Aleksandr Kerzhakov, football player
Aleksandr Kerzhakov is a Russian footballer (striker) of the St. Petersburg Zenith and Russian national team, Honored Master of Sports of Russia (2007), top scorer in the history of Russian football (223 goals), top scorer in the history of Zenith (159 goals) and the Russian team (29 goals), he is the third in the list of Grigory Fedotov club.
Aleksandr was born on November 27, 1982 in Kingisepp, Leningrad Oblast. Alexandr’s first coach was his father Anatoly Kerzhakov, who played football in his youth. 11-year-old boy entered St. Petersburg Sports School Zenith and lived in a boarding school. His younger brother, Mikhail, is a professional footballer too.
Kerzhakov graduated from Smena football school in Saint Petersburg in 1999. In 2000 he helped FC Svetogorets Svetogorsk to win the Northwest regional league by scoring 18 goals. In 2001 Kerzhakov joined FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.
In February 2008 it was announced that Kerzhakov has signed a three-year contract with Russian Dinamo Moscow.
On March 14, 2009, Kerzhakov started the 2009 Russian Premier League season by scoring a goal in the ninetieth minute against FC Moscow.
On 16 January 2010 FC Zenit Saint Petersburg signed the striker from FC Dynamo Moscow.
On 28 April 2010 in a victory against CSKA Moscow, he scored first goal after return.
He made his senior debut for Russia in a friendly match against Estonia on March 27, 2002.
Kerzhakov went on to score his first goal for Russia in a friendly 1–1 draw against Sweden on August 21, 2002.
In 2002, Kerzhakov authored his autobiography titled Up to 16 and older.
On October 12, 2012 Kerzhakov scored the only goal after just six minutes as Russia made it three wins from three in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group F.
In 2005 Kerzhakov opened two cafes of Russian cuisine under the name Lukomorie.
In 2005 he married Maria Golovaya, who gave birth to their daughter Daria.
Later Aleksandr was married to Ekaterina Lobanova, the ex-wife of hockey player Kirill Safronov. In 2013 Ekaterina gave birth to their son Igor.
In 2015, Alexander announced that he has a relationship with Milana Tyulpanova, the daughter of Senator Vadim Tyulpanov.
2007 – UEFA Cup, winner
2007 – Copa del Rey, winner
2007 – Supercopa de España, winner
2010 – Russian Cup, winner
2010 – Russian Premier League, winner
2002 – First five prizes as Russian Premier League’s best young player (awarded by the Russian Football Union)
2002, 2003 – Strelets prize as Russia’s best striker
2004 – Gentleman of the year (awarded by Komsomolskaya Pravda)