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.
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. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV: CHELSEA’S UNDERDOG TAG COULD BE HELPFUL” →
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.
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. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV REVEALS THE ONE REGRET IN HIS CAREER” →
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.
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. Continue reading “THROWBACK: REMEMBERING ZHIRKOV’S TIME AT CHELSEA” →
Every club has one time or another, made one or even more transfers that would eventually turn sour and the player would not live up to the hype that would have probably surrounded him before sealing the switch. For Chelsea, one of those transfers is Russian star Yuri Zhirkov who was signed from Russian Premier League side CSKA Moscow back in the summer transfer window of 2009.
Zhirkov arrived at Chelsea with a statement of intent and even brought about some excitement within the Blues fan base, making them invest a lot of hopes in him to perform beyond, or at least, up to expectations. He left Russia and moved to the England Premier League in a deal reported to be in the region of £13 million, but was unable to make a reasonable impact at Stamford Bridge. Continue reading “On This Day: Zhirkov Leaves Chelsea For Anzhi Makhachkala” →
Russian national team veteran Yuri Zhirkov has been a worthy servant for his country for the better part of the last two decades. The 37-year-old Russian international plays his club football in the colours of defending champions Zenit St. Petersburg in the top flight of club football in Russia. Yuri Zhirkov was at Dynamo Moscow in the same Russian Premier League before he left to sign for Zenit St. Petersburg in 2016. Yuri Zhirkov had been at Anzhi Makhachkala FC of Russia until 2013 when he signed for Dynamo Moscow. The ex-Chelsea player was a Dynamo Moscow player for three years from 2013 to 2016. Yuri Zhirkov is a utility player who can function well either as a left-back or as a left winger. He has been playing for the Russian national team for 16 years and counting since his debut in 2005. Since his first game for his country, Yuri Zhirkov has scored two times in century of games. His Russia debut came during the defeat to Italy in the Italian city of Cagliari. Zhirkov and Russia were on the receiving end of a 2-0 friendly defeat at the hands of the Italians.
Many Chelsea fans have been wondering why a certain player in the person of Yuri Zhirkov failed to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge despite joining the club as an interesting and exciting player. Following his move from Russian side CSKA Moscow to Chelsea, he was looking like a player who would take the Premier League by storm given the caliber of player he already was during his stay in Russia.
Despite revealing in an interview before his switch to Chelsea that he was a fan of Barcelona and would love to play for the Spanish club, he ended up making the switch to England and it did not turn out to become such a favored time for him on the Blue side of London in England. In addition to Barcelona, he said he also loved Italian Serie A club AC Milan and while he waited for either of the ins to make a bid for him, nothing concrete ever came so he instead joined the evolution at Chelsea. Continue reading “REVEALED: THE REASONS FOR ZHIRKOV’S FAILED CAREER AT CHELSEA” →
Yuri Zhirkov is a name that many Chelsea fans may not find familiar given the circumstances that surrounded the Russian’s time at Stamford Bridge. His failed career with the Blues coupled with his initial disinterest to sign for Chelsea are enough reasons for the Blues’ fans to either not cement his name in their memory or to forget him without a hurry.
The former defender has revealed that there was once a time when his then parent club Chelsea blocked his desired move to Russian Premier League side Zenit St Petersburg. At that time, he was a player of Zenit’s domestic rivals Dinamo Moscow and did not find anything wrong in him signing for Zenit back then. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV RECALLS WHEN CHELSEA BLOCKED HIS MOVE TO ZENIT” →
The assistant manager of the Croatia men’s national Football team Ivica has revealed in a recent story he shared that his former teammate Yuri Zhirkov was not fascinated by Chelsea’s approach to sign him years ago. The list of Russian players who have moved to the Premier League is not a long one; neither is the one containing players of Russian descent who have left the Russian Premier League and have gone abroad.
The two most successful Russian players that would most likely spring to mind when talking about Russian players who moved to the English top-flight are former Arsenal Star Andre Arshavin and a former player of Tottenham Hotspur Roman Pavlyuchenko. They are the Teo players who came in from Russia and starred brilliantly in the 2000s. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV WAS UNHAPPY WHEN CHELSEA CAME FOR HIM” →
Veteran Zenit St. Petersburg defender Yuri Zhirkov was initially reluctant to sign for Chelsea as it’s the case with a lot of Russian footballers who receive approach form foreign clubs. In the end, Yuri Zhirkov signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2009. Chelsea were said to have paid £18m ($29m) to sign him from his then Russian club CSKA Moscow. In an interview towards the end of last year, ex-Croatian international striker and former CSKA Moscow teammate revealed how Yuri Zhirkov was not excited about the Chelsea offer when the opposite was the case for his teammates who were happy that a big club like Chelsea want to sign him.
The £18m paid for Yuri Zhirkov made him the most expensive Russian player at that time surpassing the record of Andrei Arshavin who joined Arsenal in a £15m deal at the end of Euro 2008. Yuri Zhirkov scored on his Chelsea debut in a friendly against AC Milan and his strike proved to be the matchwinner. Continue reading “HOW ZHIRKOV FARED AT CHELSEA” →
Veteran Russian defender Yuri Zhirkov is still going strong at the age of 37 in the colours of Zenit St. Petersburg in the Russian Premier League. He made his 17th appearance of the current season forZenit St. Petersburg during the recent league win over title rivals Spartak Moscow. Yuri Zhirkov became a Zenit St.
Petersburg player four years ago when he signed for the Russian champions from Dynamo Moscow. The experienced left-back had left AnzhiMakhachkala to sign for Dynamo Moscow in 2013. The player then spent three years at the club before joining fellow Russian side Zenit in 2016. Yuri Zhirkovscored four goals in 54 league appearances for Dynamo Moscow during his time at the capital club. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV MAKES LEAGUE APPEARANCE NO. 17” →