Aleksei Alekseyevich Yeryomenko
(; born 24 March 1983) is a Russian
who currently plays for Metalist Kharkiv
. He is an Midfielder
who is able to operate in many roles, and is also known as a set piece specialist.
Eremenko was born in Rostov-on-Don
, Russian SFSR
, Soviet Union
but moved to Finland with his family at the age of seven when his father, former FC Dynamo Moscow
and FC Spartak Moscow
player Alexei Eremenko Sr.
, came to play in Finland with FF Jaro
. He was granted Finnish citizenship in 2003, but still holds a Russian passport
as well. He is the elder brother of Roman Eremenko
and the father to a son born in September 2007.
Eremenko spent some time with Tromsø IL
(his father played for the senior team, he himself played for the under-fifteens team) and with the youth academy of FC Metz
, before returning to Finland to make his Veikkausliiga
debut with FC Jokerit
in 2001. A trial with Aston Villa
followed, but in the next season he moved to HJK
, and eventually became the league's top player. He won two Finnish championships and one Finnish Cup
with HJK. In the summer of 2004 Eremenko moved back abroad, joining Italian Serie A
club US Lecce
. After failing to make a major breakthrough at Lecce, he moved to FC Saturn on a four-year deal in the January 2006 transfer window
, becoming a key player for the Russian side.
On the 15th July 2011 it was reported that he is signing for Leeds United
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