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Valery Georgiyevich Gazzaev (Russian: Вале́рий Гео́ргиевич Газза́ев; Ossetian: Гæззаты Георгийы фырт Валери, translit. Gæzzaty Georgijy fyrt Valeri; born 7 August 1954) is a Russian politician, football manager and former footballer of Ossetian descent who was recently the president and manager of FC Alania Vladikavkaz before the club withdrew from the league. As a Soviet footballer he played the position of a striker enjoying successes with his team FC Dynamo Moscow as well as the USSR national football team in the Olympics.

Gazzaev became a coach in 1989. He was most successful when he was in charge in CSKA Moscow from 2004 to 2008. There Gazzaev won every possible Russian title three times each, as well as the 2005 UEFA Cup. He is considered one of the best football coaches to have emerged from the former Soviet Union because of these achievements.

Playing career

Soviet First League

Gazzaev was born 7 August 1954 in Ordzhonikidze, USSR, now Vladikavkaz, Russia. He started his playing career as a forward for his native Spartak Ordzhonikidze in the Soviet First League. In 1974, he moved to SKA Rostov-on-Don, which got promoted from the Soviet First League to the Soviet Top League after a second-place finish at the end of the season. However, Gazzaev was left behind in the first league in Spartak Ordzhonikidze, as he wasn't one of the main players of the SKA Rostov-on-Don.

Soviet Top League

In the Soviet Top League, Gazzaev played in Lokomotiv Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, and Dinamo Tbilisi.

Gazzaev is a Soviet Cup winner with Dynamo Moscow in 1984. During his career he scored 89 goals in 283 matches in Soviet Top League, and was the top goal scorer of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1984–85.[1]

International career

He became the under-23 European champion with USSR in 1976 and under-21 European champion in 1980. He also won the bronze medal with USSR at the Summer Olympics in Moscow.

Coaching career

After finishing his playing career in 1986 Gazzaev coached the youth team of Dynamo Moscow before moving to work with professional clubs. His first major success as a manager was winning the Russian championship with Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz in 1995.

More titles followed after Gazzaev moved to coach CSKA Moscow. With them he won the 2004–05 UEFA Cup, as well as the Russian Premier League in 2003, 2005 and 2006 and the Russian Cup in 2002, 2005, and 2006, on 5 December 2008 left PFC CSKA Moscow.[2] Gazzaev's CSKA Moscow team was the first side from the Russian Federation to win a European competition since the fall of the Soviet Union.

On 26 May 2009, the former CSKA Moscow coach was named as the new head coach of Dynamo Kyiv, who signed a three years contract also until 2012.

After a spell as Dynamo Kyiv head coach he returned to Vladikavkaz and became president (2011) and then also manager (November 2012) of Alania Vladikavkaz.

Politics

In 2016, he was elected to the State Duma as a member of A Just Russia party.

Personal life

He is a cousin of Yuri Gazzaev and father of Vladimir Gazzayev.

Honours

He is a member of Order of Friendship and Order of Honour.

Player

SKA Rostov-na-Donu
FC Dynamo Moscow

Coach

Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz
PFC CSKA Moscow
FC Dynamo Kyiv

See also

References

  1. ^ RSSF Stats. Rsssf.com (18 December 2003). Retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  2. ^ Valery Gazzaev has left PFC CSKA. Pfc-cska.com. Retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  3. ^ Information on. Klisf.info. Retrieved on 26 August 2011.[dead link]

External links

  • Biography by International united biographical centre (in Russian)
  • Profile at RussiaTeam (in Russian)