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Andrei Vikentyevich Zygmantovich ( Russian: Андрей Викентьевич Зыгмантович; born 2 December 1962 in Minsk) is a retired Belarusian footballer and currently a Belarus national team coach.
defensive midfielder with good control of the match tempo, positioning on the field and ability to sacrifice himself for the team, he played for nearly a decade with Dynamo Minsk, also having abroad stints in the Netherlands (only one year) and Spain; in the early 2000s, he embarked in a coaching career.
Zygmantovich represented the
Soviet Union at the 1990 World Cup.
Club career [ edit ]
Zygmantovich started playing for
FC Dynamo Minsk. In his second professional season, he appeared 30 times and netted twice to help his hometown side win the only Soviet League in its history, edging FC Dynamo Kyiv by one point. After an unassuming spell with FC Groningen, the 30-year old returned to the club where he would spend most of his career.
In early 1993, Zygmantovich moved abroad again, now to Spain with
Racing de Santander, where he would play the next three full seasons, teaming up with former compatriots (Russian) [1 ] Dmitri Popov, Dmitri Radchenko and Ilshat Faizulin. In 1993–94, he was an instrumental element as the Cantabria outfit achieved one of its best ever finishes in La Liga (eighth).
Zygmantovich started coaching in 2001, in his country, including the
national team's U-19. In 2007, he moved to Lithuania's FBK Kaunas.
International career [ edit ]
Zygmantovich made his debut for the
Soviet Union on 28 March 1984, in a friendly with West Germany. He represented the nation at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, scoring a goal against Cameroon in a 4–0 victory, which turned out to be his last international game for the USSR.
Zygmantovich later also appeared for
Belarus in nine matches.
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