Ilja Antonov

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Ilja Antonov
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Antonov with Levadia in 2012
Personal information
Full name Ilja Antonov
Date of birth (1992-12-05) 5 December 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Tallinn, Estonia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 67
Youth career
2002–2004 Spartak
2005 Merkuur-Juunior
2006–2010 Puuma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Ararat 12 (2)
2009 Kiviõli Tamme Auto II 25 (11)
2009–2010 Kiviõli Tamme Auto 5 (2)
2010–2011 Puuma 56 (24)
2015 Levadia II 1 (0)
2012–2016 Levadia 140 (10)
2017 SV Horn 14 (0)
2017–2018 Rudar Velenje 25 (0)
2018– Hermannstadt 9 (0)
National team
2012–2013 Estonia U21 15 (2)
2012– Estonia 37 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 October 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 December 2017

Ilja Antonov (born 5 December 1992) is an Estonian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Liga I club Hermannstadt and the Estonia national team.

Club career


Antonov came through the Puuma youth system. He played for Ararat and Kiviõli Tamme Auto, before making his debut for Puuma's first team in 2010.


On 8 March 2012, Antonov signed a two-year contract Meistriliiga with Levadia.[1] He made his debut in the Meistriliiga on 10 March 2012, in a 0–0 draw against Nõmme Kalju. Antonov scored three goals in 33 games as Levadia finished the 2012 season as runners up. He won two consecutive Meistriliiga titles in 2013 and 2014.

SV Horn

On 29 January 2017, Antonov joined Austrian Erste Liga club SV Horn on a contract until 2019.[2][3] He was released by the club in May 2017, following their relegation in the 2016–17 season.[4]

Rudar Velenje

On 14 July 2017, Antonov signed a two-year contract with PrvaLiga club Rudar Velenje.[5] He made his debut in the PrvaLiga on 22 July 2017, in a 3–1 home victory over Ankaran Hrvatini.[6]


On 21 June 2018, Antonov signed for Liga I club Hermannstadt on a two-year deal.[7]

International career

Antonov began his youth career in 2012 with the Estonia under-21 team, making 15 appearances and scoring 2 goals.

On 1 November 2012, Antonov was called up by Tarmo Rüütli for a friendly against Oman on 8 November 2012, and made his senior international debut for Estonia in the 2–1 away victory.[8][9] He scored his first goal for Estonia on 17 November 2015, in a 3–0 friendly victory over Saint Kitts and Nevis.

International goals

As of match played 10 October 2017. Estonia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Antonov goal.[10]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 17 November 2015 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia 21  Saint Kitts and Nevis 1–0 3–0 Friendly
2 10 October 2017 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia 35  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–1 1–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification





  1. ^ "Levadia sõlmis lepingu nelja mängijaga, senine väravavaht jätkab" [Levadia signed contracts with four players, current goalkeeper will stay]. Postimees (in Estonian). 8 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Ilja Antonov jätkab karjääri Austria esiliigas" [Ilja Antonov will continue his career in the Austrian second division] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 29 January 2017.
  3. ^ "30-facher Nationalteamspieler wechselt zum SV Horn" (in German). SV Horn. 30 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Antonov lahkub Austria esiliigast välja langenud Hornist" [Antonov to leave relegated Horn] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 24 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Ilja Antonov liitus Sloveenia kõrgliigaklubiga" [Ilja Antonov joined Slovenia top flight club] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 15 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Debüüdi teinud Antonov aitas Velenje teise võiduni" [Debuted Antonov helped Velenje to their second win] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 23 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Antonov vahetas Sloveenia kõrgliiga Rumeenia oma vastu" [Antonov switched Slovenian top-flight for Romanian] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 22 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Eesti koondise koosseis järgmisteks maavõistlusteks" [Estonia national team squad for the next friendly] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 1 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Eesti koondis alistas tänu lõpuspurdile Omaani" [Estonia team defeated Oman with a late surge] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 8 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Ilja Antonov" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.

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