46 Facts About Andrey Arshavin


Andrey Sergeyevich Arshavin is a Russian former professional footballer who played as a winger or midfielder.


Andrey Arshavin went on to win numerous trophies with the club such as the Russian Premier League, League Cup, Russian Super Cup, UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.


Andrey Arshavin had a breakout performance at UEFA Euro 2008 where he impressed throughout Russia's run to the semi-final of the tournament, and finished 6th in the 2008 Ballon d'Or.


Andrey Arshavin eventually rejoined Zenit, at first on loan and then permanently in 2013.


Andrey Arshavin was born in Leningrad, now Saint Petersburg, on 29 May 1981.


Andrey Arshavin survived an accident that could have killed him when he was hit by a car as a child.


Andrey Arshavin's parents divorced when he was 12, with Andrey having to sleep on the floor of a cramped flat with his mother.


Andrey Arshavin began playing football at an early age and at seven years of age, he was enrolled in the Smena football academy of Zenit, his hometown club.


Andrey Arshavin has written three books, including one titled 555 Questions and Answers on Women, Money, Politics and Football.


Andrey Arshavin played in various positions on the field, starting as a right midfielder, then as an attacking midfielder, and finally adopted the second striker's role playing on a flank or behind the target man.


In October 2008, Andrey Arshavin was nominated for the prestigious Ballon d'Or award, along with 29 others in a list that included compatriot Yuri Zhirkov.


At Arsenal Andrey Arshavin wore the number 23 shirt, last worn by Sol Campbell.


On 14 March 2009, Andrey Arshavin scored his first Arsenal goal in a very tight angle going solo against Blackburn Rovers in the 65th minute of the game.


Andrey Arshavin became the first away player to score four goals in a single league match at Anfield since Dennis Westcott for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1946, and the first Arsenal player to score four goals in any match since Julio Baptista in 2007, who achieved the feat against Liverpool at Anfield.


Andrey Arshavin then won the Man of the Match award for best performance by Arsenal fans according to Arsenal's official website.


Andrey Arshavin then won the Man of the Match award for best performance by Arsenal fans for the second time.


Andrey Arshavin then won the Man of the Match award for best performance by Arsenal fans for the third time.


The next day, Arsenal centre back Johan Djourou stated that "Andrey Arshavin showed he is a great player," because of his winning goal and his rising performance from his recent dip in form.


Andrey Arshavin provided the cross for Robin van Persie's late equaliser in that game.


On 10 September 2011, Andrey Arshavin scored his first goal of the season against Swansea City after a bizarre mistake by goalkeeper Michel Vorm.


On 11 February 2012, Andrey Arshavin provided Thierry Henry with the winning goal in the match against Sunderland.


An intention to hold on to a place in Russia's Euro 2012 squad was the reason behind Andrey Arshavin's move to Luciano Spalletti's side in Saint Petersburg.


In total, Andrey Arshavin made 11 appearances in his second spell at Zenit, scoring three goals.


All in all Andrey Arshavin scored 31 goals with a sum of 41 assists which came from 143 caps for the club altogether.


On 27 June 2013, it was announced that Andrey Arshavin signed a two-year deal with Zenit, moving on a free transfer.


On 13 July 2015, Andrey Arshavin signed for Kuban Krasnodar on a one-year deal.


Andrey Arshavin's contract was dissolved by mutual consent on 1 February 2016.


On 18 March 2016, Andrey Arshavin signed for FC Kairat on a one-year deal, with the option of a second year.


Andrey Arshavin won the Kazakhstan Premier League's Player of the Month award for July 2016, and again in September 2016.


Andrey Arshavin extended his stay at the club for an additional year on 9 November 2016.


Andrey Arshavin was after such bestowed with the Kazakhstan Player of the Year award for 2016.


Andrey Arshavin went on to win with Kairat the Kazakhstan Super Cup of 2017.


On 5 November 2018, Kairat announced that Andrey Arshavin will leave the club after his farewell game on 11 November 2018.


On 3 December 2018, Andrey Arshavin confirmed his retirement as a player.


Andrey Arshavin debuted for the Russian national team on 17 May 2002, but was overlooked for the Russia squads at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2004.


Andrey Arshavin was Russia's captain in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia.


On 11 June 2009, Andrey Arshavin was made first-choice captain for Russia by manager Guus Hiddink.


Andrey Arshavin was included in Russia's Euro 2008 squad by Guus Hiddink, despite being unable to play in the first two group matches due to suspension.


Andrey Arshavin announced his return by setting up the first goal and scoring the second in Russia's final group game against Sweden at Tivoli Neu, Innsbruck, which helped his team qualify for the next round.


Andrey Arshavin captained the team to a second-place finish in their group, scoring three goals in ten games.


Andrey Arshavin was confirmed for the finalized UEFA Euro 2012 squad on 25 May 2012.


Andrey Arshavin started all three of their games in the group stage of Group A, as Russia were eliminated in the group stage, finishing third place behind on the head-to-head ruling.


Nonetheless, Andrey Arshavin was statistically named the best midfielder of the tournament by UEFA, having earned the most assists in the fewest minutes on the pitch.


On 2 December 2010, Andrey Arshavin made a speech during Russia's presentation of its successful bid for the 2018 World Cup.


Andrey Arshavin carried the Olympic Flame during the St Petersburg leg of the torch relay for the 2008 Summer Olympics.


On 14 August 2012, Andrey Arshavin confirmed on his official website that he and Julia had their second son, Arseniy.