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.
|Full name||Serghei Cleșcenco|
|Date of birth||20 May 1972|
|Place of birth||Criuleni, Moldovan SSR|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|FC Rostov (assistant)|
|1996–1997||Go Ahead Eagles||62||(9)|
|1998||Zenit St. Petersburg||6||(0)|
|2001–2003||Hapoel Tel Aviv||62||(22)|
|2003–2004||Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv||14||(1)|
|2017–||FC Rostov (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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.
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.
- Scores and results list Moldova's goal tally first. Correct as of 7 October 2015.
|1 September 1994||Sheriff Stadium, Tiraspol||Azerbaijan||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|16 November 1994||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia||Bulgaria||1–1||1–4||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier|
|7 June 1995||Stadionul Republican, Chișinău||Albania||2–1||2–3||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier|
|10 November 1996||Stadion GKS, Katowice||Poland||1–2||1–2||1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|20 August 1998||Spordikeskuse Staadion, Kohtla-Järve||Estonia||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|18 August 1999||Népstadion, Budapest||Hungary||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|26 April 2000||Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle||San Marino||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|1 September 2001||Stadionul Republican, Chișinău||Azerbaijan||1–0||2–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|5 September 2001||Štadión na Sihoti, Trenčín||Slovakia||1–0||2–4||2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|16 August 2006||Zimbru Stadium, Chișinău||Lithuania||3–2||3–2||Friendly|
As a playerEdit
- Divizia Naţională (5): 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98
- Israeli Premier League: 2000–01
Hapoel Tel Aviv
- Toto Cup: 2001–02
As a managerEdit
- Serghei Clescenco - International Matches at RSSSF
- Watford Observer Archive
- "Hapoel stun subdued Chelsea". BBC. 18 October 2001. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
- "Football PLAYER: Serghei Cleşcenco". eu-football.info. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
- Profile and biography of Sergei Cleșcenco on Maccabi Haifa's official website (in Hebrew)
- Serghei Cleșcenco at National-Football-Teams.com
- Serghei Cleșcenco at Championat.ru