14 Facts About Igor Akinfeev

1. Igor Akinfeev is a record holder for most games played in the Russian top-level league at 524.

FactSnippet No. 98,781 - en.wikipedia.org

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

FactSnippet No. 98,782 - en.wikipedia.org

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

FactSnippet No. 98,783 - en.wikipedia.org

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

FactSnippet No. 98,784 - en.wikipedia.org

5. Igor 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.

FactSnippet No. 98,785 - en.wikipedia.org

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

FactSnippet No. 98,786 - en.wikipedia.org

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

FactSnippet No. 98,787 - en.wikipedia.org

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

FactSnippet No. 98,788 - en.wikipedia.org

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

FactSnippet No. 98,789 - en.wikipedia.org

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

FactSnippet No. 98,790 - en.wikipedia.org

11. Igor 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.

FactSnippet No. 98,791 - en.wikipedia.org

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

FactSnippet No. 98,792 - en.wikipedia.org

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

FactSnippet No. 98,793 - en.wikipedia.org

14. Igor 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.

FactSnippet No. 98,794 - en.wikipedia.org