Aleksandr Kerzhakov

Aleksandr Kerzhakov

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Aleksandr Anatolyevich Kerzhakov (; born 27 November 1982 in Kingisepp) is a Russian international association football striker currently playing for Russian Premier League club Zenit St. Petersburg.

Club career


Aleksandr Kerzhakov graduated from Smena football school in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1999. He spent the 2000 season at amateur club FC Svetogorets Svetogorsk helping them win the Northwest regional league by scoring 18 goals.

In 2001 Kerzhakov transferred to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, debuting in March and scoring his first goal in June against Spartak Moscow. In his first season, Kerzhakov was the second choice striker behind Hennadiy Popovych. However later in 2001, he helped Zenit finish third in the Russian Premier League and runners up in 2003. In 2002, Kerzhakov quickly developed a striking parternship with Andrei Arshavin which earned them both call ups to the Russian national team.

In 2003, Czech manager Vlastimil Petržela, promoted Kerzhakov as first choice striker which allowed him to become the top scorer of the Russian Premier League in 2004. While under Petržela, Kerzhakov was given a starting position in all four group games of the 2004–05 UEFA Cup and went on to score a hat trick in a 5–1 victory over AEK Athens. The following season, Kerzhakov was in the starting line up once again in Zenit's second straight UEFA Cup campaign. He helped Zenit qualify for the round of 32 by overcoming Vitória, Beşiktaş,......
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