Roman Shirokov

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Roman Shirokov
Roman Shirokov 2012.jpg
Shirokov with Zenit in 2012
Personal information
Full name Roman Nikolaevich Shirokov
Date of birth (1981-07-06) 6 July 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Dedovsk, Moscow Oblast, Soviet Union
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club FC Krasnodar
Number 15
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 CSKA-2 Moscow 54 (3)
2001 CSKA Moscow 0 (0)
2001 FC Torpedo-ZIL Moscow 1 (0)
2002–2003 Istra
2004 Vidnoye 17 (4)
2004 Istra
2005 Saturn Moscow Oblast 18 (3)
2006 Rubin Kazan 4 (0)
2007 Khimki 27 (7)
2008– Zenit St. Petersburg 130 (29)
2014– Krasnodar (loan) 5 (3)
National team
2008– Russia 41 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Roman Nikolayevich Shirokov (Russian: Рома́н Никола́евич Широ́ков [rɐˈman nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪt͡ɕ ʂɨˈrokəf]; born 6 July 1981) is an association football midfielder. He currently plays for FC Krasnodar on loan from Zenit in the Russian Premier League and for the Russia national football team. He is described as "a deep-lying midfielder with an aptitude for getting forward to score goals".[1]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Before signing for Zenit, Shirokov played for FC Khimki, Rubin Kazan, Saturn Moscow Oblast, FC Vidnoye, FC Istra, Torpedo-ZIL Moscow and CSKA Moscow's farm club.

Zenit[edit]

Shirokov started his first season for Zenit as central back, as then-head coach Dick Advocaat was forced to fill the gaps left in the centre of defence after the departure of Martin Škrtel to Liverpool and severe injury to Nicolas Lombaerts. He adapted to the new position fairly well and featured as a centre-back in the 2008 UEFA Cup Final victory over Rangers, pairing with Ivica Križanac. In 2009 he was moved back to midfield.

International career[edit]

Shirokov preparing for a friendly against Bulgaria in August 2010

Shirokov made his debut in the Russia national football team on 28 March 2008 during a friendly match in Romania.

He was called up for the Euro 2008 and started in the opening group match against Spain, being deployed in the centre of defence as then-manager of Russia Guus Hiddink decided to follow the footsteps of his compatriot Advocaat, thus relegating experienced Sergey Ignashevich to the bench. This move proved unsuccessful as Russia were beaten 1–4 with Shirokov at fault on the number of occasions, including Spaniards' first[2] and third[3] goals. After the game Hiddink slammed his team's performance in defence[4] and revamped the squad, leaving Shirokov out of the first team for the rest of the tournament.

After a string of assuring performances in the centre of Zenit's midfield, he was called back to the national team in 2010 for a friendly against Bulgaria. Shirokov celebrated his return by scoring his first international goal, the only one in the game that finished 1–0. He was confirmed for the finalized UEFA Euro 2012 squad on 25 May 2012.[5] He scored the second goal of Russia's opening game of this tournament against the Czech Republic in a 4–1 win.[6]

Controversy[edit]

Shirokov has been criticized in recent years for his language towards fans and opposition clubs. In 2011, before a match he said "Spartak is not an opponent for us." After the match he said "I congrats pigs with deserved loss."

After a match with Slovakia in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers, he called the opponents a "kolhoz (collective farm)"

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 October 2013
Club Div Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Russia Saturn D1 2005 18 3 6 2 24 5
Total 18 3 6 2 0 0 24 5
Russia Rubin Kazan D1 2006 4 0 1 0 5 0
Total 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Russia FC Khimki D1 2007 27 7 2 2 29 9
Total 27 7 2 2 0 0 29 9
Russia Zenit D1 2008 27 3 1 0 10 0 38 3
2009 21 1 2 0 2 0 25 1
2010 21 6 4 1 12 2 37 9
2011–12 26 9 3 0 8 5 37 14
2012–13 25 5 3 0 10 1 38 6
2013–14 7 5 0 0 4 5 11 10
Total 127 29 13 1 46 13 186 43
Career total 176 39 22 5 46 13 244 57

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2010-08-11 Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia  Bulgaria 1 – 0 1–0 Friendly
2 2010-10-08 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland  Republic of Ireland 0 – 3 2–3 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
3 2011-11-11 Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece  Greece 0 – 1 1–1 Friendly
4 2012-02-29 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 0 – 1 0–2 Friendly
5 2012-06-01 Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland  Italy 0 – 2 0–3 Friendly
6 2012-06-01 Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland  Italy 0 – 3 0–3 Friendly
7 2012-06-08 Municipal Stadium, Wrocław, Poland  Czech Republic 0 – 2 1–4 UEFA Euro 2012
8 2012-09-07 Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow, Russia  Northern Ireland 2 – 0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 2012-10-16 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia  Azerbaijan 1 – 0 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 2012-11-14 Kuban Stadium, Krasnodar, Russia  United States 2 – 1 2–2 Friendly
11 2013-02-06 Estadio Municipal de Marbella, Marbella, Spain  Iceland 1 – 0 2–0 Friendly

References[edit]

Career honours[edit]

Zenit

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