A cornerstone of the CSKA Moscow defence, Vasili Berezutskiy has plenty of experience to offer Russia at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

The versatile defender, who turns 32 during the competition, made his professional debut with Torpedo-ZIL at the age of 17, staying with the club for three seasons before joining CSKA, where he lines up alongside his identical twin Alexei.

Born and brought up in the Russian capital, Berezutskiy has won three league titles with the Moscow club, not to mention the 2005 UEFA Cup, six Russian Cups and five Russian Super Cups.

His consistent performances with CSKA led to an international call-up, with his debut for Russia coming in a UEFA EURO 2004 qualifier against Albania in 2003. Within a year Berezutskiy had cemented place in the starting line-up and went on to form part of the side that took an impressive third place at EURO 2008. Disappointment then followed when a thigh injury caused him miss EURO 2012. 

An ever-present in Fabio Capello’s side during the qualifiers for Brazil 2014, Berezutskiy is set to take part in his first world finals.