ZHIRKOV: RUSSIAN SENIOR TEAM HONOURS REVEALED

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Ex-Dynamo Moscow defender Yuri Zhirkovwas an important member of the Russian senior national team who stunned a lot of football stakeholders to win bronze medal at the 2008 edition of the UEFA European Championship. Zhirkovis a versatile player who can function well as a left-back or as a left winger.

Yuri Zhirkov and his colleagues won bronze medal at the Euro 2008 tournament in Switzerland and Austria by reaching the semi-finals. Russia were beaten in the last four of the tournament by eventual champions Spain. Russia lost 3-0 to Spain to exit the tournament at the semi-final stage thanks to the goals from Xavi Hernandez, Dani Guiza and David Silva. Fernando Torres scored the only goal of the match to help Spain end a long wait for a major trophy spanning 44 years. Torres scored in the first half to lead Spain to the Euro 2008 title via a 1-0 win over Germany in the final. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV: RUSSIAN SENIOR TEAM HONOURS REVEALED”

ZHIRKOV: CHELSEA MAJOR HONOURS REVIEWED  

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Veteran left-back Yuri Zhirkov spent a few years at Chelsea before returning to the Russian Premier League to continue his playing career. The Russian international signed for Chelsea in July 2009 thus making him the most expensive Russian player at the time ahead of Andrei Arshavin.Chelsea paid £18m to sign Yuri Zhirkov from CSKA Moscow, while Arsenal had paid £15m to sign Andrei Arshavinsix months before Zhirkov became a Premier League footballer.


Yuri Zhirkov spent a lot of times on the sidelines during his two-year spell at Chelsea. His debut for the West London club came in the League Cup clash with city rivals Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in September 2009. He suffered a knee injury in the opening weeks of his debut season as a Chelsea player and that affected his minutes. Zhirkov didn’t make an appearance in the Premier League until December 2009 thanks in part to the abovementioned knee injury. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV: CHELSEA MAJOR HONOURS REVIEWED  ”

ZHIRKOV: EURO 2020 TOURNAMENT REVIEW

Yuri Zhirkov was a Zenit St. Petersburg player when he represented Russia at the Euro 2020 tournament this summer. He was oldest player in the Russian squad at the age of 28. The former Dynamo Moscow fullback started the tournament in the Russia starting XI before injury struck.

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Ex-Chelsea player Yuri Zhirkov was in the starting line-up for the opening Group B encounter with Belgium who were considered one of the tournament favourites as the number one team in the world. Yuri Zhirkov lasted just 43 minutes before he made way for VyacheslavKaravayev due to injury. He suffered a knee injury during the game and didn’t return before the end of the tournament as Russia crashed out at the group stage.
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ZHIRKOV SAYS MOUNT IS A FUTURE CHELSEA CAPTAIN

Former Chelsea player Yuri Zhirkov has, in agreement with a lot of former players, current players, and fans, admitted that Chelsea star Mason Mount has a bright future ahead of him. The England international star was one of the shining lights at Stamford Bridge last summer as he put in a consistent display of fine performances both in the Premier League and in the Champions League.

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The young midfielder has been receiving a lot of praise in recent months following his fine performances in a Blue shirt and many have now realized why he was one of Frank Lampard’s favorite players during his tenure as manager at the club.
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ZHIRKOV: HAALAND IS THE KIND OF PLAYER CHELSEA NEED

While there continue to be loads of indications that English Premier League side Chelsea will continue their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this summer, there are also signs that the German Bundesliga giants will not be letting go of the Norwegian striker, at least not in this summer. Haaland is Chelsea’s prime target and they have reportedly halted their chase of any other player as they try to channel all of their focus on signing the Norwegian international forward this summer at all cost.

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While the Blues are still trying to convince Dortmund to part ways with the prolific striker, Dortmund have continued to insist that they are not willing to sell their 20-year-old prized asset until at least next summer. Dortmund’s stance to keep hold of Haaland is very much understood, especially after they already lost one of their most important players in Jadon Sancho, with the England international star completing his big-money move to English Premier League giants Manchester United this summer.
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EURO 2020: ZHIRKOV INJURED IN DEFEAT

Veteran Zenit St. Petersburg defender Yuri Zhirkov picked up a knee injury during the Group B clash between Russia and Belgium at the weekend at the ongoing Euro 2020 tournament thus making him a big doubt for the next group game for the Russians.

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Ex-DinamoMoscow left-back Yuri Zhirkovstarted the game against Belgium on the left side of defence but he could only play 43 minutes before succumbing to a knee injury. Yuri Zhirkov was replaced by.  teammateVyacheslavKaravayev at Russian Premier League champions Zenit St. Petersburg. At the time of the exit of the former Dinamo Moscow player, hosts Russia were trailing 2-0.
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ZHIRKOV: CHELSEA ARE BUILDING A TOP EUROPEAN TEAM

Former Chelsea star Yuri Zhirkov has hailed his former side and revealed that they are currently building a top attacking team that will be able to come against any opposition side both in the Premier League and in Europe.

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The former Blues star spent part of his career at Stamford Bridge and even though his time with the Blues did not go as he would have hoped for, he says he still maintains some level of respect for the London outfit and still wishes he had a better career at Stamford Bridge.
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ZHIRKOV: CHELSEA’S UNDERDOG TAG COULD BE HELPFUL

Football fans across the world have already started counting the days and are currently waiting for the 29th of May to come as soon as possible because it is the day when Premier League heavyweights Chelsea and Manchester City will battle each other for European glory in Portugal. All eyes are currently on that massive fixture as it is one that will see one of the two clubs end up being crowned as the Champions of Europe.

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Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have been tagged as the huge favorites to clinch the title and if they do so, it will be the third trophy they will be winning this season after already completing the domestic double of the English Premier League and the Carabao League Cup. Chelsea, on the other hand, suffered an agonizing defeat at the hands of Leicester City in the FA Cup final last Saturday and it could have a huge effect on their attitude towards the final.
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ZHIRKOV REVEALS THE ONE REGRET IN HIS CAREER

Former Chelsea midfield star Yuri Zhirkov has been looking back on his playing career recently and while he has some positives to pick from it, he also has some regrets to look back to as well. Signed by Chelsea from the Russian Super League some years ago, Zhirkov was expected to be a hit at Stamford Bridge after his brilliant performances for Russia at the Euros 2006. He was also a star player for his club side and had a hand in a run of fine performances and good results they were able to record, and he immediately became a highly sought-after player.

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Arsenal, Tottenham, and Chelsea were all linked with a move for the player after his beautiful campaign with Russia at the Euros, but they were not even the only clubs linked with a love for him back then. Barcelona and AC Milan were also on the queue of interested clubs and were ready to pounce on a move for the player who was dubbed the Russian Ronaldinho, but he ended up at Chelsea instead.
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THROWBACK: REMEMBERING ZHIRKOV’S TIME AT CHELSEA

Back in the summer transfer window of 2009, in June particularly, there was a loud wave of excitement all around Stamford Bridge after several media outlets reported that Chelsea were getting so close to signing Yuri Zhirkov. The manager at Chelsea as at then, Guus Hiddink was the man in charge of orchestrating the transfer and was doing so after helping the Blues win the FA Cup.

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Also being in charge of the Russian national team, Hiddink used his influence as leverage to help complete the transfer and sent a very clear message to the Blues owner Roman Abramovic to go all out and sign Russian attacker Zhirkov as he looked to assemble his own team that he believed was capable of challenging for major titles.
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