Born on 24th January 1968 in Dagestan, in the Russian Federation (then Soviet Union), Timerlan Huseinov was a striker with an explosive pace who knew how to find the back of the net, his skill and technique were excellent, and in the latter days of his career, when his pace deserted him, he was still effective using this skill and his knowledge of the game. He only lived in Dagestan for a couple of years before moving to Mykolaiv in Ukraine. It was here in Mykolaiv that a young Huseinov began to learn the beautiful art of goal scoring.
As a youth player, Huseinov joined local side Pervomaysk. Here he continued his development until he was noticed and moved to Luhansk and the famous Sports boarding school known as the Voloshilgradskyi School. Huseinov was able to work with renown coach Vadim Dobizhya. This led to Huseinov signing on for local side Zorya Luhansk, and he went on to make his debut at the tender age of seventeen. In this debut season, Huseinov showed his goal scoring prowess by ending as the clubs top goal-scorer, proving Zorya had landed themselves a real talent.
The talented Huseinov had joined Zorya at a good time with other such players as Fedir Soroka, Yuriy Kolesnikov and Alexandr Melyshenko. This crop of talent went on to win the Soviet First League in 1986.
After the promising start to his career, there was an interruption as Huseinov had to fulfil his military service. This meant that for the next couple of seasons, Huseinov only intermittently featured for army clubs such as SKA Kyiv and CSKA Moscow. After this compulsory period, Huseinov was able to return to more comfortable surroundings with Zorya. Here he picked up where he left off and totalled an impressive thirty goals in his two seasons with the club.
A move to Metalurg Zaporizhya followed for Huseinov, however it only lasted for one unhappy season in which he failed to find the back of the net. As with before, Husienov returned to Zorya for the beginning of a new era in an independent Ukrainian League. Once again, Huseinov had a successful spell with Zorya, and in the first Ukrainian League season, which contained only fifteen games, he scored 12 setting a record as Zorya’s top scorer in the Ukrainian top flight, which has not yet been broken.
After two more seasons with Zorya, Huseinov again moved on and this time he was to enjoy a much more successful period with Chornomorets Odesa. Over the next few seasons, Chornomorets would enjoy a relatively successful period with two second places and a third, with the crowning achievement winning the 1994 Ukrainian Cup. A 0:0 draw against Tavriya Simferopol led to a penalty shoot, which Chornomorets won, however Huseinov did not take a penalty. This however did not mean that Huseinov was struggling for goals because he finished 1993-94 and 1995-96 as the Ukrainian Leagues top goal scorer. Huseinov had proved himself as one of Ukraine’s top strikers and had become a real leader for the Odesa outfit.
This period of domestic achievement did not go unrecognised as Huseinov was handed his debut for the Ukrainian National Team where he debuted on the 20th October 1994 in a 2:1 defeat against Mexico. Huseinov maintained his role in the National team and scored his first goal in a 3:0 victory over Estonia. Despite only featuring in fourteen internationals, Huseinov scored an impressive eight goals, this is enough for him to still remain in the top-10 of all-time Ukrainian National Team goal-scorers.
Throughout his career, one constant with Huseinov was his goal scoring. These exploits led to the creation of the Timerlan Huseinov Club. A club for Ukrainian players who have scored 100+ goals, in the Ukrainian Leagues, Cups, European Cups and for the national team, but excluding goals in foreign leagues.
At the end of his career, Huseinov appeared for Spartak-Sumy Gorobyna before retiring. He is still involved in football and has spent time coaching and is currently a sporting Director for Dniester Ovidiopol.
Timerlan Huseinov, a born goal-scorer, welcome to the Viktor Leonenko Hall of Fame.
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Profile by Peter Chymera, committee member of the UK Ukrainian Sports Supporters Club and Co-founder of the Viktor Leonenko Hall of Fame. Follow Peter on twitter – @PMChymera89