27.01.2021

Aleksandr Kokorin in the RPL: Youngest Dynamo goalscorer, RPL champion with Zenit, 11th highest league scorer

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Aleksandr Kokorin has officially become a Fiorentina player. Here we tell you the main facts about the striker's career in the Russian Premier Liga.

In his first match for Dynamo Moscow, Kokorin scored his debut goal in the RPL. On 4 October 2008, the 17-year-old striker took part in the matchday 24 fixture round against Saturn. At half-time he came on in place of Aleksandr Dimidko before equalising in the 72nd minute from Igor Shemshov’s pass, and Dynamo finished the match with a 2-1 victory. That year, Kokorin played in six more RPL matches, scored the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Lokomotiv and finished third in the table.

Kokorin won three trophies during his club career, all of them with Zenit. In May 2016 - three months after joining the St. Petersburg club from Dynamo - he won the Russian Cup, and in the final against CSKA Moscow he scored a goal and earned a penalty in a comfortable 4-1 win. In July of the same year, the forward won the Super Cup after again beating CSKA, this time 1-0. Kokorin also became 2018/19 RPL champion, when he played three matches for Zenit.

Kokorin sits fourth on the list of the youngest RPL goalscorers in history. When he scored against Saturn on his debut, he was 17 years, six months and 15 days old. Only Aleksandr Salugin had scored faster than him in the RPL at that time (in November 2005 for CSKA against Alania, at 17 years and 27 days). In 2009, Kokorin was ahead of Spartak player Jano Ananidze, who set a league record at 17 years eight days, and in 2020 he was ousted from the top three by Rostov midfielder Roman Romanov (17 years, two months 22 days). He remains the youngest player to score for Dynamo in Russian championships.

Kokorin represented five teams during his RPL career. He twice played for Dynamo (from 2008 to 2013, and from 2013 to 2016). In July 2013, Kokorin signed a contract with Anzhi, but did not play a single official game for them and returned to Moscow a month later. Since 2016, Kokorin played for Zenit until the winter of 2020 he went on loan to Sochi. In August, after the end of his contract with Zenit, he moved to Spartak.

Six penalties were scored by Kokorin in RPL matches. For Dynamo he scored from the spot against FC Rostov in August 2014 and against Amkar Perm in October 2015. He also scored from 12 yards for FC Sochi and Spartak Moscow in 2020. For Sochi, Kokorin scored penalties against FC Orenburg in March and against Dynamo in July, while for the Red-Whites he converted from the spot against FC Khimki in October and Rotor Volgograd in November. Only once the striker failed to convert a spot kick in a Premier Liga match. In November 2013, his shot was kept out by Ural goalkeeper Aleksey Solosin.

Kokorin received seven assists in the RPL from Balazs Dzsudszak, more than from any of the partners. The Hungarian midfielder and the Russian striker played together for Dynamo from 2012 to 2015 - with a break for Aleksandr's brief departure to Anzhi - and during that time they have scored 11 goals from each other's assists. In August 2012, in a match against Lokomotiv, Kokorin scored with a pass from Dzsudszak, and the Hungarian helped his side to a 3-2 win after receiving a booking. This result was repeated in August 2014, when the Blue-White-Sky defeated Rostov 7-3.

Kokorin scored nine goals against Rostov – more than anyone in the league. He got on the scoresheet six times after Rostov while playing for Dynamo, and in August 2014, Kokorin scored his first hat-trick in the RPL in a game against the Southerners. The next one Kokorin also made against Rostov when he played for Sochi in June 2020: then the Rostov youth team came out against Sochi and lost 1-10.

Ten goals is the striker's personal best in goals for a season in the Premier League. The forward achieved this result three times: in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons, when he played for Dynamo, and in the 2017/18 season with Zenit. In all cases, he scored ten goals in 22 matches, although the last of these seasons ended for Kokorin ahead of schedule due to a torn cruciate knee ligament in March 2018.

The forward has worked with 12 head coaches in all seasons in the league. Kokorin spent most matches (46) under the leadership of Andrey Kobelev, under whom he made his senior debut for Dynamo. At the same time, he scored the most goals under another Dynamo manager, notching up 17 goals between 2012 to 2014. In total, during his career at Dynamo, Kokorin played with six coaches, at Zenit – with four, at Sochi, he was coached only by Vladimir Fedotov, and at Spartak – by Domenico Tedesco.

At 22 years of age, when the Kokorin right rollers at which Kokorin first appeared at the RPL match with the captain's armband. On 16 March 2013, he was the captain of Dynamo away to Kuban and scored a goal (1:1). From 2014 to 2015, Alexander also repeatedly appeared in this status, before the 2015/16 season he was appointed captain on a permanent basis, but after two rounds, the armband passed to Igor Denisov.

Kokorin has scored 67 goals in RPL history, placing him 11th in that metric. Most of it came at the Dynamo stage of his career, placing him second after Kevin Kuranyi, who scored 50 times. The striker scored another 17 goals while not representing Zenit; seven during the loan spell with Sochi, and the last two for Spartak from the penalty spot. Before getting into the top 10, which is now completed by former Zenit teammate Danny, Kokorin missed one goal.

Kokorin's first shirt number of his professional career was 77, and was worn for Dynamo in 2008. From the following year, his shirts always had a nine regardless of which teams he faced. In 2009 and 2010, he played wearing number 99 from 2011 to 2013 - under the ninth. Moving to Anzhi, the striker took the number 91, with which he also played after returning to the Blue-Whites in the 2013/14 season and during the loan to Sochi in 2020. The rest of the time in Dynamo, Zenit and Spartak, Kokorin again played under the nine.

Kokorin had a direct hand in 98 RPL goals. Kokorin added 31 assists to 67 goals, the best season for this indicator was 2013/14, when Kokorin registered nine assists.

Photo: Konstantin Rybin/RPL; Mikhail Shapaev/RFU; Sergey Kulakov/Sochi; Dynamo Moscow


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