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Elvir Rahimić

Published: Friday 1 January 2010, 10.31CET
PFC CSKA Moskva
Published: Friday 1 January 2010, 10.31CET

Elvir Rahimić

PFC CSKA Moskva

Clubs: FK Bosna Visok, Faktor Ljubljana, SK Vorwärts Steyr, FC Anzhi Makhachkala, PFC CSKA Moskva

• Began his career in low-key fashion with Bosna Visoko before moving on to Slovenian club Faktor Ljubljana and Austrian second-tier outfit Vorwärts Steyr, whom he helped to promotion.

• Scored in his final game for Steyr before leaving in early 1999 to join Anzhi Makhachkala; won the Russian second division with the club in his first season and ever-present, with 30 appearances, in his debut Premier-Liga campaign.

• A losing Russian Cup finalist – on penalties – with Anzhi in June 2001, he joined CSKA soon afterwards and would become a key player during coach Valeri Gazzaev's successful seven-year reign that climaxed with 2005 UEFA Cup final triumph, rarely missing a game during his tenure.

• Made belated introduction to international football, aged 31, in June 2007 and was a regular thereafter in UEFA EURO 2008 and 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

• Started all 30 matches in each of CSKA's back-to-back Premier-Liga title wins in 2005 and 2006 – the only player to do so.

• Continued to pick up silverware with the club, claiming the Russian Cup in 2008, 2009 and 2011, but saw his role reduced during the double winning season of 2012/13. 

UEFA honours
UEFA Cup: winner 2005

Last updated: 02/08/13 12.17CET

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