Aleksandr Kokorin

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Aleksandrovich and the family name is Kokorin.
Aleksandr Kokorin
Aleksandr Kokorin 2016.jpg
Kokorin with Zenit in 2016
Personal information
Full name Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Kokorin
Date of birth (1991-03-19) 19 March 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Valuyki, Soviet Union
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Zenit St. Petersburg
Number 9
Youth career
Lokomotiv Moscow
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2013 Dynamo Moscow 114 (19)
2013 Anzhi Makhachkala 0 (0)
2013–2016 Dynamo Moscow 57 (22)
2016– Zenit St. Petersburg 30 (5)
National team
2010 Russia U19 3 (2)
2009–2011 Russia U21 17 (8)
2011– Russia 44 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2016

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Kokorin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович Коко́рин, pronounced [ɐlʲɪˈksandr ɐlʲɪˈksandrəvʲɪtɕ kɐˈkorʲɪn]; born 19 March 1991) is a Russian footballer who plays as a forward for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. He had his breakthrough season in 2012–13, which led to Dynamo Moscow inserting a €19 million release clause into his contract. A full international since 2011, Kokorin has gained over 35 caps and was named in the Russian squads for Euro 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Kokorin with Dynamo in 2012

He made his debut for the senior FC Dynamo Moscow team on 4 October 2008 – Dynamo was decimated by injuries and was losing to FC Saturn Moscow Oblast 0-1 at the halftime when Kokorin came on as a substitute. With 18 minutes to go Kokorin scored an equalizer (Dynamo went on to win 2-1). He became the youngest player to score a goal for Dynamo in the Russian Premier League (17 years 199 days). He scored a winning goal in a 1:0 victory over FC Lokomotiv Moscow in his second game as a starter on 3 November 2008.

On 29 July 2009, he scored the winning goal in a 1–0 win against Celtic F.C. in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie in the UEFA Champions League in Glasgow.[1]

At the end of the 2012-13 season he entered the Top 33 players list as the No. 1 Left Striker.[2]

On 4 July 2013 Kokorin agreed personal terms with Anzhi Makhachkala after the club had triggered his €19 million release clause.[3] However, before he could play a single official game for Anzhi (he was out of commission due to injury at the time of his signing), on 6 August, following restructuring of Anzhi at business level, the whole squad was put up for sale, including new signing Kokorin. The next day, Yuri Zhirkov, Igor Denisov and Kokorin were all transferred to Dynamo for an undisclosed fee.

On 30 January 2016, he moved from Dynamo to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.[4]

On 9 April 2016 Kokorin scored his first goal for Zenit in a game against FC Amkar Perm.

International career[edit]

Kokorin with the Russia national football team in 2012

Kokorin was a part of the Russia U-21 side that was competing in the 2011 European Under-21 Championship qualification.[5] Kokorin was called up to the Russia national football team for a friendly against Greece in November 2011 and made his national team debut in that game on the 11th, a 1–1 draw in Piraeus. He played two games at UEFA Euro 2012 as Russia failed to pass the group stages.[6]

He scored his first national team goal on 11 September 2012 in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Israel, which finished as a 4–0 victory at the Ramat Gan Stadium.[7]

On 2 June 2014, he was included in Russia's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.[8] He scored Russia's goal in their 1–1 final group match draw with Algeria, as the team was knocked out by the North African side.[9]

Kokorin scored three times in Russia's successful UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying, concluding on 12 October 2015 with a penalty in their last game, a 2–0 win over Montenegro at the Otkrytie Arena which sealed Russia's place at the expense of Sweden.[10] He was selected in Russia's squad for Euro 2016, playing in all three matches as Russia finished bottom of the group.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 24 November 2016
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[11] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dynamo Moscow 2008 7 2 0 0 - - - - 7 2
2009 24 2 3 0 4 1 - - 31 3
2010 24 0 2 0 - - - - 26 0
2011-12 37 5 4 2 - - - - 41 7
2012-13 22 10 1 0 3 3 - - 26 13
2013–14 22 10 1 0 - - - - 23 10
2014–15 27 8 1 0 11 2 - - 39 10
2015–16 8 4 2 1 - - - - 10 5
Total 171 41 14 3 18 6 0 0 203 50
Zenit 2015-16 10 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 14 3
2016–17 14 2 2 1 5 4 1 0 22 7
Total 24 4 4 2 6 4 1 0 36 10
Career Total 195 45 18 5 25 10 1 0 239 60

International goals[edit]

As of match played 1 June 2016. Russia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Kokorin goal.[12]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 September 2012 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel 9  Israel 2–0 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 6 September 2013 Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia 14  Luxembourg 1–0 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 2–0
4 10 September 2013 Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia 15  Israel 2–0 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 5 March 2014 Kuban Stadium, Krasnodar, Russia 19  Armenia 1–0 2–0 Friendly
6 26 June 2014 Arena da Baixada, Curitiba, Brazil 25  Algeria 1–0 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
7 9 October 2014 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden 27  Sweden 1–0 1–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
8 7 June 2015 Arena Khimki, Khimki, Russia 31  Belarus 1–0 4–2 Friendly
9 8 September 2015 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein 34  Liechtenstein 2–0 7–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
10 12 October 2015 Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow, Russia 36  Montenegro 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
11 29 March 2016 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 37  France 1–2 2–4 Friendly
12 1 June 2016 Tivoli-Neu, Innsbruck, Austria 38  Czech Republic 1–0 1–2 Friendly

Achievements[edit]

Team[edit]

Dynamo Moscow

Zenit Saint Petersburg

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grahame, Ewing (29 July 2009). "Celtic 0 Dynamo Moscow 1: match report". The Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 1 August 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  2. ^ http://news.sport-express.ru/2013-06-11/592830/
  3. ^ "Anzhi Makhachkala trigger €19m Aleksandr Kokorin clause". www.premier-football-news.net. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Юрий Жирков и Александр Кокорин присоединились к «Зениту» (in Russian). FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. 30 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Russian Football Union – News" (in Russian). Russian Football Union. Archived from the original on 28 October 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Advocaat announced the finalized Euro Squad" (in Russian). 25 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Russia leave Israel standing". UEFA. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  8. ^ Состав национальной сборной России на ЧМ-2014 (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 2 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Algeria 1-1 Russia". BBC. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Van Poortvliet, Richard (12 October 2015). "Russia qualify for EURO by defeating Montenegro". UEFA. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Russian Super Cup
  12. ^ Aleksandr Kokorin at Soccerway

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