Yuriy Nikiforov

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Yuri Nikiforov
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Personal information
Full name Yuriy Valeryevich Nikiforov
Date of birth (1970-09-16) 16 September 1970 (age 46)
Place of birth Odessa, Soviet Union
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
FC Dynamo Moscow (reserves asst coach)
Youth career
Chornomorets Odesa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987 SK Odesa 5 (0)
1988 Chornomorets Odesa 1 (0)
1988–1989 Dynamo Kyiv 2 (0)
1989–1993 Chornomorets Odesa 89 (7)
1993–1996 Spartak Moscow 85 (15)
1996–1998 Sporting Gijón 65 (3)
1998–2002 PSV 99 (5)
2002–2003 RKC 29 (1)
2003–2004 Urawa Reds 12 (0)
Total 387 (31)
National team
1990–1991 Soviet Union U-21 5 (0)
1992 CIS 4 (0)
1992 Ukraine 3 (0)
1993–2002 Russia 55 (6)
Teams managed
2014–2015 Irtysh Pavlodar (assistant)
2015 Kuban Krasnodar (assistant)
2017 Dynamo-2 Moscow (assistant)
2017– Dynamo Moscow (reserves assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Yuri Valeryevich Nikiforov (alternate spelling Valeriovych; Russian: Юрий Валерьевич Никифоров, Ukrainian: Юрій Валерійович Никифоров; born 16 September 1970) is a football coach and a former player who played mainly as a central defender. He is an assistant coach with the reserves squad of FC Dynamo Moscow.

Club career[edit]

Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Soviet Union, Nikiforov started playing professionally with hometown's FC Chornomorets. After one year with FC Dynamo Kyiv in which he appeared solely for the reserves he returned to his first club, playing in the inaugural edition of the Ukrainian Premier League.

In early 1993, Nikiforov moved to Russia with FC Spartak Moscow, being an instrumental defensive unit as the capital side won three out of four Premier League titles, with the player also netting regularly. His first abroad experience came with Sporting de Gijón, to where he arrived at the same time as former compatriot Dmitri Cheryshev (he would also share team with another Russian while in Asturias, Igor Lediakhov).[1]

After Gijón's relegation from La Liga, Nikiforov played five years in the Netherlands, starting with PSV Eindhoven which he helped to consecutive Eredivisie accolades. For 2002–03, the 32-year-old signed with lowly RKC Waalwijk also in the Dutch top level, with the club finishing in a comfortable ninth place. He finished his career in Japan, after one year with Urawa Red Diamonds.

International career[edit]

Nikiforov played four times for the Commonwealth of Independent States in 1992, as the national team that rose from the ashes of the Soviet Union took part in that year's UEFA European Championship – he did not make the squad for the finals. His debut came on 25 January in a 1–0 friendly with the United States, in Miami.

After briefly representing Ukraine, also in that year, Nikiforov switched to Russia, with which he would participate in two FIFA World Cups1994 and 2002 – as well as UEFA Euro 1996 (eight matches in total, but with the national side always exiting in the group stage).[2]

In 2009, Nikiforov was part of the Russian squad that won the Legends Cup.

Personal life[edit]

Nikiforov's older brother, Oleksandr, was also a footballer. He too represented Chornomorets (four different spells), and coincided with Yuri from 1989–90.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[3]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Soviet Union League Soviet Cup Federation Cup Europe Total
1987 Odessa 5 0 5 0
1988 Chernomorets Odessa Top League 1 0 1 0
1989 Dynamo Kyiv Top League 2 0 2 0
1990 Chernomorets Odessa Top League 17 0 17 0
1991 30 2 30 2
Ukraine League Ukrainian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1992 Chernomorets Odessa Ukrainian Premier League 18 2 18 2
1992/93 24 3 24 3
Russia League Russian Cup Premier League Cup Europe Total
1993 Spartak Moscow Russian Premier League 23 0 23 0
1994 26 2 9 0 35 2
1995 22 8 5 0 27 8
1996 14 5 8 5 22 10
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1996/97 Sporting Gijón La Liga 38 2 3 1 41 3
1997/98 27 1 27 1
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998/99 PSV Eredivisie 25 1 3 1 5 0 33 2
1999/00 29 3 1 0 5 0 35 3
2000/01 26 1 4 0 12 0 42 1
2001/02 19 0 2 0 6 0 27 0
2002/03 RKC Eredivisie 29 1 29 1
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
2003 Urawa Reds J1 League 12 0 0 0 4 0 - 16 0
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
Country Soviet Union 55 2 55 2
Ukraine 42 5 42 5
Russia 85 15 22 5 97 20
Spain 65 3 65 3
Netherlands 128 6 128 6
Japan 12 0 0 0 4 0 - 16 0
Total 387 31 0 0 4 0 22 5 413 36

National team[edit]

[4]

CIS
Year Apps Goals
1992 4 0
Total 4 0
Ukraine
Year Apps Goals
1992 3 0
Total 3 0
Russia
Year Apps Goals
1993 2 0
1994 9 2
1995 8 1
1996 13 3
1997 4 0
1998 4 0
1999 0 0
2000 0 0
2001 7 0
2002 8 0
Total 55 6

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Chornomorets Odesa
Spartak Moscow
PSV Eindhoven

Country[edit]

Soviet Union
Russia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Desde Rusia con amor" [From Russia with love] (in Spanish). Fútbol de Primera. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Yury Nikiforov – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 July 2006. 
  3. ^ "Yuriy Nikiforov". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Yuriy Nikiforov". European Football. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 

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