Veteran Russian left-back Yuri Zhirkov spent two years as an Anzhi Makhachkala player on the back of his spell in the Premier League with West London giants Chelsea. Yuri Zhirkov had a two-year spell at Chelsea until his transfer back to Russia in the colours of Anzhi in 2011.
On August 6, 2013, AnzhiMakhachkala put their whole first team squad for sale following the decision to concentrate on youth development. To this effect, Zhirkov and others left the club to join some of the other clubs in the Russian top flight. Yuri Zhirkov was one of the three players who first left Anzhi Makhachkala to sign for the same club, Dynamo Moscow. Russian international Yuri Zhirkovsigned for Dynamo Moscow alongsideAleksandrKokorin and Igor Denisov on August 15, 2013 for an undisclosed fee. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV: DYNAMO MOSCOW CAREER EXAMINED” →
Russian left-back Yuri Zhirkov scored one of the goals as his CSKA Moscow side see off Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon in the 2005 UEFA CUP final to win the 2004/05 UEFA CUP title. Yuri Zhirkov scored the second CSKA Moscow on the way to the 3-1 win over their Portuguese top flight opponents.
Yuri Zhirkov started the Sporting Lisbon game on the left side of the CSKA Moscow game and he was on from start to finish as the Russians won the biggest trophy of their history. Zhirkov won a lot of trophies during his time at CSKA Moscow but none was bigger than the UEFA CUP, an European title. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV: 2005 UEFA CUP FINAL REVIEWED” →
Russian defender Yuri Zhirkov was at the peak of his powers as he propelled his country to the semi-finals at the Euro 2008 tournament. Yuri Zhirkov was rewarded with a spot on the Team of the Tournament at Euro 2008 for his impressive performances in the colours of the Russian team.
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” →
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 ” →
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.
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. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV: EURO 2020 TOURNAMENT REVIEW” →
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.
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.
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. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV: HAALAND IS THE KIND OF PLAYER CHELSEA NEED” →
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.
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. Continue reading “EURO 2020: ZHIRKOV INJURED IN DEFEAT” →
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.