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Igor Dobrovolski
Personal information
Full name Igor Ivanovich Dobrovolski
Date of birth August 27, 1967 (1967-08-27) (age 42)
Place of birth    village Markove, Odessa Oblast, Soviet Union
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Retired Winger (Head coach)
Club information
Current club no club
Youth career
Tiraspol Children and Youth Sport School N4
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
FC Nistru Chişinău
FC Dynamo Moscow
CD Castellón
Servette FC
Genoa C.F.C.
Olympique de Marseille
FC Dynamo Moscow
Atletico Madrid
Fortuna Düsseldorf
Tiligul Tiraspol
027 (13)
124 (27)
014 0(3)
023 (15)
004 0(1)
008 0(1)
031 0(9)
019 0(1)
054 (14)
009 0(1)   
National team
025 0(7)
004 0(1)
018 0(2)
Teams managed
Tiligul Tiraspol (player-manager)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Igor Ivanovich Dobrovolski - (Russian: Игорь Иванович Добровольский, Ukrainian: Ігор Іванович Добровольський, Ihor Ivanovych Dobrovolskyi; (born August 27, 1967) is a Ukrainian born Moldovan-Russian (and former Soviet) football (soccer) player in the wide attacking midfielder role.

He started his career at Moldavian SSR, then played in Russian SFSR, Spain, Italy, France, Germany before retired in Moldova. He never played in Ukrainian SSR or independent Ukraine.


Football career

Born in in Markove, Rozdilnianskyi Raion, Odessa Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Dobrovolski trained at Tiraspol Children and Youth Sport School N4 in Moldavian SSR in early years (now in Transnistria, Moldova). During his extensive career he played for FC Nistru Chişinău, FC Dynamo Moscow, CD Castellón, Servette FC, Genoa C.F.C., Olympique de Marseille, Atletico Madrid, Fortuna Düsseldorf and Tiligul Tiraspol.[1] In 1990, Igor Dobrovolski was thought of as one of the best young players in the world.[2]


International career

He played for three different national teams: USSR at 1988 Olympic Games were he was a gold medal winner and finished 2nd top goal scorer with 6 goals (including one in the Gold Medal game itself); Romário scored 7 but Brazil lost in the final to USSR. He was also part, with the same team, of the 1990 FIFA World Cup, representing afterwards the CIS at Euro 1992 and Russia at Euro 1996. He scored CIS's only goal in Euro 1992, in a 1-1 draw against Germany.[3]

Five players had the honour of scoring a goal in five successive games - Igor Dobrovolski (USSR in 1988), Ottmar Hitzfeld (FR Germany in 1972), Milan Galic (Yugoslavia in 1960) and Adolfo Baloncieri (Italy in 1928). Only Dobrovolski actually claimed gold.[4]


Coaching career

At 39 years old he was coaching Tiligul Tiraspol in the 2005-06 season, and has now taken over the Moldova national football team for the qualification to Euro 2008, with a view to a 2-year extension to his contract if he is successful.

In December 2007 he official signed a new contract with Moldova[5]. He also allowed to coach any club until the start of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) in summer 2008 announced on 16 October 2009 his resignation[6].


Olympic medal record
Competitor for the  Soviet Union
Men's football
Gold 1988 Seoul Team


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