Tymoshchuk Is Ukraine's Best Ever

MUNICH, Germany -- Bayern Munich defensive midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has been voted as the best ever footballer in the history of his native Ukraine.

Anatoliy Tymoshchuk

According to the Bayern official website, 32-year-old Tymoshchuk emerged as the winner of a two-month nationwide poll entitled The Victory of Football, a survey launched to determine the stalwarts of Ukrainian football ever since the country gained independence in 1991.

Tymoshchuk, who was crowned as the country's best ever footballer, beat competition from AC Milan legend Andriy Shevchenko to claim the ultimate accolade.

The shaggy-haired midfielder has won the Ukrainian Player of the Year gong three times in 2002, 2006 and 2007 and also reached a milestone recently this year when he became his country's most capped player, having earned 113 caps.

While plying his trade with domestic outfit Shakhtar Donetsk, Tymoshchuk bagged the Ukrainian league and cup on three occasions and he also tasted European glory in 2008, with his side Zenit St. Petersburg claiming the UEFA Cup.

Tymoshchuk nearly followed compatriot Shevchenko's footsteps into winning the UEFA Champions League crown when the he participated in the final against Inter Milan in 2010; however his club side Bayern lost 2-0 to the Italians.

Tymoshchuk joined Bayern from Russian side Zenit in 2009 and was a key component of his side's double winning team in 2010.

Source: ESPN


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