Alexander Kerzhakov (born in 1982) is the first child in the family of Anatoly Kerzhakov, who was also a professional football player. Alexander's brother is also a football player, but if Alexander threatens the gate, then Michael protects them.
Early football years
In the Sports School "Zenith" made their first steps, many famous Russian football players. Among them is Alexander Kerzhakov. Sasha's biography begins here, football biography. The first coach of the football player, not counting his own father, was Sergei Romanov. In 1996, held a match for the title of Russian champion in football in St. Petersburg. The match was attended by "Spartacus" and "Alania". Kerzhakov was able to get tickets for the game, but did not go for it.
After the football school Alexander Kerzhakov became a player of the football club "Svetogorets", who performed in the amateur division. The coach of the team was Vladimir Kazachenko, whom Alexander knew as deputy director of the Zenit football school.
Already at the beginning of the twenty-first century Kerzhakov became the best player of the tournament, which was held in the pre-season training.
In late 2000, Alexander was invited to "Zenith". The recommendation to the head coach of the club was given by Kazachenko. In the spring of 2001, Alexander Kerzhakov played his first match for the team from St. Petersburg. The football player spent the entire meeting on the field, but could not be noted for effective actions, as well as team-mates. As a result, the match ended in a draw.
Kerzhakov did not score for the next eleven matches in the Russian championship. The first goal scored by the player took place already in the thirteenth round of the championship. It was a very important game. The opponent of Zenit was the capital Spartak. Muscovites won with a minimum score, but Alexander was able to equalize the score, then his team-mates managed to score another ball into the goal of "Spartacus." The match and ended with a minimal victory of the team from St. Petersburg.
After his transition to Zenit, Alexander was able to quickly become a player of the base. In the first year of his stay in the team Kerzhakov was able to win silver medals of the championship and enter the list of 33 best players of the Russian Federation. By the way, in this list, Alexander was five years in a row.
Challenge to the national team
Another year later, the best young player of the championship was Alexander Kerzhakov. Footballer with his performance at the club level was able to get a place in the national team at the 2002 World Cup, which was held in Japan and Korea.
In the following season, Kerzhakov was able to win another silver championship of Russia. And a year later he managed to become the best scorer of the tournament, having on his account eighteen goals scored.
Going to Sevilla
In addition to an excellent performance in the domestic championship, Kerzhakov was able to prove himself in the best part and in the Eurocups. A good performance against the Spanish "Sevilla" made many European clubs pay attention to Alexander. It was Sevilla that made Zenit the best offer.
Perhaps Kerzhakov would have continued to play in Russia, but with the arrival of a Dutch specialist named Dick Advocaat Kerzhakov lost his place in the starting lineup and began to come out only as a substitute. Hold the game on the bench he did not want, so he decided to leave.
The first transfer of "Seville" in the winter transfer window at the end of 2006 was Alexander Kerzhakov. The photo of the sportsman was immediately printed in many famous Spanish sports newspapers. The contract was designed for five and a half years, and the transfer was approximately five million euros.
The first Spanish trophies
The first match Alexander Kerzhakov played on January 14, 2007, and on January 28 he was able to score his first goal. In the spring Kerzhakov was able to help the team to pass the English Tottenham in the UEFA Cup, and at the end of the season the team took third place in the Spanish La Liga. In that memorable season for Alexandra, Sevilla managed to win the Cup of Spain, as well as the UEFA Cup, with which the Andalusians have a special relationship.
Leaving the coach and appointing a specialist again did not bring anything good. As in Zenit, the new coach stopped releasing Kerzhakov on the field. Many grands of world football showed interest in the Russian football, including clubs such as Manchester United, Paris-Saint-Germain and many other famous teams in Europe and the world. Kerzhakov himself has repeatedly stated his intention to stay in the team and fight for a place in the team.
Return to Russia and private life
In 2008, Alexander Kerzhakov became a player of the Moscow "Dynamo". The first season in the new club could not be called successful - the player was able to score only seven goals in 27 matches. Despite the poor personal performance, he was able to again win the championship medals. After a season the number of goals scored increased - the forward was able to distinguish twelve times at the gate of opponents.
In 2010, "Zenith" was in search of striker, and in mid-January Alexander Kerzhakov returned to the club. The personal life of the athlete, like a football career, was not in order. In 2010, the footballer divorced Maria Golova, with whom Alexander was married since 2005. Perhaps the divorce went to the player in favor, because in games against Anderlecht and Saturn, Kerzhakov was able to score three goals for each opponent.
In 2012, the striker was summoned to the national team for the European Championship matches, which took place in Ukraine and Poland, but neither Alexander nor the whole team showed good results at the tournament.
In 2015, Alexander married for the second time. The chosen Russian footballer became Milan Tulipova.
Now Alexander Kerzhakov belongs to the football club "Zenith", but he plays in a loan in the Swiss team called "Zurich".