Igor Netto

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Igor Netto
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Igor Netto (left) and Lev Yashin in 1961
Personal information
Full name Igor Aleksandrovich Netto
Date of birth(1930-01-09)9 January 1930
Place of birth Moscow, Soviet Union
Date of death 30 March 1999(1999-03-30) (aged 69)
Place of death Moscow, Russia
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
1949–1966 FC Spartak Moscow 368 (36)
National team
1952–1965 Soviet Union 54 (4)
Teams managed
1967 AC Omonia
1968 FC Shinnik Yaroslavl
1969–1970 Iran (Assistant)
1970–1971 Iran
1973–1975 FC Spartak Moscow (Assistant)
1975 FC Spartak Moscow
1976–1977 Panionios
1979 Neftchi Baku
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Igor Aleksandrovich Netto (Russian : Игорь Александрович Нетто; 9 January 1930 – 30 March 1999) [1] was a Soviet footballer, considered one of the greatest Soviet players ever. He started out playing on the left of defense but, due to his offensive mentality, dribbling and technical abilities turned into a dynamic central midfielder. His versatility and footballing intelligence allowed him to play a number of positions across defense and midfield.


Ice hockey and club career

Besides football, Netto played 22 games in the 1948–49 and 1950–51 seasons as an ice hockey forward for Spartak. [2] He quit because of the high level of traumatize intrinsic to hockey. [3] [4]

During his club career he played for FC Spartak Moscow from 1949 until 1966, scoring 37 goals in 367 league games, winning five Soviet championships and three cups.

International career

Igor Netto, Sergei Salnikov and Lev Yashin at the 1958 World Cup Igor Netto, Sergei Salnikov, Lev Yashin 1958.jpg
Igor Netto, Sergei Salnikov and Lev Yashin at the 1958 World Cup

He was the captain of the USSR national football team from 1952 to 1965. He led the country to the gold medal in the 1956 Summer Olympics, [1] and victory at the first ever European Championship in 1960. He missed all but one match in the 1958 FIFA World Cup due to injury, and also played all four matches in the 1962 FIFA World Cup when the Soviet Union reached the quarterfinals. In total he collected 54 international caps and four goals. [5]

Netto was a person of exceptional honesty, which was revealed most remarkably during the 1962 FIFA World Cup match against Uruguay. At a 1–1 score, Igor Chislenko managed to strike through the net, and the resulting goal was mistakenly counted by the referee who has not seen the ball trajectory. Hearing protests from the Uruguayan keeper, Netto confirmed with Chislenko that the ball went through the net, and convinced the referee to discount the goal. Netto's team won that match anyway. [3] [4]

Managerial career

After retiring in 1966 he had a long, though unsuccessful career as a coach, training AC Omonia, FC Shinnik Yaroslavl, Iran, Panionios and Neftchi Baku. Netto was awarded the Order of Lenin in 1957. The stadium of Spartak Moscow reserves team is named after him. [4]

Personal life

Igor Netto was born to Estonian parents in Moscow. His father Aleksander Netto (1885–1956) was originally a carpenter from Valga, Governorate of Livonia, and mother Juuli (née Tamm) (1894–1977) from Vaimastvere, Tartu County. Aleksander left Livonia for Soviet Russia with Red Latvian Riflemen in 1918. Aleksander was a fervent Communist, who even acted as a Bolshevik Councilman in Moscow. [6] During the 1930's and Stalin's Great Purge, the family didn't dare to speak Estonian and Igor learned only Russian. [6] Igor's brother Lev Netto (1925–2017), who spoke Estonian and was named after Lev Trotsky, was a Soviet prisoner for 8 years in Norilsk Gulag. [7] as was also Aleksander's brother Sergei. [8] The first recorded Netto in Estonia is Ans Netto (1776–1838), who was born in Koikküla. [9] According to the family tradition the forefather was an Italian gardener, who a Baltic German lord of the manor brought to Estonia (then part of Russian Empire) in the 18th century, hence the Italian surname. [10] [6]

He was known as goose for his hissing voice, as well as goose-like walk and head shape. On 9 January 1960 he married Olga Yakovleva, an actress. They divorced around 1987 when Netto was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. [3] [4]

Career statistics

International goals

1.16 September 1955 Dynamo Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union Flag of India.svg  India 11–1Win Friendly
2.2 December 1956 Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne, Australia Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 4–0Win 1956 Summer Olympics
3.27 July 1957 Dynamo Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 2–1Win 1958 World Cup qual.
4.15 August 1957 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 0–10Win 1958 World Cup qual.
Correct as of 7 March 2016 [11]


Spartak Moscow
Soviet Union

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