Igor Țîgîrlaș

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Igor Țîgîrlaș
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-02-24) 24 February 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Chișinău, Moldovan SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2000–2002 Sheriff Tiraspol
2002–2004 Shakhtar Donetsk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Shakhtar Donetsk 0 (0)
2002–2004Shakhtar-2 Donetsk 29 (1)
2003–2004Shakhtar-3 Donetsk 2 (3)
2005 Arsenal Kharkiv 13 (4)
2005–2007 Kharkiv 14 (1)
2007Zimbru Chișinău (loan) 15 (1)
2007–2009 Ventspils 60 (15)
2010–2011 Metalurh Zaporizhya 20 (0)
2011Chornomorets Odesa (loan) 13 (7)
2011–2012 Chornomorets Odesa 18 (1)
2012Ventspils (loan) 17 (3)
2012 Gomel 14 (4)
2013 Astana 15 (2)
2014–2015 Elektrotyazhmash Kharkiv 19 (11)
2015–2017 Zaria Bălți 66 (6)
2018 Zimbru Chișinău 23 (0)
2019 Poli Timișoara 15 (1)
2019- Romania 0 (0)
National team
2003–2006 Moldova U21 21 (6)
2007– Moldova 23 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2017

Igor Țîgîrlaș (born 24 February 1984) is a Moldovan football midfielder.[1] He has also played for the Moldova national football team.[2]


Igor Țîgîrlaș started his football career at the Youth Football School in Chișinău. His first coaches were Nikolay Esin and Anatolii Nesmeyanov. At 16 years old he was invited to the Moldova U-17 team, which participated at "Football Federation of Moldova Cup". Having scored 2 goals and making 2 assists in three matches, and showing excellent performance, after the tournament he was invited by the Moldovan Champions - Sheriff Tiraspol.

Țîgîrlaș played 2 years for Sheriff's second team and in so doing drew the attention of Shakhtar Donetsk. He signed the contract with Ukrainian giant, and at the same time secured himself a starter spot on the Moldova U-21 team, for whom he played more than 20 matches.

In 2005 Țîgîrlaș spent first part of the year in Arsenal Kharkiv and then he was transferred to another Ukrainian team — FC Kharkiv, where, thanks to his universalism (Țîgîrlaș is able to play on the right or left flank, forward or offense), he has been one of important players of the team. After Vladimir Bessonov was named new head coach of FC Kharkiv, the club parted with Țîgîrlaș and most of the other foreign players.

In the Spring of 2007, Igor Țîgîrlaș came to Zimbru Chişinău on loan from FC Kharkiv. He played 10 matches in the Moldovan championship, scored 1 goal and made 9 assists. In the Moldova Cup final, Zimbru won against Nistru, and Țîgîrlaș won the first trophy of his career. Despite playing at Zimbru for only 3 months, at the end of the year, he was included in the symbolic "Zimbru 2006/07 Ideal Team". ».[3]

Igor Țîgîrlaș was to win two more trophies in 2007. In the Summer, the Latvian champions, FK Ventspils, bought his transfer from FC Kharkiv. With FK Ventspils, Țîgîrlaș won both the Latvian championship and the Latvian Cup. He also played in the Baltic League final. He helped FK Ventspils to catch up with then leaders, Liepājas Metalurgs, despite 14 points handicap, and scored a crucial goal in a head-to-head match between the teams.

In 2009, his goal against BATE Borisov helped Ventspils to reach the Play-off Round of the UEFA Champions League and eventually play in UEFA Europa League group stage after losing to FC Zurich, against whom Țîgîrlaș also scored.

In February 2010, he joined Metalurh Zaporizhya in Ukraine. On 26 February 2011, it was announced that Țîgîrlaș joined Chornomorets on a 6-month loan from FC Metalurh Zaporizhya, with the right to purchase at the end of the season.[4] This right was exercised in June, 2011, and Țîgîrlaș joined Chornomorets on a permanent basis.

Before the start of the 2012 season Igor was loaned to the Latvian Higher League club FK Ventspils.[5] In June 2012 his contract with Chornomorets ended.[6]

In February 2013, Țîgîrlaș signed for Kazakhstan Premier League club FC Astana.[7]

Champions League[edit]

In the same 2007 year Țîgîrlaș debuted in UEFA Champions League, where he played 4 matches. In the 1st qualifying round FK Ventspils won against Wales champions - TNK, in the 2nd round Latvian team was eliminated by "Red Bull-Salzburg" (Austria). In 2008/2009 season FK Ventspils was close to 3rd qualifying round of Champions League but lost to SK Brann.

Moldova National team[edit]

Until 2006 Igor Țîgîrlaș was key player of Moldova U-21 team, for which he played 21 matches. In 2007 Țîgîrlaș was invited for the first time to National team of Moldova.

Igor Țîgîrlaș celebrates his goal against Metallurg, which brought title to FK Ventspils


  • Moldova Cup winner with Zimbru — 2007.
  • Latvia Champion with FK Ventspils — 2007
  • Latvia Cup winner with FK Ventspils — 2007.


  1. ^ Ajutor de peste Prut pentru ACS Poli! Doi jucători din Republica Moldova, cu un număr important de selecţii la naţională, sunt ultimele noutăţi ale echipei lui Vivi Răchită. liga2.prosport.ro (in Romanian)
  2. ^ "International appearances of Igor Ţîgîrlaş". eu-football.info. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  3. ^ Zimbru 2006/07 Ideal Team FC «Zimbru» official site
  4. ^ Игорь Цыгырлаш стал игроком "Черноморца" (in Russian). Official web-site of "FC Chornomorets Odesa". 26 February 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  5. ^ http://www.fkventspils.lv/?p=news&off=7&id=2131
  6. ^ http://www.chernomorets.odessa.ua/club/news/5839/
  7. ^ Игорь Цыгырлаш подписал контракт с "Астаной". sports.kz (in Russian). Sports.kz. Retrieved 8 July 2014.

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