Rinat Dasayev

Rinat Dasayev
Dasayev coaching Spartak-2 in 2017
Personal information
Full name Rinat Fayzrakhmanovich Dasayev
Date of birth (1957-06-13) 13 June 1957
Place of birth Astrakhan, Russian SFSR,
Soviet Union
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
FC Spartak-2 Moscow (GK coach)
Youth career
1975 Volgar Astrakhan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1977 Volgar Astrakhan 26 (0)
1977–1988 Spartak Moscow 335 (0)
1988–1991 Sevilla 59 (0)
Total 420 (0)
National team
1979–1990 Soviet Union 91 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2005 Russia (assistant)
2007–2008 Torpedo Moscow (assistant)
2012 Torpedo Moscow (Goalkeeper Coach)
2012–2017 Spartak Moscow (reserves GK coach)
2017– Spartak-2 Moscow (GK coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rinat Fayzrakhmanovich Dasayev (Russian: Ринат Файзрахманович Дасаев, Tatar: Rinat Fäyzeraxman ulı Dasayev; born 13 June 1957) is a Soviet-Russian football coach and a former goalkeeper, who played in three World Cups with the Soviet national team. He is considered the second best Russian goalkeeper ever behind Lev Yashin,[2] and one of the best in the world in the 1980s. He was awarded the title of the World’s Best Goalkeeper of the Year award in 1988 by the IFFHS. In a 1999 IFFHS poll, he was elected the sixteenth greatest European goalkeeper of the twentieth century, alongside Gianpiero Combi, and the seventeenth greatest goalkeeper of the century.[2] In 2004, he was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers. He currently works as goalkeepers' coach with FC Spartak-2 Moscow.

Dasayev played as a goalkeeper for the Russian football club Spartak Moscow during most of the 1980s. He won the Soviet championship in 1979 and 1987 and was named Best Soviet Goalkeeper by Ogonyok (Огонëк) magazine in 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988. In 1982, he was named Soviet Footballer of the Year. Dasayev played for the Soviet national team at the 1980 Summer Olympics, winning the bronze medal. He appeared in the 1982, 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups, as well as the Euro 88, where the Soviet Union reached the final, only to lose out to the Netherlands. In total, he was capped 91 times from 1979 to 1990, being the second-most capped player ever for the Soviet Union.

Nicknamed "The Iron Curtain" and "The Cat", in addition to his shot-stopping abilities as a goalkeeper, Dasayev was also known for his trademark sudden long throws, which he would make immediately after stopping a shot, in order to start quick counter-attacks from the back; he was also known for his particular diving technique, which often saw him attempt saves with only one arm.[3][4][5][6]

After his contract ran out with the Spanish club Sevilla FC in the early 1990s, Dasayev retired from the sport. He was appointed as the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final Ambassador.

FIFA World Cup 2018 bid

Dasayev was a member of Russia's winning bid committee to hold 2018 FIFA World Cup.



Spartak Moscow


Soviet Union



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  2. 1 2 IFFHS' Century Elections - rsssf.com - by Karel Stokkermans, RSSSF.
  3. "90: Illgner, Goycochea, Conejo, Shilton? The age of the great goalkeeper". FourFourTwo. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  4. Michael Yokhin (9 June 2016). "Rinat Dasayev says Igor Akinfeev is his heir in goal for Russia". ESPN FC. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  5. Pavle Gognidze (18 May 2005). "The safest hands in Russia". UEFA.com. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  6. "Dasaev, la cortina d'acciaio" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  7. Rasim Movsumov (22 August 2007). "Soviet Union - Player of the Year Awards". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  8. Beppe di Corrado (25 June 2013). "Dasaev, 25 anni dopo" (in Italian). Rivista Studio. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  9. José Luis Pierrend (27 March 2015). "IFFHS' World's Best Goalkeeper of the Year". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  10. "Legends". Golden Foot. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  11. "Pele's list of the greatest". BBC Sport. 4 March 2004. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
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