Alexander Hleb, of course, is well known among UK football fans for his time at Arsenal, during which Sky pundit Andy Gray described him as one of the ‘most skilled players’ in the Premier League. Born in Minsk, Belarus in 1981, Hleb, whose brother is also an international footballer, made his name in the Bundesliga with FC Stuttgart, who came in from his first club, FC Bate Borisov, at the age of nineteen, who was with him they had won the Belarusian national league. Arsenal were signing a player who had 172 appearances for the first time for Stuttgart, scoring 19 goals in total.
By the time Hleb joined Arsenal in 2005 he had already been voted Belarus player of the year three times – two more awards have been added since then – and he was respected by Arsenal for his versatility, energy and ability. fit into the team track running style of play. In his first season in North London, Hleb started 40 league games and scored 3 points – figures he repeated the following season.
It was during the 2007/08 season that rumors began linking Hleb to move to Barcelona; stories that have gained momentum after an extremely impressive performance against AC Milan in the Champions League. The saga ‘will he, not he’ held the press until July when the player signed for Barca in a deal reportedly worth around £ 11.8 million. During his time at Arsenal, Hleb made 130 appearances in total, scoring 11 goals.
Alexander Hleb barely made the most promising start to his career with his new club – receiving a series of injuries during the season that severely hampered his progress. Towards the end of the year, however, he was starting to become a regular in the squad and showing signs of being able to integrate with the club’s already fast-paced midfielders.
Internationally, Hleb made his debut as a substitute in the Welsh final in 2001. His first full game, along with his first international goal, followed against Hungary the following April and he has been a regular in the team ever since. – as side captain since August, 2007.
It is easy to see why Barcelona signed Alexander Hleb; it fits with its model of being skilful, adaptable and pacy – with the ability to tackle the casual goal and, on the whole, a sharp sense of positioning and an awareness of the players’ running forward. He should make a big contribution to the squad – and his wife should certainly influence the local media; in August, 2008 Alexander married Anastasia, a Topless singer. To be precise, Anastasia Kosenkova was a member of the Belarusian girls band, Topless.