09 November, 2011

RIP Valentin Ivanov

Most of you have no clue who the guy is. I'll admit, I had heard the name before, but didn't know what he had done on and off the field until today.

Ivanov, one of the World Cup 1962 Golden Boot winners, 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist in Football, and a player who scored 26 times in 59 appearances for the Russian NT, passed away at 76 after a long battle with illness. As one of the rare players to stay with one club for his lifetime, Ivanov came out of the Torpedo Moscow youth ranks and went on to net 124 goals in 286 appearances with the club from 1952 to 1966. He finished his career as the 9th leading scorer in Russian League history.

A true soccer legend, and one that will be missed.

A clip of his play during the 1962 WC match between Russia and Colombia's 4-4 draw (he's #8):

Photo: Fifa/Getty
Video: fizbong88

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