Sergei Aleksandrovich Kornilenko (Belarusian: Сяргей Аляксандравіч Карніленка; Russian: Сергей Александрович Корниленко; born 14 June 1983) is a former Belarusian professional footballer who played as a striker. In Belarus, both Belarusian and Russian languages are official. Thus his name, usually transliterated as Sergei Kornilenko (Russian: Серге́й Корниленко), can be alternatively spelled as Syarhey Karnilenka (Belarusian: Сяргей Карніленка).
Kornilenko playing for Krylia Sovetov in 2017
|Full name||Sergei Aleksandrovich Kornilenko|
|Date of birth||14 June 1983|
|Place of birth||Vitebsk, Belarusian SSR|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2000||→ Lokomotiv Vitebsk||6||(3)|
|2009–2011||Zenit St. Petersburg||11||(1)|
|2010||→ Tom Tomsk (loan)||15||(11)|
|2010||→ Rubin Kazan (loan)||8||(3)|
|2011||→ Blackpool (loan)||6||(0)|
|2011–2019||Krylia Sovetov Samara||190||(54)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Vitebsk-born Kornilenko began his career in his native Belarus as a trainee with FC Dinamo Minsk before joining his hometown club. After an unsuccessful half a season with Vitebsk he returned to Minsk, where he spent three seasons before moving to Ukraine with Dynamo Kyiv and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
In 2008, he moved to the Russian Premier League with FC Tom Tomsk, with whom he enjoyed a successful first season. On 19 July 2009 FC Zenit signed the striker until December 2013. The Russian club had needed a new striker after a serious injury to Danny and after transfer listing Fatih Tekke. On 9 March 2010 Kornilenko was loaned back to Tom Tomsk for the remainder of the 2009–10 season. He returned to Zenit in the summer of 2010 but was loaned out again, this time to Rubin Kazan, until January 2011. On 31 January 2011, Kornilenko signed on loan for English Premier League club Blackpool, turning down a move to Standard Liege in the process. In June 2011, he signed a contract with Russian Premier League club Krylia Sovetov Samara.
He announced his retirement on 10 July 2019.
Kornilenko is a regular member of the Belarus national football team, earning his first cap in 2004. He is currently the second-highest scorer for his country in their history with seventeen goals as of September 2015. On 8 September 2015, Kornilenko captained his side in the absence of suspended Alyaksandr Martynovich in the 2:0 win over Luxembourg in a Euro 2016 qualifier.
Zenit St. Petersburg
- "Kornilenko coup" Archived 7 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine – Blackpool F.C.'s official website, 4 February 2011
- "Сяргей Карніленка перайшоў у самарскія «Крылы Саветаў". nn.by. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
- "Сергей Корниленко войдет в тренерский штаб Миодрага Божовича" [Sergei Kornilenko will join the coaching staff of Miodrag Bozovic] (in Russian). PFC Krylia Sovetov Samara. 10 July 2019.
- "Men's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012 – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 13 July 2012. p. 1. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sergei Kornilenko.|
- Profile at the official FC Zenit St. Petersburg website
- Profile at the official Russian Premier League website[permanent dead link] (in Russian)
- Sergei Kornilenko at National-Football-Teams.com
- English Premier League profile