Vitsenets: I am grateful to my family and Shakhtar

Monday, August 1, 2016



Shakhtar midfielder Vitaliy Vytsenets has retired

On August 1, the Pitmen’s alumnus met with Sergei Palkin. The CEO of FC Shakhtar thanked the player for his years in the Donetsk club, and presented a commemorative T-shirt with the number of appearances.

– Vitaliy, what happened? How did you come to such a tough decision?
– I finished my career due to injury. This is the finish line. I have been treated for two and a half years, there were certain chances, but ... It turns out that I appeared in my last game for Sevastopol in December 2013. After that I returned to Mariupol, but got injured during the training camp and flew to Kyiv. I underwent one surgery and a month later another one. Later I was told that what they did in Kyiv was a crime. Subsequently Shakhtar took over and tried recovery without surgery. The club did everything that was necessary. I started training, but it failed to produce results, so I decided to go to Barcelona for a meniscus transplant. I had been recovering for a year, working with the reserve team and U19, and had no problems. However, I went to a training camp with Oleksandriya and could manage only 10 days – there was pain and swelling. In summer, I tried training with Illichivets but to no avail. The doctors in Barcelona did everything they could, but the knee prevents me from continuing my career.

– What did you think going to Barcelona for a meniscus transplant?

– The doctors said that there was no guarantee whether it would take. But there had been hope. And individual recovery with decent loads was going ok. However, when you train in the general group, it's all different. 

– Support must be very important at such times.

– If it wasn’t for the family, relatives and friends, it would have been extremely difficult. I'm also grateful to Shakhtar - the president, the management, doctors and administrators. A different club would have said goodbye and leave me on my own with my problems. But here I had help in everything. 

– You are a graduate of the club’s Academy, with 24 appearances and 2 goals for Shakhtar’s first team. Which match is the most memorable for you?
– I came to Donetsk in 2002. I consider it my home. The city and the club gave me almost everything. I have only positive memories associated with Shakhtar. The opening of the Donbas Arena, and my debut there, the Champions League and Europa League – it’s unforgettable! The most memorable is the second leg of the Round of 16 of the Champions League against Roma. I did not expect to be put on the field, and I substituted Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the closing minutes of the game.

– What are you planning to do now?
– Being an agent. I've already begun working. In fact, it’s not as easy as I thought it was. I am not looking too far into the future, but my plans include coaching courses. But that will be later. I did finish my football career very early, I need some time.