Alan Dzagoev- The Russian Dynamite!

Alan Dzagoev

(born June 17, 1990, in Beslan) Alan Dzagoev is a Russian football midfielder of Ossetian ethnicity who plays for CSKA Moscow and the Russia national football team. His style of play has been compared to that of Dmitri Loskov.

Dzagoev was born in Beslan (North Ossetia-Alania, Russia) on July the 17, 1990, to Tariel and Lana. He started playing football in the second grade of elementary school. He and his older brother started playing football by the initiative of their mother, who, as Dzagoev said in 2008, "still can jump the ball 10 times standing on one leg".

At school, Dzagoev didn't pay much attention to studying because of his passion for football. But his parents respected his choice of a football career. Even though he didn't try hard at school, he was good at the subjects of interest to him, like history.

In 2000, Dzagoev started playing for the youth football team Yunost Vladikavkaz. He has been a long standing fan of Alania Vladikavkaz.

In 2006-2007, Dzagoev played for FC Krylia Sovetov-SOK from the Russian Second Division (Ural-Povolzhye zone). He appeared in 37 matches and scored 6 goals with Krylia Sovetov-SOK.

In December 2007, Dzagoev moved to PFC CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League. His first appearance was as substitute in the game against Luch. A couple of games later, he appeared in opening lineup in the home match against Khimki and managed to score a goal and two assists. He was part of the lineup that won the Russian Cup 2007-08 final.

In the 13th match of the Russian Premier League 2008, Dzagoev had 3 assists in the 5-1 victory over FC Spartak Moscow, and since then he became a steady opening lineup member. Alan Dzagoev was also the player of the match when he scored 2 goals in a 3-1 away victory against UEFA Cup winners Zenit Saint Petersburg in Saint Petersburg. At the end of the Russian Premier League 2008 Dzagoev was awarded the best young player of the year.

The excellent performance Dzagoev showed during the 2008 season at the Russian Premier League brought up voices demanding him being invited to the Russian national football team. As result, Dzagoev was called up for the Russian national football team squad to the October 11, 2008 match against Germany in the 2010 World Cup campaign.

He made his debut as a half-time substitute. Dzagoev rattled the bar towards the end of the match and said his debut was bad because the team lost. At that match he became the youngest ever outfield player ever to debut for the Russian national football team (the youngest player overall was Russia and CKSA goalkeeper, Igor Akinfeev), at age of 18 years and 116 days