YERMAKOVICH is one of the best players in the history of the club. As a player
he spent here eleven glorious years. These seasons were determining in BATE's
development as a European club.
"For every group of people it is important
to have a healthy beginning, strong foundation. We build our team round people
like Aliaksandr Yermakovich. He is an extremely reliable person. To add to that
he is the coach's informal assistant on the pitch who is ready to help the
youngsters any moment. His role is also the cohesion between generations at the
club". This is
a quote from BATE's first president Anatoli Kapski. Yermakovich indeed meant an awful lot for
BATE in 1998-2008.
his way in football in youth school in Luninets, his native town. In summer he
went into football and in winter switched for hockey. In 1987 their ice-hockey
team were third in nationwide contest "Golden Puck". Yermakovich
scored in the bronze final won against Yunost, the most famous hockey school in
was the next stop in Yermakovich's prolific career. The team that preceded the
famous Dinamo-93, where the player appeared thanks to Yuri Pyshnik together
with another BATE legend Vadzim Skrypchanka. That team had an amazing bunch of
players including Piotr Kachuro, Yuri Shukanov, Yuri Vergeichik, Andrei Lavrik,
Gennadi Tumilovich, Sergei Yaskovich, Aleksandr Khatskevich. Due to high
competition Yermakovich played just four games there. And in 1994 moved to
Division 2 to join ambitious Ataka Minsk.
Shapiro's project was heading for the elite division. And with Yermakovich on
board they managed to reach for a dream. Aliaksandr was one of the leaders of
the club. Ataka had a short but prolific life in Belarusian football. The team had
a fantastic season, earned a spot in UEFA Intertoto Cup, but ceased existing in
1997 due to financial troubles.
A group of
Ataka players including Yermakovich moved to FC BATE. And Aliaksandr had no
problems with adaptation there. "Philosophies
of Yuri Puntus and Yakov Shapiro were very close. Both
relied on bright attacking football. Short and middle range passes, improvising
was highly praised, collective effort was great. And BATE had a fantastic squad
with strong playrs", Yermakovich said about the beginning of his spell at BATE.
Already in 1999 the team lead by Yermakovich won the title. And Sam,
as the versatile defensive midfielder was called by teammates and fans, became
third goalscorer of the golden team with eight goals. Only top forwards Vitali Kutuzov and Nikolai Ryndiuk had more.
called another Aliaksandr - Lisouski, an attacking midfielder, - among his most
convenient partners on the pitch. Sam was responsible for good balance in the
midfield. He grabbed a lot of balls on rebounds and interceptions and started
many attacks with his clever first touches.
In 2002 Dzmitri Likhtarovich, another defensive midfielder, was
signed by BATE. Yermakovich and Likhtarovich created the most famous
controlling midfield paring in the first 20 years of Belarusian competitions. That
was BATE's most lethal weapon until 2008, bringing the Yellow Blues four national
6-year spell the Borisovites marched to UEFA Champions League Group stage. And in this tournament,
at Torino Olympic stadium against FC Juventus (0-0), Aliaksandr Yermakovich played the last match
of his glorious career.
having finished the players career, Yermakovich became a member of the coaching
staff. In 2012 he was promoted to the first assistant in Viktar Hancharenka's staff, and in 2013 became the head
coach. And immediately won the national title in 2013 and Belarusian Supercup in 2014. Qualification to UEFA Champions League group stage was his third deed as