Roman Pavlyuchenko – Sleeping Giant
Roman Pavlyuchenko is a Russian footballer playing as a center forward for Russian club FC Lokomotiv Moscow and for the Russian national team. During his football career in England, he was nicknamed “Super Pav”.
Pavlyuchenko is the most expensive footballer sold abroad.
Roman was born on December 15, 1981 in the village of Mostovskoy, Krasnodar Krai. He has older sister Oksana. A few days after the boy was born, the family moved to Karachay-Cherkessia.
His career began when he joined Victory Sports School, where Roman played for 7 years. Then he joined Stavropol School of Olympic Reserve and played for the Stavropol youth club “Dynamo”.
In 2000, Roman joined Volgograd “Rotor” and the whole family moved to Volgograd, where his father got a job as a bus driver in the club.
In November 2002 Roman went to Moscow “Spartak” where he replaced Vladimir Beschastnykh.
In 2005, Pavlyuchenko scored 11 goals and took the second place in the Championship of Russia.
Roman was in the list of the 33 best players of the Championship of Russia twice (in 2006 and 2007).
In 2006, he participated in the Championship of Russia and with 18 goals he was recognized as the best scorer. Roman became the first player in “Spartak” awarded this title.
In 2007, he became “Best scorer of Russia” – 14 goals in 22 matches.
On August 30, 2008 Pavlyuchenko joined Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in London. And soon he entered the symbolic team of the 23 best players of the European Championship in 2008.
Guus Hiddink called him “Sleeping Giant”.
On February 3, 2012 Roman returned to Russia and signed the contract with the Moscow “Lokomotiv”.
Pavlyuchenko scored his first international hat-trick on 4 June 2011 in a match against Armenia.
In Russia, Pavlyuchenko is a local Duma deputy in Stavropol, representing the ruling Vladimir Putin-led United Russia party.
In 2009, Roman graduated from the Russian State University of Physical Culture.
Roman met his wife Larisa at school, where they were classmates. They got married in November 2001. On August 24, 2006 Larisa gave birth to their daughter Kristina.
Larisa’s twin sister Svetlana is a wife of Sergey Serdyukov, with whom Roman studied at a sports school.