Gavriil Kachalin

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Gavriil Kachalin
Dynamo Tbilisi at Schiphol airport (September 25, 1972).jpg
Kachalin as manager of Dinamo Tbilisi in 1972
Personal information
Full name Gavriil Dmitriyevich Kachalin
Date of birth(1911-01-17)17 January 1911
Place of birth Moscow, Russian Empire
Date of death 23 May 1995(1995-05-23) (aged 84)
Place of death Moscow, Russia
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
1928–? Volny Trud
Dynamo Homel
1936–1942 Dynamo Moscow
Teams managed
1945–1948 Trudovye Rezervy Moscow
1949–1952 Lokomotiv Moscow
1955–1958 USSR
1960–1962 USSR
1963 Pakhtakor Tashkent
1964–1965 Dinamo Tbilisi
1965 USSR U-21
1966–1968 USSR Olympic
1968–1970 USSR
1971–1972 Dinamo Tbilisi
1973–1974 Dynamo Moscow
1975 Pakhtakor Tashkent
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gavriil Dmitriyevich Kachalin (Russian : Гавриил Дмитриевич Качалин; 17 January 1911 – 23 May 1995) was a Soviet/Russian football player and coach.


He led the USSR national football team to their greatest achievements, Olympics gold medals in 1956 and European Football Championship title in 1960, and also coached them in three World Cups: 1958, 1962 and 1970.

With Kachalin, FC Dinamo Tbilisi won the first Soviet Top League title in their history in 1964 and later finished 3rd twice, in 1971 and in 1972. Kachalin became 3rd again in 1973 with FC Dynamo Moscow.

Playing career

Kachalin started his career in 1928 in the club called Volny Trud. Then he played for Homel city football team and FC Dynamo Homel. From 1936 to 1942 he competed for FC Dynamo Moscow. During his career he played in 36 Soviet Top League matches, and became a twice champion in 1937 and 1940 and a Soviet Cup winner in 1937 with Dynamo Moscow. He also played against Basque Country football team. [1]

Coaching career

Gavriil Kachalin was a head coach of following club and national teams:

At the end of his career, Kachalin worked in Dynamo Moscow youth academy. He was a chairman of the Board of Coaches of Soviet Football Federation in 1963. Kachalin also was a member of FIFA technical committee.


Kachalin on a 2016 Russian stamp from the series "Football Legends" RU134-15.jpg
Kachalin on a 2016 Russian stamp from the series "Football Legends"

As player

Dynamo Moscow

As manager

Dinamo Tbilisi

Dynamo Moscow

Soviet Union

Moscow XI


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  1. "Пять лет назад не стало великого тренера". 24 May 2000. Retrieved 29 December 2007.
  2. Сборная России по футболу. Качалин Гавриил Дмитриевич Archived 14 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine . Retrieved on 20 October 2016.