citizenship: Ukraine
Height: 188
Weight: 87
Previous clubs: Metalurh Zaporizhia
Joined Dynamo: 01 July 2010

In December 2009 all Ukrainian football fans were talking about the 16-year old Metalurh Zaporizhya goalkeeper Maksim Koval’. In the 94th minute of home match against Dynamo Kyiv he saved the penalty shot by Artem Milevskyi (0:0). It was only his third match for Metalurh in Ukrainian Premier League. And he did not miss a goal in any of them. After the match the manager of Dynamo Valeriy Gazaev said that he was very impressed with Koval’s skills.

Young and promising

The famous Dynamo Kyiv goalkeepers’ coach Mykhailo Mykhailov was sure that Maksim Koval’ had good chances to become a good and secure keeper. He noticed Maksim’s ability to make correct decisions quickly which is not typical for such young players.

Soon after that the White-Blues began to suffer from problems with goalkeepers. Bogush and Shovkovskyi were injured so Dynamo offered Metalurh to make a contract about the transfer of the 17-year old Koval’ to Kyiv. The manager of Metalurh Oleh Lutkov said that they get such chances once in a lifetime so two clubs came to the agreement.

Waiting for his time

In Dynamo Koval’ got his chance rather quickly. Denys Boyko played very unconfidently in a Ukrainian Premier League match so Valeriy Gazaev let Koval’ play in a very important UEFA Champions League play-off match against Ajax Amsterdam. Maksim became the youngest keeper of Dynamo who ever played on European arena. That match in Kyiv ended in a draw (1:1). Our team didn’t manage to pass to the group stage, but there was nothing to blame Koval’ for.

One month later Oleh Luzhnyi became the manager of Dynamo instead of Gazaev. Luzhnyi kept on letting Koval’ play so the young goalkeeper got more experience.

Stats in Dynamo Kyiv *

 
Season
* - Base statistics at time of filling
M
— Games Played
G
— Goals for

Statistics in other teams

SeasonTeamAppearancesGoals
2008/09 Metalurh Z (reserve team) 6 -17
2009/10 Metalurh Z (reserve team) 6 -7
2009/10 Metalurh Z (UPL) 19 -23
2010/11 Metalurh Z (UPL) 3 -3

Club honours

FC Dynamo Kyiv

Ukraine Premier League silver medal winner 2011/12

Ukraine Premier League bronze medal winner 2012/13

Ukraine Cup 2014

Ukraine

Number of matches: 1

Conceeded goals: 2

Individual

Included in the list of 100 most promising players by Don Balon magazine (Spain) 2010

Named by UEFA official site as the best young Ukraine player 2013

Named by World Soccer magazine as the best young player of Ukraine Premier League 2012/13 season

The Best goalkeeper of Ukraine Premier League 2012/13

Maxym KOVAL to feature for Deportivo till the end of the season

Maxym KOVAL to feature for Deportivo till the end of the season

FC Dynamo Kyiv goalkeeper Maxym Koval will perform for Deportivo de la Coruna on loan till the end of 2017/2018 season.

Maxym KOVAL: “We’ll do what we can for all Ukrainian heroes”

Maxym KOVAL: “We’ll do what we can for all Ukrainian heroes”

FC Dynamo Kyiv goalkeeper Maxym Koval has shared his impressions of the meeting with wounded Counter-Terrorism Operation soldiers at the military hospital.

Ukraine comeback against Slovakia

Ukraine comeback against Slovakia

Ukraine national team have finished the year 2017 with victory.

Maxym KOVAL: “We took the game against Shakhtar like the last one”

Maxym KOVAL: “We took the game against Shakhtar like the last one”

FC Dynamo Kyiv goalkeeper Maxym Koval preserved a clean sheet in the game against FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

100 appearances of Maxym Koval

100 appearances of Maxym Koval

The game against FC Olimpik Donetsk was the 100th for goalkeeper Maxym Koval for FC Dynamo Kyiv.

VIDEO: Yarmolenko vs Koval. Penalty shootout

VIDEO: Yarmolenko vs Koval. Penalty shootout

After one of the training sessions in Austria the White-Blues goalkeeper Maxym Koval and team captain Andriy Yarmolenko had 1 vs 1 penalty shootout.

Dynamo goalkeepers prolong contracts with the club

Dynamo goalkeepers prolong contracts with the club

FC Dynamo Kyiv goalkeepers Artur Rudko and Maxym Koval, who replace each other this season, have signed new contracts with our club.

Maxym KOVAL: “I couldn’t believe I would make it into the starting lineup”

Maxym KOVAL: “I couldn’t believe I would make it into the starting lineup”

FC Dynamo Kyiv goalkeeper Maxym Koval has told 2+2 channel ProFootball TV show about the game against FC Chornomorets Odesa.

  • As a child he wanted to become military;
  • he likes to go fishing;
  • his favourite food is potato with chicken;
  • Maxim is a true music lover. He listens to what he likes;
  • his favourite book is «100 penalties from readers» by Igor Akinfeyev;
  • his favourite place to go on vacation is Egypt, in Ukraine – Berdyansk;
  • likes Nestea iced tea;
  • likes movies with Matt Damon and Jessica Alba;
  • his favourite movie is The Guardian, starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher.

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