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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Aliaksandr Paŭlavič Hleb, sometimes referred to in English as Alexander Hleb.
In German football, Alexander Hleb was called 'Zauberlehrling', a magician in training, because he was constantly learning new tricks from VfB Stuttgart's brilliant midfield player Krassimir Balakov. The Belarussian Footballer of the Year in 2002, 2003 and 2005 is now displaying those skills at Arsenal FC.
A product of leading Belarussian team FC BATE Borisov, Hleb made his mark in the championship-winning side of 1999. This attracted the attention of German side VfB Stuttgart, who paid €150,000 for him the next year after just 25 appearances. He broke through in 2001/02, and the next season was the only Stuttgart player to appear in every one of their 34 Bundesliga matches as they finished in second place to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Remaining ever-present at Stuttgart, Hleb joined Arsenal in 2005, signing a long-term contract in a transfer that could eventually cost €15m. Was a regular in his first season and recovered from injury to start the UEFA Champions League final against FC Barcelona, but was unable to prevent a 2-1 loss.
Article source: http://www.mastercard.com/football/ucl/players/player_detail41331.html

Here's a compilation of Hleb's goals and skills:

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