Aleksandr Sergeyevich Samedov (Russian: Александр Сергеевич Самедов, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr sʲɪrˈgʲe(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ sɐˈmʲedəf], Azerbaijani: Aleksandr Səmədov, born 19 July 1984) is a former Russian professional footballer who played as a right winger. He has played for the Russia national football team since 2011 and was selected for the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Aleksandr Samedov
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Samedov playing for Russia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Aleksandr Sergeyevich Samedov
Date of birth (1984-07-19) 19 July 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1995–2000 Spartak Moscow
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Spartak Moscow 47 (6)
2005–2008 Lokomotiv Moscow 49 (3)
2008–2009 FC Moscow 43 (7)
2010–2012 Dynamo Moscow 70 (9)
2012–2016 Lokomotiv Moscow 128 (26)
2017–2018 Spartak Moscow 39 (5)
2019 Krylia Sovetov Samara 9 (0)
National team
2004–2005 Russia U-21 12 (3)
2011–2018 Russia 53 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Contents

Personal lifeEdit

Samedov was born in Moscow, Soviet Union, his father is Azerbaijani[2][3] and his mother is Russian. He is a Christian[4] and is married to Yuliya.[5]

Club careerEdit

 
Samedov with Lokomotiv in 2012

He was a student of the Spartak Moscow academy and was considered one of their most talented youngsters. He was a regular in the first team under Nevio Scala but when Aleksandrs Starkovs came he lost his place in the first team. Spartak Moscow then purchased Vladimir Bystrov, and in the summer of 2005 Samedov left for Lokomotiv Moscow for €3.4 million. However, Samedov failed to succeed in Loko, and in 2008 joined FC Moscow. Having shown great progress under direction of Miodrag Božović, he chose to become part of a bigger club and went to Dynamo Moscow during the 2009–10 winter transfer period. On 27 June 2012, Samedov moved to Lokomotiv, where he played earlier. According to the source close to the club, Lokomotiv paid about 8.2 million € for his services.

During his second spell at Lokomotiv, Samedov established himself as starting XI fixture at right wing. In May 2013, when he added some goals to his usual good amount of assistances, he managed to win monthly poll among Loko fans in the social networks for the best player of the month.[6] He won this poll for the second time in April 2014.[7] After the end of 2013–14 season, club organized new poll among Loko fans in the social networks to name the best player of the season. The award went to Samedov with 32.3 percent of votes.[8]

On 16 January 2017, he returned to FC Spartak Moscow, winning the Russian Premier League title at the end of the season.[9] He was released from his Spartak contract by mutual consent on 5 January 2019.[10]

On 13 January 2019, he signed with Krylia Sovetov Samara.[11]

On 30 July 2019, he announced his retirement from playing.[12]

International careerEdit

 
Samedov and Zobnin in Sochi (2017)

In 2003, Samedov first visited Baku to hold discussions on representing the Azerbaijan national football team. He rejected the offer as it would have meant he had to rescind his Russian passport.[4]

At international level Samedov has played for the Russia U-21s. He was called up to the Russia national football team in late September 2011 for the first time. On 7 October 2011, Samedov made his debut for the senior national team of Russia after coming on as a last-minute substitute for Alan Dzagoev in the 1–0 away win against Slovakia in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

On 2 June 2014, he was included in Russia's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.[13]

On 11 May 2018, he was included in Russia's extended 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.[14] On 3 June 2018, he was included in the finalized World Cup squad.[15] He started Russia's every game in the World Cup, but was substituted in the second half in 3 out of 5, including both knock-out stage games.

Following Russia's 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal loss to Croatia, he announced his retirement from the national team.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

Club statisticsEdit

As of 13 December 2018
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Spartak Moscow 2001 Russian Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2003 6 0 1 0 0 0 4[a] 0 11 0
2004 29 6 1 0 7 2 1[b] 0 38 8
2005 11 0 2 1 13 1
FC Lokomotiv Moscow 9 0 0 0 6 1 15 1
2006 13 0 1 0 2 0 16 0
2007 23 3 4 0 6 1 33 4
2008 4 0 4 0
FC Moscow 16 2 2 0 4 2 22 4
2009 27 5 3 0 30 5
Total 43 7 5 0 4 2 0 0 52 9
FC Dynamo Moscow 2010 Russian Premier League 27 3 2 1 29 4
2011–12 43 6 6 0 49 6
Total 70 9 8 1 0 0 0 0 78 10
FC Lokomotiv Moscow 2012–13 Russian Premier League 26 2 1 0 27 2
2013–14 30 7 0 0 30 7
2014–15 29 4 5 0 2 0 36 4
2015–16 28 9 0 0 8 5 1[c] 0 37 14
2016–17 15 4 2 1 17 5
Total (2 spells) 177 29 13 1 24 7 1 0 215 37
FC Spartak Moscow 2016–17 Russian Premier League 10 3 10 3
2017–18 21 2 3 0 4 1 0 0 28 3
2018–19 8 0 1 0 3 0 12 0
Total (2 spells) 86 11 8 1 14 3 5 0 113 15
Career total 376 56 34 3 42 12 6 0 458 71
  1. ^ Four appearances in the Russian Premier League Cup
  2. ^ One appearance in the Russian Super Cup
  3. ^ One appearance in the Russian Super Cup

InternationalEdit

Statistics accurate as of match played 7 July 2018.[17]
Russia
Year Apps Goals
2011 2 0
2012 4 0
2013 7 3
2014 11 0
2015 2 0
2016 9 2
2017 9 1
2018 9 1
Total 53 7

International goalsEdit

As of 5 June 2018 (Russia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Samedov goal)[17]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 September 2013 Central Stadium, Kazan, Russia   Luxembourg
4–1
4–1
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 11 October 2013 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg   Luxembourg
1–0
4–0
3. 15 November 2013 Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   Serbia
1–0
1–1
Friendly
4. 9 October 2016 Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar, Russia   Costa Rica
1–2
3–4
5. 10 November 2016 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar   Qatar
1–0
1–2
6. 24 June 2017 Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia   Mexico
1–0
1–2
2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
7. 5 June 2018 VEB Arena, Moscow, Russia   Turkey
1–0
1–1
Friendly

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 17 June 2018. p. 24.
  2. ^ Домашний ребенок. Новобранец «Локомотива» Александр Самедов всегда спешит к родному очагу
  3. ^ Александр Самедов: «Понимаю, что кто-то в Азербайджане обижается на меня из-за того, что я не соглашаюсь играть за сборную»
  4. ^ a b Александр Самедов принял христианство и отказался от места в сборной Азербайджана по футболу Archived 3 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine(in Russian)
  5. ^ Александр Самедов принял христианство и отказался от места в сборной Азербайджана по футболу(in Russian)
  6. ^ "Archived copy" Александр Самедов – игрок мая! (in Russian). FC Lokomotiv Moscow. 3 June 2013. Archived from the original on 4 May 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy" Александр Самедов – игрок апреля! (in Russian). FC Lokomotiv Moscow. 3 May 2014. Archived from the original on 4 May 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Александр Самедов – лучший игрок сезона! (in Russian). FC Lokomotiv Moscow. 28 May 2014. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014.
  9. ^ АЛЕКСАНДР САМЕДОВ ПОДПИСАЛ КОНТРАКТ СО «СПАРТАКОМ» (in Russian). FC Spartak Moscow. 16 January 2017.
  10. ^ Александр Самедов: «Желаю "Спартаку" больших побед» [Aleksandr Samedov: I wish big victories for Spartak] (in Russian). FC Spartak Moscow. 5 January 2019.
  11. ^ Александр Самедов стал игроком "Крыльев Советов" [Aleksandr Samedov became the Krylia Sovetov player] (in Russian). FC Krylia Sovetov Samara. 13 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Самедов завершил карьеру футболиста" [Samedov finished his playing career] (in Russian). Sports.ru. 30 July 2019.
  13. ^ Состав национальной сборной России на ЧМ-2014 (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 2 June 2014.
  14. ^ Расширенный состав для подготовки к Чемпионату мира (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 11 May 2018.
  15. ^ Заявка сборной России на Чемпионат мира FIFA 2018 (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 3 June 2018.
  16. ^ Александр Самедов объявил о завершении карьеры в сборной (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 8 July 2018.
  17. ^ a b Aleksandr Samedov at National-Football-Teams.com
  18. ^ "Локомотив" наградил медалью футболиста Самедова за победу в Кубке России (in Russian). Rossiya Segodnya. 7 June 2017.

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