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 goal, then Michael protects them.
Early football years
In the Zenit Sports School many famous Russian footballers took their first steps. Among them is Alexander Kerzhakov. Sasha's biography begins right here, a football biography. The first coach of a football player, not counting his own father, was Sergey Romanov. In 1996, he held a match for the title of champion of Russia in St. Petersburg. “Spartak” and “Alania” took part in the match. Kerzhakov was able to get tickets for the game, but did not go for it.
After the football school, Alexander Kerzhakov became a player in the Svetogorets football club, which played in the amateur division. The team’s coach was Vladimir Kazachenko, whom Alexander knew as deputy director of a zenit football school.
Already at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Kerzhakov became the best player in the tournament, which was held as part of the pre-season preparation.
At the end of 2000, Alexander was invited to Zenit. The recommendation to the head coach of the club gave Kazachenko. In the spring of 2001, Alexander Kerzhakov played his first match for the team from St. Petersburg. The footballer spent the entire meeting on the field, but could not be noted for productive actions, as well as teammates. In the end, the match ended in a draw.
Did not score Kerzhakov and for the next eleven matches in the championship of Russia. The first goal of a football player was already in the thirteenth round of the championship. It was a very important game. Rival "Zenith" was the capital "Spartak". Muscovites won with a minimum score, but Alexander was able to level the score, then his team-mates managed to score one more goal against Spartak. The match ended in a minimal victory for the team from St. Petersburg.
After his move to Zenit, Alexander was able to quickly become a player in the basics. In the first year of his stay in the team, Kerzhakov was able to win the silver medals of the championship and enter the list of 33 best footballers of the Russian Federation. By the way, Alexander was on this list for five years in a row.
National team challenge
A year later, Alexander Kerzhakov became the best young player of the championship. Football player his performance at the club level was able to get a place in the national team at the 2002 World Championships, which was held in Japan and Korea.
In the following season, Kerzhakov was able to win another silver in the Russian championship. And a year later he managed to become the top scorer of the tournament, having eighteen goals scored on his account.
Going to Seville
In addition to the excellent performance in the domestic championship, Kerzhakov was able to show his best side in the Euro cups. A good performance against the Spanish “Seville” led many European clubs to pay attention to Alexander. It was Sevilla that made Zenit the best deal.
Perhaps Kerzhakov would have continued to play in Russia, but with the arrival of a Dutch specialist on the team named Dick Advocaat Kerzhakov, he lost his place in the starting lineup and began to go out only as a substitute. He did not want to play games on the bench, so he decided to leave.
The first transfer of Seville to the winter transfer window at the end of 2006 was Alexander Kerzhakov. The athlete's photo was immediately printed in many well-known Spanish sports newspapers. The contract was for five and a half years, and the amount of transfer was approximately five million euros.
The first Spanish trophies
Alexander Kerzhakov played the first match 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 go through 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 season memorable for Alexander, Sevilla managed to win the Spanish Cup, as well as the UEFA Cup, with which Andalusians have a special relationship.
Leaving the head coach team and appointing a specialist again did not bring anything good. As in Zenit, the new coach stopped releasing Kerzhakov on the field. Many world football giants were interested in the Russian footballer, including such clubs as Manchester United, Paris-Saint-Germain and many other famous teams in Europe and the world. Kerzhakov himself has repeatedly stated his intention to remain in the team and fight for a place in the composition.
Return to Russia and personal life
In 2008, Alexander Kerzhakov became a player of Dynamo Moscow. The first season as part of the new club could not be called successful - the football player was able to score only seven goals in 27 matches. Despite the poor personal performance, he was able to win the championship medals again. After the season, the number of goals scored increased - the forward was able to distinguish himself twelve times at the gates of the opponents.
In 2010, Zenit was in search of a striker, and in mid-January Alexander Kerzhakov returned to the club. Personal life of an athlete, like a football career, was not in order. In 2010, the football player divorced Maria Head, with whom Alexander has been married since 2005. Perhaps the player has benefited from the divorce, because in the games against Anderlecht and Saturn, Kerzhakov managed to score three goals for each opponent.
In 2012, the forward was called to the national team for the matches of the European Championship, which was held in Ukraine and in Poland, but neither Alexander nor the whole team showed good results in the tournament.
In 2015, Alexander married for the second time. The choice of the famous Russian footballer was Milan Tulpanov.
Now Alexander Kerzhakov belongs to the football club "Zenit", but plays in the lease in the Swiss team called "Zurich".