22 Facts About Akinfeev


Akinfeev has spent his entire career at CSKA, making more than 700 official appearances.

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Akinfeev has won six Russian Premier League titles and six Russian Cups, as well as the UEFA Cup in 2005.

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Akinfeev is a record holder for most games played in the Russian top-level league at 527.

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Akinfeev was named captain of Russia in March 2017, after the retirement of his predecessor Vasili Berezutski.

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Akinfeev is a member of the Lev Yashin Club and has kept more clean sheets in Russian football than any other goalkeeper.

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Igor Akinfeev was born on 8 April 1986 in the town of Vidnoye in Moscow Oblast.

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Akinfeev broke into the starting line-up at the age of 17 in 2003, winning the club's first Russian Premier League in the same season.

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In May 2007, Akinfeev sustained a knee injury which kept him out for the remainder of the 2007 Russian Premier League season.

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Akinfeev returned for the 2008 season, starting in all 30 league matches and winning the Russian Cup.

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In May 2011, Akinfeev captained CSKA to a fifth Russian Cup of his career.

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Akinfeev saved Yuri Zhirkov's kick in CSKA's penalty shootout win over Anzhi Makhachkala in the 2013 Russian Cup Final.

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On 1 February 2014, CSKA Moscow announced that Akinfeev had extended his contract CSKA until the summer of 2019.

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In December 2018, Akinfeev earned his 300th clean sheet, becoming the first Russian goalkeeper to do so.

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Akinfeev was later included into the Russian UEFA Euro 2004 squad as the third choice goalkeeper behind Sergei Ovchinnikov and Vyacheslav Malafeev.

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Akinfeev kept his first choice place under Yuri Semin and later Guus Hiddink.

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Akinfeev returned to the Russian national squad in early November but was deemed unfit for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Israel.

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Akinfeev later re-established his first choice place for Russia at UEFA Euro 2008, and played every match as the nation reached the semi-finals.

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Akinfeev was confirmed for the finalized UEFA Euro 2012 squad on 25 May 2012, but Malafeev played all of Russia's matches and the nation was eliminated in the group stages.

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In Russia's first group match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup against South Korea, Akinfeev fumbled a long-range shot from Lee Keun-ho, dropping it over the line to give the Koreans the lead.

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On 27 March 2015, in a Euro 2016 Group G qualifier away to Montenegro, Akinfeev was struck in the head by a flare launched from the crowd, 20 seconds after kick-off.

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Akinfeev played his third UEFA European Championship for Russia at UEFA Euro 2016 as the national team finished bottom of Group B with only one point from three matches.

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Akinfeev was later instrumental in the Russians knocking out Spain in the Round of 16, being elected Man of the Match and saving two penalties in the shoot-out, ensuring a Russian victory.

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