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One For The Future - Maxym Koval

Friday 9th November 2012
This week our youth scout gives us the lowdown on the first goalkeeper of the feature, Maxym Koval, of Dynamo Kyiv.

The Facts:

Name: Maxym Koval

Age: 19

Nationality: Ukrainian

Club: Dynamo Kyiv

Position: Goalkeeper

The Lowdown:

It is widely believed that goalkeepers tend to peak and break through into first teams at older ages but Maxym Koval is certainly one of the exceptions to that rule.

Koval has been featuring for Dynamo Kyiv on a rotary basis since he was 17 and has already played 34 times for the club.

This is impressive in itself for a 19 year old, but, when you realise that some of these games have been in the Champions League you can then understand how much belief Dynamo Kyiv have instilled in this young talent.

Koval began his career at Ukrainian Premier League side FC Metalurg Zaporizhzhya and he played his first game when he was just 16, keeping a clean sheet.

He stayed at the club for one season before moving to Dynamo Kyiv and it is believed that the reason for Dynamo signing Koval was because of a last minute penalty save he made against them to salvage his side a point.

The 6ft 2” stopper also made his debut for the Ukrainian national side during the summer coming off the bench in a 3-2 loss to Austria.

Koval is renowned mostly for his shot stopping with his reflexes arguably being his best attribute.

He is also known for being able to distribute the ball well by throwing accurately to team mates.

His performances have led him to be linked with sides such as Arsenal but it is clear that Koval is keen to stay in his home country as he is still in the early stages of his development.

At just 19 and with so much experience already under his belt; if Koval does follow the normal path of a goalkeeper and only gets better with age then he could be at the very top level for years to come.

Alex Anderson
Alex started supporting Arsenal at a young age and witnessed many successful years as a boy, even having the pleasure of supporting 'The Invincibles.' On the other side of this, he has also witnessed the long, painful wait for a trophy and the hurt of seeing his idols leaving the club on a regular basis. His favourite people within football are: Wenger, Vieira, Bergkamp, Fabregas and of course Henry whose signed shirt he has hung up on his wall. Robin van Persie would have been on that list also but we all know the reason for his omission. Alex is currently in his second year at the Univeristy of Central Lancashire where he is studying Sports Journalism and he hopes to get a job within the industry on finishing his degree.

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