Oleksandr Shovkovskyi
Date of Birth: 02 January 1975
Age: 45
Place of birth: Kyiv
Citizenship: Ukraine
Height: 191
Weight: 89
Previous clubs: Dynamo graduate, СSK ZSU (Kyiv)
Joined Dynamo: 01 December 1992

Oleksandr Shovkovskyi is one of the best goalkeepers of Dynamo Kyiv ever.

Being a kid he understood that life is a difficult thing which requires efforts and sacrifice. At school he made his first important decision. Oleksandr became a repeater in order to be accepted to a special football class. He had little free time and knew his schedule for a week well.

When Shovkovskyi was 13 his parents bought him his first goalkeeper’s gloves. As he says he did not take them off even at night.

Talent and hard work

Shovkovskyi graduated from Dynamo football academy and on August the 1st 1992 he played for the 3rd team of the club for the first time. It was a match for Ukrainian national Cup against Desna Chernigiv which took place in Kyiv (2:0). The 17-year old keeper managed to secure his goal. But his debut for Dynamo-2 on the 4th o April 2003 was less successful. Our team lost the First Ukrainian football league match in Alchevsk against the local Stal’ with 3:2 score. The young goalkeeper played his first match for the first Dynamo team on the 6th of March 1994. It was a home match against Kremin’ Kremenchug (1:1). At that time Oleksandr was 19 years old so he became the youngest goalkeeper of Dynamo ever. His first match on European arena took place on the 10th of August 1994. It was the UEFA Champions League preliminary stage away match against Danish Silkeborg (0:0). That evening Shovkovskyi saved his goal after good shots of Knudsen and Fredricson.

Dynamo goalkeepers’ coach Mykhailo Mykhailov learned Oleksandr to work hard and analyse his mistakes. Shovkovskyi says that when he came to Dynamo there were 3 goalkeepers in the team already. They were Kutepov, Martinkenas and Kovtun. At first he tried to play as they did. But then he realized that hard work on his own mistakes would be more useful. Two years after his debut Shovkovskyi heared the words which proved his strategy to be the correct one. “Success consists of talent and hard work. Talent takes 10 per cent and works takes the rest”. That is what the great Valeriy Lobanovskyi told Oleksandr after his return to our club.

The duellist

On the evening of June the 26th 2006 forty-five thousand viewers on Reign Energy stadium in Germany were waiting for the outcome of the World Cup quarter-final match between Switzerland and Ukraine. 120 minutes of the match ended in a draw. We were to watch the penalty shootout. The first shot of our team captain Andriy Shevchenko was saved by the Swiss goalkeeper Paskal Zuberbuller. The similar situation took place 8 years before on the 26th of August 1998 in Prague. That time Shevchenko also failed to score from penalty spot but after that Shovkovskyi saved the goal twice and Dynamo grabbed the winner.

But let’s go back to Germany 2006. That June evening Oleksandr did not let Streller, Barnetta and Kabanias score and became the first goalkeeper who saved all shots in penalty shootout in World Cup history.
Since then Oleksandr Shovkovskyi helped his young teammates many times. He is sharing his precious experience with them and lets everyone understand that only hard work leads to great victories.

Stats in Dynamo Kyiv *

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

Club honours

FC Dynamo Kyiv

Ukraine League 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2016

Ukraine Cup 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015

Ukraine Super Cup 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2016

CIS Cup 1996, 1997, 1998

1-st Channel Cup 2008 

National team

Ukraine 92 matches (conceded 76 goals)

World Cup player 2006 

Individual honours

The best Ukrainian goalkeeper (named by Ukrainian Football weekly) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011

The best goalkeeper of CIS Cup 1997, 1998

The best goalkeeper of Ukraine Premier League 2012

Documentary about Olexandr Shovkovskyi on 2+2 channel

Documentary about Olexandr Shovkovskyi on 2+2 channel

On April 21 2+2 TV channel will broadcast the documentary called “Shovkovskyi. Forever the first” about legendary Ukrainian goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskyi.

Olexandr Shovkovskyi to meet fans

Olexandr Shovkovskyi to meet fans

FC Dynamo Kyiv Fan-club invites fans to the meeting with the White-Blues legendary goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskyi, who finished his career recently.

Top 10 games of Olexandr SHOVKOVSKYI for Dynamo

Top 10 games of Olexandr SHOVKOVSKYI for Dynamo

Highlights of ten best games of legendary goalkeeper Olexandr SHOVKOVSKYI for FC Dynamo Kyiv according to Dynamo TV are for your attention.

Last big interview of Shovkovskyi as player (VIDEO)

Last big interview of Shovkovskyi as player (VIDEO)

On December 9 the guest of “Aristoi Radio” program “Sanden” was FC Dynamo Kyiv captain Olexandr Shovkovskyi.

The era of Olexandr Shovkovskyi (photo gallery)

The era of Olexandr Shovkovskyi (photo gallery)

Check out the most interesting photos of the career of Olexandr Shovkovskyi in the gallery by our photographer Andriy Lukatskyi.

Danilo SILVA: “Thank you, captain!”

Danilo SILVA: “Thank you, captain!”

Not only the first half of the season finished for FC Dynamo Kyiv in December, but also the career of our goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskyi.

Eight absolute records of Olexandr Shovkovskyi

Eight absolute records of Olexandr Shovkovskyi

After the UPL matchday 18 game against FC Shakhtar Donetsk (3:4) FC Dynamo Kyiv goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskyi announced the finish of his career.

  • Considers the purchase of goalkeeper’s gloves for parents’ money to be the most exciting moment of his childhood;
  • always makes the first step on the pitch with his right leg;
  • graduated from journalists’ department of Kyiv national university named after Taras Shevchenko;
  • Oleksandr is fond of diving. Dived in Thailand, on Caribbean isles (near Saint Lucia island), in the Indian ocean (Maldives);
  • Oleksandr’s moto is: if body drives four wheels, soul drives two. Changed English car JaguarXJ8 for Japaneese bike Yamaha Midnight Star 1300;
  • likes to make photos;
  • favourite book – “The Master and Margarita” by M. Bulhakov;
  • doesn’t like familiarity;
  • favourite actors are Oleh Menshykov, Al Pachino, Robert de Niro, Kim Basinger; favourite singers are Joe Cocker and Thomas Jones;
  • considers his rare visits to casino to be wasted tame which could have been spent more usefully;
  • his home is his castle. Once he let journalists make a TV program at his place and after that he decided that it was for the last time;
  • Oleksandr’s wife Olha Alenova is a well-known fashion designer;
  • Oleksandr is introvert. The best way to have rest for him is to spend time with family and friends;
  • Owes the Order of Merit of the Third Class and Order for Courage of the Third Class.