Bystrov with Zenit St. Petersburg in 2010
|Full name||Vladimir Sergeyevich Bystrov|
|Date of birth||31 January 1984|
|Place of birth||Luga, Leningrad Oblast, Russian SFSR|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Current club||FC Anzhi Makhachkala|
|2001–2005||Zenit Saint Petersburg||61||(6)|
|2009–||Zenit St. Petersburg||85||(16)|
|2014–||→ FC Anzhi Makhachkala (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
FC Zenit Saint Petersburg
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
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
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. 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. 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.
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.
- As of 29 March 2013
|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|
Zenit St. Petersburg
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