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Serhiy Atelkin
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Personal information
Date of birth (1972-01-08) 8 January 1972 (age 48)
Place of birthKirovske, Donetsk Oblast, Ukrainian SSR
Playing position(s)Forward
Club information
Current team
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Youth career
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1990–1997Shakhtar Donetsk158(47)
1996Kremin (loan)14(5)
1997–1998Lecce16(3)
1998–1999Boavista (loan)10(3)
2000–2002Shakhtar Donetsk45(14)
2002–2003Metalurh Donetsk12(1)
National team
1997Ukraine2(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Serhiy Atelkin (Ukrainian: Сергій Ателькін, January 8, 1972 – October 1, 2020) was a Ukrainian footballer. Atelkin became the first player from the independent Ukraine who played in the Italian Seria A.
Contents
1 Playing career
2 Achievements
3 Personal life and death
4 Career statistics
4.1 Club
4.2 International games
5 References
6 External links
Playing career
Atelkin made his name playing as a striker for the likes of Shakhtar Donetsk (1990–1997, 2000–2002), U.S. Lecce (Italy 1997-1998) and Boavista FC (Portugal 1998-1999). Despite success in domestic competitions, Atelkin only played for the Ukrainian national football team twice. In 1996 Atelkin spent a short stint in Kremenchuk for FC Kremin Kremenchuk. During the 1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Atelkin was noticed by the Lecce's scouts during the second round match between Shakhtar and Vicenza. After that he signed a three-year contract with the Italian club that just got promotion to the Serie A. In 1998 Atelkin got injured and lost his sports form, while U.S. Lecce got relegated. Due to more strict limitations on foreign players Atelkin lost his place on the team, but was loaned out to play in Portugal. However he never fully regained his former form and was not able to make a team. At the end of the 1999 season he returned to Lecce to find out that he was not needed. Atelkin through legal proceedings broke his three-year contract to become a free agent.
Next year Atelkin was able to sign a new contract with his former club Shakhtar Donetsk, for which he only played 14 games in two seasons. In 2002 Atelkin signed with Metalurh Donetsk, but only played one game. He returned to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2003 where he is a scout.
Achievements
He was also notable for joining Oleh Matveyev as one of the better forward duets in the 1990s in the Ukrainian Premier League. Together with Andriy Shevchenko he holds a record for the most goals scored (4) in the finals of the Ukrainian Cup. He also had three seasons of scoring over 10 goals (1993, 1997, 2001). In 2002, he finally became the champion of Ukraine with FC Shakhtar Donetsk. Atelkin also is a four-time holder of the Ukrainian Cup.
Personal life and death
According to official web-site of , Sergey Atelkin suffered from a heart attack in the beginning of December 2008.
Atelkin died of a second heart attack on October 1, 2020, at the age of 48.
Career statistics
Club
Club
Season
League
Cup
Europe
Total
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
Shakhtar
1990
5
0
2
0
-
-
7
0
1991
15
0
3
0
-
-
18
0
1992
17
2
5
0
-
-
22
2
1992–93
29
11
2
1
-
-
31
12
1993–94
27
11
3
1
-
-
30
12
1994–95
19
6
7
1
2
0
28
7
1995–96
7
0
0
0
1
1
8
1
Kremin
1995–96
14
5
4
1
-
-
18
6
Shakhtar
1996–97
24
11
4
1
-
-
28
12
1997–98
15
6
2
1
5
5
22
12
Lecce
1997-98
16
3
-
-
-
-
16
3
1998-99
-
-
4
0
-
-
4
0
Boavista
1998-99
10
3
-
-
-
-
10
3
Shakhtar
1999–00
9
1
2
1
-
-
11
2
2000–01
21
11
5
2
10
6
36
19
2001–02
15
2
5
1
4
0
24
3
Metalurh D
2002–03
12
1
4
0
-
-
16
1
Total for Shakhtar
203
61
40
9
22
12
265
82
Career totals
255
73
52
10
22
12
329
95
International games
Serhiy Atelkin: International Games
Game
Date
Venue
Opponent
Minutes
Result
Competition
1.
1997-10-11
Yerevan, Armenia
 Armenia
10
Won
WC 1998 Qual
2.
1997-10-29
Zagreb, Croatia
 Croatia
54
Lost
WC 1998 Qual (play-off)
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