Russia Football World Cup: Aleksandr Kerzhakov Performance and History in WC

Posted by World Wide Tickets And Hospitality on February 4th, 2022

Aleksandr Anatolyevich Kerzhakov who was born on November 27, 1982 is a Russian football manager and a former professional player who played as a striker. He is the highest scorer in Russian football history, with a total of 233 goals scored in competitive matches. He is described as a striker who likes to go down deep to connect with the pitch, expecting players to break.

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A full-time international player since 2002, Kerzhakov has won 90 matches in Russia and played in two FIFA World Cup’s and two European Championships. In 2014, he surpassed Vladimir Beschastnykh\'s record for most goals in a Russian Football national team.

Club Career

Born in Kingisepp, Leningrad Oblast, he spent the 2000 season at Ateur FC Svetogorets Svetogorsk, helping them win the Northwest regional league with 18 goals. In 2001 Kerzhakov moved to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, started in March and scored his first goal in June against Spartak Moscow. In his first season, Kerzhakov was the second striker to be named after Hennadiy Popovych.

However, later in 2001, he helped Zenit finish third in the Russian Premier League with runners-up in 2003. In 2002, Kerzhakov developed a remarkable partnership with Andrei Arshavin that earned them both a call-up to the Russian national team. That year Kerzhakov signified Russia at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. For more to know about Qatar World Cup tickets Click here.

International Career

Kerzhakov started playing for the Russian U21 team in 2001. He made his Russian debut in a friendly match against Estonia on March 27, 2002. Two months later, Oleg Romantsev selected Kerzhakov for the 2002 FIFA World Cup as one of four strikers alongside Vladimir Beschastnykh, Ruslan Pimenov, and Dmitri Sychev. Kerzhakov played under Yartsev during the 2006 World Cup qualifiers and scored against Liechtenstein in March 2005.

Yartsev\'s successor, Yuri Semin, went on to pick up Kerzhakov as he went on to score three aggregate goals against Liechtenstein as Russia failed to qualify for Russia Competition. Under Guus Hiddink, Kerzhakov continued his role as the first-choice striker but was relegated after Zenit\'s limited appearance in late 2006. After being sidelined for 18 months, Kerzhakov was named in May 2009 for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Finland in Helsinki.

To make Capello\'s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Kerzhakov appeared to replace Yuri Zhirkov in the 71st minute and scored the team\'s equalizer three minutes later in the opening match of the tournament, which drew 1-1 with South Korea. On 15 March 2018, the Russian Football Union announced the signing of a contract with Kerzhakov to manage the Russian under-17 football team until the end of 2019. The team became the Russian under-18 football team in September 2018 as senior players The Russian under-19 football team.

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