Yuri Zhirkov


Yuri Zhirkov
  • Full Name: Yuri Zhirkov
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Birthday: August 20, 1983 (Age: 30)
  • Club: Dinamo Moscow
  • Height: 5' 11" (1.8m)

tournament statistics

Games Minutes Goals Assists Shots
3 270 0 0 4

Yuri Zhirkov

One of the modern breed of players who have cashed in on the riches available in the game, Zhirkov secured himself a big-money move from CSKA Moscow to Chelsea in 2009 and then hit the jackpot again when completing a switch to big-spending Anzhi last year. 

After those two moves, this full-back certainly won’t have to look for a part time job in his local hardware store when he hangs up his boots and yet his hunger and desire to succeed with Russia at Euro 2012 appears to be burning brightly, as he aims to confirm he is equipped to perform at the very highest level.

“It was not easy for me at Chelsea because the coaches did not give ma a chance to show what I could do in the team on a regular basis,” says the defender who played in eight qualifiers on the road to Poland and the Ukraine. “In the end, I had no option other than to leave as I wanted to be playing regular football to make sure I stayed in the Russian team.”

Euro 2012

Czech Republic 1 0 0 1 0 4 2 0 0
Poland 1 0 0 1 0 2 3 0 0
Greece 1 0 0 2 1 2 1 1 0