Alan Dzagoev

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Alan Dzagoev
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Dzagoev with Russia in 2011
Personal information
Full name Alan Yelizbarovich Dzagoev
Date of birth (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Beslan, Soviet Union
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in) [1]
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current club CSKA Moscow
Number 10
Youth career
2000–2005 Yunost Vladikavkaz
2005 Konoplyov Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Krylya Sovetov 37 (6)
2008– CSKA Moscow 140 (44)
National team
2013– Russia U21 2 (1)
2008– Russia 30 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Alan Yelizbarovich Dzagoev (Russian: Алан Елизбарович Дзагоев; Ossetian: Дзæгъойты Елизбары фырт Алан; romanized as Dzagoyev; born 17 June 1990) is a Russian international association footballer of Ossetic descent who currently plays for Russian Premier League club CSKA Moscow

After joining Akademiya Tolyatti in 2006, he remained there for two seasons before transferring to CSKA Moscow. Following a successful debut season in the Russian Premier League, he won the award for Best Young Player in the league and made his way into the Russian national team. Despite his young age, he is already regarded as a star in his native North Ossetia.[2]

Early and personal life[edit]

Dzagoev, the younger of two sons of Yelizbar (who is commonly referred to as Tariel) and Lyana, was born and raised in Beslan, North Ossetia–Alania, to which his family, ethnic Ossetians from Georgia,[2] moved in 1989.[3] He played football on the streets with his brother Gela right up to the second grade of elementary school, when their mother, a passionate football fan, brought them to the Terek Beslan youth team.[4]

In 2000, Dzagoev moved to Vladikavkaz to play for a local youth team, Yunost. As their team used to attend Alania Vladikavkaz matches, he became their fan. He describes Valery Gazzaev, an Ossetic footballing legend who later became his coach at CSKA Moscow, as his childhood hero, also stating that Evgeni Aldonin and Frank Lampard were role models for him.[4]

In July 2005, Dzagoev joined the Konoplyov football academy.[5]

In July 2012, Dzagoev married Zarema Abayeva, who is originally from North Ossetia-Alania's capital, Vladikavkaz.[6]

Club career[edit]

Akademiya Tolyatti[edit]

From January 2006 to December 2007, Dzagoev played for Akademiya Tolyatti, formerly known as Krylia Sovetov-SOK, of the Russian Second Division. He made his professional debut on 29 April 2006 in a 1–2 home defeat against Tyumen.[7] He appeared in 37 matches and scored six goals for the team.

CSKA Moscow[edit]

Dzagoev playing for CSKA in May 2011

Dzagoev signed for CSKA Moscow before the start of the 2008 Premier League season.[8] His first appearance was as a substitute in a match against Luch. A couple of games later, he appeared in the starting lineup in the home match against FC Khimki and managed to score a goal and two assists. He was also a starter when the team won the 2008 Russian Cup final. In the round 13 game against bitter rivals Spartak Moscow, Dzagoev made three assists, helping CSKA to secure a 5–1 victory and since then he has become an undisputed member of the first eleven. Dzagoev was also the man of the match when he scored two goals in a 1–3 away victory against UEFA Cup winners Zenit Saint Petersburg.

At the end of the 2008 season, Dzagoev was chosen as Best Young Player of the Year by the Russian Football Union.[9]

In October 2008, it was reported that Real Madrid were interested in signing the player. Dzagoev played down these rumours, saying that he expects to remain at CSKA for a long time while also admitting that should he move abroad, he would prefer a transfer to the English Premier League, preferably Chelsea.[10]

Dzagoev scored from a very tight angle during a Champions League match against Manchester United on 4 November 2009, which finished 3–3.[11]

On 2 December 2010, Dzagoev provided an assist for Sekou Oliseh and later added a cool finish as CSKA defeated Lausanne-Sports 5–1 in their penultimate group game, securing first place in Group F of the Europa League.[12] In the final group game against Sparta Prague on 15 December, Dzagoev scored the opening goal as CSKA dropped their first points of their European campaign, succumbing to a 1–1 draw.[13]

On 24 September 2011, Dzagoev scored the winning goal of a 3–1 Premier League victory over Volga Nizhny Novgorod.[14] Three days later, Dzagoev scored a 45th minute goal against Internazionale and a later strike from Vágner Love put the hosts level, until a late goal from Mauro Zárate gave the Italians a 3–2 victory.[15] Dzagoev provided the cross from which CSKA debutant Pontus Wernbloom netted the equalizer in their 1–1 draw against Real Madrid in the their first leg Round of 16 clash on 21 February 2012.[16] On 30 September 2012, he was sent off in a match against Dynamo Moscow after retaliating following a Luke Wilkshire tackle and was subsequently banned for five games.[17]

International career[edit]

Dzagoev with the Russia national football team in 2011

After a string of impressive performances at club level, Dzagoev was called up to Russia squad for a 2010 World Cup qualification match against Germany scheduled for 11 October 2008.[18] He made his debut as a half-time substitute, at the age of 18 years and 116 days,[19] thus becoming the youngest outfield player ever to compete for Russia, and second youngest overall after goalkeeper and CSKA teammate Igor Akinfeev.[20] Dzagoev nearly earned the team a crucial away draw as he flicked the ball past Germany's goalkeeper René Adler, but hit the crossbar.[21]

After the game, Russia manager Guus Hiddink stated, "He's gelled into the team very well... Alan is a really clever player with the ability to make a killer pass and stretch the play. He proved that in Germany once again."[22] Dzagoev himself, however, being unhappy with the defeat, labeled his debut "a flop."[22]

He scored his first international goal on 8 October 2010 in a 2–3 away victory over the Republic of Ireland in the qualifying round of UEFA Euro 2012.[23] He was confirmed for the finalized Euro 2012 squad on 25 May 2012.[24] Dzagoev scored two goals in Russia's opening game of the Euro 2012 tournament against the Czech Republic on 8 June 2012, a 4–1 victory.[25][26] Dzagoev added his third goal of the tournament in his side's second game against. Poland,[27] earning a 1–1 draw for his side.[28] With three goals scored, he finished the tournament as joint-top scorer, amongst elite company — Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres, Mario Gómez, Mario Balotelli, and Mario Mandžukić.

Career statistics[edit]

As of April 11, 2014
Club League Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Krylya Sovetov Premier League 2006 16 2 0 0 16 2
2007 21 4 0 0 21 4
Total 37 6 0 0 0 0 37 6
CSKA Moscow Premier League 2008 14 2 1 1 4 1 19 4
2009 15 6 2 1 5 2 22 9
2010 18 7 2 1 4 1 24 8
2011–12 17 6 3 1 4 1 23 9
2012–13 21 8 2 1 6 0 26 5
2013–14 19 4 1 1 2 0 26 9
Total 104 33 11 6 25 5 140 44
Career total 141 39 11 6 25 5 177 50



CSKA Moscow



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