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.
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. Continue reading “YURI ZHIRKOV: CAREER IN SUMMARY” →
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.
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” →
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” →
Russian left-back Yuri Zhirkov began his professional career at Sparta Tambov before he signed for CSKA Moscow during the winter transfer window in 2004. His debut for CSKA Moscow came during the Russian Super Cup clash with Spartak Moscow and he was able to win his first trophy thanks to a 3-1 victory at the end of the game. His Champions League debut came against Neftchi Baku on July 27, 2004. He also played against Scottish Premiership giants Rangers in the third qualifying round of that Champions League season.
Yuri Zhirkov was part of the CSKA Moscow team that won the UEFA Cup title at the end of the 2004/05. The left-sided player was one of the goalscorers as CSKA Moscow beat Sporting Lisbon 3-1 in the final. Zhirkov scored the second CSKA Moscow goal in that final. CSKA Moscow made history as the first Russian team to win the UEFA Cup. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV: CSKA MOSCOW CAREER EXAMINED” →
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 ” →