Meet Russia’s No1 Goalkeeper & Captain Igor Vladimirovich Akinfeev, Igor Vladimirovich Akinfeev is a Russian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for and captains both PFC CSKA Moscow and the Russia national team. He has spent his entire career at CSKA, making more than 500 official appearances.
Fourteen years have passed since Russia’s No 1 and captain, arguably the best-known player in the squad, made his international debut. It has been quite a ride.
His reputation outside Russia tends to centre on an unwanted record of 43 Champions League games without a clean sheet, which only ended last November when CSKA Moscow beat Benfica 2-0. All of this ignores his enduring quality, though.
Akinfeev is stable, confident and frequently saves whole games for CSKA Moscow. If his European record is questionable, he has kept more clean sheets in Russian football than any other goalkeeper.
Akinfeev also has a peculiar taste in music – he recorded a couple of songs with the Russian pop group Ruki Vverkh! (“Hands up!”).