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|Full name||Artur Kotenko|
|Date of birth||20 August 1981|
|Place of birth||Tallinn, Estonia|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2016.
Career in Estonia
On 24 October 2004, Kotenko scored Levadia's second goal against Tulevik in the penultimate round of 2004 Meistriliiga. The team won the match 4–1 and secured the title, ultimately making it the league winning goal.
Having been frozen out of the Levadia side in 2007, after refusing to sign a contract extension with the club (a similar fate was suffered by teammates Konstantin Vassiljev and Ats Purje earlier that season), Kotenko joined the Norwegian First Division side Sandnes Ulf, but was free to leave the club after less than a year because of a relegation release clause in his contract. In December 2008, Kotenko underwent a successful two-week trial at the English Championship side Nottingham Forest and was expected to join the club in January. The deal, however, fell through when Colin Calderwood was sacked following a boxing day defeat to Doncaster Rovers.
On 6 February 2009, he joined Eliteserien club Viking. The Estonian goalkeeper made his league debut for the Dark Blues more than eight months after the signing, on 25 October 2009. It ended after just 25 minutes, as he was sent off for handling the ball outside the 18-yard box.
On 10 June 2010, he signed a 1-year deal with Cypriot team AEP Paphos, with an option to extend it by another year, joining compatriot Ats Purje. He failed to make an impact there and only appeared in 7 league matches.
After an spell in Cyprus, Kotenko moved to Azerbaijan and joined a newly promoted Ravan Baku on a two-year contract. He made the debut on 6 August, in a 2–3 defeat against Kapaz. The contract was mutually terminated in October 2011.
On 3 May 2014, Artur Kotenko became Belarus Cup winner. His great performance helped Shakhtyor Soligorsk to win bronze medals of Belarus premier league and reach play off round of Euro League where Shakhtyor Soligorsk lost to PSV Eindhoven. Artur Kotenko have played 29 games in the Belarus premier league and made 17 clean sheets. On 13 December 2014, Artur Kotenko was awarded by Belarus Football Association as a best goalkeeper of Belarus premier league 2014.
- Shakhtyor Soligorsk
- "FC Levadia tagas jalgpalli meistritiitli" [FC Levadia secured football championship] (in Estonian). Virumaa Nädalaleht. 24 October 2004. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
- "Kotenko sõlmis lepingu Norra esiliiga klubiga" [Kotenko signed with Norwegian first division team] (in Estonian). Õhtuleht. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
- "Nimekas Inglise klubi testib Artur Kotenkot" [Notable English club tests Artur Konteko] (in Estonian). Õhtuleht. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
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- Artur Kotenkost sai Vikingi väravavaht (Estonian)
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- "Ο ΕΣΘΟΝΟΣ KOTENKO ΣΤΗΝ ΠΑΦΟ" (in Greek). AEP Paphos FC. 10 June 2010. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2010.
- "Eesti jalgpallikoondise väravavaht siirdub Aserbaidžaani" [Estonia's national team goalkeeper moves to Azerbaijan] (in Estonian). Postimees. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
- "Eesti jalgpallikoondise väravavaht lõpetas senise tööandjaga lepingu" [Estonia's national team goalkeeper terminated contract with club] (in Estonian). Postimees. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
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- "Эстонский голкипер Артур Котенко стал игроком "Днепра"". goals.by (in Russian). 26 February 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
- "Виктор Гончаренко - лучший тренер Беларуси, Сергей Кривец - лучший футболист". Retrieved 2015-07-29.
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