Diniyar Bilyaletdinov

Midfielder

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  • Born: 27/02/1985
  • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Apps/ Goals: 48 (29) / 9
  • Russian international Diniyar joined Everton from Lokomotiv Moscow for an undisclosed fee in August 2009.

    The midfielder, who arrived aged 24, broke into Lokomotiv's first team in 2004, quickly forging a reputation for his direct running style and the leadership skills which would later be rewarded with the captain's armband.

    The tall left-footer helped Lokomotiv to only their second Russian title in his debut season, earning the Russian Premier League's Young Player of the Year accolade.

    Bilyaletdinov has also developed into a regular for the Russian national team since making his debut aged 20 and featured in every game of their memorable run to the semi-finals of Euro 2008, where they lost to eventual winners Spain.

    Before that he played in 10 of Russia's 12 qualifying matches for the tournament, including two games against England. The first, at Wembley was won 3-0 by England for whom Phil Neville was a late substitute.

    Dinyar's father, Rinat, was also a professional player with Lokomotiv Moscow and is now the club's reserve-team coach.

    Billy, as he is know to his teammates, settled in quickly and had a good first season at the club making 33 appearances for the Blues and scoring seven goals.

    Bilyaletdinov's most notable contribution came in the 3-1 win against Manchester United at Goodison Park, the midfielder scored a stunning goal to cancel out Dimitar Berbatov's goal, before Gosling and Rodwell completed the win.

    On the last day of the Premier League season, Bilyaletdinov scored another wonder goal to secure a late victory against Portsmouth.

    There were more spectacular goals the following season - the best of which was at Wolves in April - but the Russian featured less than in his debut campaign.

    Spartak Moscow swooped for Bilyaletdinov, signing him on January 29, 2012 for an undisclosed fee. In his time at Goodison Park, he scored nine goals in 77 appearances.

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