Youri Nikiforov

Date of birth16 September 1970
Place of birthOdessa
NationalityRussian
Weight85 kg
Height1.85 m
PositionDefender

A veteran defender he has only just come back onto the international scene after refusing to play for the national side after being fined by the football authorities charged him with tax evasion in 1998. He began his career as a striker at SKA Odessa and played for Kyiv Dynamo and Chomnorets Odessa before signing for Moscow Spartak in 1993. He converted to sweeper despite being dubbed one of the world's most promising strikers by Pele after the Russian under 16 team won the World Championships and this has proved to be a great move. He made his international debut in 1993 and was a regular in the team prior to his row with the Russian Federation. At club level he moved to play in Spain for Sporting Gijon in 1996 but moved to Holland and PSV Eindhoven, as a replacement for Jaap Stam after the team were relegated in 1998. He was persuaded to return to international football by coach Oleg Romantsev in 2001 and played his part in qualification. An impressive sweeper who can play as an old fashioned stopper he may be used from the bench because of his experience.

Appearances in World Cup Qualification: 4.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
SKA Odessa
Chernomorets Odessa 01 Jan 1993
Spartak Moscow 01 Jan 1993 01 Jul 1996
Sporting Gijón 01 Jul 1996 01 Jul 1998
PSV Eindhoven 01 Jul 1998

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1991-92 CIS International Friendly 1
3
1999-00 PSV Eindhoven UEFA Champions League 2
2000-01 PSV Eindhoven Dutch KPN Telecompetitie 26
1
4
1
2000-01 PSV Eindhoven UEFA Champions League 6
1
2000-01 PSV Eindhoven UEFA Cup 6
2001-02 PSV Eindhoven Dutch KPN Telecompetitie 12
1
1
2001-02 PSV Eindhoven UEFA Champions League 3
2001-02 PSV Eindhoven UEFA Cup 2
1
2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
25 Jan 1992 USA v C.I.S. W 0-1 International Friendly
29 Jan 1992 El Salvador v C.I.S. W 0-3 International Friendly
02 Feb 1992 USA v C.I.S. L 2-1 International Friendly
12 Feb 1992 Israel v C.I.S. W 1-2 International Friendly


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1988-89 USSR UEFA Under-18
3
1
1988-89 USSR World Youth Cup
4
1990-91 USSR UEFA Under-21 3
1990-91 USSR Under-21 1
1991-92 Ukraine International Friendly 2
1991-92 USSR OT v A 1
1
1991-92 USSR UEFA Under-21 3
1992-93 Ukraine International Friendly
1
1993-94 Russia FIFA World Cup 6
2
1993-94 Russia International Friendly 2
1994-95 Russia International Friendly 3
1
1994-95 Russia UEFA European Championship 5
2
1995-96 Russia Four Team Tournament, Malta 3
1995-96 Russia International Friendly 3
1
1
1995-96 Russia UEFA European Championship 6
1996-97 Russia FIFA World Cup 4
2
1
1996-97 Russia International Friendly 1
1
1997-98 Russia Federation Centenary 1
1997-98 Russia FIFA World Cup 2
1997-98 Russia International Friendly 4
1998-99 Russia International Friendly
1
2000-01 Russia FIFA World Cup 3
1
2000-01 Russia International Friendly 1
2001-02 Russia FIFA World Cup 4
1
2001-02 Russia International Friendly 4
1
2001-02 Russia LG Cup 1
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
22 Jul 1988 USSR v Norway W 4-2 UEFA U18 Quarter-final
24 Jul 1988 USSR v East Germany W 3-0 UEFA U18 Semi-final
27 Jul 1988 USSR v Portugal W 3-1 UEFA U18 Final
17 Feb 1989 USSR v Syria W 3-1 World Youth Cup Group B
19 Feb 1989 Costa Rica v USSR W 0-1 World Youth Cup Group B
22 Feb 1989 Colombia v USSR W 1-3 World Youth Cup Group B
25 Feb 1989 USSR v Nigeria D 4-4 World Youth Cup Quarter-final
11 Sep 1990 USSR v Norway D 2-2 UEFA U21 Group
26 Mar 1991 Germany v USSR D 1-1 U21
18 Apr 1991 Hungary v USSR D 0-0 UEFA U21 Group
12 Jun 1991 Italy v USSR L 1-0 UEFA U21 Group
17 Aug 1991 USSR v USA W 2-1 OT v A
27 Aug 1991 Norway v USSR W 0-1 UEFA U21 Group
24 Sep 1991 USSR v Hungary W 2-0 UEFA U21 Group
16 Oct 1991 USSR v Italy D 1-1 UEFA U21 Group
29 Apr 1992 Ukraine v Hungary L 1-3 International Friendly
27 Jun 1992 USA v Ukraine D 0-0 International Friendly
26 Aug 1992 Hungary v Ukraine L 2-1 International Friendly
08 Sep 1993 Hungary v Russia W 1-3 FIFA World Cup Group 5
08 Sep 1993 Hungary v Russia W 1-3 FIFA World Cup Group 5
17 Nov 1993 Greece v Russia L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 5
20 Apr 1994 Turkey v Russia W 0-1 International Friendly
29 May 1994 Russia v Slovakia W 2-1 International Friendly
20 Jun 1994 Brazil v Russia L 2-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
24 Jun 1994 Sweden v Russia L 3-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
28 Jun 1994 Russia v Cameroon W 6-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
17 Aug 1994 Austria v Russia W 0-3 International Friendly
07 Sep 1994 Russia v Germany L 0-1 International Friendly
12 Oct 1994 Russia v San Marino W 4-0 UEFA European Championship Group 8
16 Nov 1994 Scotland v Russia D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 8
08 Mar 1995 Slovakia v Russia L 2-1 International Friendly
29 Mar 1995 Russia v Scotland D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group 8
26 Apr 1995 Greece v Russia W 0-3 UEFA European Championship Group 8
06 May 1995 Russia v Faroe Islands W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group 8
16 Aug 1995 Finland v Russia W 0-6 UEFA European Championship Group 8
06 Sep 1995 Faroe Islands v Russia W 2-5 UEFA European Championship Group 8
11 Oct 1995 Russia v Greece W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group 8
15 Nov 1995 Russia v Finland W 3-1 UEFA European Championship Group 8
07 Feb 1996 Malta v Russia W 0-2 FOUR NATION TOURNAMENT, MALTA
09 Feb 1996 Russia v Iceland W 3-0 FOUR NATION TOURNAMENT, MALTA
11 Feb 1996 Russia v Slovenia W 3-1 FOUR NATION TOURNAMENT, MALTA
27 Mar 1996 Republic of Ireland v Russia W 0-2 International Friendly
24 Apr 1996 Belgium v Russia D 0-0 International Friendly
25 May 1996 Qatar v Russia W 2-5 International Friendly
02 Jun 1996 Russia v Poland W 2-0 International Friendly
16 Jun 1996 Russia v Germany L 0-3 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
19 Jun 1996 Russia v Czech Republic D 3-3 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
28 Aug 1996 Russia v Brazil D 2-2 International Friendly
01 Sep 1996 Russia v Cyprus W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Group 5
09 Oct 1996 Israel v Russia D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Group 5
10 Nov 1996 Luxembourg v Russia W 0-4 FIFA World Cup Group 5
08 Jun 1997 Russia v Israel W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Group 5
18 Aug 1997 Russia v Rest of the World L 0-2 Federation Centenary
20 Aug 1997 Russia v Yugoslavia L 0-1 International Friendly
10 Sep 1997 Bulgaria v Russia L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 5
15 Nov 1997 Italy v Russia L 1-0 FIFA World Cup 2nd leg play-off
18 Feb 1998 Greece v Russia D 1-1 International Friendly
25 Mar 1998 Russia v France W 1-0 International Friendly
22 Apr 1998 Russia v Turkey W 1-0 International Friendly
19 Aug 1998 Sweden v Russia L 1-0 International Friendly
28 Feb 2001 Greece v Russia D 3-3 International Friendly
24 Mar 2001 Russia v Slovenia D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
28 Mar 2001 Russia v Faroe Islands W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
06 Jun 2001 Luxembourg v Russia W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
15 Aug 2001 Russia v Greece D 0-0 International Friendly
05 Sep 2001 Faroe Islands v Russia W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
14 Nov 2001 Latvia v Russia W 1-3 International Friendly
13 Feb 2002 Republic of Ireland v Russia L 2-0 International Friendly
27 Mar 2002 Estonia v Russia L 2-1 International Friendly
17 Apr 2002 France v Russia D 0-0 International Friendly
17 May 2002 Russia v Belarus L 1-1 (4-5) LG CUP
18 May 2002 Russia v Yugoslavia L 1-1 (5-6) LG CUP
05 Jun 2002 Russia v Tunisia W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
09 Jun 2002 Japan v Russia L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
14 Jun 2002 Belgium v Russia L 3-2 FIFA World Cup Finals group H


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.