Name: Rinat Fayzrakhmanovich DASAYEV
Born: June 13th 1957, Astrakhan, Russia
Height: 1,88 m 6ft 2in
He was top in all the skills that a goalkeeper should be good: reflexes, handling, commanding the defenders, agility, intercepting crosses. But I can add two skills that he was also excellent and are harder to find: positioning and launching the attack.
1988 – European Championship 2nd place (USSR)
1979 and 1987 – Soviet League Winner (Spartak Moscow)
He did a very solid domestic career in the Soviet Union national League, playing with Spartak Moscow for more than a decade. Only two titles won during that period with a frustrating five finishes as runner up, when Dynamo Kiev dominated the league. The only experience outside the USSR was with Seville in the end of his career and it wasn´t successful unfortunately.
He played on three World Cups and one European Championship finals and that was the perfect stage for him to be seen by the football fans community worldwide. In Spain 1982 he impressed against Brazil in the first game and kept three clean sheets along the tournament, but it wasn´t enough to put USSR in the last four. For Mexico 1986, another two clean sheets in the group stage, but a 3-4 in extra time against Belgium in a frenetic game, put USSR out again, with Dasayev not having any fault in any of the four goals conceded. Then the Euro 1988 arrived and he did another consistent tournament, more two clean sheets, including a semi final one versus Italy, with the difference that now all the team did very well and they clinched the final. Against Netherlands Dasayev couldn´t do nothing to avoid the famous Van Basten goal and they lost the final.
With high expectations before the Italy 1990 World Cup, Dasayev started the first game against Romania for his third consecutive world cup finals appearance. But a 2-0 lost, despite a great performance of him, made the coach do changes to the next game, and surprisingly he was dropped to the bench and didn´t play again. I don´t know today why did it happen. It was a sad final to such a brilliant player.
When I do a retrospective about his career, I can´t find a moment on which he won a big trophy, but individually I can find so many magnificent moments where he did saves or other interventions in such a secure and solid way, with his peculiar style and world class. He was the perfect goalkeeper, the best of his generation.
Very curious that I remember in 1983, when I was just 4 years old, hearing his name on the radio, during Portugal vs USSR qualifying game. He should have played really well, for me to notice his name. I remember his majestic style in the 1986 World Cup, seeing a 6-0 demolition of Hungary, but Euro 1988 is my top memory of him. I was a fan of that USSR team, based on Dynamo Kiev team plus some Spartak Moscow or Dynamo Minsk players. I wanted them to win, and Rinat Dasayev was one of the players that I remember thinking that deserved the cup and my admiration. But they were 2nd best and I had to accept Netherlands win as fair. Two years later, I clearly remember supporting USSR again, but the Romania lost in the opening game, was very disappointed and was the beginning of the team decline. I was shocked when I saw that in the 2nd game against Argentina, he wasn´t the keeper chosen! And I never saw him play again, not even in Seville. Doing this tribute to him, was a great pleasure as I searched for some videos of him in the internet and it´s good to remember how he was so superb!