Born in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Yuri Gazinsky played in the Russian Far East until the age of 23, when he moved west to Torpedo Moscow, then in the second flight. A move to FC Krasnodar swiftly followed in 2013 and he has been a mainstay at the southern club ever since.
The defensive midfielder received his first international cap when he came on as a substitute in the friendly against Turkey on 31 August 2016, early in Stanislav Cherchesov’s reign. Gazinsky was named in the squad for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 but spent the entirety of it on the bench.
Gazinsky was out of favour for much of 2017/18 but, due to a lack of competition in his position, he came back into the frame towards the end of the season. Brought in as cover for the first team, this physically imposing midfielder will be ready to take his chance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ if it arises.