Igor Akinfeev is a Russian professional footballer who was born on April 8, 1986 in Vidnoye, Soviet Union. He plays as a goalkeeper for CSKA Moscow and Russian National Team and also captains both the teams.
His father sent him to the Sports School of CSKA at the age of four. He has been goalkeeping for them since that time. He was also part of the CSKA Moscow team when they won the Russian Junior Championship in 2002.
Igor was first selected to play for the Russian national football team in April 2004 in a friendly match against Norway. He became the third youngest player to make an appearance for Russia and the youngest ever in the history of Russian Federation. He was immediately named in the Russian squad for UEFA Euro 2004 as the third choice for goalkeeper.
Rise to glory
In 2011, Akinfeev captained Moscow to his fifth title win in Russian Cup. In 2012-13, they won their first Russian Premier League title in seven years which also came under the captaincy of Igor. He was also named the 'Russian Footballer of the Year’ for that performance. He also won them the subsequent titles of both the Russian Cup and the Russian Premier League in the following season.
In 2007, Akinfeev had to remain out of action due to a knee injury. This kept him out from the 2007 Russian Premier League and as a result, CSKA ended the season at third place in the league.
Igor Akinfeev made his club football debut in 2003 with CSKA Moscow and since then he has playing for them. he made his professional debut at the age of 16, in a match against FC Krylia Sovetov Samara. Akinfeev saved a penalty kick and also kept a clean record as Moscow that match 2-0.
Since then, he has appeared in more than 500 matches for them. He has also won six Russian Cup titles, six Russian Premier League titles and a UEFA Cup in 2005 with them.
His first title win with them came in 2003 in the form of his club’s first Russian Premier League. In 2006-07, Akinfeev went on to hold a record of not conceding a goal for 362 minutes. He couldn't play the major part of the 2007 Russian Premier League as he was ruled out due to a knee injury but he came back with a bang as he returned in 2008 season and they won the title.
In 2013-14, Akinfeev won the fifth Russian Premier League title for them as a captain. In May 2014, he overtook Lev Yashin to become the goalkeeper with the third most number of clean sheets (233).