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” →
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.
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” →