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Málaga CF signs Belarus-born defender, Igor Filipenko until 2016/17

Málaga Club de Fútbol and Igor Filipenko (Minsk, 10/04/1988) have reached an agreement for the defender to join the Blue and Whites until the 2016/17 season. The Belarusian international started out in the youth ranks of Smena Minsk, and developed his professional career with Bate Borisov, making his debut at 18 years of age. His success in the Belarusian league led the young player to Spartak Moscow, and after a year he was loaned out to Tom Tomsk and Sibir Novosibirsk, before returning to Bate Borisov, where he took part in 32 official UEFA Champions League games. Filipenko, who has a Russian passport and therefore not taking up a non-EC place on the team, has represented Belarus 32 times – recently against Spain – and scored the goal which saw his country qualify for their first Olympic Games. The player will be presented on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Juan Cortés press room at La Rosaleda.

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05/01/2015 18:14

Career
Igor Filipenko has been linked to Bate Borisov for most of his footballing career.  The Belarus-born defender made his debut at 18 in his country’s league, and following two good seasons sparked the interest of Spartak Moscow and subsequently moved to Russia.  After a season with Spartak, and another two on loan at Tom Tomsk and Sibir Novosibirsk, Filipenko decided to move back to the team he called home in search of continuity, the first season being on loan.
 
With Bate Borisov Filipenko achieved six league titles and won the Belarus Cup twice.  He also took part in the UEFA Champions League with Bate Borisov, playing a total of 32 matches – 12 of which were in the qualifying stages.
 
International with Belarus
Filipenko debuted with Belarus at 19 years old, playing a total of 32 games for his country.  A regular in the country’s youth teams, both under-19s and under-21s, his goal against the Czech Republic on 25th June 2011 saw his team qualify to the Olympic Games for the first time in history, namely in London in 2012.