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Zhirkov voted Russia's player of year

December 17, 2008 11:45 IST

CSKA Moscow winger Yuri Zhirkov has been voted Russia's Player of the Year for the first time in a nationwide poll conducted by the country's Football Association.

The 25-year-old beat Zenit St Petersburg playmaker Andrei Arshavin, one of the outstanding players at Euro 2008 where the Russians reached the semi-finals for the first time in 20 years.

Zhirkov's CSKA team mate and fellow Russia international Igor Akinfeyev was named the country's top goalkeeper.

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