Pogrebnyak with Tosno in 2018
|Full name||Pavel Viktorovich Pogrebnyak|
|Date of birth||8 November 1983|
|Place of birth||Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|FC Ural Yekaterinburg|
|2003||→ Baltika Kaliningrad (loan)||40||(15)|
|2004||→ Khimki (loan)||12||(6)|
|2005||→ Shinnik Yaroslavl (loan)||23||(4)|
|2007–2009||Zenit Saint Petersburg||58||(22)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 July 2020|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 November 2012
Pavel Viktorovich Pogrebnyak (Russian: Па́вел Ви́кторович Погребня́к [ˈpavʲɪɫ ˈvʲiktərəvʲɪtɕ pəɡrʲɪbˈnʲak]; born 8 November 1983) is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for FC Ural Yekaterinburg.
Born in Moscow, Pogrebnyak began his career at Spartak Moscow, making his professional debut in 2002. Over the next three years, he spent time away on loan at Baltika Kaliningrad, Khimki and Shinnik Yaroslavl before joining Tom Tomsk in 2006. After a season with them, he moved to top Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg. There he spent three seasons and had his greatest spell of success, winning the Russian Premier League, the Russian Super Cup, the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup. In 2009, he joined German side VfB Stuttgart. After two-and-a-half seasons, he moved to English Premier League side Fulham in January 2012, and then to Reading six months later.
He is nicknamed The Pog, Pogreb ("The Cellar") or Velikiy Po ("Po the Great"), the latter popularized by his former Zenit teammate Andrei Arshavin. He is a "powerful player who holds the ball up well."
Pogrebnyak started playing football at the age of six for the Spartak Moscow football school. In 2001, he made his debut for the Spartak reserve team and one year later he was selected for the first team squad. Between 2001 and 2003, he scored eight goals in 23 appearances.
In 2003, Pogrebnyak played 40 matches and scored 15 goals while on loan with Baltika Kaliningrad. The following season, he returned to Spartak Moscow, appearing 16 times and scoring two goals. The same season he also scored six goals for FC Khimki in 12 appearances. In 2005, Pogrebnyak played for Shinnik Yaroslavl and scored four goals in 23 matches. Pogrebnyak made his true breakthrough during the 2006 season with Tom Tomsk scoring 13 goals in 26 matches and became one of the favorites amongst the local fans.
Zenit St. Petersburg
Pogrebnyak was signed in the off-season by Zenit St. Petersburg. In 2007, he scored 13 goals as Zenit won the national league. Zenit won the 2008 Russian Super Cup 2–1 over Lokomotiv Moscow, with Pogrebnyak scoring the winner in the 82nd minute.
Along with Luca Toni, Pogrebnyak was joint top-scorer in the 2007–08 UEFA Cup season, scoring ten goals and helping Zenit reach the final to be played at the City of Manchester Stadium. However, Pogrebnyak was to miss the final because of suspension following a third tournament booking in the semifinal's second leg win over Bayern Munich. In the final, Zenit still triumphed over runners-up Rangers to add their first European silverware. In the 2008 UEFA Super Cup he scored one of the Zenit's two goals in the 2–1 over English champions Manchester United.
On 28 January 2009, Zenit officials declared that they were on the verge of accepting a bid from Blackburn Rovers which would see the player move to the English side during the January transfer window, but the transfer did not take place.
On 1 August 2009, he agreed to join VfB Stuttgart. Pogrebnyak made his Bundesliga debut seven days later by playing all 90 minutes in the opening day 2–0 defeat to the defending champions Wolfsburg. He scored his first goal in his second game, on 15 August 2009, in Stuttgart's 4–2 win over Freiburg, in which he also won a penalty.
He ended his first season in German football scoring eight goals (six in the league). He then started the 2010–11 season scoring four goals in the first four games including his first hat-trick in Stuttgart's historic 7–0 win against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
On 31 January 2012, Pogrebnyak moved to Premier League side Fulham and signed a contract until the end of the season. He then scored on his debut in the 2–1 win over Stoke City on 11 February 2012. In the following game he scored again, this time against London rivals Queens Park Rangers giving Fulham a 1–0 win. He then scored a perfect hat-trick in his next game, in a 5–0 win against Wolves on 4 March, meaning he had scored five goals in his first three games for Fulham. This made him the quickest player to reach five goals in Premier League history. On 21 April 2012, he returned from an ankle injury to score in a 2–1 win against Wigan Athletic at Craven Cottage. He was released by Fulham on 1 July after failing to reach terms to extend his contract. Pogrebnyak announced that whatever happens over his contract he will remain in England.
On 8 July 2012, shortly after UEFA Euro 2012, Pogrebnyak signed a four-year contract with Reading on a free transfer. Manager Brian McDermott confirmed that it had been a "long process" as the deal was subject to Pogrebnyak obtaining a work permit while the club also denied rumours that he would be earning £65,000 a week. He made his debut on the opening day of the 2012–13 Premier League against Stoke City and scored his first goal in Reading's next game, a 4–2 defeat to Chelsea. He scored a last-minute goal in Reading's home game against West Bromwich Albion in January which saw them come from 2–0 down to win 3–2 but did not score again that season, finishing with eight goals, five in the Premier League.
Following Reading's relegation, Pogrebnyak was linked with a move away from the club but did not leave. He scored his first goals in more than eight months after netting twice in a 3–1 win over Derby County in September 2013.
Dynamo released him on 25 January 2018, citing disciplinary reasons, such as attending a Juventus - Inter Milan game in Italy on the same day Dynamo played a league game and participating in the annual exhibition FC Spartak Moscow academy alumni game without Dynamo's authorization. Pogrebnyak said he will demand the compensation for the full length of his contract through the Russian Football Union.
On 22 February 2018, he signed a contract until the end of the 2017–18 season with FC Tosno. Pogrebnyak was crucial to the biggest achievement in the club's history, which came on 9 May 2018 with their victory in the 2017-18 Russian Cup final.
Pogrebnyak debuted for the Russian national team on 16 August 2006 in a friendly match against Latvia, where he scored his first goal. He was also initially called up as part of the Russian squad for UEFA Euro 2008, but because of a knee injury he picked up in a friendly match versus Serbia, he was replaced by Oleg Ivanov before Russia began the tournament. He was confirmed for the finalized UEFA Euro 2012 squad on 25 May 2012.
- As of match played 13 May 2018
|Spartak Moscow||2002||Russian Premier League||2||0||—||—||—||—||2||0|
|Baltika Kaliningrad (loan)||2003||FNL||40||15||1||0||—||—||—||41||15|
|Shinnik Yaroslavl (loan)||2005||Russian Premier League||23||4||2||1||—||—||—||25||5|
|Tom Tomsk||2006||Russian Premier League||26||13||1||1||—||—||—||27||14|
|Zenit||2007||Russian Premier League||24||11||4||2||—||7||4||—||35||17|
|Fulham (loan)||2011–12||Premier League||12||6||—||—||—||—||12||6|
|Dynamo Moscow||2015–16||Russian Premier League||16||1||3||0||—||—||—||19||1|
|2016–17||Russian Premier League||8||0||1||0||—||—||—||9||0|
|2017–18||Russian Premier League||1||0||0||0||—||—||—||1||0|
|Tosno||2017–18||Russian Premier League||6||3||2||1||—||—||—||8||4|
- As of match played 16 June 2012.
Zenit Saint Petersburg
In March 2019 Pogrebnyak was accused of racism after saying it was "laughable" for black players to represent the Russian national team. Russian Football Union fined him 250,000 rubles (approximately €3,300) and put him on probation until the end of the 2018–19 season for his statements.
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- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Russian Super Cup and the UEFA Super Cup
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