On This Day: Zhirkov Leaves Chelsea For Anzhi Makhachkala

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.
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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.


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.


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.



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”

Dynamo Moscow vs PFC Sochi preview and prediction

Dynamo Moscow have a difficult test this weekend when they take on PFC Sochi at the Lev YashinStadium. There has been a lot of inconsistency from both teams this season. However, the upcoming match is a great opportunity for Dynamo Moscow to lay down a marker for the campaign. The team are eighth in the standings after failing to meet expectations so far. The recent derby loss against CSKA Moscow is a major blow for Dynamo Moscow, who are keen to bounce back.PFC Sochi might have started the campaign in excellent fashion but they have been unable to retain the form for much longer.

Table leaders Zenit St Petersburg were able to inflict a 3-1 defeat overPFC Sochi in the recent match. This setback has provided a major reason forPFC Sochi to think about going for a victory.PFC Sochihave surprisingly done well against Dynamo Moscow as they have not been beaten by this opposition. There have been four games between these two opponents with 50% of these matches finishing as a draw.PFC Sochihave been able to pick up a victory in the remaining two games. The most recent encounter between these two outfits produced a 1-1 draw.PFC Sochiwere able to secure a point thanks to Aleksandr Kokorin scoring a late goal. Continue reading “Dynamo Moscow vs PFC Sochi preview and prediction”

Dynamo Moscow sporting director opens up on relationship with Jurgen Klopp


Jurgen Klopp and Zeljko Buvac, who is the sporting director at Dynamo Moscow, have had a long working relationship which stretched to almost 2 decades. The pair worked with each other at the likes of Mainz 05, Borussia Dortmund, and more recently, at Liverpool. However, this partnership has recently come to an end. Zeljko Buvac recently left Liverpool in 2018 and the pair have been exchanging a lot of harsh words media since then.Buvac might have had more experience as the assistant manager to Jurgen Klopp, who experienced strong success at Dortmund and Liverpool, but he has recently taken over as the sporting director of Dynamo Moscow, who are a successful club in the Russian Premier league.

Buvac has now claimed that he did most of the coaching work while Klopp was only handling the interviews for the media. Even now,Buvac claims that he does not want to be in the limelight and prefers to do the job in the background. Despite having several offers from around the globe,Buvac has decided to stick with the Russian Premier League, where he has spent a considerable time. Klopp recently guided to their first league title since the 1980s. A lot of plaudits have been flowing in for the German manager, who also guided the team to Champions League success recently.
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Yuri Zhirkov from Dynamo Moscow of Russia

Transfer from one club to another is the life of professional footballers. Some of them may not pay as per the expectations of the supporters and then plays extremely well for the opponent when he joins the other club. Almost the same thing happened with Yuri Zhirkov who was a former defender of Chelsea some years ago. He made 49 appearances for the Famous club but couldn’t meet the expectations of the supporters.

He scored once and let others score on 11 occasions. As he was released by Chelsea, his career started moving around his homeland Russia. Clubs like Anzhi Makhachkala, Dinamo Moscow gave him the honor to represent their teams. Since 2016 he has been part of Zenit St. Petersburg. He represented his country in the World Cups of 2014 and 2018. He helped Russia to qualify for the 2008 UEFA EURO cup Semi-finals. He also won the FUTBOL’s Russian Footballer of the year. In front of the home crowd, his performance was actually astonishing as Russia was the host of the 2018 World Cup. Continue reading “Yuri Zhirkov from Dynamo Moscow of Russia”