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Russia's Roman Shirokov Joins FC Krasnodar From Zenit

Published: March 3, 2014 (Issue # 1799)



  • Roman Shirokov.
    Photo: Elena Ribakova / Wikimedia Commons

Russia midfielder Roman Shirokov has joined FC Krasnodar on loan after reports of falling out with Zenit St. Petersburg coach Luciano Spalletti.

The 32-year-old player, who had a notoriously fractious relationship with Zenit fans, left the football team’s training camp in Israel last month amid speculation of a spat that the Italian denied existed.

"Krasnodar has agreed with Zenit on the terms of Roman Shirokov's move," a statement on Krasnodar's website said late Thursday. "The Russia midfielder will defend the colors of 'the citizens' (team nickname) until the end of the current season."

Shirokov was absent from the Zenit team that lost 4-2 at home to Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Signs that Shirokov was unhappy at Zenit stretch back to last year, when it emerged he was yet to extend his contract beyond June.

A product of CSKA academy, Shirokov had already been linked with Moscow-based teams, but neither of them confirmed their interest in the player. Spartak coach Valery Karpin said he considered the transfer "impossible."

He has scored 43 goals in 198 games for Zenit since 2008, collecting two Russian titles and the UEFA Cup.

Shirokov has 41 caps with national team to his name and took over the Russia captaincy in October from Igor Denisov, a midfielder who left Zenit last season after a dispute with club management and now plays for Dynamo.





 


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Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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