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Pavel Pogrebnyak




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The 6’2” striker began his career at Spartak Moscow and after a series of loan spells moved to Tom Tomsk and then Zenit St Petersburg in 2007.

A Russian Premier League title win and Cup victory followed and he played a key part in the Russian side’s 2008 UEFA Cup triumph – no player scored more than Pavel throughout the competition that season.

A move to Stuttgart preceded a switch to Craven Cottage in January 2012, where he scored six goals in 12 appearances for Fulham.

Pavel signed for Brian McDermott’s newly-promoted Royals in the summer of 2012, making his debut in the opening game of the season in our 1-1 draw to Stoke.

The next game away to Chelsea saw ‘the Pog’ score his first goal for the club, a valiant header into the far corner.

That season he scored a total of eight goals in blue and white hoops, with his most memorable Royals moment coming that year in a game against West Brom at Madejski stadium.

Coming back from 2-0 down to make the score desmond – the script had been written and in the 90th minute, Pav got on the end of a knock down from a free kick, sending the ball over the keeper from six yards out, ensuring Reading’s third win of the season and a dramatic ending to the game.

Regrettably the Royals were consigned back to the Championship, Pog scoring 13 goals in an attempt for an immediate return to top flight football, unfortunately missing out on a top six finish to Brighton on the final day of the season.

Pogrebnyak’s final season in a Reading shirt ended with the forward having a hand in seven goals, including a brace against Charlton, before departing the club in the summer to sign for Russian Premier League side Dynamo Moscow on a three-year deal.