Valery Gazzaev

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Valery Gazzaev
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Gazzaev in 2019
Personal information
Full name Valery Georgiyevich Gazzaev
Date of birth (1954-08-07) 7 August 1954 (age 66)
Place of birth Ordzhonikidze, Soviet Union
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1966–1969 Spartak Ordzhonikidze
Senior career*
1970–1973 Spartak Ordzhonikidze 53 (9)
1974 SKA Rostov-on-Don 12 (1)
1975 Spartak Ordzhonikidze 33 (14)
1976–1978 Lokomotiv Moscow 72 (14)
1979–1985 Dynamo Moscow 197 (70)
1986 Dinamo Tbilisi 14 (5)
National team
1978–1980 USSR 8 (4)
1980–1983 USSR (Olympic) 11 (2)
Teams managed
1989–1991 Spartak Ordzhonikidze
1991–1993 Dynamo Moscow
1994–1999 Alania Vladikavkaz
1999–2001 Dynamo Moscow
2001–2003 CSKA Moscow
2001–2002 Russia U21
2002–2003 Russia
2004–2008 CSKA Moscow
2009–2010 Dynamo Kyiv
2011–2014 Alania Vladikavkaz (president)
2012–2013 Alania Vladikavkaz (president and manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Valery Georgiyevich Gazzaev (Russian : Вале́рий Гео́ргиевич Газза́ев; Ossetian : Гæззаты Георгийы фырт Валери, romanized: Gæzzaty Georgijy fyrt Valeri; born 7 August 1954) is a Russian politician, football manager and former footballer of Ossetian descent. 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. In February 2014, the football club "Alania", led by Gazzaev, ceased to exist and pulled out of the 2013–14 Russia First Division, due to financial liquidation and sponsorship problems, and the club was dissolved. [3] [4]

Managerial statistics

Spartak Ordzonikidze Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1 January 19892 April 199186362228041.86
Dynamo Moscow Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Flag of Russia.svg 3 April 199115 September 1993106592225055.66
Alania Vladikavkaz Flag of Russia.svg 1 January 199431 December 19992151034567047.91
Dynamo Moscow Flag of Russia.svg 1 January 200016 April 20014017914042.50
Russia U-21 Flag of Russia.svg 15 May 200110 November 20014310075.00
CSKA Moscow Flag of Russia.svg 11 November 200113 November 200369411315059.42
Russia Flag of Russia.svg 8 July 200225 August 200310433040.00
CSKA Moscow Flag of Russia.svg 13 July 20045 December 20081881034639054.79
Dynamo Kyiv Flag of Ukraine.svg 1 June 20091 October 201059381110064.41
Alania Vladikavkaz Flag of Russia.svg 16 November 201210 June 2013152310013.33


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, both of them football coaches as well.



Dynamo Moscow


Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz


FC Dynamo Kyiv


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