Diniyar Bilyaletdinov

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Rinatovich and the family name is Bilyaletdinov.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
Динияр Билялетдинов
Bilyaletdinov Diniyar.jpg
Bilyaletdinov with Russia in 2011
Personal information
Full name Diniyar Rinatovich Bilyaletdinov
Date of birth (1985-02-27) 27 February 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Moscow, Soviet Union
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Spartak Moscow
Number 25
Youth career
2002–2004 Lokomotiv Moscow
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Lokomotiv Moscow 150 (31)
2009–2012 Everton 59 (8)
2012– Spartak Moscow 24 (4)
2014 Anzhi Makhachkala (loan) 11 (2)
National team
2005–2012 Russia 46 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 March 2012

Diniyar Rinatovich Bilyaletdinov (Tatar Cyrillic: Динияр Ринат улы Билалетдинев, Latin: Diniyar Rinat uğlı Bilaletdinev, Russian: Динияр Ринатович Билялетдинов; born 27 February 1985 in Moscow) is a Russian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spartak Moscow. His father Rinat Bilyaletdinov was also a professional footballer and is now a coach.[2]

Bilyaletdinov has played for Russia since 2005, earning 46 caps and scoring 6 goals. He played for them at Euro 2008.

Club career[edit]

Lokomotiv Moscow[edit]

A native of Moscow, Bilyaletdinov began his career in the Lokomotiv Moscow youth teams. After making his debut in 2004 at age of 19, he became a first team regular. In his first season the club won the Russian Premier League and was named the league's Young Player of the Year.[2] He was the Lokomotiv captain for the 2007 season.[3]

Bilyaletdinov playing for Lokomotiv Moscow in 2007.

Everton[edit]

Bilyaletdinov signed a four-year contract with English club Everton in August 2009 for an undisclosed fee – believed to be £8.9 million[4][5] – upon recommendation from national team manager Guus Hiddink, who was at Chelsea at that time.[6] The move made him Everton's third most expensive signing in their history.[7]

He made his debut for Everton coming on as an 89th-minute substitute in a 2–1 win over Wigan Athletic later in the month.[8] On 17 October 2009, Bilyaletdinov scored his first goal for the club in a 1–1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers and scored again on the following week in a 1–1 draw against Aston Villa, but received his first red card in the Premier League later on in the match.

He contributed two assists in his first-ever start for Everton in the inaugural UEFA Europa League in a 4–0 win over AEK Athens, and scored against them again in the last group stage game. Bilyaletdinov scored seven goals in his first season in England, including one against Manchester United that was voted the club's goal of the season.[9] On the final day of the 2009–10 which is 9 May 2010, he scored a brilliant goal in Everton's 1–0 win over Portsmouth.

The following season, Bilyaletdinov began to find himself on the bench, but in the second half of the season, he made more appearances following the departure of Steven Pienaar to Tottenham Hotspur.[10] Bilyaletdinov scored his first goal of the 2010-11 Premier League season coming on as a substitute against West Ham United and scored his second against Wolverhampton Wanderers. In the final game of the 2010–11 season, on 14 May, Bilyaletdinov received another red card in a 1–0 loss against West Brom. After the game, the club decided not to appeal his sending off, so he served a three-match ban ahead of the new season.[11]

However, despite scoring 9 goals in 77 appearances, he failed to make a major impact during his time at Everton and had been on the fringes of the first team squad during the 2011–12 season after finding himself playing in the reserves. In November 2011, Bilyaletdinov said that he sought to leave the club if he did not get a first team place, as he fearsed losing his place in the national team.[12] Bilyaletdinov made his last appearance for Everton in a 1–1 draw against Aston Villa on 14 January 2012. After leaving Everton, Bilyaletdinov spoke out by criticising their tactics and lack of creativity with a problem of scoring.[13]

Bilyaletdinov in a match against Bohemian.

Spartak Moscow[edit]

In January 2012, Bilyaletdinov was sold to Spartak Moscow for an undisclosed fee,[14] as Everton wished to raise funds to buy other players.[15] After his move to Spartak Moscow, Bilyaletdinov was given the number 25 shirt.

Bilyaletdinov made his debut for Spartak Moscow in a 1–1 draw against Rubin Kazan on 5 March 2012.[16] On 6 May 2012, Bilyaletdinov scored his first goal in over three years since leaving the country and first for the club in a 3–2 win over Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Anzhi Makhachkala[edit]

In January 2014, Bilyaletdinov was loaned out by Spartak Moscow to RFPL rivals Anzhi Makhachkala.[17]

International career[edit]

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov before home match against FYR Macedonia

After Russia failed to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he and several younger players were recalled to the U-21 squad for the 2006 UEFA U21 championship playoffs against Denmark[18] but lost out to the Danes.

Bilyaletdinov played in ten out of twelve UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers.[2] He scored the equalising goal against Israel, but the team lost in final minutes, 1–2. In the following match against Andorra, he assisted Dmitri Sychev in scoring the winning goal, resulting in the team qualifying for the tournament proper.[19] He was called up to Russia's squad for Euro 2008 and played in all of Russia's run to the tournament's semi-final.[2] For the FIFA 2010 World Cup qualification he was called up for six of the ten matches and scored twice in the play-off first leg against Slovenia, which Russia won 2–1.[20] His two goals were not enough as Russia lost the second leg 1–0 and Slovenia progressed to the World Cup on the away goals rule.

Style of play[edit]

Bilyaletdinov can play in the positions left wing and attacking midfielder, the latter being preferred. He struggles with marking. He is best known for his dribbling. At Lokomotiv Moscow, Bilyaletdinov has a reputation of direct running style and leadership skill.

Personal life[edit]

Bilyaletdinov is an ethnic Tatar.[21]

On 11 June 2011, Bilyaletdinov married Maria, a former cheerleader for the basketball club CSKA Moscow.[22] Their first son, Timur, was born on 21 March 2012,[23] while their second son, Marsel, was born on 15 September 2013.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of as of match played 7 February 2014
Club Season League Cup* Europe Other** Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lokomotiv Moscow 2004 25 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 27 5
2005 29 8 1 0 12 1 1 0 43 9
2006 29 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 34 4
2007 28 3 5 2 6 3 0 0 39 8
2008 26 9 1 0 0 0 1 0 28 9
2009 13 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 3
Total 150 31 13 3 20 4 2 0 185 38
Everton 2009–10 23 6 3 0 7 1 0 0 33 7
2010–11 26 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 32 2
2011–12 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Total 59 8 11 0 7 1 0 0 77 9
Spartak Moscow 2012–13 14 3 1 0 4 0 0 0 19 3
2013–14 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Total 16 3 1 0 5 0 0 0 22 3
Career total 225 42 25 3 32 5 2 0 284 50

(* Includes CIS Cup, Russian Cup, FA Cup and League Cup)

(** Includes Russian Super Cup and FA Community Shield)

International[edit]

As of 1 March 2012
Russia national team
Year Apps Goals
2005 4 0
2006 7 0
2007 8 1
2008 9 1
2009 4 2
2010 5 1
2011 8 1
2012 1 0
2013 0 0
Total 46 6

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2007-11-17 Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  Israel 1 – 1 1–2 Euro 2008 Qualification
2 2008-05-23 Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow, Russia  Kazakhstan 4 – 0 6–0 Friendly
3 2009-11-14 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia  Slovenia 1 – 0 2–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 2009-11-14 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia  Slovenia 2 – 0 2–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 2010-03-03 Stadion ETO, Győr, Hungary  Hungary 1 – 1 1–1 Friendly
6 2011-10-11 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia  Andorra 6 – 0 6–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Lokomotiv Moscow

Individual[edit]

Everton

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spartak Moskva Player Profile". Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Diniyar Bilyaletdinov". Everton F.C. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Gray, Ashley (26 August 2009). "Ten things you didn't know about Everton new boy Diniyar Bilyaletdinov". Daily Mail dailymail.co.uk (London). Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Hunter, Andy (25 August 2009). "Joleon Lescott passes medical to pave way for £22m move to Manchester City". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Bilyaletdinov seals Everton move". BBC Sport. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Daniel (28 November 2009). "Diniyar Bilyaletdinov picks up rhythm of the Mersey beat". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Everton eyeing Sylvain Distin following Diniyar Bilyaletdinov signing". football.co.uk. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Everton v Wigan". Everton F.C. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Goal of the Season / 09/10 End Of Season. Awards". evertonfc.com. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Bilyaletdinov eyes more action". Sky Sports. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bilyaletdinov must serve ban". Sky Sports. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Bilyaletdinov issues quit threat". Sky Sports. 13 November 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Bily aims swipe at Toffees". Sky Sports. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  14. ^ Lewis, Andy (29 January 2012). "Bily Completes Spartak Move". Everton F.C. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Everton sell Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to fund hunt for new players". The Guardian. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Rubin Kazan 1 – 1 Spartak Moscow". Football Score. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Билялетдинов — в "Анжи"" (in Russian). FC Anzhi Makhachkala. 7 February 2014. 
  18. ^ Russia wheel out the big guns
  19. ^ "Statistics". 
  20. ^ "Pecnik strike keeps Slovenia alive". fifa.com. 14 November 2009. 
  21. ^ Динияр Билялетдинов: "Семья на первом месте", По материалам газеты "Татарский мир" (in Russian) (№6 (6270)). 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  22. ^ "Билялетдинов женился в Москве" (in Russian). Chempionat.com. 12 June 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  23. ^ "Билл стал отцом" (in Russian). http://www.gazeta.ru/. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 

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