Malafeev at Zenit St. Petersburg in 2014
|Full name||Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich Malafeev|
|Date of birth||4 March 1979|
|Place of birth||Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Zenit St. Petersburg|
|1997–2000||FC Zenit-2 St. Petersburg||54||(0)|
|1999–||FC Zenit St. Petersburg||327||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2015.
Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich Malafeev (Russian: Вячесла́в Алекса́ндрович Малафе́ев; IPA: [vʲɪtɕɪˈslav ɐlʲɪˈksandrəvʲɪtɕ məlɐˈfʲeɪf]; born 4 March 1979) is a Russian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Russian Premier League team Zenit Saint Petersburg. He is a one-club man, having spent all 14 of his professional seasons with Zenit.
Vyacheslav Malafeev started attending the Smena football school at the age of nine. In 1997, he began to play for the farm club of FC Zenit, Zenit-2, in the Third Division. He got the chance to play for Zenit in the Premier League in 1999 during the suspension of Roman Berezovsky. Malafeev later became the first choice goalkeeper for Zenit in 2001, after Berezovsky left the club. Malafeev has since been the first choice goalkeeper ahead of Kamil Čontofalský and won the UEFA Cup in 2008 after keeping a clean sheet against Rangers F.C..
On 19 November 2003, Malafeev debuted as a goalkeeper for the national team in a Euro 2004 qualifiers play-off against Wales. He was chosen as the second choice goalkeeper behind Sergei Ovchinnikov and ahead of Igor Akinfeev. Malafeev participated in Euro 2004 coming on after Ovchinnikov's red card against Portugal and starting against Greece.
After Euro 2004, Malafeev, became the first choice goalkeeper for Russia succeeding Ovchinnikov. After a long-term injury in May 2005, Malafeev lost his place in the goal for Zenit and Russia to Kamil Čontofalský and Igor Akinfeev, respectively. In 2007, played in two Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra and Croatia after Akinfeev's long term injury but was relegated to the bench in favor of Vladimir Gabulov. After Zenit's successful UEFA Cup campaign he lost a narrow battle with Igor Akinfeev for the first choice goalkeeper spot in Russia's Euro 2008 squad. Nonetheless, he stayed on the as the second choice goalkeeper ahead of Gabulov.
He was confirmed for the finalized UEFA Euro 2012 squad on 25 May 2012. After the UEFA Euro 2012 he announced that he is retiring from the national team to spend more time with his children, but is prepared to be called up in case of emergency such as injuries to other top goalkeepers.
- As of 29 August 2010
Vyacheslav and his wife Marina had two children: Ksenia,10, and Maxim,8. Marina Malafeeva died in a car crash on the morning of 17 March 2011, aged 37.
- 1999 Russian Cup
- 2003 Russian Premier League Cup
- 2007 Russian Premier League
- 2008 Russian Super Cup
- 2008 UEFA Cup
- 2008 UEFA Super Cup
- 2010 Russian Cup
- 2010 Russian Premier League
- 2011 Russian Super Cup
- 2012 Russian Premier League
- 2015 Russian Premier League
- Game report
- "Advocaat announced the finalized Euro Squad" (in Russian). 25 May 2012.
- "Vyacheslav Malafeyev: I am leaving the national team for the kids, if necessary, I would leave St. Petersburg for them as well" (in Russian). Sport Express. 28 August 2012.
- V. Marchenko (17 March 2011). "Death of Marina Malafeeva" (in Russian). Sovetsky Sport. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
- (Russian) Profile at the official FC Zenit St. Petersburg website
- (Russian) Profile at the official Russian Premier League website
- (Russian) Official website
- Russia – Record International Players