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Roman Shirokov

Roman Shirokov

Clubs: PFC CSK Moskva, FC Torpedo-ZIL Moskva, FC Istra, FC Vidnoye, FC Saturn Moskavskaya Oblast, FC Rubin Kazan, FC Khimki, FC Zenit

• Shirkov started out with PFC CSKA Moskva but made his Russian Premier-Liga debut in 2001 for city rivals FC Torpedo-ZIL Moskva before spending the next three years in the lower leagues, with FC Istra and FC Vidnoye.

• Rejoined the elite in 2005 with FC Saturn Moskavskaya Oblast, scoring three goals in 18 appearances, then had a short spell at FC Rubin Kazan in 2006 before enjoying a breakthrough 2007 season with Khimki, for whom he scored seven goals in 27 games – the best tally at the club − as the promoted team finished ninth in the top flight.

• Joined Zenit midway through their triumphant 2007/08 UEFA Cup run; sent off on his second appearance, against Villarreal CF, but started each of the last six matches, culminating in the final against Rangers FC at the City of Manchester Stadium.

• Transformed from a midfielder to a central defender by Zenit coach Advocaat, he went to UEFA EURO 2008 with Russia in the latter role but was discarded after an opening 4-1 defeat by Spain.

• Restored to the team − now under Advocaat's tutelage − after a two-year absence and scored the winner in the Dutchman's first game, an August 2010 friendly in St Petersburg against Bulgaria, followed by the decisive strike in a 3-2 defeat of the Republic of Ireland in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying.

• Claimed the Russian double with Zenit in 2010, scoring six goals in the league and the winner, from the penalty spot, in the cup final against FC Sibir Novosibirsk.

• Inspirational in Zenit's run to the knockout stage of the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League, scoring four of his five goals against FC Porto (3-1) and SL Benfica (3-2) either side of the new year.

UEFA honours
winner 2008
UEFA Super Cup: winner 2008

Last updated: 18/10/13 16.32CET

Match log

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Roman Shirokov
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 06/07/1981 (34)
  • Country: Russia
  • Squad number: 15
  • Club: Spartak Moskva ( RUS)

  • Height: 187cm
  • Weight: 83kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2014/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (Round of 32)
    13/02/08: Zenit 1-0 Villarreal
  • National team: UEFA European Football Championship (Final tournament - Group stage)
    10/06/08: Spain 4-1 Russia

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions


Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Super Cup
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 13/10/2015 01:15 CET