Rinat Dasayev

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Rinat Dasayev
Personal information
Full name Rinat Fayzrakhmanovich Dasayev
Date of birth (1957-06-13) June 13, 1957 (age 61)
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
Spartak Moscow (reserves 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– Spartak Moscow (reserves GK coach)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Rinat Fayzrakhmanovich Dasayev (Russian: Ринат Файзрахманович Дасаев, Tatar: Rinat Fäyzeraxman ulı Dasayev; born June 13, 1957) is a Russian former football 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 2004, he was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers.

Dasayev, nicknamed "The Iron Curtain" and "The Cat", was 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 lost the final and Dasayev was powerless to stop Marco van Basten's legendary volley). In total, he was capped 91 times from 1979 to 1990, being the second-most capped player ever for the Soviet Union.

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 (first from left in the back row) celebrates winning the World Cup bid with Andrei Arshavin (center) and others

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


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  2. IFFHS' Century Elections - rsssf.com - by Karel Stokkermans, RSSSF.
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