2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July

Artem DZYUBA

Age
31
Height
191.0 cm
Date of Birth 22 August 1988
International Caps
28
International Goals
14

Any striker that combines a tall frame with tricky feet will give headaches to all opposition defenders facing the prospect of marking him in the penalty area.

There is no doubt Artyom Dzyuba makes great use of his physique, but his biggest problem is inconsistency. In his career so far, the 29-year-old has mixed high-scoring campaigns with periods of indifference. Having left his home club Spartak Moscow, he drifted around on loan for a while before seeming to re-establish himself at Zenit St Petersburg. Once again, he was eventually deemed surplus to requirements, but recently he has been reinvigorated at Arsenal Tula with five goals in seven matches towards the tail-end of 2017/18.

Dzyuba’s debut for the national team came in 2011, but he has since been unable to nail down a spot in the starting XI for a lengthy period of time. His first appearance at a major tournament was UEFA EURO 2016 where, like the rest of the team, he underwhelmed. The centre-forward might have got his chance at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, but he was forced to drop out of the squad at the last minute through injury. Nevertheless, when on form, he is one of the best strikers in the Russia squad.