Izmailov with Krasnodar in 2015
|Full name||Marat Nailevich Izmailov|
|Date of birth||21 September 1982|
|Place of birth||Moscow, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|2007–2008||→ Sporting CP (loan)||23||(4)|
|2014||→ Gabala (loan)||14||(1)|
|2014–2015||→ Krasnodar (loan)||22||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 August 2015.
Marat Nailevich Izmailov (Russian: Марат Наилевич Измайлов, Tatar: Cyrillic Марат Наил улы Измайлов, Latin Marat Nail uğlı İzmailev; born 21 September 1982) is a Russian professional footballer who plays for FC Krasnodar.
Mainly a right midfielder he can also appear as an attacking midfielder, being best known for his dribbling skills and pace while also possessing a good long-distance shot and accurate passing. He played most of his injury-plagued career with Sporting Clube de Portugal, after starting it with Lokomotiv Moscow.
Born in Moscow of Volga Tatar descent, Izmailov emerged through local FC Lokomotiv Moscow's youth ranks, making a lightning progression in a period of six months. He was already a very important first-team member when Lokomotiv won the Russian Premier League titles in 2002 and 2004, and the player received the 2001 award for Best Young Player. However, early on, he also often suffered with injuries.
In July 2007, Izmailov was loaned for one season to Sporting Clube de Portugal, making his official debut in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira on 11 August, against FC Porto in Leiria. The game ended 1–0, with the game's only goal being scored by him at the 75th minute, with a long-distance effort; he also played that match with an injury.
On 6 October 2007, coming from the bench, Izmailov contributed with two late goals (his first league ones) in a 3–0 home win against Vitória de Guimarães, and eventually helped the side finish second in the Primeira Liga, adding the Taça de Portugal also against Porto. During the following summer he signed a permanent deal with the Lisbon-based club, which paid Lokomotiv €4.5 million.
In 2009–10, Izmailov's physical problems resurfaced, and he would spend more than three months in the sidelines with a knee condition. He returned to training following coach Paulo Bento's dismissal, in late November 2009, but spent most of the following years on the sidelines nursing the same injury, and quarreling with Sporting's board of directors over the issue.
On 7 January 2013, after passing the pertinent medicals, Izmailov joined Porto on a two-and-a-half-year contract, with Miguel Lopes moving in the opposite direction. He changed his jersey name from Izmailov to Izmaylov, and scored in only his second game, helping to a 2–0 home win over F.C. Paços de Ferreira.
On 31 January 2014, after spending four months in his country due to family reasons, Izmailov signed for Gabala FK in the Azerbaijan Premier League on loan until the end of the season, rejoining former Lokomotiv coach Yuri Semin who he worked with nine years ago. On 16 July, still in the same predicament, he returned to his homeland and joined FC Krasnodar, which had the option of making the move permanent at the end of the campaign.
Izmailov scored his first goal in Russian football in seven years on 14 August 2014, netting his team's first in a 4–0 home win against FC Spartak Moscow. He left Porto at the end of his contract, in July 2015.
On 20 July 2016, after one year out of football, 33-year-old Izmailov signed a one-year contract with Krasnodar with an extension option.
Izmailov made his debut with Russia aged just 19, and was summoned for the squads at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2004, playing twice in each of those tournaments. On 25 May 2012, after an absence of six years, he was selected by manager Dick Advocaat for his Euro 2012 squad.
- As of 9 July 2015
- Taça de Portugal: 2007–08; Runner-up 2011–12
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2007, 2008
- Taça da Liga: Runner-up 2007–08, 2008–09
- Нигматуллин признан лучшим футболистом России, а Измайлов – лучшим дебютантом (Russian)
- Ринат Билялетдинов: «С Измайловым творится что-то непонятное» (Russian)
- Five-star Lokomotiv sink Anderlecht; UEFA.com, 24 October 2001
- Первый гол за «Спортинг» Измайлов забил травмированной ногой (Russian)
- A Bola: «Шахтер» и киевское «Динамо» хотят приобрести Измайлова (Russian)
- Марат Измайлов: «Думаю только о «Спортинге» и переговоров ни с кем не веду» (Russian)
- Марат Измайлов: «Сегодня не вижу смысла в переходе в ПСЖ» (Russian)
- Izmaylov to miss Sporting qualifiers UEFA, 14 July 2009
- "Izmailov to go under the knife". PortuGOAL. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
- "Izmailov lambasts Sporting: "Medical staff a joke, club a dictatorship"". PortuGOAL. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
- Izmaylov and Miguel Lopes switch clubs, but who stands to benefit from the deal?; PortuGOAL, 8 January 2013
- Porto squeeze past resilient Paços; PortuGOAL, 19 January 2013
- "Izmailov vai ser emprestado ao FC Gabala até final da época" [Izmailov will be loaned to FC Gabala until end of the season] (in Portuguese). RTP. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
- "Marat Izmailov in Gabala". Gabala FK. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- Игроком «Краснодара» стал Марат Измайлов [Marat Izmailov became a Krasnodar player] (in Russian). FC Krasnodar. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
- Измайлов стал свободным агентом [Izmailov a free agent] (in Russian). Championat. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
- МАРАТ ИЗМАЙЛОВ ОФИЦИАЛЬНО СТАЛ ИГРОКОМ «КРАСНОДАРА» [Marat Izmailov officially became a Krasnodar player] (in Russian). FC Krasnodar. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
- "New blood boosts Russian hopes". UEFA.com. 4 June 2002. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
- Адвокат огласил заявку на ЕВРО-2012 [Advocaat announces EURO-2012 squad] (in Russian). RFS. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "M. Izmailov". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
- Includes Russian Super Cup and Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- "Marat Izmaylov". European Football. Retrieved 29 September 2015.