Aleksey Gennadyevich Smertin (Russian: Алексе́й Генна́дьевич Сме́ртин; IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksʲej ɡʲɪnˈnadʲɪvʲɪtɕ ˈsʲmʲertʲɪn]; born 1 May 1975) is a retired footballer. He was a fairly versatile player and was able to play in defence as well as midfield. He works as a deputy executive director with FC Dynamo Moscow.
He played for clubs in Russia, France and England. Smertin retired from professional football in 2008 after having his contract with Fulham terminated and discovering a new career in politics.
He was the captain of the Russian national team, and earned 55 caps from 1998 to 2006, representing the nation at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2004.Close