Serghei Cleșcenco

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Serghei Cleșcenco (pronounced [kleʃˈtʃeŋko]; born 20 May 1972 in Criuleni, Moldovan SSR) is a retired Moldovan footballer, who holds the record for the most goals scored in a single season by a foreigner in Israel. He is former manager of FC Zimbru Chișinău.

Serghei Cleșcenco
Personal information
Full name Serghei Cleșcenco
Date of birth (1972-05-20) 20 May 1972 (age 47)
Place of birth Criuleni, Moldovan SSR
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
FC Rostov (assistant)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990 Spartak Oryol 14 (1)
1990–1992 Nistru Chișinău 23 (1)
1992–1996 Zimbru Chișinău 131 (40)
1996–1997 Go Ahead Eagles 62 (9)
1997–1998 Zimbru Chișinău 20 (25)
1998 Zenit St. Petersburg 6 (0)
1998–1999 Zimbru Chișinău 8 (0)
1999–2001 Maccabi Haifa 102 (42)
2001–2003 Hapoel Tel Aviv 62 (22)
2003 Chernomorets Novorossiysk 6 (0)
2003–2004 Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv 14 (1)
2004–2005 Zimbru Chișinău 18 (1)
2005–2006 Sibir Novosibirsk 44 (8)
2007–2008 Metallurg-Kuzbass Novokuznetsk 33 (1)
National team
1991–2006[1] Moldova 69 (11)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Milsami
2013 Zimbru Chișinău
2017– FC Rostov (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Early careerEdit

After a successful period with Zimbru Chișinău, Cleșcenco was taken on trial by English club Watford in early 1998. He impressed, but work permit issues, along with Zimbru Chișinău asking for too much money prevented the deal from going through.[2]

In 1999, Cleșcenco joined Maccabi Haifa from Moldovan club Zimbru Chișinău. It was one of the most successful starts ever for a foreigner in Israel as he bagged 22 goals in his first season topping the record set by Polish striker Andrzej Kubica for most goals scored by a foreigner in Israel in a single season. After another strong season in Haifa, he moved to Hapoel Tel Aviv, where he was part of the squad that reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup. He scored one of the goals as they memorably knocked out Chelsea.[3]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Moldova's goal tally first. Correct as of 7 October 2015.[4]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1
1 September 1994 Sheriff Stadium, Tiraspol   Azerbaijan 1–0 2–1 Friendly
2
2–0
3
16 November 1994 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia   Bulgaria 1–1 1–4 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier
4
7 June 1995 Stadionul Republican, Chișinău   Albania 2–1 2–3 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier
5
10 November 1996 Stadion GKS, Katowice   Poland 1–2 1–2 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
6
20 August 1998 Spordikeskuse Staadion, Kohtla-Järve   Estonia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
7
18 August 1999 Népstadion, Budapest   Hungary 1–1 1–1 Friendly
8
26 April 2000 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle   San Marino 1–0 1–0 Friendly
9
1 September 2001 Stadionul Republican, Chișinău   Azerbaijan 1–0 2–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
10
5 September 2001 Štadión na Sihoti, Trenčín   Slovakia 1–0 2–4 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
11
16 August 2006 Zimbru Stadium, Chișinău   Lithuania 3–2 3–2 Friendly

HonoursEdit

As a playerEdit

Zimbru Chișinău

Maccabi Haifa

Hapoel Tel Aviv

As a managerEdit

Milsami

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Serghei Clescenco - International Matches at RSSSF
  2. ^ Watford Observer Archive
  3. ^ "Hapoel stun subdued Chelsea". BBC. 18 October 2001. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Football PLAYER: Serghei Cleşcenco". eu-football.info. Retrieved 7 October 2015.

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