Igor Akinfeev

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Igor Akinfeev
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Akinfeev with CSKA Moscow in 2009
Personal information
Full name Igor Vladimirovich Akinfeev
Date of birth (1986-04-08) 8 April 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Vidnoye, Moscow Oblast, Soviet Union
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club CSKA Moscow
Number 35
Youth career
1991–2002 CSKA Moscow
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003– CSKA Moscow 275 (0)
National team
2004– Russia 66 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:08, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Igor Vladimirovich Akinfeev (Russian: Игорь Владимирович Акинфеев; born 8 April 1986 in Vidnoye) is a Russian international football goalkeeper playing for CSKA Moscow, honoured master of sport (2005). He has been a member of the Russian national team since 2004, four-fold winner of the Russian Premier League (2003, 2005, 2006, 2012/2013), five-fold winner of the Russian Cup (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011), winner of the UEFA Europe League (2004/05) UEFA Cup (2005)

Early life[edit]

Igor Akinfeev was born on 8 April 1986 in Moscow Oblast, Vidnoye town. When Igor was 4 years old his father sent him to the Sports school of CSKA. He has been a goalkeeper since his second training. Being a member of junior CSKA Moscow he won the Russian Junior Championship in 2002, in the same year he graduated from the CSKA Football Academy.

Career[edit]

CSKA[edit]

Akinfeev broke into the CSKA starting lineup at the age of 17, and has been the first-choice goalkeeper at the club ever since, gathering various honors including a UEFA Cup, three National Championships, and the Zvezda trophy, awarded to the best football player from the former Soviet Union. He is also the captain of CSKA Moscow. In his second Champions League campaign, he went 362 minutes without conceding until a F.C. Porto goal in gameweek 5.

Akinfeev playing for CSKA in 2011

In the second part of the 2009 season, it emerged as a question why Akinfeev let many shots in through his legs.[1] Examples include strikes from Argentina's Lisandro López, Lokomotiv Moscow's Dmitri Sychev, Wolfsburg's Grafite and Welliton of Spartak Moscow. Former Soviet international goalkeeper Anzor Kavazashvili argued this is because Akinfeev is running out from goal toward strikers at his top speed, thus denying himself a chance to react adequately or maneuver. Akinfeev solved this issue by altering his goalkeeping positions and this resulted in him conceding less, as well as adjusting the grips of his studs so he can control his runs.

International career[edit]

Igor Akinfeev made his debut for the Russian national team in a friendly match against Norway on 28 April 2004, aged 18 years and 20 days. He thus became the third youngest player to compete for Russia after Eduard Streltsov and Sergey Rodionov and the youngest international footballer ever in the history of the Russian Federation.[2] He was later included into the Russian Euro 2004 squad as the third choice goalkeeper behind Sergei Ovchinnikov and Vyacheslav Malafeev. His major competitive debut was on 30 March 2005 in a 2006 World Cup qualifier against Estonia and he was later promoted to Russia's first-choice goalkeeper after a long-term injury to Malafeev. Akinfeev kept his first choice place under Yuri Semin and later Guus Hiddink. On 6 May 2007, Akinfeev suffered a knee injury in a 1–1 draw against FC Rostov which put him out of action for four months. As a result he lost his first choice position to Vyacheslav Malafeev and later Vladimir Gaboulov. He returned to the Russian national squad in early November but was deemed unfit for the Euro 2008 qualifier against Israel. Akinfeev later reestablished his first choice place for Russia for Euro 2008. He was confirmed for the finalized UEFA Euro 2012 squad on 25 May 2012.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Statistics correct as of matches played 13 January 2012

Club Season Russian

Championship

Russian

Cup

Premier

League Cup

Russian

Super Cup

UEFA Cup/

Europa League

Champions

League

UEFA

Super Cup

Total
Apps GA Apps GA Apps GA Apps GA Apps GA Apps GA Apps GA Apps GA
CSKA Moscow 2003 13 11 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 18 15
2004 26 15 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 10 7 0 0 38 24
2005 29 17 7 4 0 0 0 0 15 11 0 0 1 3 52 35
2006 28 25 7 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 8 5 0 0 44 34
2007 10 6 2 1 0 0 1 2 2 1 3 8 0 0 18 18
2008 30 24 2 3 0 0 0 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 38 33
2009 30 30 4 3 0 0 1 1 4 3 6 10 0 0 45 47
2010 28 22 1 0 0 0 1 1 7 3 4 4 0 0 41 30
2011/12 28 22 4 5 0 0 1 1 4 3 0 0 0 0 37 31
2012/13 22 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 24 19
Total 244 189 30 20 2 1 6 8 40 28 32 36 1 3 355 285
Career total 244 189 30 20 2 1 6 8 40 28 32 36 1 3 355 285

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

CSKA Moscow

Individual[edit]

  • 2012 – 2013 Russian Premier League Player of the Year
  • Baltic and Commonwealth of Independent States Footballer of the Year ("Star") by Sport-Express (2006)
  • The best young football player of Russian Premier League (2005)
  • List of 33 best football player of the Russian Championship: # 1 (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012/13); # 2 (2011/2012); # 3 (2004).
  • The best Russian goalkeeper according to Russian Football Union (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • The best young goalkeeper of Europe (2008)
  • member of Lev Yashin club
  • Russian CSKA Prize "Golden Horseshoe": one golden horseshoe (2010) and four silver horseshoe (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009)
  • Order of Friendship (2006)
  • Lev Yashin Prize "Goalkeeper of the year" (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "У вратарей тоже есть нервы" (in Russian). Sports Daily. 18 August 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Хорошо! Но мало..." (in Russian). Sovetsky Sport. 13 October 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Advocaat announced the finalized Euro Squad" (in Russian). 25 May 2012. 

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