Igor Kolyvanov

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Igor Kolyvanov
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Coaching Ufa in 2015
Personal information
Full name Igor Vladimirovich Kolyvanov
Date of birth (1968-03-06) 6 March 1968 (age 49)
Place of birth Moscow, U.S.S.R.
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Manager (former striker)
Youth career
1977–1982 Soviet Region
1982–1984 FShM Moscow
1984–1985 Spartak Moscow Youth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985 FShM Moscow 2 (0)
1985 FC Spartak Moscow (reserves) 2 (0)
1986–1991 FC Dynamo Moscow 140 (42)
1991–1996 Foggia Calcio 106 (22)
1996–2001 Bologna F.C. 1909 113 (26)
Total 363 (90)
National team
1989–1991 USSR 19 (2)
1992 CIS 5 (1)
1992–1998 Russia 35 (12)
Teams managed
2002–2003 Russia U19 assistant
2003–2006 Russia U17
2006–2008 Russia U19
2008–2010 Russia U21
2012–2015 FC Ufa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Vladimirovich and the family name is Kolyvanov.

Igor Vladimirovich Kolyvanov (Russian: Игорь Владимирович Колыванов; born 6 March 1968 in Moscow, Soviet Union, now Russia) is a former association footballer, who played as a striker. During his playing career he accumulated 90 goals scored in 333 games at the Top level in the Soviet Union as well as in Italy.

He was the head coach of the Russian team that won the UEFA U-17 Championship in 2006. During his playing career he played for Dynamo Moscow, Foggia Calcio, and Bologna F.C. 1909, and was a regular member of the Russian national side.


He began playing organized football at the age of 9, when he was approached by Viktor Abayev. After training with Abaev for a year with children a year older than himself, Kolyvanov moved to the youth sport school of Soviet Region in Moscow, coached by Igor Shvykov. He attributes the core development of many of his skills to this stage. At the age of 14 he moved to another youth team, called FShM Moscow, and after a 2-year stint with it, he was picked up by the famous Spartak Moscow youth system. Although Spartak was one of the leading teams in the Soviet Union at that time, Kolyvanov did not see a chance in breaking into the starting line-up, and when Dynamo Moscow called him in 1986, at the age of 17, he agreed to a move.

Professional career[edit]

Soviet Union & Russia[edit]

After transferring to Dynamo Moscow, Kolyvanov was injured in his very first game for the reserve team. However, after a recovery that took 2 months, he almost immediately began playing for the main team. In the same season, Dynamo almost won the Soviet Top League, being passed by Dynamo Kiev at the last second. While Dynamo Moscow would never achieve the level of that season, Kolyvanov improved his game significantly over the next few years, scoring 11 goals in the 1989 season of the Soviet Top League. It was then that he received his first call up for the Soviet national team, while still being a member of the Soviet U21 national team. In the Soviet Top League he established himself as a fine long shot striker that is able to score easily from outside the "penalty box". One of his biggest triumphs came for the latter of the two – in the 1990 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, he scored 9 goals in 7 matches, winning the best scorer award en route to winning the Championship. He followed up this performance by scoring 18 goals in 27 matches for Dynamo Moscow in 1991, once again winning the top-scorer award. The same year, his playing for the national team caught Foggia Calcio's attention, and after Dynamo reached the third-round of the UEFA Cup, he was allowed to transfer to Italy.


Foggia Calcio[edit]

After his transfer to Foggia Calcio, Kolyvanov was initially overwhelmed by the emphasis placed on conditioning, by then coach Zdeněk Zeman. The 4-3-3 system also took adjustment because Kolyvanov was used to playing as a center forward, while he had to assume a more pulled-back role now. During the time it took for these adjustments, coupled with slight injuries, Kolyvanov did not start for the team, but rather came on as a substitute. However starting with his second season he became a cornerstone of Foggia's attack, consistently placing in the middle of the Serie A until the 1994–1995 season. That season he experienced another injury (right before a planned transfer to Inter Milan which consequently fell through), and Foggia slumped to the bottom of the Seria A and being relegated to Serie B. Although Kolyvanov was persuaded to stay by the management of the club another season, by the promise of promotion next season. In 1996 when Foggia failed to win promotion to Serie A he transferred to a team that did achieve promotion, Bologna F.C. 1909.

Bologna F.C. 1909[edit]

At Bologna, Kolyvanov was able to play as a pure striker once again, without having responsibilities across the entire field like in Foggia. This immediately reflected on his goal scoring, and he was Bologna's top striker in his first season, with 11 goals in 27 games. The next few years he continued to score consistently, until the 1999–2000 season where a back problem resurfaced and he was forced to undergo an operation, essentially missing almost the entire season. An attempted comeback in mid-2000 was hampered by further injuries, and in 2001 Kolyvanov retired from professional football.

Playing career[edit]

Seasons Club League Apps/Gls
1985 Soviet Union FShM Second League 3rd level 02/0
1986 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow Top League 1st level 17/4
1987 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow Top League 1st level 26/2
1988 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow Top League 1st level 26/2
1989 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow Top League 1st level 25/11
1990 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow Top League 1st level 19/5
1991 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow Top League 1st level 27/18
1991–92 Italy U.S. Foggia Serie A 1st level 15/3
1992–93 Italy U.S. Foggia Serie A 1st level 26/5
1993–94 Italy U.S. Foggia Serie A 1st level 25/6
1994–95 Italy U.S. Foggia Serie A 1st level 11/4
1995–96 Italy U.S. Foggia Serie B 2nd level 29/4
1996–97 Italy Bologna Serie A 1st level 27/11
1997–98 Italy Bologna Serie A 1st level 31/9
1998–99 Italy Bologna Serie A 1st level 20/6
1999-00 Italy Bologna Serie A 1st level 07/0
2000–01 Italy Bologna Serie A 1st level 01/0

Coaching career[edit]

After a brief stint as the U19 Russian national team assistant coach in 2002, and enrollment in a football coaching institute, Kolyvanov took over the U15 Russian national team as the head coach. He took a number of tours throughout the country to select the players, who eventually became the U17 Russian national team that won the 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. Kolyvanov's achievement as a coach was exemplified by the very organized and consistent tactical play of the team, especially for players of that age, along with extereme motivation. Although never listed amongst the tournament's favorites, and without star players, Russia was able to win because of these traits. After the victory, Kolyvanov was offered an extension to his contract, along with a salary raise. He remained the head coach of the same age group national team, when it effectively turned into the U19 team. On November 20, 2008 he was announced as the new head-coach of the Russia U21 team.[1]






  1. ^ Колыванов возглавил молодежную сборную России (in Russian). gazeta.ru. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 

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