Dmitri Shoukov (1975)

Dmitrij Olegovich Shukov (September 26, 1975) was a Russian-Dutch attacking midfielder who spent most of his career in the Eredivisie. He played most games for Vitesse and Willem II.

Shukov started playing football in his homeland in 1993 at CSKA Moscow. Here he played 21 games in the main squad of this Russian top club in three years. He managed to find the net once. In 1995 Dmitri decided to move to the Netherlands and signed a contract there in Arnhem with Vitesse. He showed himself immediately in his first season.

He scored four times in 14 appearances. The three years after that, he would play more than 40 games for Vittese, before leaving Arnhem for Breda in the 1998/1999 season. Here he would only stay one season, after playing a good season. Shkukov left for arch-rival Willem II.

He would have his best years at this club. He played the most matches in Tilburg and scored the most goals in his career.He had his best season in the 2002/03 season. He played 29 games that season in which he scored nine times. After five seasons, he left for Enschede for his last job in the Eredivisie. Here the Russian had to deal with many injuries. He played only four games in three years.

On January 20, 2007, it was announced that Shukov would immediately end his football career.

After his career, Shukov did a lot of import and export of fruit and vegetables. After doing that for a period, he returned to the football world and became assistant trainer at Krylia Sovetov Samara in the 2011/2012 season.

Despite the fact that Shukov was born and raised in Russia, he has only had the Dutch nationality for years.

(Photo: ANP – Herman Pieterse)

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