Sergei Semak

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Sergei Semak
Sergei Semak 2018.jpg
Semak in 2018 with Zenit
Personal information
Full name Sergei Bogdanovich Semak
Date of birth (1976-02-27) 27 February 1976 (age 45)
Place of birth Sychanske, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Zenit St. Petersburg (manager)
Youth career
Luhansk Football Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992 Presnya Moscow 19 (4)
1992 Karelia Petrozavodsk 3 (0)
1993–1994 Asmaral Moscow 21 (3)
1994–2004 CSKA Moscow 289 (69)
2005–2006 Paris Saint-Germain 26 (1)
2006–2007 Moscow 64 (13)
2008–2010 Rubin Kazan 61 (12)
2010–2013 Zenit St. Petersburg 49 (10)
Total 532 (112)
National team
1997–2010[1] Russia 65 (4)
Teams managed
2013–2016 Zenit St. Petersburg (assistant)
2014 Zenit St. Petersburg (caretaker)
2014–2016 Russia (assistant)
2017–2018 Ufa
2018– Zenit St. Petersburg
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sergei Bogdanovich Semak (Russian: Серге́й Богда́нович Сема́к [sʲɪrˈɡʲej bɐɡˈdanəvʲɪtɕ sʲɪˈmak]; Ukrainian: Сергій Богданович Семак; born 27 February 1976) is a Russian football manager and a former international midfielder who is currently the manager of Zenit St. Petersburg.

Early life[edit]

Semak was born in the selo Sychanskoye in the Voroshilovgradskaya Oblast into a peasant family of modest economical background. He was an excellent student and had an ideal behavior. When he was a child his teachers would argue as to whether he would become a mathematician or a football player.[2]

He left Ukraine shortly before the USSR fall, but his parents stayed there. He would become a Russian naturalized citizen, but until today he uses to visit his bornland; he had declared that he misses Ukraine.[3][4][5]

His older brother Andrei Semak and younger brother Nikolai Semak were also professional footballers.

Club career[edit]

He started training football at the Luhansk football school.

In 1992, he signed in FC Presnya Moscow who played in the Russian Top Division. After 19 matches (where he scored 4 goals) he was sold to FC Karelia Petrozavodsk, but in 1993 returned to FC Presnya Moscow (which changed its name to Asmaral Moscow).

In 1994, he was noted and signed by PFC CSKA Moscow. He became the club's captain and leader. With the club he won the Russian Premier League in 2003, the Russian Cup in 2002 and 2005. He left the club after it finished third in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League 2004–05 and did not move on to the knockout stage.

In 2005, he moved to Paris Saint-Germain FC, France, but failed to settle, scoring just one goal. After just one season he returned to Russia.

In 2006, he signed for FC Moscow, where he stayed until 2008 when he moved to Rubin Kazan. In Rubin Semak was moved from the positions of striker and attacking midfielder to the position of a defensive midfielder.

In Rubin he became the captain and leader of the team, and led it to its first two championship titles in 2008 and 2009.

In August 2010, he transferred to FC Zenit St. Petersburg.[6]

International career[edit]

Semak made his international debut in 1997 and took part in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

Having lost his place in the national team with the arrival of Guus Hiddink in 2006, Semak missed out on Russia's Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, but was recalled to the national team, just prior to the Euro 2008 finals. Semak captained the Russia national team in their first Euro 2008 warm-up friendly against Kazakhstan, and during the rest of the campaign.

Sergei Semak had a good performance in the crucial match against Greece and provided an assist for the only goal Russia scored with a skilled bicycle kick pass from a wide angle. Another notable performance in Euro 2008 came in the quarter-finals during which he was playing his 50th game for his country, when his precise left-wing cross was volleyed in by Roman Pavlyuchenko against the Netherlands.

Managerial career[edit]

After his retirement, Semak was named as assistant coach of Zenit Saint Petersburg. He was appointed interim coach of the club after the sacking of Luciano Spalletti on 10 March 2014.[7] He held the position until 18 March when André Villas-Boas was appointed as the team manager.[3][4][5]

On 30 December 2016, he was appointed a manager of the Russian Premier League club FC Ufa.[8]

On 29 May 2018, he returned to Zenit St. Petersburg, signing a 2-year contract with 1-year extension option.[9] In his first year, he won the 2018–19 Russian Premier League. He led Zenit to the title again in the 2019–20 Russian Premier League.[10] On 25 July 2020, he sealed the double for the club by winning the 2019–20 Russian Cup.[11] On 2 May 2021, Zenit secured their third title in a row in a 6-1 victory over second-place FC Lokomotiv Moscow.[12]

Career statistics[edit]


National team Year Apps Goals
1997 1 0
1998 9 0
1999 5 0
2000 6 0
2001 8 1
2002 5 2
2003 4 1
2005 4 0
2006 1 0
2008 12 0
2009 9 0
2010 1 0
Total 65 4

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list. Russia's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 June 2001 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 2–1 2–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 16 October 2002 Central Stadium, Volgograd, Russia  Albania 2–1 4–1 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
3. 4–1
4. 20 August 2003 Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow, Russia  Israel 1–2 1–2 Friendly

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 24 July 2021
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
M W D L GF GA GD Win % Ref.
Zenit St. Petersburg 10 March 2014 19 March 2014 2 1 0 1 2 2 +0 050.00 [7]
Ufa 1 January 2017 29 May 2018 48 17 16 15 48 46 +2 035.42
Zenit St. Petersburg 30 May 2018 Present 128 78 22 28 240 121 +119 060.94
Total 178 96 38 44 290 169 +121 053.93




CSKA Moscow

Paris Saint-Germain

Rubin Kazan





  • In the list of 33 best football players of the championship of Russia (8): 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009
  • Member of Grigory Fedotov club





  1. ^ "Sergei Bogdanovich Semak - International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "Milevskiy thriving with added responsibility"
  4. ^ a b Euro 2012: "Artem Milevsky: 'Shout for us as loud as possible and we’ll pay off with our performance and a win!'"
  5. ^ a b EuroSport: "Бердыев: «У нас нет опыта, зато есть настрой»"
  6. ^ Семак – в «Зените»!
  7. ^ a b "Luciano Spalletti sacked as Zenit St Petersburg manager". The Guardian. Reuters. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  8. ^ Сергей Семак назначен на пост главного тренера Футбольного клуба «Уфа» (in Russian). FC Ufa. 30 December 2016.
  9. ^ Сергей Семак назначен главным тренером "Зенита" (in Russian). FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. 29 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Zenit crowned 2019/20 RPL champions". Russian Premier League. 5 July 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Late Dzyuba penalty seals Russian Cup for Zenit". Russian Premier League. 25 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Sensational Zenit storm to the title with utterly dominant thrashing". Russian Premier League. 2 May 2021.
  13. ^ "Semak, Sergei". National Football Teams. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Zenit crowned 2019/20 RPL champions". Russian Premier League. 5 July 2020.
  15. ^ ""Зенит" обыграл "Локомотив" и стал пятикратным победителем Олимп-Суперкубка России" (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 7 August 2020.
  16. ^ "«Зенит» обыграл «Локомотив» в Калининграде и завоевал шестой Суперкубок России" (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 17 July 2021.
  17. ^ "All individual award winners for RPL 2020/21 season". Russian Premier League. 26 May 2021.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Aleksei Berezutski
Russia national football team captain
Succeeded by
Andrei Arshavin