roman pavlyuchenko - fact file

2008 - 2012        forward


Born on 15th December 1981 in Mostovsky, Krasnodar Krai, Russia.

Height : -  1.88 m  (6' 2")

Weight : -  - kgs    (st lbs)

Having lost Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane to big money offers, Spurs were bereft in the goal-scoring department and turned to Roman Pavyluchenko, who had impressed in the summer's European Championships.

Beginning his career playing at Dinamo Stavropol in 1999, Roman moved onto Rotor Volgograd a year later and netted 14 times in 65 matches over a three year period.  The move to Moscow Dynamo propelled Pavlyuchenko into the limelight and his goals won him a call up to the Russian national side in 2005.

Top goalscorer in the Russian league in 2006 and joint top scorer in 2007, Pavlyuchenko made a reputation as a regular goalscorer and forced his way into the national side as a regular, noted especially for his predatory ability, which was made clear to English football followers in scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over England in Moscow in a Euro 2008 qualifier.  He was a fans favourite at Spartak Moscow and it was hardly surprising with almost a goal every two games, as Spartak were European regulars.  He also pleased his country's supporters with  scored three goals for Russia as they made it to the semi-final of Euro 2008 before being knocked out by Spain.

The striker was unsure about whether he wanted to leave Russia with his wife Larisa and young daughter Kristina, but decided to join Spurs in a 14 million deal at the end of the August 2008 transfer window.  In his first season, he scored 14 goals to give a good return, considering he had been playing football for almost 12 months solid, as the Russian league had just finished when he joined Tottenham.  During the campaign, he showed a good touch and the ability to make a goal out of nothing, but he also linked up well and held the ball when playing as the furthest man forward. 

However, he looked unhappy with the physical side of the game sometimes and Harry Redknapp wanted him to work harder to defend from the front, but despite rumours of him being one of the players to leave in the summer, it seemed as though he would start the 2009-2010 season at White Hart Lane.  But Pav stayed and scored a few more goals in the limited opportunities he had in the first team, but the rumours continued about him wanting away, which came to a head when he was sold on the last day of the January 2012 transfer window to Lokomotiv Moscow.

A player who was regarded as lazy and not up to the job by many Spurs fans, Pav was a forward who always had goals in him and his ratio of one goal to three games (and not whole games at that) is a pretty good one.  He could take a goal, but he could also miss one, much like many strikers we had at the time and he did score some special goals (like the volley away at Bolton in 2009).


MIDDLE NAME :   Anatolevich

Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Dynamo Stavropol (Russia) ?? ?? 1999 31 1
Rotor Volgograd (Russia) 2000 ?? ??  67 15
Spartak Moscow (Russia) 2003 ?? ??  188 87
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1st September 2008 14,000,000 15th September 2008 v Aston Villa (Premier League) (home)  lost 1-2 113 42
Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia) 31st January 2012 8,000,000 ??  ?? ??
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Career Record
Dynamo Stavropol (Russia)
31 League appearances; 1 goal
0 European appearances; 0 goals
Rotor Volgograd (Russia)
65 League appearances; 14 goals
2 Cup appearances; 1 goal
0 European appearances; 0 goals
Spartak Moscow (Russia)
141 League appearances;  69 goals
20 Cup appearances; 4 goals
27 European appearances; 14 goals
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

Russia international  (as of 08.2008)
24 full caps;  10 goals
12 Under-21 caps; 5 goals
2 Under-19 caps; 0 goals
Russian Cup winners medal 2002-2003  (Spartak Moscow)
Included in Team of the Tournament at Euro 2008  (Russia)
- Cup winners medal 19---

- appearance



What they said about Roman Pavlyuchenko
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What Roman Pavlyuchenko said about ...
... adapting to the English game ...  06.12.2008 (Football 365)

"Berbatov was here before me and he scored quite a lot so I am expected to score loads of goals, I understand this.  Berbatov is a great footballer so if people want to compare me to him, that's fine, I can appreciate it, I take it as a compliment, so no problem.

... adapting to the language ...  06.12.2008 (Football 365)

"Nobody is teaching me any swear words, but when I pick up some English and I try to use it on the pitch, my team-mates correct me if I am making mistakes."

... adapting to English food ...  06.12.2008 (Football 365)

"This (food) is a problem. I hate English food. I am not used to English food but I think this would be a problem for anybody travelling to a different country, even if say an Englishman was to go to Russia, they might find it difficult to acquire a taste for Russian food.  My wife cooks Russian food very well so that's what I tend to eat."

... Harry Redknapp's instructions to him ...  06.12.2008 (Football 365)

"Get on the field and run.  These things I do understand. I know what is expected and asked of me. I am expected to score goals and I know it. This does not need to be translated."

... his nightclubbing reputation ...  06.12.2008 (Football 365)

"If I go to clubs, it's usually a team event, when we go together as a team. When there is something we are celebrating.  On my own, I probably go once in half a year, maybe once a year so you can say that I am not a club goer, believe it or not, and if I go to a restaurant or some place like, I always go with my wife."

... adapting to English football ...  18.12.2008 (THFC programme)

"I worked hard in training every day in training to adapt to this style of football and make myself more comfortable with it and I feel I have done that.

I am very happy with the way things are going for me and even more happy that my goals have contributed to victories for the team."

... about having joined THFC ...  18.12.2008 (THFC programme)

"I knew that the team was near the bottom of the table when I joined but I also knew of the reputation of the club, that is consistently placed in the top half of the Premier League and has a great history and tradition."

... on new manager Harry Redknapp ...  18.12.2008 (THFC programme)

"The manager has also made a difference because Harry seems to be able to find the words that inspire the players and the way the team plays."

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