Maxim Koval

Maxim Koval

Ukrainian footballer, goalkeeper of the Dynamo (Kyiv) club and the Ukrainian national team.
Date of Birth: 09.12.1992
Country: Ukraine

  1. Biography of Maxim Koval
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Rise to Prominence
  4. Dynamo Kyiv
  5. International Career

Biography of Maxim Koval

Maxim Koval is a Ukrainian football player who currently serves as a goalkeeper for the club Dynamo Kyiv and the national team of Ukraine. He is considered one of the most promising footballers in Ukraine.

Maxim Koval

Early Life and Career

Maxim Koval began his athletic pursuits in gymnastics and swimming during his childhood. However, he soon switched to football and initially played as a forward. It was his coach, Viktor Tregubov, who recognized his potential as a goalkeeper and placed him in that position. From 2004 to 2008, Koval played for the youth team of the Zaporizhia-based club Metallurg. In the summer of 2008, he was transferred to Metallurg-2, a club competing in the Second League, where he became the team's starting goalkeeper at the age of 15. Koval began training with the senior team of Metallurg in the summer of 2009.

Rise to Prominence

On November 1, 2009, Koval made his professional debut for Metallurg in the Premier League match against Zakarpattia, showcasing a confident performance. He gained further recognition in his third Premier League match on November 29, 2009, when he saved a penalty kick from Artem Milevskiy in added time, helping his team secure a goalless draw against Dynamo Kyiv. However, he conceded his first goal in the Ukrainian Championship to Anton Monakhov of Tavriya on December 5, 2009.

Dynamo Kyiv

Koval's impressive performances caught the attention of Dynamo Kyiv, and he officially joined the club in July 2010 after undergoing a medical examination. It was reported that Dynamo Kyiv paid around 3,000,000 euros for his transfer. As Koval was still under 18 years old, his father signed the five-year contract on his behalf, due to legal requirements. Koval expressed his excitement about joining Dynamo Kyiv and stated his determination to prove himself as the number one goalkeeper.

International Career

In August 2010, Koval made his debut for Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League qualifying match against Ajax, becoming the youngest goalkeeper in the club's history to play in European competitions. He made his Ukrainian Premier League debut four days later in a match against Dnipro.

Koval's performances against Ajax drew attention from English media, with rumors linking him to Arsenal. In October, he was included in the list of the top 100 best young players in the world by the renowned Spanish magazine Don Balon.

In July 2011, despite losing his place in Dynamo Kyiv's starting lineup to the recovered Oleksandr Shovkovskyi, Koval was named the most promising junior player in Europe. He received his first call-up to the Ukrainian national team in May 2011, but did not make his debut at that time.

Koval was included in the extended squad for the UEFA Euro 2012 by coach Oleh Blokhin and was later selected as one of the 23 players representing Ukraine in the tournament. He made his international debut for Ukraine on June 1, 2012, in a friendly match against Austria, becoming the first player in the national team's history to be born after Ukraine's independence.

Although Koval did not play in Euro 2012, serving as the backup to Andriy Pyatov, he continued to be called up for subsequent matches but mostly served as a substitute for Pyatov.