Former Russia player Filippenkov dies during friendly game
MOSCOW (AP) A former Russia international has died after collapsing on the field during a friendly game for ex-professional soccer players.
Sergei Filippenkov, who made one appearance for Russia in a friendly against Brazil in 1998, was playing Thursday at Russian club Zenit Penza along with other former players. Filippenkov, who was 44, was the coach of the third-tier club.
Zenit says Filippenkov scored a goal before becoming ill five minutes before the end.
Filippenkov played for CSKA Moscow from 1998-2001, finishing second in the Russian league and reaching a Russian Cup final.
After taking his first head coaching job with Zenit Penza last year, Filippenkov built the team into a promotion contender.