|Full name||Yuriy Valeryevich Nikiforov|
|Date of birth||16 September 1970|
|Place of birth||Odessa, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|FC Dynamo-2 Moscow (asst coach)|
|1990–1991||Soviet Union U-21||5||(0)|
|2014–2015||Irtysh Pavlodar (assistant)|
|2015||Kuban Krasnodar (assistant)|
|2017–||Dynamo-2 Moscow (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 FC Dynamo-2 Moscow.
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).
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.
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 Cups – 1994 and 2002 – as well as UEFA Euro 1996 (eight matches in total, but with the national side always exiting in the group stage).
Nikiforov's older brother, Oleksandr, was also a footballer. He too represented Chornomorets (four different spells), and coincided with Yuri from 1989–90.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Soviet Union||League||Soviet Cup||Federation Cup||Europe||Total|
|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|
|Ukraine||League||Ukrainian Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1992||Chernomorets Odessa||Ukrainian Premier League||18||2||18||2|
|Russia||League||Russian Cup||Premier League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1993||Spartak Moscow||Russian Premier League||23||0||23||0|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Copa de la Liga||Europe||Total|
|1996/97||Sporting Gijón||La Liga||38||2||3||1||41||3|
|Netherlands||League||KNVB Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J.League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2003||Urawa Reds||J1 League||12||0||0||0||4||0||-||16||0|
- Chornomorets Odesa
- Ukrainian Cup (1): 1992
- Spartak Moscow
- PSV Eindhoven
- Soviet Union
- Legends Cup (2): 2009, 2010
- "Desde Rusia con amor" [From Russia with love] (in Spanish). Fútbol de Primera. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
- "Yury Nikiforov – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 July 2006.
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- "Yuriy Nikiforov". European Football. Retrieved 4 July 2016.