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Sergei Ignashevich
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Ignashevich playing for Russia at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Sergei Nikolayevich Ignashevich
Date of birth (1979-07-14) 14 July 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Moscow, Russian SFSR,
Soviet Union
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1988–1997 Torpedo Moscow
1997 Spartak Moscow
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Spartak Orekhovo 17 (1)
1999–2000 Krylia Sovetov 31 (2)
2000–2003 Lokomotiv Moscow 76 (4)
2003–2018 CSKA Moscow 380 (35)
Total 504 (42)
National team
2000–2001 Russia U-21 11 (0)
2002–2018 Russia 127 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sergei Nikolayevich Ignashevich (Russian: Сергей Николаевич Игнашевич, IPA: [sʲɪrˈgʲej nʲɪkɐˈla(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ ɪgnɐˈʂɛvʲɪtɕ]; born 14 July 1979) is a Russian former footballer who played as a central defender.

He has also played for Lokomotiv Moscow in his career, and has won Russian Premier League titles for both clubs, as well as the 2005 UEFA Cup Final with CSKA. Ignashevich is often considered one of the highest skilled defenders in the Russian Premier League while playing alongside fellow Russian international defenders and twin brothers Aleksei and Vasili Berezutskiy.

He made his international debut for Russia in 2002, and was selected in their squads for two European Championships and two FIFA World Cups, helping them to the semi-finals of Euro 2008, earning his 100th cap at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and as part of the host team reached the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. On 8 September 2015, he made his 110th international appearance and became the most capped player in Russia's team history, overtaking Viktor Onopko.[2] On 17 November 2015, he made his 114th appearance, making him the most capped Russian player for any national team (again, overtaking Onopko who played 4 additional games for CIS).[3]

On 2 April 2017, he played his 457th game in the Russian Premier League, setting a new record for most games played in the competition and overtaking the previous record holder Sergei Semak.[4] As of 10 December 2017, his record stands at 479 games.

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Club careerEdit

After short spells with Spartak Orekhovo and Krylia Sovetov, Ignashevich joined Lokomotiv Moscow in 2001. In his first season with the capital club, the defender was part of the team which won the Russian Cup. A year later, Lokomotiv won the Russian league title.[5]

In 2004, Ignashevich left Lokomotiv for city rivals CSKA. In his twelve years with the club, Ignashevich has won the 2005, 2006 and 2013 league titles, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2013 Russian Cups, and the 2004–05 UEFA Cup.[5]

Both Ignashevich and Aleksei Berezutskiy were provisionally suspended after both players' A samples revealed the presence of a prohibited substance following a random doping test after CSKA's UEFA Champions League match at Manchester United on 3 November 2009.[6] It was later revealed that they had taken a cold medicine which had not been reported, and both players were suspended for one game, which was applied retroactively.

International careerEdit

Ignashevich made his debut for the Russia national football team against Sweden on 21 August 2002.[7] He started all ten of the team's UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying matches, scoring three times, but missed the tournament finals in Portugal due to injury.[5] He later appeared for Russia at both the 2008 and 2012 UEFA European Championships, helping the team to the semi-finals in the former.[7]

On 2 June 2014, Ignashevich was included in Russia's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.[8] On 16 June, he made his FIFA World Cup debut in the team's first group match against South Korea.[9] He was then named in the starting line-up for the second match against Belgium at the Maracanã on 22 June.[10] He became only the second Russian, after Viktor Onopko, to earn his 100th cap, in the final group game against Algeria on 26 June in Curitiba. Russia drew 1–1 and their opponents advanced at their expense.[11]

Ignashevich came out of international retirement prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup as he was called up on 14 May 2018 to replace injured Ruslan Kambolov.[12] On 3 June 2018, he was included in the finalized World Cup squad.[13] Against Spain in the Round of Sixteen, he scored an own-goal while tangling with Sergio Ramos during a corner set-piece, but Russia would equalize thanks to a penalty, and in the shoot-out Ignashevich converted his spot kick to help Russia advance. Following Russia's elimination in the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal against Croatia after extra time ended deadlocked 2–2, where he successfully converted a shoot-out kick, Ignashevich announced his retirement from all forms of football. [14][15][16]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 14 May 2018
Club Div Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Znamya Truda D2 1999 17 1 1 0 18 1
Krylya Sovetov RFPL 1999 6 1 1 0 7 1
2000 25 1 2 0 27 1
Total 31 2 3 0 0 0 34 2
Lokomotiv Moscow RFPL 2001 22 0 2 0 10 1 34 1
2002 29 1 0 0 10 2 39 3
2003 25 3 2 0 12 2 39 5
Total 76 4 4 0 32 5 112 9
CSKA Moscow RFPL 2004 22 1 3 0 7 0 32 1
2005 22 5 6 0 16 2 44 7
2006 26 2 7 1 6 0 39 3
2007 26 3 6 1 7 0 39 4
2008 28 4 2 1 6 0 36 5
2009 29 3 5 0 9 0 43 3
2010 28 2 2 0 10 1 40 3
2011–12 38 5 5 2 12 1 55 8
2012–13 28 0 3 0 2 0 33 0
2013–14 30 2 2 1 6 0 38 3
2014–15 30 0 3 0 6 0 39 0
2015–16 25 3 3 0 10 1 38 4
2016–17 24 4 1 0 4 0 29 4
2017–18 25 1 0 0 11 0 36 1
Total 380 35 48 6 112 5 541 46
Career total 505 42 56 6 144 10 705 58

InternationalEdit

Statistics accurate as of match played 7 July 2018.[17]
Russia
Year Apps Goals
2002 4 0
2003 9 3
2004 4 0
2005 5 0
2006 6 0
2007 7 0
2008 11 0
2009 10 1
2010 7 0
2011 8 1
2012 13 0
2013 9 0
2014 13 2
2015 8 1
2016 6 0
2017 0 0
2018 7 0
Total 127 8

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Russia's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2003-06-07 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland    Switzerland 1 – 2 2–2 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
2 2003-06-07 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland    Switzerland 2 – 2 2–2 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
3 2003-09-06 Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Ireland   Republic of Ireland 1 – 1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
4 2009-09-09 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales   Wales 2 – 1 3–1 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
5 2011-10-11 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia   Andorra 2 – 0 6–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
6 2014-09-03 Arena Khimki, Khimki, Russia   Azerbaijan 3 – 0 4–0 Friendly
7 2014-11-18 Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary   Hungary 1 – 0 2–1 Friendly
8 2015-10-09 Zimbru Stadium, Chișinău, Moldova   Moldova 1 – 0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

HonoursEdit

 
Ignashevich shaking hands with Javier Zanetti before a Champions League match against Internazionale in 2011

ClubEdit

Lokomotiv Moscow
CSKA

InternationalEdit

Russia

PersonalEdit

Ignashevich is married and has three children.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Russia" (PDF). FIFA. 17 June 2018. p. 24. 
  2. ^ ИГНАШЕВИЧ ПОБИЛ РЕКОРД ОНОПКО ПО ЧИСЛУ МАТЧЕЙ ЗА СБОРНУЮ РОССИИ (in Russian). Sport Express. 8 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Сергей Игнашевич – рекордсмен национальной сборной (in Russian). PFC CSKA Moscow. 17 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Игнашевич стал рекордсменом по количеству сыгранных матчей в чемпионатах России (in Russian). Championat. 2 April 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "Sergei Ignashevich". UEFA. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "CSKA Moscow pair given doping ban". 17 December 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2017 – via news.bbc.co.uk. 
  7. ^ a b "Sergei IGNASHEVICH". FIFA. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Состав национальной сборной России на ЧМ-2014 (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 2 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Russia v South Korea: World Cup 2014 – as it happened". Guardian. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Brazil v Russia". BBC. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Emons, Michael (26 June 2014). "Algeria 1–1 Russia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  12. ^ ""Готов помочь сборной на Чемпионате мира"" (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 14 May 2018. 
  13. ^ Заявка сборной России на Чемпионат мира FIFA 2018 (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 3 June 2018. 
  14. ^ "Сергей Игнашевич объявил о завершении футбольной карьеры!" (in Russian). Russian national football team. 7 July 2018. 
  15. ^ Borunov, Igor (9 July 2018). "Pride and gratitude as Russia stars reflect". FIFA.com. Retrieved 9 July 2018. 
  16. ^ Petrosyan, Artur (8 July 2018). "Russia's Denis Cheryshev scores stunner but defensive failings cost World Cup hosts". ESPN. Retrieved 9 July 2018. 
  17. ^ Sergei Ignashevich at National-Football-Teams.com
  18. ^ "Биография Сергей Игнашевич". www.peoples.ru. 

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