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 Mostovskoy village, Krasnodar Krai. He has elder 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 moved to Moscow Spartak where he replaced Vladimir Beschastnykh.