Sergei Nikolayevich Ignashevich (Russian: Сергей Николаевич Игнашевич, IPA: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej nʲɪkɐˈla(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ ɪɡnɐˈʂɛvʲɪtɕ]; born 14 July 1979) is a Russian professional football coach and a former player who played as central defender. He is the manager of Baltika Kaliningrad.
|Full name||Sergei Nikolayevich Ignashevich|
|Date of birth||14 July 1979|
|Place of birth||Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Baltika Kaliningrad (manager)|
|1999–2000||Krylia Sovetov Samara||31||(2)|
|2018–2019||CSKA Moscow (U-21 assistant)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
He played for Lokomotiv Moscow and CSKA 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. 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).
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. He held the record for most games played in the Russian first tier with 489, until he was overtaken by his former teammate Igor Akinfeev on 21 August 2021.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Following retirement after the 2018 World Cup, Ignashevich chose to remain with CSKA as a coach, specifically working within the youth set up at the club.
Ignashevich made his debut for the Russia national football team against Sweden on 21 August 2002. 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. He later appeared for Russia at both the 2008 and 2012 UEFA European Championships, helping the team to the semi-finals in the former.
On 2 June 2014, Ignashevich was included in Russia's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. On 16 June, he made his FIFA World Cup debut in the team's first group match against South Korea. He was then named in the starting line-up for the second match against Belgium at the Maracanã on 22 June. 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.
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. On 3 June 2018, he was included in the finalized World Cup squad. He was one of only four players born in the 1970s to feature in the tournament, with the others being Tim Cahill (Australia), Rafael Márquez (Mexico) and Essam El Hadary (Egypt). 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.
|Krylya Sovetov||Russian Premier League||1999||6||1||1||0||—||—||7||1|
|Lokomotiv Moscow||Russian Premier League||2001||22||0||2||0||10||1||—||34||1|
|CSKA Moscow||Russian Premier League||2004||22||1||2||0||7||0||1||0||32||1|
- Scores and results list Russia's goal tally first.
|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|
As of 21 May 2022
|Torpedo Moscow||4 June 2019||22 March 2021||63||35||11||17||55.56|
|Baltika Kaliningrad||2 October 2021||Present||26||12||9||5||46.15|
- Russian Premier League: 2005, 2006, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
- Russian Cup: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
- Russian Super Cup: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014
- UEFA Cup: 2004–05
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- "СЕРГЕЙ ИГНАШЕВИЧ – ГЛАВНЫЙ ТРЕНЕР "ТОРПЕДО"" (in Russian). FC Torpedo Moscow. 4 June 2019.
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- "СЕРГЕЙ ИГНАШЕВИЧ — ГЛАВНЫЙ ТРЕНЕР БАЛТИКИ!" (in Russian). Baltika Kaliningrad. 2 October 2021.
- "Биография Сергей Игнашевич". www.peoples.ru.
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