ZHIRKOV: CHELSEA CAREER IN FOCUS

Russian star Yuri Zhirkov became a Chelsea player in the summer of 2009. His transfer to Chelsea was confirmed on July 6, 2009. The Blues paid around £18m to secure his transfer from CSKA Moscow in the Russian top flight thus making him the most expensive Russian footballer at the time. The previous record was held by Andrei Arshavin who left Russian team Zenit Saint Petersburg to sign for Arsenal at the start of 2009 in a deal believed to be around £15m.

Yuri Zhirkov put pen to paper on a four-year deal when he signed for Chelsea during the summer’s transfer window in 2009. His impact at Chelsea was instant after he scored on his debut for the club against Italian side AC Milan in a pre-season friendly and his goal turned out to be the difference between the two teams. He had to wait for his competitive debut due to injury. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV: CHELSEA CAREER IN FOCUS”

       ZHIRKOV SAYS KENEDY SHOULD LEAVE CHELSEA TO GET MORE PLAYING TIME

According to Brazilian journalist Mateus-Guia Alvinegro, Kenedy is the subject of interest from Botafogo over a possible move in the summer transfer window. A Estrela solitaria are keen on reinforcing their wide-attacking options in the coming weeks, with the Chelsea wing-back emerging as a viable candidate.


Kenedy has been with Chelsea for nearly seven years but has failed to nail down a spot for himself in the first-team squad. The 26-year-old joined the Blues in August 2015 after a successful trial, but he has spent only one full season with the west London club, his debut campaign in England. Continue reading “       ZHIRKOV SAYS KENEDY SHOULD LEAVE CHELSEA TO GET MORE PLAYING TIME”

       NAPOLI READY TO OFFER €25M TO SIGN ARMANDO BROJA, ZHIRKOV LOVES HIM

As reported by Calcio Napoli24, in a new twist to the Armando Broja transfer saga, Napoli are ready to pay Chelsea €25 million to secure the signing of the striker. The 20-year-old has reportedly agreed on personal terms with West Ham United, but the Hammers are yet to reach an agreement on a transfer fee with the Blues. Broja is a Chelsea youth product but has not been able to make a breakthrough in their first team, making just one senior appearance for them. The Albanian striker was sent out on loan over the last two seasons, to Vitesse Arnhem and Southampton, respectively, where he has flourished.


For Vitesse, in the 2020/21 season, Broja scored 11 goals in 34 appearances across all competitions before he impressed for the Saints, netting nine times for them in 38 matches. The 20-year-old has now returned to Chelsea for the pre-season campaign but looks destined for an exit. Continue reading “       NAPOLI READY TO OFFER €25M TO SIGN ARMANDO BROJA, ZHIRKOV LOVES HIM”

ZHIRKOV: 2005 UEFA CUP FINAL REVIEWED

Russian defender Yuri Zhirkov was amongst the goals as CSKA Moscow beat Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon in the 2005 UEFA Cup final. Yuri Zhirkovscored one of the goals as CSKA Moscow won the UEFA Cup by beating home team Sporting Lisbon 3-1 in the final. The Russians came from behind to beat their Portuguese opponents thanks to three goals in the second half.


In the 2005 UEFA Cup final at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon, Yuri Zhirkov started on the left side of defence forCSKA Moscow, while VasiliBeretzuski in front of goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. Alexei Beretzuksi and Sergei Ignashevich were the central defenders for the Russians.ChidiOdiah, EgveniAldonin, Daniel Carvalho and ElvirRahimic were the midfielders, while Ivica Olic and Vagner Love started in attack. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV: 2005 UEFA CUP FINAL REVIEWED”

REPORT: DEFENDER’S SUMMER CHELSEA TRANSFER ONLY A MATTER OF TIME

Transfer fees are no longer a problem in the negotiations between Chelsea and Sevilla as Jules Kounde is on the verge of a Stamford Bridge move, according to Diario AS. The Spanish outlet claims that the 23-year-old’s Chelsea transfer is now just “a matter of time”. Kounde has already agreed personal terms to join the Blues, while the west London club’s ownership situation, which was obviously an issue, has reached its conclusion.

Chelsea are expected to pay between €60million and €65m (£51.5m-£55.8m) for the centre-back. Sevilla themselves have begun identifying potential replacements for both Kounde and Diego Carlos, whose transfer to Aston Villa has already been confirmed. Kounde is currently away on international duty with France for their UEFA Nations League fixtures.For Chelsea, Kounde’s potential arrival would not end their search for new defenders. Continue reading “REPORT: DEFENDER’S SUMMER CHELSEA TRANSFER ONLY A MATTER OF TIME”

            THROWBACK TO WHEN CHELSEA SIGNED YURI ZHIRKOV

Euro 2008 saw the emergence of the Russian national team, which resulted in the export of a few of the finest Russian football players to the major leagues in the world.


In 2009, Andrei Arshavin mesmerized the world with his dazzling football talent and skills. At the same time, many predicted that it would not take long for another rising star in the team, Yuri Zhirkov, to move beyond the Russian Premier League, where he was awarded the Russian Footballer of the Year in 2008. The then CSKA Moskva man, known for his great pace, dribbling and versatility, is set to make his mark on a bigger stage. Continue reading “            THROWBACK TO WHEN CHELSEA SIGNED YURI ZHIRKOV”

YURI ZHIRKOV: CAREER IN SUMMARY

Yuri Zhirkov is a Russian left-sided player who performed well in a number of positions. He can play as a left-back, a left winger and a left midfielder. He began his career in the youth team at Spartak Tambov in his native Russia. Yuri Zhirkov made his professional bow at Tambov and he was in the first team for three years before signing for fellow Russian side CSKA Moscow.

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Zhirkov began to gain European recognition with his performances for CSKA Moscow. He won the Russian Cup, Russian Premier League, Russian Super Cup and UEFA Cup titles at CSKA Moscow before leaving Russia for the first time when it comes to his professional football career. The Russian signed for Premier League heavyweights Chelsea in 2009 after the London club paid £18m to sign him from CSKA Moscow.
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ZHIRKOV: CSKA MOSCOW CAREER EXAMINED

Russian left-sided defender Yuri Zhirkov started his career at Spartak Tambov before joining fellow Russian club CSKA Moscow in January 2004. His CSKA Moscow debutcame during the Russian Super Cup clash with Spartak Moscow which ended in a 3-1 win for his team thus winning his first trophy in professional football. The said Russian Super Cup was played on March 7, 2004.


Yuri Zhirkov made his Champions League debut in CSKA Moscow colours on July 27, 2004. His Champions League bow was against Neftchi Baku of Azerbaijan during the qualifiers. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV: CSKA MOSCOW CAREER EXAMINED”

YURI ZHIRKOV: ANZHI CAREER EXAMINED

Russian left-back Yuri Zhirkov spent two years at Premier League side Chelsea before returning to his country in the summer of 2011. It turned out to be the only years spent outside of the Russian league for Zhirkov. He signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2009 and was part of the Premier League title-winning squad in his first season in West London.


Yuri Zhirkov had moved to Chelsea from CSKA Moscow in a deal worth £18m thus making him the most expensive Russian player at the time as his transfer surpassed the £15m Arsenal paid to sign Andrei Arshavinsome months earlier. Zhirkov put pen to paper on a four-year deal and he was at the club for just two years before his return to Russia in the colours of Anzhi Makhachkala for an undisclosed fee believed to around £13.2m. Chelsea announced his departure from the club officially in August 2011. Continue reading “YURI ZHIRKOV: ANZHI CAREER EXAMINED”

ZHIRKOV: RUSSIAN NATIONAL TEAM CAREER PROBED

Russian defender Yuri Zhirkov made played his first game for the senior team against Italy in Cagliari on February 9, 2005. He was named in the starting XI as Russia suffered a 2-0 international friendly defeat at the hands of their hosts.

Yuri Zhirkov made his tournament bow for the Russian senior team at the Euro 2008 tournament and he was an important player for the team on the way to a surprising exit at the semi-final stage. Russia exceeded expectations by reaching the last four at the Euro 2008 tournament in Switzerland and Austria. Zhirkov was named in the Team of the Tournament and the left-back also made the list of 30 nominees for the 2008 Ballon d’Or. In the end, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo was named the recipient of the 2008 Ballon d’Or award. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV: RUSSIAN NATIONAL TEAM CAREER PROBED”