Igor Dobrovolski

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Igor Dobrovolski
Personal information
Full name Igor Ivanovich Dobrovolski
Date of birth (1967-08-27) 27 August 1967 (age 50)
Place of birth Odessa Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Tiraspol Children and Youth Sport School N4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Nistru Chişinău 27 (13)
1986–1990 Dynamo Moscow 124 (27)
1990–1991 Castellón 14 (3)
1991–1992 Servette 23 (15)
1992 Genoa 4 (1)
1992–1993 Marseille 8 (1)
1993–1994 Dynamo Moscow 31 (9)
1994–1995 Atlético Madrid 19 (1)
1996–1999 Fortuna Düsseldorf 54 (14)
2004–2006 Tiligul Tiraspol 9 (1)
National team
1986–1991 USSR 25 (7)
1992 CIS 4 (1)
1992–1998 Russia 18 (2)
Teams managed
2004–2006 Tiligul Tiraspol (player-manager)
2007–2009 Moldova
2010–2013 Dacia Chişinău
2013–2014 Veris Chișinău
2015 Sakhalin Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
2015 Dacia Chişinău
2016–2017 Moldova
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Igor Ivanovich Dobrovolski (Russian: Игорь Иванович Добровольский, Ukrainian: Ігор Іванович Добровольський, Ihor Ivanovych Dobrovolskyi; born 27 August 1967) is a football manager and a former player.

He started his career in the Moldavian SSR, then played in the Russian SFSR, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, France and Germany before retiring in Moldova. He never played in the Ukrainian SSR or independent Ukraine.

Club career[edit]

Born in Markivka, Rozdilna Raion, Odessa Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Dobrovolski trained at Tiraspol Children and Youth Sport School N4 in Moldavian SSR in early years (now in Transnistria). During his extensive career he played for Nistru Chişinău, Dynamo Moscow, Castellón, Servette, Genoa, Olympique de Marseille, Atlético Madrid, Fortuna Düsseldorf and Tiligul Tiraspol.[1] In 1990, Igor Dobrovolski was thought of as one of the best young players in the world.

International career[edit]

He played for three different national teams: USSR at the 1988 Olympic Games where he was a gold medal winner and finished second top goal scorer with six goals (including one in the Gold Medal game itself); Romário scored seven but Brazil lost in the final to USSR. He was also part, with the same team, of the 1990 FIFA World Cup, representing afterwards the CIS at UEFA Euro 1992 and Russia at Euro 1996. He scored CIS's only goal in UEFA Euro 1992, in a 1–1 draw against Germany.[2]

Four players have had the honour of scoring at least one goal in five successive matches at the Men's Olympic Football Tournament – Igor Dobrovolski (USSR in 1988), Ottmar Hitzfeld (FR Germany in 1972), Milan Galić (Yugoslavia in 1960) and Adolfo Baloncieri (Italy in 1928). Only Dobrovolski and Galić actually claimed gold.[3]


Coaching career[edit]

At 39 years old he was coaching Tiligul Tiraspol in the 2005–06 season, and then took over the Moldova national football team for the qualification to UEFA Euro 2008, with a view to a two-year extension to his contract if he was successful.

In December 2007, he signed a new contract with Moldova.[4] He was allowed to coach any club until the start of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA). On 16 October 2009, Dobrovolski announced his resignation.


As of 9 October 2017
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Moldova Moldova 2007 2009 30 7 9 14 023.33
Moldova Moldova 2016 Present 16 2 4 10 012.50


  1. ^ "Signed photo and profile" (in Russian). rusteam.permian.ru. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Igor DobrovolskiFIFA competition record
  3. ^ "FIFA Factsheet: Olympic Football Tournament (men)" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Dobrovolski signs new contract". UEFA.com. 21 December 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2011.