Pavel Viktorovich Pogrebnyak
(; born 8 November 1983 in Moscow) is an association footballer currently plays as a striker
with German side VfB Stuttgart
and the Russian national team
. He is nicknamed Pogreb
("The Cellar") or Velikiy Po
("Po the Great"), the latter was popularized by his former Zenit teammate Andrei Arshavin
Pavel started playing football at the age of six for the Spartak Moscow
football school. In 2001, he made his début for the Spartak reserve team and one year later he was selected for the first team squad. Between 2001 and 2003, he scored eight goals in 23 appearances.
In 2003, Pavel played 40 matches and scored 15 goals while on loan with Baltika Kaliningrad
. The following season, he returned to Spartak Moscow, appearing 16 times and scoring two goals. The same season he also scored six goals for FC Khimki
in 12 appearances. In 2005, Pavel played for Shinnik Yaroslavl
and scored four goals in 23 matches. Pogrebnyak made his true breakthrough during the 2006 season
with Tom Tomsk
scoring 13 goals in 26 matches and became one of the favorites amongst the local fans.
Zenit St. Petersburg
Pavel was signed in the off-season by Zenit St. Petersburg
. In 2007, Zenit won the national league
, with him chipping in 13 goals. Zenit won the 2008 Russian Super Cup
2–1 over Lokomotiv Moscow
, with Pogrebnyak scoring the winner in the 82nd minute.
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