Yuri Logvinenko announces end of playing career

Yuri Logvinenko announces end of playing career

10 January 2023, 20:02
The Kazakhstani national team's defender Yuri Logvinenko has announced end of his playing career.

Yuri Logvinenko started his playing career in FC Aktobe-Zhas. His first team debut came in 2006. Since then, Logvinenko has played more than 200 matches for his football club. Moreover, he became the champion of Kazakhstan four times (2007, 2008, 2009, 2013), won the Kazakhstan Super Cup three times (2008, 2010, 2014) and once won the Kazakhstan Cup (2008).

In 2016, Yuri Logvinenko signed a contract with FC Astana, where he played five seasons, winning four championship gold medals (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), three Super Cups (2018, 2019, 2020) and one Kazakhstan Cup (2016). As part of the capital club, an experienced defender played in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League. He played 143 matches for Astana, scored 15 goals and gave 5 assists.

In 2021, Logvinenko returned to Aktobe, where he played two seasons and helped his native club win a Premier League silver medal and a qualified for to the UEFA Conference League.

In total, Yuriy played 356 matches in the Kazakhstan Premier League, scored 28 goals and 11 assists.

He started playing for the national U-17 and U-19 teams. In 2007-2008 he became the captain of the youth team, where he played seven matches. Yuri made his debut for the national team on May 23, 2008 in a friendly match against Russia. Since then, the defender has played 58 matches and scored five goals, three of which were scored against the Czech national team and one each against Kyrgyzstan and Andorra.

Yuri Logvinenko:

“Fifteen years ago, when I first got the chance to play for the national team, I could not even imagine that I would play more than fifty matches for my country. It has been a great honor for me.

I want to express my deep gratitude to our fans! You have always been with us and never stopped supporting us. I thank all the coaches of the Kazakhstan national team and all my teammates! It was a pleasure to play with you all these years!

It is always sad to say goodbye, especially to what you love. This decision was not easy, but it is very deliberate. Unfortunately, age and injury take their toll. But I am glad that I am ending my career on a positive note. Last year, we managed to achieve our main goal - to win the UEFA Nations League group and move up in the division. I want to separately thank Magomed Musaevich for his trust, despite the difficulties with injuries, as well as all the guys for the task!

I am grateful to the Kazakhstan Football Federation, as well as coaching, administrative and medical staff for their support and joint work!

I want to wish the national team good luck and success in the upcoming European Championship qualification! I will always cheer for our team and support them!” 

The Kazakhstan Football Federation thanks Yuri Logvinenko for his brilliant performances in the national team and wishes him success in his future career!