A product of Spartak Moscow's youth academy, Dmitry Tarasov made his name at another of the capital’s clubs, Lokomotiv, where he has been a reliable midfield anchor for many years. He has benefitted from the tutelage of several highly-regarded coaches. Dutchman Guus Hiddink gave the 22-year-old Tarasov his first call-up to the national team, while his debut came in 2013 under Italian maestro Fabio Capello. At club level, he went from strength to strength and nailed down a spot in Lokomotiv’s starting line-up under Croatian Slaven Bilic.

The experienced midfielder is still hoping to become a permanent fixture in the national team, despite not making the squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ due to a long-term injury. In addition to his excellent defensive skills, the towering midfielder is also outstanding in the air. In fact, his first goal for Russia came when he headed home during a friendly against Korea Republic in 2013.