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Valery Gazzaev
Personal information
Full name Valery Georgiyevich Gazzaev
Date of birth 7 August 1954 (1954-08-07) (age 55)
Place of birth Ordzhonikidze, Soviet Union
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Club information
Current club FC Dynamo Kyiv
Youth career
1966–1969 Spartak Ordzhonikidze
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
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– Dynamo Kyiv
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Men's Football
Bronze 1980 Moscow Team Competition

Valery Georgievich Gazzaev (Russian: Валерий Георгиевич Газзаев; Ossetic: Гæззаты Георгийы фырт Валерæ) is a Russian football manager and former footballer who has managed Ukrainian Premier League side FC Dynamo Kyiv since May 2009. 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.

Valery 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 UEFA Cup 2004-05, 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 an three years contract also until 2012[3].


He is a cousin of Yuri Gazzaev.


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


Soviet Union SKA Rostov-na-Donu

Soviet Union FC Dynamo Moscow


Russia Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz

Russia PFC CSKA Moscow

Ukraine FC Dynamo Kyiv

See also


External links

  • Biography by International united biographical centre (Russian)
  • Profile at RussiaTeam (Russian)
Preceded by
Rafael Benítez
UEFA Cup winning manager
Succeeded by
Juande Ramos


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