Russian star Yuri Zhirkov was an unused substitute as his Chelsea side beat Portsmouth in the 2010 FA Cup final to win the 2009/10 FA Cup. Yuri Zhirkov and Chelsea were able to add the FA Cup title to their Premier League title for a fantastic double at the end of the 2009/10 season.
In the 2010 FA Cup final, Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti opted for Englishman Ashley Cole as his left-back ahead of Yuri Zhirkov. Russian star Zhirkov had played second fiddle to Cole in the left-back department since his arrival from CSKA Moscow in the Russian top flight. Zhirkov rarely got the chance to start games whenever Cole is fit especially in the Premier League. Continue reading “ZHIRKOV: 2010 FA CUP FINAL REVIEWED” →
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” →
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-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.
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.
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” →