Fullback, who performed for Volgar Astrakhan last season, signed three-year-deal with Anji.
Alexander Zhirov was born on 24 January 1991. Position – center back. Height – 193 cm.
Dinamo Barnaul trainee, Zhirov started his career in his native club, that was a member of the Second Division Vostok Zone. At the age of 22 Alexander transferred to Volgar, for which he made appearances in the PFL Yug zone. In the completed season Zhirov played 32 matches for the Astrakhan club, that participated in 1FNL and scored once.
At the end of this March the Russian national team manager Fabio Capello put Zhirov on the national team list for the Montenegro qualifier and the Kazakhstan friendlie.