Yuri Zhirkov

  • Date of birth : 20/08/1983
  • Position : Midfield
  • Country : Russia Russia
 
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Yuri Zhirkov

Yuri Zhirkov

Yuri Zhirkov burst on to the scene for PFC CSKA Moskva as a tricky left-winger during their run to victory in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup, but he came of age at international level as a left-back at UEFA EURO 2008. He subsequently moved to Chelsea FC but returned to Russia in 2011, joining FC Anzhi Makhachkala.

• Joined CSKA in January 2004 from FC Spartak Tambov − his home-town club − and proved an immediate success, scoring six goals in 25 appearances as CSKA finished runners-up to FC Lokomotiv Moskva in the 2004 Premier-Liga.

• Began 2005 by earning his first international cap − in a friendly against Italy − then scored in the UEFA Cup final (3-1 against Sporting Clube de Portugal) and the Russian Cup final (1-0 versus FC Khimki), which were 11 days apart.

• Added to his collection of silverware with back-to-back Russian titles in 2005 and 2006 and further Russian Cup successes in 2006, 2008 and 2009, starting every final.

• Scored a memorable solo goal, with a run from the halfway line, against Hamburger SV in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League − his first in the competition.

• Outstanding performances at left-back for Russia during UEFA EURO 2008 earned him recognition in UEFA's Team of the Tournament.

• Departed for Chelsea in July 2009 for a reported fee of €18m, which made him the most expensive Russian footballer of all time; scored his first Blues goal on his return to Russia, a 2-0 victory against FC Spartak Moskva on matchday 3 of the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League.

• Left Chelsea for ambitious Anzhi in a reported €15m deal in August 2011 after only 29 league appearances for the London club.

UEFA honours
UEFA EURO 2008:
Team of the Tournament
UEFA Cup: winner 2005

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General info

  • Name: Yuri Zhirkov
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 20/08/1983 (30)
  • Country: Russia
  • Squad number: 3
  • Club: Dinamo Moskva ( RUS)

  • Height: 185cm
  • Weight: 75kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Europa League 2014/15
    • FIFA World Cup 2012/14

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Second qualifying round)
    27/07/04: Neftçi 0-0 CSKA Moskva
  • National team: UEFA European Under-21 Championship (Qualifying round)
    04/09/04: Russia 4-0 Slovakia

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
Russia250
Russia U-2162
Total312

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Chelsea111
CSKA Moskva241
Total352
UEFA Super Cup
ClubPGS
CSKA Moskva10
Total10
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
CSKA Moskva233
Dinamo Moskva10
Anji120
Total363
Last updated: 22/08/2014 01:27 CET
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