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Roman Nikolayevich Shirokov (Russian: Роман Николаевич Широков [rɐˈman nʲɪkɐˈɫaɪvʲɪtɕ ʂɨˈrokəf]; born 6 July 1981) is a Russian international football official and a former player.

Roman Shirokov
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Shirokov with FC Krasnodar in 2015
Personal information
Full name Roman Nikolayevich Shirokov
Date of birth (1981-07-06) 6 July 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth Dedovsk, Moscow Oblast, Soviet Union
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 CSKA-2 Moscow 54 (3)
2001 CSKA Moscow 0 (0)
2001 Torpedo-ZIL Moscow 1 (0)
2002–2003 Istra
2004 Vidnoye 17 (4)
2004 Istra
2005 Saturn Moscow Oblast 18 (3)
2006 Rubin Kazan 4 (0)
2007 Khimki 27 (7)
2008–2014 Zenit Saint Petersburg 130 (29)
2014Krasnodar (loan) 6 (3)
2014–2015 Spartak Moscow 19 (1)
2015Krasnodar (loan) 13 (4)
2016 CSKA Moscow 8 (0)
Total 297 (54)
National team
2008–2016 Russia 57 (13)
Teams managed
2018–2019 FC Dynamo Moscow (VP of sports)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

As a player, he was described as "a deep-lying midfielder with an aptitude for getting forward to score goals".[1]

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Before signing for Zenit, Shirokov played for FC Khimki, Rubin Kazan, Saturn Moscow Oblast, FC Vidnoye, FC Istra, Torpedo-ZIL Moscow and CSKA Moscow's farm club.

ZenitEdit

Shirokov started his first season for Zenit as central back, as then-head coach Dick Advocaat was forced to fill the gaps left in the centre of defence after the departure of Martin Škrtel to Liverpool and severe injury to Nicolas Lombaerts. He adapted to the new position fairly well and featured as a centre-back in the 2008 UEFA Cup Final victory over Rangers, pairing with Ivica Križanac. In 2009, he was moved back to midfield.

On 30 June 2014, Shirokov announced that after almost 200 games in six-years for Zenit, that he wouldn't be signing a new contract and will continue his career at another club.[2]

Spartak MoscowEdit

On 18 July 2014 it was announced that Shirokov signed a contract with Spartak Moscow as a free agent.[3] After a long recovery from an injury he made his debut for Spartak on 26 October 2014 in a game against FC Lokomotiv Moscow, scoring a late equalizer in a 1-1 game. On 13 January 2015, he was loaned back to FC Krasnodar.[4]

Despite being one of the most important players of the team, Shirokov was benched during the 2015-16 season, in order to not pay him the amount due to him by contract if he plays a certain number of minutes.[5]

The President of the RFU, Vitaly Mutko, commented: "He's one of the best footballers in our country. I don't understand why he's not playing. If it's due to the contract clause that's just dishonest."[6] On 23 January 2016, his Spartak contract was dissolved by mutual consent.[7]

CSKA MoscowEdit

On 9 February 2016, he returned to his first club, PFC CSKA Moscow, signing a contract until the end of the 2015–16 season with an extension option.[8] His contract was not extended at the end of the season.[9]

International careerEdit

 
Shirokov preparing for a friendly against Bulgaria in August 2010

Shirokov made his debut in the Russia national football team on 28 March 2008 during a friendly match in Romania.

He was called up for the Euro 2008 and started in the opening group match against Spain, being deployed in the centre of defence as then-manager of Russia Guus Hiddink decided to follow the footsteps of his compatriot Advocaat, thus relegating experienced Sergey Ignashevich to the bench. This move proved unsuccessful as Russia were beaten 1–4 with Shirokov at fault on the number of occasions, including Spaniards' first[10] and third[11] goals. After the game Hiddink slammed his team's performance in defence[12] and revamped the squad, leaving Shirokov out of the first team for the rest of the tournament.

After a string of assuring performances in the centre of Zenit's midfield, he was called back to the national team in 2010 for a friendly against Bulgaria. Shirokov celebrated his return by scoring his first international goal, the only one in the game that finished 1–0. He was confirmed for the finalized UEFA Euro 2012 squad on 25 May 2012.[13] He scored the second goal of Russia's opening game of this tournament against the Czech Republic in a 4–1 win.[14]

On 2 June 2014, he was included in Russia's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.[15] He was excluded from the squad on 6 June due to injury.[16]

Shirokov was selected in Russia's squad for Euro 2016 in France, making three appearances as Russia were eliminated in the group stage.

Post-playing careerEdit

On 5 June 2018, he was appointed by FC Dynamo Moscow as the deputy general director in charge of sports.[17] He left Dynamo on 1 May 2019.[18]

HonorsEdit

ClubEdit

Zenit
CSKA

InternationalEdit

Russia

IndividualEdit

  • List of 33 top players of the Russian league: 2013/14 (best central midfielder).

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 9 April 2016
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[19] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Istra 2003 29 29 0 0 - - - - 29 29
Total 29 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 29
Vidnoye 2004 17 14 3 1 - - - - 20 15
Total 17 14 3 1 0 0 0 0 20 15
Istra 2004 6 8 0 0 - - - - 6 8
Total 6 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 8
Saturn 2005 18 3 6 2 - - - - 24 5
Total 18 3 6 2 0 0 0 0 24 5
Rubin Kazan 2006 4 0 1 0 - - - - 5 0
Total 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
FC Khimki 2007 27 7 2 2 - - - - 29 9
Total 27 7 2 2 0 0 0 0 29 9
Zenit 2008 27 3 0 0 10 0 2[20] 0 39 3
2009 21 1 2 0 5 0 0 0 28 1
2010 21 6 4 1 12 2 - - 37 9
2011–12 26 9 4 0 8 5 1[21] 0 39 14
2012–13 25 5 3 0 10 1 1[22] 0 39 6
2013–14 10 5 1 0 8 5 - - 19 10
Total 130 29 14 1 53 13 4 0 201 43
Krasnodar 2013–14 6 3 2 0 0 0 - - 8 3
Total 6 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 3
Spartak M. 2014–15 5 1 1 0 - - - - 6 1
Total 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Krasnodar 2014–15 13 4 0 0 0 0 - - 13 4
Total 13 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 4
Spartak M. 2015–16 14 0 0 0 - - - - 14 0
Total 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
CSKA Moscow 2015–16 8 0 1 1 0 0 - - 9 1
Total 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
Career Total 222 47 27 6 53 13 4 0 306 66

International goalsEdit

Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2010-08-11 Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia   Bulgaria 1 – 0 1–0 Friendly
2 2010-10-08 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland   Republic of Ireland 0 – 3 2–3 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
3 2011-11-11 Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece   Greece 0 – 1 1–1 Friendly
4 2012-02-29 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark   Denmark 0 – 1 0–2 Friendly
5 2012-06-01 Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland   Italy 0 – 2 0–3 Friendly
6 2012-06-01 Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland   Italy 0 – 3 0–3 Friendly
7 2012-06-08 Municipal Stadium, Wrocław, Poland   Czech Republic 0 – 2 1–4 UEFA Euro 2012
8 2012-09-07 Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow, Russia   Northern Ireland 2 – 0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 2012-10-16 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia   Azerbaijan 1 – 0 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 2012-11-14 Kuban Stadium, Krasnodar, Russia   United States 2 – 1 2–2 Friendly
11 2013-02-06 Estadio Municipal de Marbella, Marbella, Spain   Iceland 1 – 0 2–0 Friendly
12 2013-10-11 Bakcell Arena, Baku, Azerbaijan   Azerbaijan 1 – 0 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
13 2015-11-14 Kuban Stadium, Krasnodar, Russia   Portugal 1 – 0 1–0 Friendly

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wilson, Jonathan (31 May 2012). "Euro 2012 Preview: Russia". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  2. ^ Роман Широков объявил об уходе из «Зенита». http://lenta.ru (in Russian). Lenta.ru. Retrieved 30 June 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ ШИРОКОВ: «ОТЕЦ ВСЮ ЖИЗНЬ БОЛЕЛ ЗА "СПАРТАК"» (in Russian). Spartak.com. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  4. ^ Роман Широков снова будет защищать цвета «Краснодара» (in Russian). FC Krasnodar. 13 January 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/dud/866726.html
  6. ^ http://www.sports.ru/football/1035151089.html
  7. ^ «СПАРТАК» И ШИРОКОВ РАССТАЛИСЬ ПО ОБОЮДНОМУ СОГЛАСИЮ (in Russian). FC Spartak Moscow. 23 January 2016.
  8. ^ Роман Широков — в ПФК ЦСКА (in Russian). PFC CSKA Moscow. 9 February 2016.
  9. ^ ПФК ЦСКА желает успехов Широкову и Оланаре (in Russian). PFC CSKA Moscow. 13 July 2016.
  10. ^ http://www.goal.com/en/news/476/euro-2008/2008/06/10/731076/player-ratings-spain-4-1-russia
  11. ^ "Villa vanquishes Russians". Sky Sports.
  12. ^ http://euro2008.football.co.uk/russia/hiddink_slams_naive_russia_266097.shtml
  13. ^ "Advocaat announced the finalized Euro Squad" (in Russian). 25 May 2012.
  14. ^ "Russia 4 Czech Republic 1". BBC Sport. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  15. ^ Состав национальной сборной России на ЧМ-2014 (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 2 June 2014.
  16. ^ В Бразилию без Широкова (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 2 June 2014.
  17. ^ Роман Широков – замгендиректора по спортивным вопросам (in Russian). FC Dynamo Moscow. 5 June 2018.
  18. ^ Роман Широков покинул «Динамо» (in Russian). FC Dynamo Moscow. 1 May 2019.
  19. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Russian Super Cup and the UEFA Super Cup
  20. ^ One appearance in Russian Super Cup, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  21. ^ One appearance in Russian Super Cup
  22. ^ One appearance in Russian Super Cup

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