Aleksei Vladimirovich Berezutski (Алексей Владимирович Березуцкий; born 20 June 1982) is a Russian football coach and a former player who played as a centre-back. He is an assistant coach with CSKA Moscow.
Berezutski with CSKA Moscow in October 2015
|Full name||Aleksei Vladimirovich Berezutski|
|Date of birth||20 June 1982|
|Place of birth||Moscow, Russian SFSR|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Position(s)||Center-back / Left-back|
|CSKA Moscow (assistant coach)|
|2001||→ Chernomorets Novorossiysk (loan)||14||(1)|
|2021–||CSKA Moscow (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He began his professional career in 1999 at the age of 17 at Torpedo Moscow, graduating from the club's famed academy. He is now playing for CSKA Moscow. He tends to play as a central defender but he can play as fullback, wingback, defensive midfielder or even as a winger. He is a defender who can join attacks from the wing. He scored CSKA Moscow's first goal as they came from behind to win the 2005 UEFA Cup Final.
Following his side's Champions League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 3 November 2009, Berezutsky (along with colleague Sergei Ignashevich) tested positive for the banned substance sudafed. The two players were provisionally suspended until the case was heard by the European governing body's disciplinary committee on 17 December, according to a UEFA statement. It was later revealed that they had taken a cold medicine which had not been reported, and both players were suspended for 1 game, which was applied retroactively.
He officially announced his retirement from playing on 21 July 2018.
Berezutski is a Russia national football team regular, making 32 appearances since 2003. Aleksey took a big part in Russia's second goal against England in a vital euro 2008 qualification match which Russia won 2–1. He was on the attack and took a shot from just outside the box which Paul Robinson could only parry away. Roman Pavlyuchenko then quickly ran to it and touched it in to the net.
Aleksei was selected Russia's captain for the 0–3 friendly defeat against Romania, though it was speculated that Hiddink only gave him the captain's armband so he could differentiate between Aleksei and Vasili.
On 7 March 2018, he officially retired from international football.
In February 2021, he joined Vasili as an assistant to Viktor Goncharenko back at CSKA Moscow. In April 2021, Goncharenko moved to FC Krasnodar, with Vasili following him as an assistant. Aleksei remained at CSKA to assist the new manager (and former CSKA teammate) Ivica Olić.
Aleksei started to play football in sport school Smena in Moscow, before moving to Torpedo's academy. He is married and has a daughter named Alyona. His identical twin brother, Vasili, is also a professional footballer, coming through the Torpedo academy alongside his brother, who he played with at CSKA too.
- As of 14 May 2018
- Russian Premier League (6): 2003, 2005, 2006, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
- Russian Cup (7): 2001–02, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
- Russian Super Cup (5): 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013
- UEFA Cup: 2004–05
- In the list of 33 best football players of the championship of Russia (6): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
- Березуцкий Алексей Владимирович (in Russian). Sportbox.ru. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
- "CSKA Moscow pair given doping ban". BBC News. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
- "Братья Березуцкие завершили профессиональную карьеру" (in Russian). PFC CSKA Moscow. 21 July 2018.
- Arnhold, Matthias. "Russia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 2 June 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
- "Advocaat announced the finalized Euro Squad" (in Russian). 25 May 2012.
- БРАТЬЯ БЕРЕЗУЦКИЕ ЗАВЕРШИЛИ ВЫСТУПЛЕНИЯ ЗА СБОРНУЮ РОССИИ (in Russian). Sport-Express. 7 March 2018.
- "VITESSE MET 25 SPELERS NAAR PORTUGAL" [VITESSE WITH 25 PLAYERS TO PORTUGAL] (in Dutch). Vitesse. 2 January 2019.
| Russia national football team captain