Koļinko with Baltika Kaliningrad in 2011
|Full name||Aleksandrs Koļinko|
|Date of birth||18 June 1975|
|Place of birth||Riga, Latvian SSR, USSR
(now Republic of Latvia)
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:41, 22 January 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Aleksandrs Koļinko (born 18 June 1975 in Riga) is a Latvian professional footballer, currently playing for Baltika Kaliningrad in the Russian National Football League and Latvia national football team.
Aleksandrs Koļinko started his career in 1994, playing for Skonto Riga reserve team Interskonto, which was renamed Skonto-Metāls in 1995. After two seasons in the reserve team Koļinko broke through to Skonto Riga first team in 1996. In 1997 Koļinko participated in the UEFA Champions League qualification match against FC Barcelona, but eventually he became a first eleven player just in 1999, after the retirement of Oļegs Karavajevs.
Koļinko, a goalkeeper, made his name in the football world during a spell at English club Crystal Palace, where his appearances were limited due to his inconsistent form. He joined the club in 2000 alongside his international team-mate Andrejs Rubins. He could make brilliant saves one moment, but terrible blunders the next. Reportedly, he was disciplined by the club after, while on the substitutes' bench, he was accused of laughing at a goal his own team had conceded and punched in the face by manager Trevor Francis. Francis was later fined by the club and the Football Association for his actions.
In 2003 Koļinko was released by Crystal Palace and he joined the Russian Premier League club FC Rostov. Playing there for two seasons, Koļinko showed good performance and transferred to Rubin Kazan in January 2005. At that time he was certainly one of the best goalkeepers in the Russian Premier League. In 2006 Koļinko was named Latvian Footballer of the Year. He was dismissed from Kazan for an unexplained reason before the 2008 season, playing there for 2 years. After his release, Koļinko joined the Latvian Higher League club JFK Olimps, but after just playing 6 matches he left the club, following the interest from several clubs abroad.
In May 2009 he signed a contract for 30 days with Dinamo București. At the end of the season the board announced he would not be offered a new contract. In August 2008 he went on trial with Notts County in England, but didn't stay with the club. In the summer transfer period he signed a contract with the Latvian Higher League club FK Ventspils. In December 2009 he extended his contract with Ventspils for another year. Despite this fact, he was linked with a move to the Russian club FC Sibir Novosibirsk but just after a few days it was announced that he would not go on trial with the team.
In August 2010 Koļinko joined the Russian Premier League club PFC Spartak Nalchik on trial and signed a one-year contract with them on 26 August 2010. He played 8 matches there battling with Otto Fredrikson for the first keeper's role. Despite earning the number 1 role and playing some really good matches, after the season he was released. In February 2011 Koļinko joined the Russian National Football League club Baltika Kaliningrad, signing a contract for one and a half season. His contract was then extended till the end of the 2013–14 Russian National Football League season.
As of November 2013, Koļinko has 88 caps for Latvia national football team, having made his international debut against Estonia on 9 July 1997 at the age of 22. He became the first-choice keeper in 1999 after the retirement of Oļegs Karavajevs. Koļinko was Latvia's first-choice keeper for almost ten years. He was the starting goalkeeper for Latvia at Euro 2004, playing 90 minutes in all matches and keeping a clean sheet against Germany in the second match of the group stages. From 2011 to 2013 Koļinko was temporarily excluded from the national squad with Andris Vaņins filling the first keeper's spot and Deniss Romanovs, Pāvels Doroševs or Germans Māliņš serving as the back-up choice. On 10 September 2013, at the age of 38, Koļinko made his national team comeback, playing a full match away in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Greece. He made a handful of great saves, conceding one goal to the locals. Koļinko played his second international match since returning to the national team on 15 October 2013, helping Latvia secure a point in the last match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, playing a 2-2 draw against Slovakia.
- Skonto Riga
- FK Ventspils
- Baltic League champion (1): 2009-10
- Kolinko to stay at Palace BBC Sport, 13 February 2003
- Kolinko claims he was punched by manager The Guardian, 17 August 2002
- Goalkeeper 'disappointed' by apology refusal Telegraph, 16 August 2002
- When team-mates attack Trevor Francis v Alex Kolinko (Crystal Palace) The Independent
- http://sports.delfi.lv/news/other_kinds/other/kolinko-ierodas-uz-parbaudi-kriev\Rubin Kazanijas-kluba-rostov.d?id=5909233
- Kolinko şi Kojic au venit la Dinamo ProSport, 4 May 2009
- Aleksandrs Koļinko at Dinamovisti.RO
- Aleksandrs Koļinko at Eurosport.com
- Aleksandrs Koļinko at Zanziball
- Aleksandrs Koļinko at National-Football-Teams.com