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Igor Semshov
Personal information
Full name Igor Petrovich Semshov
Date of birth April 6, 1978 (1978-04-06) (age 31)
Place of birth    Moscow, Soviet Union
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Dynamo Moscow
Number 21
Youth career
1995-1996 CSKA Moscow
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
CSKA Moscow
Torpedo Moscow
Dynamo Moscow
FC Zenit St. Petersburg
Dynamo Moscow
012 0(1)
236 (59)
090 (17)
026 0(6)
001 0(1)   
National team2
2002-  Russia 043 0(2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 11:21, 16 March 2010 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 12:49, 16 March 2010 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Igor Petrovich Semshov (Russian: Игорь Петрович Семшов) (born April 6, 1978) is regarded as one of the best midfield players in Russian Premier League and at the same time as an unlucky international player, who plays for Dynamo Moscow.



It would seem he had many reasons for successful start: born in largest Russian city, learnt to play by the personal coach – his own father, graduated from the soccer academy of UEFA Cup Winner - CSKA Moscow. However the frail constitution warded off Russian soccer grands. Semshov could not establish himself as a first-team player at CSKA Moscow and he left the club to join Torpedo Moscow in 1998. The new team distrusted him firstly: his boyish appearance and attitude were too suspect. The most famous fact about young Semshov was a five-match suspension following a referee kick. New Semshov appeared in 2001 when he became a father: professionalism instead of slipshodness, passion instead of frenzy. The might shortage was compensated with extraordinary technique and indefatigable energy.

He continued to play well for Torpedo Moscow and became a key player and a brightest star of his club.

After season 2005 Igor Semshov signed a three-year contract with Dynamo Moscow , however he will be put on the transfer market in 2008 after a failure to reach an agreement about his contract renewal.

On 15 December left Dynamo Moscow and moved to FC Zenit St. Petersburg, he signed a contract over 4 years, Zenit defrays 4,5 Million €uro. After just one season returned to Dynamo Moscow.

International career

He was soon selected to play for the Russian international at the 2002 World Cup, but he didn’t manage to help disappointing Russian team in unusual position of left midfielder. Igor was declared "the Best Torpedo Moscow Player of the Year" four times (2001, 2002,2003,2005). As for international he was not so successful there: he took a part at EURO 2004, but the tournament was a disappointment for him again. Russia lost out at the first round and Semshov played in the last match only, which was indecisive absolutely. He was selected for Russia's squad for Euro 2008. He scored his first goal in a friendly against Argentina.


International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2009-08-12 Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow, Russia  Argentina 1 – 0 2 – 3 Friendly
2 2009-09-09 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales  Wales 1 – 0 3 – 1 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

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