Rubin Kazan Striker Alejandro Dominguez Named Russia's Player Of The Year

The highly rated forward has been crowned as the best of this year's Russian Premier League...
Rubin Kazan attacker Alejandro Dominguez has been crowned as the Russian Premier League's best player of the 2009 campaign. The Argentinian striker scored 16 goals and finished joint-second in the league's scoring chart.

"It is a huge honour for me to be recognised at this high level," Domínguez told "This is important for the rest of my career as the Russian league is a top competition. At the same time I think every Rubin player deserves this title."

Domínguez and his team-mates had further reason to cheer when they were selected by the Russian Football Union as the team of 2009, while their coach Kurban Berdyev was named best coach.

Spartak Moscow striker Welliton finished as the league's highest scorer with 21 goals while CSKA Moscow shot stopper Igor Akinfeev was named best goalkeeper.

CSKA's 18-year-old left-back Georgi Schennikov received the award for best debut season after cementing his place in the side.

Stefan Coerts,