Aleksandr Mostovoi facts for kids
Mostovoi in 2008
|Full name||Aleksandr Vladimirovich Mostovoi|
|Date of birth||22 August 1968|
|Place of birth||Lomonosov, Soviet Union|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|1993–1994||→ Caen (loan)||15||(3)|
Aleksandr Vladimirovich Mostovoi (Russian: Алекса́ндр Влади́мирович Мостово́й [ɐlʲɪkˈsandr vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ məstɐˈvoj]; born 22 August 1968) is a Russian former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.
Known as El Zar de Balaídos ("The Tsar of Balaídos") from his lengthy spell at Celta de Vigo, he was often referred to as a 'genius playmaker' during his time there, in addition to a volatile temperament. He also played professionally in his own country, Portugal and France.
Spartak and first abroad spell
Born in Lomonosov, Russia, Soviet Union, Mostovoi signed for national giants FC Spartak Moscow from second division club FC Presnya Moscow, quickly making an impression. In January 1992, he joined compatriots Vasili Kulkov and Sergei Yuran at S.L. Benfica; months before arriving, he was controversially awarded Portuguese citizenship through marriage, but never imposed himself in the first team.
Midway through 1993–94 Mostovoi joined Ligue 1 side Stade Malherbe Caen, then left after the sole season to fellow French side RC Strasbourg, rejoining coach Daniel Jeandupeux. With the latter, he first displayed glimpses of an emerging talent.
Mostovoi's big break came when he signed for Celta de Vigo in 1996, for 325 million pesetas (about €1.95 million). He made his debut for the Galicians in a 2–0 home defeat against Real Betis, and his creative play and key goals made him a cult figure at Balaídos as the club rose to near the top of La Liga standings year after year.
Affectionately nicknamed 'The Tsar of Balaídos' by the fans, Mostovoi formed an impressive midfield society with, amongst others, compatriot Valery Karpin, and helped Celta win the 2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup; the final was a 4–3 aggregate win over his hometown club FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. However, he could not help the freefall that hit the team in the 2003–04 season, relegating it to the second division after the player appeared in a career-worst (in his Celta career) 24 matches. His top-flight tally of 235 games for Celta was a club record until Hugo Mallo broke it in 2021.
Having not played for over eight months, and at the age of 36, Mostovoi signed a contract with Dmitry Pietrman's Deportivo Alavés in early March 2005, initially until the end of the second level campaign. His first and only game came in a league game against Cádiz CF in which he came on as a substitute, in the 78th minute – he scored the Basques' only goal (and nearly added a second) in an eventual 1–3 defeat.
Having been with the club for only 30 days, Mostovoi told the club directors of his intention to retire claiming he was suffering from back problems.
Mostovoi played for the Soviet national team, the CIS and Russia internationally. In another temper tantrum, he was sent home by team manager Georgi Yartsev during the latter's trip to UEFA Euro 2004, after questioning his methods. He played in the Euro 1996 and the 1994 FIFA World Cup and was also picked for the 2002 World Cup, but did not play in the latter tournament due to injury.
Mostovoi's exclusion from Euro 2004's national squad happened after the 0–1 group stage loss to Spain. Supposedly, the player talked with the media after the match and gave an interview saying that Yartsev was not a good coach and did not understand anything. This was later proven false, after Mostovoi gave another interview and explained he merely said that Yartsev overworked the players during practice, so they didn't have the necessary energy to play well in matches. All in all, group morale dropped after the incident, and Russia lost the second game to hosts Portugal.
In 2009, Mostovoi was part of the Russia squad that won the Legends Cup.
After retiring as a player, he repeatedly stated his desire and willingness to lead a football club as a manager. However, Mostovoi does not have the necessary UEFA coaching licences, which he does not want to obtain. Since 2011, he has expressed various versions of this decision: from doubts about obtaining new knowledge in coaching courses to corrupt schemes to obtain this licence by other specialists.
Mostovoi graduated from college as an electrician, and later joined a sports academy in Moscow, which provided coaching to young players with a university education.
After losing the 2001 Copa del Rey Final, a group of Celta supporters raised four million pesetas to commission a statue of Mostovoi. The player approved and Maxín Picallo was chosen as the sculptor, but the project was never finished; he believed that his dip in form in 2003 affected enthusiasm in the endeavour.
|Krasnaya Presnya||1986||Soviet Second League||19||7||1||0||–||20||7|
|Spartak Moscow||1987||Soviet Top League||18||6||4||0||4||3||26||9|
|Caen (loan)||1993–94||Ligue 1||15||3||0||0||0||0||15||3|
|1||30 November 1990||Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala||Guatemala||0–1||0–3||Friendly|
|2||30 May 1991||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union||Cyprus||1–0||4–0||Euro 1992 qualifying|
|3||28 August 1991||Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway||Norway||0–1||0–1||Euro 1992 qualifying|
|1||6 October 1993||King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Saudi Arabia||0–1||4–2||Friendly|
|2||6 October 1993||King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Saudi Arabia||3–2||4–2||Friendly|
|3||6 September 1995||Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands||Faroe Islands||0–1||2–5||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|4||9 February 1996||Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Ireland||Ireland||0–1||0–2||Friendly|
|5||25 May 1996||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Qatar||2–5||Friendly|
|6||19 June 1996||Anfield, Liverpool, England||Czech Republic||2–1||3–3||UEFA Euro 1996|
|7||10 October 1998||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia||France||2–2||2–3||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|8||19 May 1999||Arsenal Stadium (Tula), Tula, Russia||Belarus||1–1||Friendly|
|9||28 March 2001||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia||Faroe Islands||1–0||1–0||2002 World Cup qualification|
|10||10 September 2003||Lokomotiv Stadium (Moscow), Moscow, Russia||Switzerland||4–1||4–1||Euro 2004 qualifying|
- Soviet Top League: 1987, 1989
- UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1995
- UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2000
- Copa del Rey runner-up: 2000-01
- Legends Cup: 2009
In Spanish: Aleksandr Mostovói para niños
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