quote linkedin dugout

Men's Team

Video 1 Gallery

Champions League draw: Five Dynamo Kiev players to watch

Now City know their fate in the Champions League last 16 draw, we examine five Dynamo Kiev players to be wary of come February...

Andriy Yarmolenko

Dynamo's top scorer in their 2015/16 Champions League campaign is also their top scorer in the Ukrainian Premier League.

The forward has scored eight goals in 15 domestic games - his form prompting rumours of a move to England, with Everton, Arsenal and Chelsea allegedly interested.

Admired for his physique, shot, speed, creativity and versatility, he made his senior debut for the Club in 2008. He needed just eight minutes to make an impact, netting the winner against Vorskla Poltava.


He became a first-team regular following the appointment of new manager Valeriy Gazaev. Later that year, he made his first appearance for the senior national team, scoring in a 5-0 win over Andorra.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed much success at the Club, lifting two league titles, two Ukrainian Cups, three Ukrainian Super Cups, plus several individual honours, including the Ukrainian Footballer of the Year and last season's top assist-maker in the Europa League.

Aleksandar Dragovic

The tough-tackling centre back is another Kiev star who has attracted interest from the Premier League.

Dragovic started his senior career at hometown club Austria Vienna aged just 17, making his international debut just a year later, before transferring to Swiss side Basel.

During a successful period in Switzerland in which he collected three league titles and a domestic cup.

Known for his reading of the game, he was also named the league's 'Best Defender' and made the Europa League Team of the Group stage in 2012.


The following summer, he made the move to Dynamo, helping his new Club to their first league title in six years and is now ever-present in the Dynamo back line.

Miguel Veloso

Described as 'classy' and 'tenacious', the Portugal midfielder has also savoured a glittering career.

In a five-year spell at Sporting Lisbon, where his professional journey began, he won four trophies - plus a second division title during a loan move to Olivais e Moscavide at the start of his first-team life.

Although up against more experienced players, he featured regularly for the senior side.

He impressed on his debut in a memorable Champions League clash with Inter Milan in which he prevented Patrick Vieira and Luis Figo from impacting on the game, helping his side to a 1-0 win and earning the Man of the Match award.


The following season, he became a regular starter but couldn't help his side to a league title and left in 2010 to join Italian side Genoa, before moving to Kiev two years later.

He has won the league title and two Ukrainian Cups since.

On the international stage, he had already won the Under-17 European Championships (and the tournament's Golden Player Award) when he was called up for his full debut in 2007. He now has more than 50 senior caps for his country.

Oleksandr Shovkovskiy

A one-Club man, the Ukrainian goalkeeper has made more appearances for Dynamo than any other player in their history.

Having made his way through the youth ranks, the shot-stopper made his first-team debut aged 19 in 1993 and earned his first international call-up a year later.

In summer 2011, he played his 100th Champions League match and is still his side's first-choice 'keeper. He has won 34 trophies with the Club.


He is well-known for his knack for saving penalties and in 2006, he became the first goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a penalty shoot-out at the World Cup, thwarting Marco Streller and Ricardo Cabanas while Tranquillo Barnetta hit the crossbar.

After Andriy Shevchenko and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, he is the most-capped Ukrainian player though he retired from the international game in 2012.

Until 2013, he held the record for the number of minutes played without conceding a goal for his country.

Younes Belhanda

The French-born Morocco international started his career with Montpellier, having been scouted by La Paillade - and several other clubs - at the age of 13.

During his time at the Club, he changed his position to become a defensive midfielder and spent five years in the academy before earning a call-up to the reserve team and helping them to the Coupe Gambardella title, featuring in all six matches.

As reward, he - and others - were handed professional contracts and a promotion to the first-team. Belhanda was switched back to an attacking role and was quickly likened to Robert Pires.


He made his debut in the 2009-10 season but suffered with nerves and struggled to find his feet until his manager Rene Girard opted to move him into an even more advanced role, just behind the striker.

The decision worked wonders and soon, the goals were flowing and Montpellier went on to win the Ligue 1 title for the first time. Belhanda was selected in the league's Team of the Year, named the Young Player of the Year, clinched the Goal of the Year and earned the Marc-Vivien Foe award.

Despire interest from England, he made the move to Dynamo in July 2013, where he continued his success, winning the league title and domestic cup.

Men's Team

#UCLdraw: Fan reaction on Twitter

Men's Team

Champions League draw: Dynamo Kiev fact file

Men's Team

Begiristain: Dynamo are a threat