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Dmitri Bulykin

Dmitri Olegovich Bulykin (; born 20 November 1979 in Moscow) is an association footballer who plays for AFC Ajax in the Dutch Eredivisie.

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Dmitri Bulykin biography

Dmitri Olegovich Bulykin (; born 20 November 1979 in Moscow) is an association footballer who plays for AFC Ajax in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Before joining Ajax, Dmitri Bulykin played for R.S.C. Anderlecht, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, FC Lokomotiv Moscow and FC Dynamo Moscow. In 2003–2005, Dmitri Bulykin played regularly in the Russian national team.

Club career

Lokomotiv Moscow

Bulykin began Dmitri Bulykin football career with FC Lokomotiv Moscow in 1997. Dmitri Bulykin stayed with Lokomotiv for three years scoring 28 goals in 94 appearances and attracted quite a bit of attention.
In Lokomotiv Moscow Bulykin won Silver medals (1999, 2000), Bronze (1997) and two times Russian Cup (1997, 2000).

Dynamo Moscow

In 2001 Bulykin signed with FC Dynamo Moscow and quickly established himself as the first team player for the next three seasons. Dmitri Bulykin scored a total of 29 goals in 90 appearances for the club. In 2003 was invited to the Russian national team.

With improving performances for both club and country, Bulykin, who had never hidden Dmitri Bulykin desire to move to a foreign club, was expected to move abroad. In January 2004 Dmitri Bulykin spent two weeks on trial with Everton F.C., but Dmitri Bulykin did not have enough caps for a work permit. In 2005, hoping move to England, Bulykin went on trials in Portsmouth F.C. but that transfer did not happen. As a result, Bulykin remained with Dynamo, and was quickly relegated to play in the second team, and eventually excluded from training process altogether.
While almost breaking Dmitri Bulykin relationship with Dynamo, Dmitri Bulykin re-signed for the 2006 season, after the former Russia manager Yuri Syomin was appointed as the club's manager. On 31 March, when Bulykin was ready to come as a substitute against Saturn, Syomin shouted at him, "Take off the mittens!", a moment that was televised live. Syomin later said that Dmitri Bulykin considers wearing gloves when the weather is relatively mild to be a sign of unwillingness to work hard, while Bulykin himself took Syomin's shout as an emboldening, albeit a bit over the top one. Syomin was sacked mid season and under the next manager, Andrei Kobelev, Bulykin was placed on the transfer list, where Dmitri Bulykin spent the end of 2006. Trying to resolve Bulykin's deadlock with Dynamo, its general manager, Dmitri Ivanov, stated that the club would release Bulykin with no transfer cost, should there be any interest from anyone.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

On 28 August 2007, Bulykin secured a 1-year contract with German club Bayer 04 Leverkusen, after scoring a goal in two friendly matches during Dmitri Bulykin trial for the Fußball-Bundesliga club. On 19 December 2007 Dmitri Bulykin scored for the first time for the club, netting two goals against FC Zurich in the UEFA Cup, and was declared "man of the match" by UEFA.
In Round 20, Bulykin, starting for the first time in Dmitri Bulykin Bayer career, broke the Bundesliga record for the fastest yellow card received (on 12th second). Dmitri Bulykin played 19 official games in this 2007–2008 season and Dmitri Bulykin scored 5 goals for Bayer Leverkusen.

R.S.C. Anderlecht

On 19 August 2008 Dmitri Bulykin moved to Belgium club RSC Anderlecht, hoping to gain more game time as a striker. After initial success where Dmitri Bulykin scored two headers in Dmitri Bulykin debut in the Belgian Pro League, Dmitri Bulykin was quickly benched by the coach Ariël Jacobs and had marginal appearances through the rest of 2008. Dmitri Bulykin played 10 games only and scored 3 goals.

Fortuna Düsseldorf

After being idle for most of 2009, Bulykin was loaned back to Germany, this time to a Bundesliga second division team Fortuna Düsseldorf. Dmitri Bulykin started with an impressive play in Dmitri Bulykin first match against Hamburger SV in the German Cup. Dmitri Bulykin had bad luck with a serious injury that took Dmitri Bulykin five months to recover from, which made this whole season very unlucky.

ADO Den Haag

While Anderlecht won the Belgian Supercup, Bulykin was on trial at ADO Den Haag. The Dutch Eredivisie team decided to loan Dmitri Bulykin for the 2010–11 season. Dmitri Bulykin has since scored more than twenty goals and became popular among ADO Den Haag fans. After the season Ado den Haag tried to buy Bulykin, but an agreement couldn't be reached and Dmitri Bulykin returned to Anderlecht after Dmitri Bulykin season in the Netherlands.

AFC Ajax

On 31 August 2011 it was announced that RSC Anderlecht and Ajax had come to terms on the move of Dmitri Bulykin to the Amsterdam club as a free transfer. Bulykin signed a 1-year contract with an option for the club to extend it for one more year. In Dmitri Bulykin first competition match, against rivals PSV Eindhoven, Dmitri Bulykin scored the second Ajax goal, deciding the game on a 2–2 draw.

On 7 December 2011 Dmitri Bulykin was voted Best Russian Football Player abroad by the Russian Football Union, but was unable to attend the Gala in Moscow to receive Dmitri Bulykin award, due to the event being scheduled at the same time as the UEFA Champions League home match against Real Madrid C.F..

International career

Bulykin made Dmitri Bulykin debut for Russian national football team on 9 September 2003 in the 2004 UEFA European Football Championship qualifier against the Republic of Ireland national football team under manager Georgi Yartsev. Dmitri Bulykin made quite an impression in Dmitri Bulykin only second appearance by scoring three goals in Russia's next qualifier against Swiss national football team. Russia eventually won 4–1 to subsequently qualify for the Euro 2004.

In the final tournament Bulykin struggled in Russia's two losses against Spain and Portugal. Bulykin finally made an impact against Greece by scoring a header off a Rolan Gusev corner in a game where Russia emerged victorious 2–1 to console their fans being the only team able to beat the eventual champions.

Bulykin was called up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification and scored in the very first round against Slovakia in a 1–1 draw. Dmitri Bulykin played for Russian national football team in 15 games and scored 7 goals.


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