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-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.

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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.
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ZHIRKOV: DYNAMO 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.

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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.
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ZHIRKOV: 2005 UEFA CUP FINAL REVIEWED

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.

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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.
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ZHIRKOV: EURO 2008 TOURNAMENT 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.

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Yuri Zhirkov was one of four Russians on the best players’ list alongside Andrei Arshavin, KostantinZyryanovand RomainPavyluchenko.
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ZHIRKOV: EURO 2020 TOURNAMENT REVIEW

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.

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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.
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ZHIRKOV SAYS MOUNT IS A FUTURE CHELSEA CAPTAIN

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.

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The young midfielder has been receiving a lot of praise in recent months following his fine performances in a Blue shirt and many have now realized why he was one of Frank Lampard’s favorite players during his tenure as manager at the club.
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EURO 2020: ZHIRKOV INJURED IN DEFEAT

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.

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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.
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ZHIRKOV: CHELSEA ARE BUILDING A TOP EUROPEAN TEAM

Former Chelsea star Yuri Zhirkov has hailed his former side and revealed that they are currently building a top attacking team that will be able to come against any opposition side both in the Premier League and in Europe.

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The former Blues star spent part of his career at Stamford Bridge and even though his time with the Blues did not go as he would have hoped for, he says he still maintains some level of respect for the London outfit and still wishes he had a better career at Stamford Bridge.
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ZHIRKOV REVEALS THE ONE REGRET IN HIS CAREER

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.

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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.
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