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.
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|27.03.2015||UEFA EURO||Qualifying round||Montenegro||0-3 (f)||Russia||66||0||0|
|14.06.2015||UEFA EURO||Qualifying round||Russia||0-1||Austria||90||0||0|
|05.09.2015||UEFA EURO||Qualifying round||Russia||1-0||Sweden||71||0||0|
|30.07.2016||Russian Premier League||Zenit||0-0||Lokomotiv Moskva||27||0||0|
|06.08.2016||Russian Premier League||Ufa||0-0||Zenit||90||0||0|
|12.08.2016||Russian Premier League||Zenit||3-2||Rostov||90||0||0|
|20.08.2016||Russian Premier League||Zenit||1-1||CSKA Moskva||90||1||0|
|31.08.2016||Friendlies 2014-16||Final tournament - Group stage||Turkey||0-0||Russia||90||0||0|
|06.09.2016||Friendlies 2014-16||First round||Russia||1-0||Ghana||82||0||0|
|11.09.2016||Russian Premier League||Arsenal Tula||0-5||Zenit||68||0||1|
|15.09.2016||UEFA Europa League||Group stage||M. Tel-Aviv||3-4||Zenit||90||0||0|
|19.09.2016||Russian Premier League||Zenit||4-1||Rubin||69||0||0|
|25.09.2016||Russian Premier League||Anji||2-2||Zenit||90||0||0|
|02.10.2016||Russian Premier League||Zenit||4-2||Spartak Moskva||88||0||0|
|09.10.2016||Friendlies 2014-16||First round||Russia||3-4||Costa Rica||8||0||0|
|03.11.2016||UEFA Europa League||Group stage||Zenit||2-1||Dundalk||1||0||0|
|06.11.2016||Russian Premier League||Terek||2-1||Zenit||90||0||0|
|15.11.2016||Friendlies 2014-16||First round||Russia||1-0||Romania||46||0||0|
|24.11.2016||UEFA Europa League||Group stage||Zenit||2-0||M. Tel-Aviv||75||0||0|
|27.11.2016||Russian Premier League||Krasnodar||2-1||Zenit||90||0||0|
|30.11.2016||Russian Premier League||Zenit||2-0||Ufa||90||0||0|
|03.12.2016||Russian Premier League||Rostov||0-0||Zenit||90||0||0|
|08.12.2016||UEFA Europa League||Group stage||AZ||3-2||Zenit||90||0||0|
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