Igor Akinfeev, football player: biography, personal life, sports achievements
At that time, when eighteen Iker Casillas first appeared on the green lawn to the sounds of the anthem of the Champions League, it was almost a national hero in Spain. Young everywhere in our way, as they say, and the Spanish goalkeeper then broke the age record for the tournament in his role. Hardly anyone could then assume that after only five years, "mature" a hero in Russian football. CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made his debut in the main tournament of the Old World in the same age as Casillas, but the first European experience for a young goalkeeper came out lumpy. He missed two goals, but left a good impression.
Igor Akinfeev: Biography and facts from the life of
The future guardian of the gates of CSKA Moscow was born in April 1986 in the suburban seen. There's a boy and spent his childhood with his parents and older brother Eugene.
After seeing just how the boy tied to a ball game, Vladimir Akinfeev gave the younger son in youth CSKA School, where he was during the second training identified through the gate. Igor engaged in DYUSH CSKA Moscow for eleven years, after which he made his debut for the main army staff. At that time the boy was only 16 years old, and he became the youngest goalkeeper in the Russian Premier League.
not so many examples of boundless devotion to the club in the football world and that is called, logos stored under the heart. These players are Paolo Maldini and Francesco Totti, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. While that applies to this cohort and Igor Akinfeev. Biography of his performances for CSKA Moscow has continued for 15 years, and the goalkeeper of Muscovites have all chances to repeat the success of the great and mighty of this world. CSKA goalkeeper - is not only a famous football player. Igor Akinfeev - author of the book titled "100 penalty from readers", on pages where the capital club goalkeeper responds to questions from fans. In addition, Igor - a graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Physical Culture.
Personal life Igor Akinfeev
CSKA goalkeeper married to a girl named Catherine Gerun they Igor - the same age. Catherine was born in Kiev. The couple have two children: Daniel (2014 p.) And Evangeline (2015 p.). Igor Akinfeev family lives in Moscow.
Akinfeev from childhood is a fan of the Russian group "Hands up." In 2009, he became the godfather of a daughter of the main lead singer of pop band.
On the eve of the new football season 2003 silver medalist went to a training camp in Israel. Among other potential newcomers to the promised land of profits and the very young, but already hardened in fights youth of Igor Akinfeev. Football player before the start of the season his confident game has managed to drive out the basic structure of yet another potentially strong goalkeepers - Benjamin Mandrykina, and in March of the same year he made his debut in the adult football. Forced Akinfeev came off the bench in the final of the Cup of Russia against the St. Petersburg "Zenith" and played the entire time to zero, leaving his game only positive impressions as conventional fans and football experts. In total, the 2003 season the young goalkeeper spent thirteen matches in the first team and helped the team win the gold medal of the championship. Akinfeev made his debut in the season and in the European Cup, but this time the first attempt came out lumpy - "CSKA" in all respects conceded humble Macedonian "Vardar" and left the tournament.
The first official match in 2004 again brought another trophy - CSKA Akinfeev in goal in the match for the Super Bowl was stronger than another Moscow team and its principal rival - "Spartacus." In that season, Igor became the undisputed number one in the team and has consistently appeared on the field in the starting lineup. However, a few matches goalkeeper still had to miss. During a brawl during a match with the "Wings of the Soviets" Akinfeev was disqualified in the following four matches played in the second team. According to the results of the season CSKA won the second place in the championship.
The triumph in the UEFA Cup
Campaign for the second most important European trophy CSKA Moscow started in the Champions League in the autumn of 2004. Capital team took third place in the group, which meant that he will continue to fight in the spring already for the UEFA Cup. In the playoffs, the Russians opposed the "Lille", "Auxerre" and "Parma", and in the final confrontation with a score of 2-1 was plunged Portuguese "Sporting". In May 2005, Igor Akinfeev CSKA captain Sergei Ignashevich lifted over the head of the Gold Cup tournament.
After the triumph in the UEFA Cup, and three months later in the Super Bowl goalkeeper army attracted the attention of top clubs in the European championships. Quite a serious interest in the person Akinfeev showed London "Arsenal", but in the end the goalkeeper chose the option to continue a career in CSKA. Igor spent a successful season in 2006, then was injured and out of action until late next football year.
In 2008, the army club extended his contract with his first number (actually Akinfeev stands under the number "35", but the team is it is considered the main goalkeeper), and he was not slow to repay a decent game and new trophies. Over the next seven years, CSKA with its permanent goalkeeper three times became the champion of Russia. Four more Army men raised above the head of the country's Cup three times - the Super Bowl. Himself Igor Akinfeev during this time of 5 times, became the owner of the Lev Yashin Award, which is annually awarded to the best goalkeeper of the season. In the season 2016-2017 gg. CSKA goalkeeper broke several records of the famous game in the past, the Soviet goalkeeper Rinat Dasaev and went clear first place in the number of "clean sheets" in the Russian championships. The first issue of the army - a long time veteran of the club, but by the standards of goalie retirement 5-6 years can wait a little more precisely. This means that the tandem of "Igor Akinfeev - CSKA" has all the chances to jointly achieve new heights in the domestic and European football.
In the national
The main football team goalkeeper Russia "red-blue" was already in the course of his first season in professional sports. In 2003, Akinfeev got the call at Autumn Games team, but directly on the field and did not debut. The first match in the red T-shirt Igor held, as soon as he was 18 years old. He came out lumpy pancake for a young goalkeeper, his team lost against Norway 3-2. In the summer of the same year Akinfeev was Russia's bid for Euro 2004, but he was unable to play in the tournament.
At Euro 2008, the goalkeeper army drove already as the first number, though, and missed part of the qualifying round because of an injury. In those matches for the national team it replaced a former partner at CSKA Vladimir Gabulov. In the final part of the tournament Igor Akinfeev held five matches in which missed eight times. It is interesting that five of the eight goals conceded occurred in the confrontation with the Spanish national team, four - in the first group round match, another - in the semi-finals of the championship. High place at Euro 2008. Russian national team owes much to a confident game of their main goalkeeper.
The selection for the European Championships in 2012 Akinfeev started not very confident. Sometimes he made mistakes, where they were to make it is not necessary (for example, in the match against Slovakia) and on the contrary, acted confidently, literally snatching victory for his country (Russia - Macedonia). On the eve of Euro-2012 Igor managed to recover after a fairly serious injury, but he went to the forum only as a reservist Vyacheslav Malafeev. In autumn 2012 Russian team began actively preparing for the World Cup, to be held in 2014 in Brazil. Igor Akinfeev marked another "dry" match in the match with Portugal, and this game was the 400th in the career of the goalkeeper. After just a few days goalkeeper set two new records in the national team: the duration of the "dry" series and the number of matches without conceding a goal.
The Russian national team has successfully overcome the qualification and in the summer of 2014 went to Brazil for the World Cup. In the first match Akinfeev made a serious mistake that cost his team points in the match against South Korea. Sam goalkeeper after the match took the blame. Defeat for the tri-color and ended the second match in the group against Belgium. The third opposition group round with the national team of Algeria for the Russians did not matter in terms of the struggle for a way out of the group, but in it the Russian goalkeeper made a mistake and the match ended in a draw.
In 2015, Igor Akinfeev is injured during the fight his team with Montenegro team - the goalkeeper was kindled Fire, thrown from the guest bleachers. According to the results of the match was awarded to the Montenegrin team defeated with a score of 0: 3, but the Russian goalkeeper was soon corrected.
The next international forum for the Russian team of Igor Akinfeev was the European Championship in 2016. Tricolor, thanks to a goal Berezutski, snatched a draw in the favorite group - England. Then no one could think that this point will be only for the Russians: Russian in the remaining oppositions and lost against Slovakia, and much more humble Wales. Goalkeeper Russians missed the tournament six goals. Goalkeeper tricolor, community member Igor Netto, to date, it remains the absolute leader in the number of matches for the national team players among its role. In 2017, Igor Akinfeev was appointed captain of the Russian national team.
Statistics in modern sport often of interest, no less important than the direct battles on a green lawn or, for example, on the basketball court. There was an exception in this regard and CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. Scores of Russian goalkeeper was once again forced to recall society Lev Yashin and his Golden Ball.
We have already talked about the fact that Akinfeev - the youngest debutant in the goalie position and 22 years and 117 days, had one more interesting achievement - football was the youngest among goalies who have played one hundred "dry" matches. By the way, a similar achievement has obeyed Igor and at around two hundred matches.
Another interesting record CSKA goalkeeper - nine games in the Premier League in a row without conceding a goal. A similar record in team also belongs to the goalkeeper army club. With specific regard to CSKA, then Igor Akinfeev had for him more than all the matches in the history of the team.
However, it has a spoon of tar in this barrel of honey. Army club is the creator of anti-record in the Champions League, which is directly related to and has a goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. Dry matches in the most prestigious European tournament, date back to November 2006, and since then the goalkeeper CSKA missed 84 goals in 43 consecutive games. Ironically, in 2011, CSKA Moscow in the Champions League held two "dry" match, but in both of them the gate of soldiers defended changer Akinfeev - Vladimir Gabulov. Another unpleasant achievement of the Russian goalkeeper is also linked to the Champions League. He became the first goalkeeper in the history of the tournament, who twice hit his own net. Akinfeev was marked by an own goal in 2015 and in 2016 against the "Wolfsburg" and the English "Tottenham", respectively.
Igor Akinfeev Height - 186 cm, weight - 82 kg. Perhaps, for a modern goalkeeper, is the ideal anthropometry, which allows you to feel confident and on the goal line, and when you play at the outputs. By and large, those of CSKA goalkeeper and it is believed the same quality manifesting itself in different aspects of the game in goal.
Akinfeev is sometimes compared to Lev Yashin and, I must say, this comparison has the right to life. And let Igor has not yet been nominated for the Golden Ball, but we can confidently say that this is the best Russian goalie modernity.
Not counting the time spent in the youth team goalkeeper army holds its fifteenth season in the capital club. Igor Akinfeev statistics are impressive: in all competitions CSKA goalkeeper has played 519 matches, which missed the 449 goals (0, 87 - for the game). Goalkeeper "red-blue" - a very correct player for fifteen years, he has collected in the passive only 28 yellow cards and two direct removal.
Personal goalkeeper award
Throughout his career Akinfeev eight times voted the best goalkeeper of the year.
In 2006, CSKA goalkeeper received a state award - the Order of Friendship was awarded the title of best young guard gate according to the authoritative Italian publication Tuttosport.
After the end of the season 2012-2013,. He was voted the best player in the Russian Premier League on the results of voting on the Internet, where fans from all over the country took part. In the season 2015-2016 gg. together with the veteran Hungarian football Gabor Kiraly won the UEFA in the "Salvation of the season."
In 2016 Igor Akinfeev annual prize of the newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda" - "Football Gentleman of the Year".
According to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics CSKA goalkeeper occupies 15th place in the list of the new century goalkeepers.