Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Russian Star Player, Euro 2008

Aleksandr Kerzhakov will be the star player for the Russian squad in the European Championships 2008. Coach Guus Hiddink will ensure that he brings the best out of the striker and lead the country to honours. Aleksandr is 25 years old, born on the 27th November 1982. He has started his career in 2001 at Russian club Zenit Petersburg where he made a total of 205 appearances, in which he scored an amazing 95 goals and supplied 32 assists. The striker’s abilities did not go unnoticed by the top European clubs. In December of 2006, the Russian striker was transferred to Sevilla. Here he spent the 2006/07 and 2007/08 season, in which he played in 31 games and scored 11 goals. Due to the departure of ex-Sevilla manager Juande Ramos, Kerzhakov fell down the pecking order at Sevilla. It was very recently announced, in February 2008, that Aleksandr has agreed a 3-year contract with Russian club Dinamo Moscow, after reported interest coming from Tottenham (new club of ex-Sevilla manager), Man Utd and Paris Saint-Germain.

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Kerzhakov made his debut for Russia on the 27th March 2002 in a friendly match against Estonia. He scored his first senior goal for his home nation on the 21st August 2002 in a friendly against Sweden. In the Euro 2004 qualifiers, Aleksandr scored two goals, and he was selected for the 2004 tournament, in which he played just one full game against Portugal in the group stage. He featured a lot in the Euro 2008 qualifiers, where he was a factor that helped the Russians to realize their dream of qualifying for Euro 2008 and driving England out of the Euro 2008 finals. In total, since 2002, Kerzhakov has scored 13 goals for Russia in 44 appearances. He will be the Russian play to look out for in Euro 2008, as his striking abilities may be deadly when he is in goalscoring form.

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