CSKA Moscow sign Russia captain Roman Shirokov on free transfer
MOSCOW -- Russian national team captain Roman Shirokov has joined CSKA Moscow on a free transfer until the end of the season.
With the European championship coming up this year, Shirokov had been left without a club after leaving Spartak Moscow last month by mutual consent following a reported breakdown in relations with management.
Joining Russian Premier League leader CSKA is a return home for the 34-year-old Shirokov, who started out at CSKA's academy but left in 2001 to seek first-team football elsewhere.
Shirokov's move to CSKA also means he will play his club football under Russia coach Leonid Slutsky, who is combining his duties with CSKA and the national team.
Shirokov has 13 goals in 52 caps for Russia and scored the winner in a 1-0 friendly victory over Portugal in November.