BATE's long serving midfielder Aliaksandr Paulau says farewell to the club where he spent six years. Belarusian Paul Scholes moves to Okzhetpes from Kazakhstan.
Red-haired midfielder joined BATE in 2009 from FC Dnepr Mogilev and was an important part of all the successes of the club during this time.
2013 season was his true highlight at FC BATE. In spite of quite limited playing time, the player showed outstanding goalscoring record of 10 goals. Only forward Vitali Radzionau had more (14). And together with Aliaksandr Hleb he shared top-assistant's crown with 7 assists. He was voted best midfielder of the Vysshaya Liga by ABFF and best player of Vysshaya Liga by uefa.com.
But 2014 season turned out to be a disappointment. Paulau lost his point-grabbing momentum and mostly appeared as a sub. In Jaunuary-2015 the club and the player decided to part.
'For sure this is really difficult to leave a team that gave me the most successful spell in my life. I had six titles, Belarusian Cup and Supercups. I would like to thank the club for the opportunity to play against top European clubs in UEFA Champions League. Wins against Lille OSC and Bayern are of course the most notable moments. I think I made my humble contribution into these wins as well, said Paulau in his farewell speech for fcbate.by.
In total he played for BATE 212 games, scored 29 goals and gave 30 assists.