Shirokov sent off for gesture towards his own fans

The fiery midfielder who once pretended he had broken his leg in order to avoid playing for CSKA Moscow has found new focus in the past year, and his performances on the pitch have benefited hugely. The midfielder enjoyed his most successful season to date in 2011-12, scoring 9 times in 28 league appearances to help Zenit St Petersburg cruise to the title, eventually finishing 13 points ahead of second-placed CSKA Moscow.