Alexandru Spiridon

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Alexandru Spiridon
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Personal information
Full name Alexandru Spiridon
Date of birth (1960-07-20) 20 July 1960 (age 57)
Place of birth Edineț, Moldovan SSR
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1981 Nistru Chișinău 54 (2)
1982 SKA Kiev 34 (3)
1983 Zorya Voroshylovhrad 4 (0)
1983–1986 Nistru Chișinău 84 (7)
1987–1990 Zaria Bălți 133 (48)
1991 Zimbru Chișinău 32 (5)
1992–1996 Zimbru Chișinău 85 (42)
1996–1997 Tiligul Tiraspol 7 (6)
National team
1992–1995 Moldova 16 (2[1])
Teams managed
1994–1996 Zimbru Chișinău
1994–2000 Moldova (assistant)
1997–1999 Tiligul Tiraspol
2000–2001 Moldova U-21
2001 Moldova
2000–2001 Zimbru Chișinău
2002–2004 Nistru Otaci
2004–2016 Shakhtar Donetsk (assistant)
2016–2017 Zenit St. Petersburg (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 October 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 November 2013

Alexandru Spiridon (born 20 July 1960, in Edineț) is a professional football manager and former footballer from Moldova. Spiridon played as a midfielder during his football career, winning the Moldovan Footballer of the Year award in 1992. He made 16 appearances for the national team, scoring one goal. He works as the assistant manager at Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg, joining the club in 2016 with manager Mircea Lucescu.

Career[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Spiridon played as a midfielder during his football career, winning the Moldovan Footballer of the Year award in 1992.[citation needed] He began his career at Nistru Chișinău, before moving to SKA Kiev in 1982.[2] He scored 3 goals in 34 games for the club.[3] Spiridon rejoined Nistru Chișinău in 1983 and played 19 times in his first season.[4] He made 16 appearances the following year,[5] and played 23 times for the club in 1985, scoring 4 goals.[6] In 1986, he played 27 matches and scored 3 goals.[7] He joined Zarya Bălți in 1987 and moved to Zimbru Chișinău in 1991. He was named the Moldovan Footballer of the Year award in 1992 and scored 12 goals in 30 appearances in the 1992-93 season.[8] In the 1993-94 season, he scored 13 goals in 20 games for the club.[9] He won 5 league titles in a row with the club between 1992 and 1996. He joined Tiligul Tiraspol in 1996 and ended his playing career with the club.

Spiridon made 16 appearances for the national team, scoring two goals.[1] He played his final international match on 29 March 1995 in a 3-0 defeat to Albania.[10]

Managerial career[edit]

Spiridon joined Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in 2004 as the assistant manager to Mircea Lucescu. Shakhtar won the Ukrainian Premier Leaguetitle in the 2004-05 season. Shakhtar have won the league 7 times during Spiridon's time as assistant manager (2004–05, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13). They have also won 4 Ukrainian Cup trophies (2007-08, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13) and 5 Ukrainian Super Cup trophies (2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013). Shakhtar also won their first European trophy in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup, the last UEFA Cup before its rebranding as the UEFA Europa League.[citation needed]

When on 24 May 2016, Mircea Lucescu signed a contract with Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg, Spiridon also moved to that club as assistant manager to Lucescu.[11]

International goals[edit]

International goals of Alexandru Spiridon[12]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 July 1991 Stadionul Republican, Chișinău, Moldova  Georgia 1–2 2–4 Friendly
2. 22 August 1992 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan  Sudan 1–0 2–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

[citation needed]

As player[edit]

Zimbru Chișinău
Champion (5): 1992, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96
Runner-up (1): 1996–97
Winner (1): 1996–97

As assistant manager[edit]

Shakhtar Donetsk
Winner (1): 2008–09
Champion (8): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
Runner-up (4): 2006–07, 2008–09, 2014–15, 2015–16
Winner (6): 2003–04, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2015–16
Winner (7): 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "International appearances of Alexandru Spiridon". eu-football.info. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Alexandru Spiridon". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "SKA Kiev - 1982". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Nistru Chișinău - 1983". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nistru Chișinău - 1984". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Nistru Chișinău - 1985". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Nistru Chișinău - 1986". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Zimbru Chișinău - 1982/83". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Zimbru Chișinău - 1983/84". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Albania vs Moldova 3-0". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Alexandru Spiridon, antrenor secund la Zenit, jurnal.md
  12. ^ "Football PLAYER: Alexandru Spiridon". eu-football.info. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 

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