12 Facts About Alexey Smertin


Aleksey Gennadyevich Smertin is a Russian football official and a former player.


Alexey Smertin was a fairly versatile player and was able to play in defence as well as midfield.


Alexey Smertin played for clubs in Russia, France and England.


Alexey Smertin retired from professional football in 2008 after having his contract with Fulham terminated and discovering a new career in politics.


Alexey Smertin was the captain of the Russian national team, and earned 55 caps from 1998 to 2006, representing the nation at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2004.


Alexey Smertin played a total of 22 games for Dynamo Moscow before being transfer listed, alongside several other newly signed players, such as Maniche, Francisco Lima, Costinha and Giourkas Seitaridis in Andrey Kobelev's massive attempt at rebuilding the team for the new season.


On 1 September 2008, after Alexey Smertin rejected a loan move to Cardiff City, he and Fulham cancelled his contract with immediate effect.

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Alexey Smertin was capped 55 times for Russia, and was selected for the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004.


Alexey Smertin was made captain in June 2004, and was succeeded in that role by Andrey Arshavin.


Alexey Smertin became the winner Cyprus International Football Tournament 2003.


In July 2015, Alexey Smertin was an assistant at the draw for 2018 World Cup qualification in St Petersburg.


Alexey Smertin is married to fellow Siberian Larisa, and has a son.