Andrey Arshavin, professional footballer
Andrey Arshavin is a forward for Arsenal and ex-captain of the Russian national team, Honored Master of Sports of Russia (2008). Arshavin is also known as Shava.
He was born on May 29, 1981 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). Arshavin wasn’t a good student at school.
7-year-old boy joined famous sports school “Smena”. There his coaches were Viktor Vinogradov and Sergey Gordeev.
At the age of 16 Andrey began playing as part of the senior team. Two years later he joined “Zenit”.
From 2001 to 2006, Arshavin and Aleksandr Kerzhakov formed the so-called “Golden bunch”.
In 2008, Andrey won the Russian Super Cup, UEFA Cup, as well as the European Super Cup. Arshavin was named the best player in the UEFA Cup.
As a member of “Zenit”, from 2000 to 2009, Arshavin had played 310 official matches and scored 71 goals.
On February 21, 2009 Arshavin made his debut in “Arsenal”.
Andrey was recognized as the best football player of the Premier League in England. He became the second Russian, who won this award. Andrei Kanchelskis was the first in 1996.
Arshavin won numerous trophies, including the Russian Premier League Cup, Russian Super Cup, UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. He was named Russian Footballer of the Year.
On 24 February 2012 Arshavin returned to Zenit.
He has written three books, including “555 Questions and Answers on Women, Money, Politics and Football”. Arshavin also has a degree in Fashion Design.
Arshavin has a sweet tooth. He prefers pancakes, fast food and loves chocolate ice cream.
Andrey is afraid of snakes.
Andrey met his wife Yulia Baranovskaya in summer 2003. They have three children. It’s interesting, but they were not legally married.
Baranovskaya without a doubt was a woman who had a huge impact on Arshavin. Being with her he became the champion of Russia, the UEFA Cup winner, European Championship bronze medalist and one of the best players in England.
But they parted when Yulia was pregnant with their third child. Now Yulia and children live in England and Andrey lives in Russia.
Not so long ago mass media reported that because of British model and Miss Great Britain 1998 Leilani Dowding Arshavin left his family.
She denied that she had love affair with the Russian football player. However, Dowding became famous thanks to her novels with several players, none of which she confessed. Before Arshavin she was together with a former defender of “West Ham” Anwar Uddin, was engaged to a former Northern Ireland footballer Mark Williams and French football player Jeremie Aliadiere.
Scandalous TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak, said that shortly before her wedding to Maxim Vitorgan, she had passionate affair with Arshavin.
Arshavin’s new girlfriend is Alice Kazmina, a former model from St. Petersburg. She is a mother of two children. Alice was married to a successful businessman and lived in London.