Vladimir Bystrov

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Vladimir Bystrov
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Bystrov with Zenit St. Petersburg in 2010
Personal information
Full name Vladimir Sergeyevich Bystrov
Date of birth (1984-01-31) 31 January 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Luga, Leningrad Oblast, Russian SFSR
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club FC Anzhi Makhachkala
Number 34
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Zenit Saint Petersburg 61 (6)
2005–2009 Spartak Moscow 99 (17)
2009– Zenit St. Petersburg 85 (16)
2014– FC Anzhi Makhachkala (loan) 7 (0)
National team
2004– Russia 47 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2013

Vladimir Sergeyevich Bystrov (Russian: Владимир Серге́евич Быстров) born 31 January 1984 in Luga, Leningrad Oblast) is an association football right winger who currently plays for FC Anzhi Makhachkala on loan from FC Zenit St. Petersburg and also represents Russia. He is renowned for his blistering pace and is regarded as being one of the quickest players in Europe, frequently drawing fouls with his blinding acceleration and sustained pace.

Career[edit]

FC Zenit Saint Petersburg[edit]

He began his career in youth club Smena. In 2001, he transferred to Zenit. On 8 May 2002, he made his debut in the Zenit squad. In 2005, he felt dissatisfied because he lost his place in squad and played less than he wanted. After a scandal with Zenith's hierarchy, he transferred to FC Spartak Moscow.

FC Spartak Moscow[edit]

In June 2005, he moved to Spartak for 4 million euro. Zenit fans were disappointed, because Spartak was their principal opponent. He made his debut for Spartak on 9 June. In 2009, he became a leader of Spartak with help of Alex and Welliton.

FC Zenit Saint Petersburg[edit]

On 27 August 2009, after four seasons with Zenit's archrivals Spartak Moscow, the winger suddenly returned to his former club, signing until June 2014.[1] Due to his spell at rivals Spartak Moscow, Zenit supporters still can't find it in their hearts to forgive and direct jeers towards him at their games.[citation needed] In March 2010, Zenit was to be rewarded for finishing third in the Russian championship by the city of Saint Petersburg, but the ceremony ended with the players storming off the stage after Bystrov had been heckled by parts of the audience.

International team[edit]

His first appearance for the Russia was in March 2004. Bystrov made a big impact in the seven Euro 2008 qualifiers he played in, with his two goals so important to the Russian cause. His displays have not gone unnoticed in the last couple of years and he has been linked with moves to both England's Premier League and Germany's Bundesliga. Bystrov was included in Guus Hiddink's Euro 2008 squad. He was a substitute in Russia's opening match, the 4–1 defeat to Spain, coming on for Dmitri Sychev in the 46th minute.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 29 March 2013
Club Div Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Zenit SPb D1 2002 8 0 2 0 2 0 12 0
2003 19 4 5 2 24 6
2004 21 1 1 0 6 0 28 1
2005 13 1 5 0 18 1
Total 61 6 13 2 8 0 82 8
Spartak Moscow D1 2005 15 3 15 3
2006 24 6 10 1 9 0 43 7
2007 18 3 5 0 4 0 27 3
2008 24 1 7 0 31 1
2009 18 4 2 0 20 4
Total 99 17 17 1 20 0 136 18
Zenit SPb D1 2009 10 6 10 6
2010 25 6 0 0 4 0 29 6
2011–12 12 1 2 0 5 0 19 1
2012–13 20 3 1 0 6 0 27 3
Total 67 16 3 0 15 0 85 16
Career total 227 39 33 3 43 0 303 42

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2006-11-15 City Stadium, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia  Macedonia 1 – 0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2 2007-02-08 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands 1 – 2 1–4 Friendly
3 2008-05-23 Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow, Russia  Kazakhstan 2 – 0 6–0 Friendly
4 2008-06-04 Wacker Arena, Burghausen, Germany  Lithuania 4 – 1 4–1 Friendly

Career honours[edit]

Zenit St. Petersburg

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