Soviet football great Valentin Ivanov dies at 76

BY foxsports • November 8, 2011

Valentin Ivanov, one of the Soviet Union's greatest football players and co-winner of the Golden Boot at the 1962 World Cup, died Tuesday after suffering for years from Alzheimer's Disease, the Russian Football Federation said. He was 76.

Ivanov scored four goals at the World Cup in Chile, helping the team reach the quarterfinals. He was also a member of the gold medal-winning Soviet team at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Ivanov spent his entire career at Moscow club Torpedo, where he played from 1952 until 1966. He was the team's highest scorer with 124 goals in 287 games.

After retirement, he took over as Torpedo coach and led the team to a national title in 1976. He left the team for good at the end of the 1998 season.

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