Ilya Tsymbalar

Ilya Tsymbalar
Personal information
Full name Ilya Vladimirovich Tsymbalar
Date of birth (1969-06-17)17 June 1969
Place of birth Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Date of death 28 December 2013(2013-12-28) (aged 44)
Place of death Odessa, Ukraine
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1977–1986 Chornomorets Odessa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986 Chornomorets Odessa 0 (0)
1987 Dinamo Odessa
1987–1989 SKA Odessa 83 (13)
1989–1993 Chornomorets Odessa 100 (14)
1993–1999 Spartak Moscow 146 (42)
2000 Lokomotiv Moscow 10 (0)
2001–2002 Anzhi Makhachkala 16 (1)
National team
1992 Ukraine 3 (0)
1994–1999 Russia 28 (4)
Teams managed
2004–2006 Khimki (assistant)
2006 Spartak-MZhK Ryazan
2008–2009 Nizhny Novgorod
2010 Shinnik Yaroslavl (assistant)

* 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 Tsymbalar.

Ilya Vladimirovich Tsymbalar (Илья́ Влади́мирович Цымбала́рь; 17 June 1969 – 28 December 2013[1]) was a professional football player and coach. A midfielder, he represented both Ukraine and Russia on the international level. He primarily played as an attacking midfielder and was known for set-piece ability and technique.


After retiring, Tsymbalar became vice-president of Anzhi Makhachkala, before turning to coaching by taking over Spartak’s reserve team, moving on to the coaching team of FC Khimki. In 2006 he became head-coach of FC Spartak-MZhK Ryazan, whom he led to promotion to the Russian First Division. In February 2008, he was named as head coach of FC Nizhny Novgorod. In January 2009 he resigned from the club.[2]

Personal life

His son Oleg Tsimbalar is a professional footballer.


Tsymbalar died from heart disease on 28 December 2013.[3]


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