THROWBACK: REMEMBERING ZHIRKOV’S TIME AT CHELSEA

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.

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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.
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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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YURI ZHIRKOV: NATIONAL TEAM CAREER EXPOSED

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.


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REVEALED: THE REASONS FOR ZHIRKOV’S FAILED CAREER AT CHELSEA

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.
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ZHIRKOV RECALLS WHEN CHELSEA BLOCKED HIS MOVE TO ZENIT

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”

ZHIRKOV WAS UNHAPPY WHEN CHELSEA CAME FOR HIM

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.
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HOW ZHIRKOV FARED AT CHELSEA

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.
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ZHIRKOV MAKES LEAGUE APPEARANCE NO. 17

 

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”

Dinamo Moscow Faltering Season analysis

Dinamo Moscow have been underwhelming in the Russian league this season sitting just a single spot outside the relegation places. This is to be expected after the financial and administrative mess the club found themselves in recent years.

Having qualified for the Europa League 3 seasons ago the Russian club was thrown into turmoil when UEFA kicked the club out of the tournament for breaching FFP regulations.
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Russia needs to improve

Russia international player Yuri Zhirkov believes that the national team needs to improve on the international scene. He said that the team performance was really bad at the last World Cup and it is important that the federation work on that.

The former Dynamo Moscow player said that there is so much potential in Russia but it is sad that it is not exploited at the maximum. He believes that the Russian football federation should be investing more money in the development of grassroots football so as to help the national team in the long run.
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