BBC Sport football_euro08


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 17:51 GMT, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 18:51 UK

Pat Nevin on the role of Yuri Zhirkov
How Yuri Zhirkov will attack Spain from left-back
Along with Arshavin and Pavlyuchenko, this guy is Russia's other outstanding player, a cut above the rest. He's got so much energy - he must use rocket fuel!

Against Sweden, the first time he touched the ball was on the left wing, he beat a man and got a cross in and the second time, he was on the right having a shot. I thought 'where on earth is he playing?'

He has the energy to play everywhere and his teammates are clever enough to cover.

That is down to the tactical genius of coach Guus Hiddink. The Russian midfield and attack is possibly the nearest thing we've seen to Total Football for a while, too.

related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.