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Pogrebnyak with Russia at Euro 2012
|Full name||Pavel Viktorovich Pogrebnyak|
|Date of birth||8 November 1983|
|Place of birth||Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2003||→ Baltika Kaliningrad (loan)||40||(15)|
|2004||→ Khimki (loan)||12||(6)|
|2005||→ Shinnik Yaroslavl (loan)||23||(4)|
|2007–2009||Zenit St. Petersburg||58||(22)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:03, 10 February 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Pavel Viktorovich Pogrebnyak (Russian: Павел Викторович Погребняк; born 8 November 1983 in Moscow) is a Russian association footballer who currently plays for Reading in the Premier League. He also represents the Russian national team. He is nicknamed Pogreb ("The Cellar") or Velikiy Po ("Po the Great"), the latter was popularized by his former Zenit teammate Andrei Arshavin. He is a "powerful player who holds the ball up well."
Club career 
Pogrebnyak started playing football at the age of six for the Spartak Moscow football school. In 2001, he made his debut for the Spartak reserve team and one year later he was selected for the first team squad. Between 2001 and 2003, he scored eight goals in 23 appearances.
In 2003, Pogrebnyak played 40 matches and scored 15 goals while on loan with Baltika Kaliningrad. The following season, he returned to Spartak Moscow, appearing 16 times and scoring two goals. The same season he also scored six goals for FC Khimki in 12 appearances. In 2005, Pogrebnyak played for Shinnik Yaroslavl and scored four goals in 23 matches. Pogrebnyak made his true breakthrough during the 2006 season with Tom Tomsk scoring 13 goals in 26 matches and became one of the favorites amongst the local fans.
Zenit St. Petersburg 
Pogrebnyak was signed in the off-season by Zenit St. Petersburg. In 2007, Zenit won the national league, with him chipping in 13 goals. Zenit won the 2008 Russian Super Cup 2–1 over Lokomotiv Moscow, with Pogrebnyak scoring the winner in the 82nd minute.
Along with Luca Toni, Pogrebnyak was joint top-scorer in the 2007–08 UEFA Cup season, scoring ten goals and helping Zenit reach the final to be played at the City of Manchester Stadium. However, Pogrebnyak was to miss the final because of suspension following a third tournament booking in the semifinal's second leg win over Bayern Munich. In the final, Zenit still triumphed over runners-up Glasgow Rangers to add their first European silverware. In the 2008 UEFA Super Cup he scored one of the Zenit's two goals in the 2–1 over English champions Manchester United.
On 28 January 2009, Zenit officials declared that they were on the verge of accepting a bid from Blackburn Rovers which would see the player move to the English side during the January transfer window, but the transfer did not take place.
In 51 official matches for Zenit, Pogrebnyak scored 28 goals, 12 of them in the national league.
VfB Stuttgart 
On 1 August 2009, he agreed to join Stuttgart. Pogrebnyak made his Bundesliga debut seven days later by playing all 90 minutes in the opening day 2–0 defeat to the defending champions Wolfsburg. He scored his first goal in his second game, on 15 August 2009, in Stuttgart's 4–2 win over Freiburg, in which he also won a penalty.
He ended his first season in German football scoring eight goals (six in the league). He then started the 2010–11 season scoring four goals in the first four games including his first hat-trick in Stuttgart's historic 7–0 win against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
On 31 January 2012, Pogrebnyak moved to Premier League side Fulham and signed a contract until the end of the season. He then scored on his debut in the 2–1 win over Stoke City on 11 February 2012. In the following game he scored again, this time against London rivals Queens Park Rangers giving Fulham a 1–0 win. He then scored a perfect hat-trick in his next game, in a 5–0 win against Wolves on 4 March, meaning he had scored five goals in his first three games for Fulham. This made him the quickest player to reach five goals in Premier League history. On 21 April 2012, he returned from an ankle injury to score in a 2–1 win against Wigan Athletic at Craven Cottage. He was released by Fulham on 1 July after failing to reach terms to extend his contract. Pogrebnyak announced that whatever happens over his contract he will remain in England.
Pogrebnyak signed up for Reading shortly after UEFA Euro 2012 on 8 July 2012 on a four-year contract, however rumours of a £65,000 a week wages were quickly denied. The deal was a 'bosman', so no fee was paid to any clubs, but a significant signing-on fee was believed to be part of the deal. He met up with the squad for the first time on 18 July 2012, in time for a pre-season tour of Portugal. The deal took several weeks to complete, given the work permits and paperwork needed for the non-EU player. Pogrebnyak scored his first goal for Reading in a 2–4 defeat at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. He scored a superb header to make it 1–1. His next two goals both came in the League Cup, the first against Peterborough United, and the second was the winning goal in the next round against Queens Park Rangers. He scored a cheeky backheel in the closing stages. Pogrebnyak's next goal came in the Premier League in a 2–2 draw with Swansea City. He scored the opening goal of the game, with a shot that squirmed under Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm. His next Premier League goal came at home to West Ham, and was the decider in a 1–0 win. He followed up with a goal in his next game away at Tottenham, after just four minutes, but Reading eventually lost 3–1. Pogrebnyak then scored for the third Premier League game in a row, with a dramatic last minute winner as Reading came from 2–0 down to win 3–2 at home to West Bromwich Albion.
International career 
Pogrebnyak debuted for the Russian national team on 16 August 2006 in a friendly match against Latvia, where he scored his first goal. He was also initially called-up as part of the Russian squad for UEFA Euro 2008, but because of a knee injury he picked up in a friendly match versus Serbia, he was replaced by Oleg Ivanov before Russia began the tournament. He was confirmed for the finalized UEFA Euro 2012 squad on 25 May 2012.
Career statistics 
- As of 10 February 2013
|FC Baltika Kaliningrad||2003||40||15||1||0||0||0||0||0||41||15|
|Zenit St. Petersburg||2007||24||11||4||2||15||11||0||0||43||24|
International goals 
|1||16 August 2006||Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow, Russia||Latvia||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2||4 June 2006||Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia||Estonia||1–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|3||23 May 2008||Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow, Russia||Kazakhstan||1–0||6–0||Friendly|
|4||28 May 2008||Wacker Sportpark, Burghausen, Germany||Serbia||0–1||1–2||Friendly|
|5||10 September 2008||Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow, Russia||Wales||2–1||2–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6||3 September 2010||Estadi Comunal d'Aixovall, Andorra la Vella, Andorra||Andorra||0–1||0–2||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|7||3 September 2010||Estadi Comunal d'Aixovall, Andorra la Vella, Andorra||Andorra||0–2||0–2||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|8||10 August 2011||Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow, Russia||Serbia||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
Personal life 
Career honours 
- Zenit St. Petersburg
- Zenit St. Petersburg
- UEFA Cup Top Scorer: 2007–08
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