Igor Simutenkov

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Igor Simutenkov
Personal information
Full name Igor Vitalyevich Simutenkov
Date of birth (1973-04-03) April 3, 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Moscow, USSR
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position striker
Club information
Current team
FC Zenit St. Petersburg (asst manager)
Youth career
1981–1984 SDYuShOR Smena
1985–1989 SK EShVSM Moscow
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 FC Dynamo Moscow 114 (44)
1994–1998 A.C. Reggiana 1919 97 (20)
1998–1999 Bologna F.C. 1909 14 (3)
2000–2002 CD Tenerife 54 (4)
2002–2004 Kansas City Wizards 49 (12)
2005 FC Rubin Kazan 1 (0)
2006 FC Dynamo Voronezh 17 (4)
National team
1994–1998 Russia 20 (9)
Teams managed
2007 FC Torpedo-RG
2007–2009 Russia (youth born in 1993)
2009– FC Zenit St. Petersburg (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:14, November 25, 2008 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:14, November 25, 2008 (UTC)

Igor Vitalyevich Simutenkov (Russian: Игорь Витальевич Симутенков) (born April 3, 1973 in Moscow) is a retired association footballer. Currently, he works as an assistant coach at FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Club career[edit]

Simutenkov started his pro career in the old Soviet league with Dynamo Moscow in 1990. He spent the next five years with Dynamo, the last three in the Russian league, which he led in scoring with 21 goals in 1994. A transfer to Serie A's Reggiana followed, and Simutenkov spent the next five seasons in Italy (the last with Bologna), scoring a total of only 23 goals.

In 1999, Simutenkov transferred to Spanish club Tenerife, and spent three uneventful seasons there. He signed with the Kansas City Wizards in 2002, becoming Major League Soccer's first Russian player. Igor scored four goals in his first season (plus one in playoffs), seven in his second (plus two in playoffs), before missing a big chunk of the third with an injury, ending with a solitary goal in league play. He scored the golden goal in the final of the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, but was released by the Wizards following the 2004 season, at which time he returned to Russia and signed with Rubin.

At the end of season 2005, while made only 3 appearances for Rubin, Simutenkov declared his retirement from professional football. He told that he couldn't perform at the high level because of a few serious permanent injuries.[1] However, in 2006 he was included in the squad of FC Dynamo Voronezh, a Second Division side.[2]

Simutenkov is also known for the famous Simutenkov-case in which the European Court of Justice acknowledged the direct effect of the partnership-agreement between the European Communities and Russia. In this judgment Spanish nationality-clauses for non-EU footballers were found in breach with Community law.

International career[edit]

Simutenkov has scored nine goals in 20 caps for the Russian national team, playing in Euro 96, but his last appearance came in 1998.

He was part of the Russia squad that won the 2009 Legends Cup.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2007 he managed a Russian Second Division team FC Torpedo-RG. From 2007 till the end of 2009 he was a coach of Russia 1993-born youth team. On December 18, 2009, he was appointed an assistant coach at FC Zenit Saint Petersburg with Luciano Spalletti as the head coach.[3]

Playing career statistics[edit]

Seasons Club League Apps/Gls
1990 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow Top League 1st level 01/0
1991 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow Top League 1st level 18/3
1992 Russia Dynamo Moscow Top League 1st level 24/4
1993 Russia Dynamo Moscow Top League 1st level 33/16
1994 Russia Dynamo Moscow Top League 1st level 28/21
1994–95 Italy Reggiana Serie A 1st level 15/4
1995–96 Italy Reggiana Serie B 2nd level 33/8
1996–97 Italy Reggiana Serie A 1st level 30/6
1997–98 Italy Reggiana Serie B 2nd level 19/2
1998–99 Italy Bologna Serie A 1st level 14/3
1999-00 Spain Tenerife Segunda 2nd level 17/1
2000–01 Spain Tenerife Segunda 2nd level 28/3
2001–02 Spain Tenerife La Liga 1st level 09/0
2002 United States Kansas City Wizards MLS 1st level 19/4
2003 United States Kansas City Wizards MLS 1st level 21/7
2004 United States Kansas City Wizards MLS 1st level 09/1
2005 Russia FC Rubin Kazan Premier League 1st level 01/0
2006 Russia FC Dynamo Voronezh Second Division 3rd level 17/4

* – played games and goals

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1994-08-17 Wörtherseestadion, Klagenfurt, Austria  Austria 0 – 3 0–3 Friendly match
2 1996-02-11 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta  Slovenia 1 – 0 3–1 1996 Rothmans Cup
3 1996-02-11 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta  Slovenia 3 – 0 3–1 1996 Rothmans Cup
4 1996-05-29 Dynamo Stadium, Moscow, Russia  United Arab Emirates 1 – 0 1–0 Friendly match
5 1997-02-10 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong   Switzerland 1 – 0 2–1 1997 Carlsberg Cup
6 1997-02-10 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong   Switzerland 2 – 0 2–1 1997 Carlsberg Cup
7 1997-03-29 Dimotiko Stadium, Paralimni, Cyprus  Cyprus 1 – 1 1–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 1997-04-30 Dynamo Stadium, Moscow, Russia  Luxembourg 3 – 0 3–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 1998-05-30 Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia (country)  Georgia 0 – 1 1–1 Friendly match

Individual honours[edit]

  • 1994 – Russia's best football player

References[edit]

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