Valentin Ivanov (footballer, born 1934)

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Valentin Ivanov
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Ivanov in 2007
Personal information
Full name Valentin Kozmich Ivanov
Date of birth(1934-11-19)19 November 1934
Place of birth Moscow, Soviet Union [1]
Date of death 8 November 2011(2011-11-08) (aged 76)
Place of death Moscow, Russia [1]
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1950–1952 Krylia Sovetov Moscow
Senior career*
1952–1966 Torpedo Moscow 286 (124)
National team
1955–1965 Soviet Union 59 (26)
Teams managed
1967–1970 Torpedo Moscow
1973–1978 Torpedo Moscow
1980–1991 Torpedo Moscow
1992–1993 Raja Casablanca
1994 Asmaral Moscow
1994–1996 Torpedo-Luzhniki Moscow
1998 Torpedo Moscow
2003 Torpedo-Metallurg Moscow
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Valentin Kozmich Ivanov (Russian : Валентин Козьмич Иванов, 19 November 1934 – 8 November 2011 [2] ) was a Soviet-Russian footballer who played as a midfielder. He was the co-leading scorer at the 1962 World Cup, and the co-1960 European Nations' Cup top scorer. [1]


Ivanov appeared 59 times for the Soviet Union, scoring 26 goals. [3] He is the Soviet national football team's third-highest goalscorer of all time, behind only Oleg Blokhin and Oleg Protasov. One of the finest Russian players ever, Ivanov was noted for his pace, dribbling quality and technical ability.

Ivanov's four goals in the 1962 World Cup saw him named the tournament's top-scorer, along with five other players; [1] he also scored two in the 1958 edition. He spent most of his club career with Torpedo Moscow, scoring 124 goals in 286 appearances in the Soviet Championship, the 9th all-time best record.

Personal life

Ivanov married Lidiya Ivanova, an Olympic champion in gymnastics in 1956 and 1960. Their son, also named Valentin (born 1961), is a retired international football referee. [1]


Ivanov died on 8 November 2011, shortly before his 77th birthday, following a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. [4]


Ivanov on a 2016 Russian stamp from the series "Football Legends" RUSMARKA-2045.jpg
Ivanov on a 2016 Russian stamp from the series "Football Legends"


Torpedo Moscow


Soviet Union


Career statistics


Club performanceLeague
Soviet UnionLeague
1953 Torpedo Moscow [5] Top League 194
CountrySoviet Union287124


Soviet Union national team [5]

International goals

Scores and results table. Soviet Union's goal tally first: [5]

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  4. Nov 8 (Reuters) – Former Soviet striker Valentin Ivanov died following a long illness on Tuesday, the Russian FA said. He was 76. Reuters (2011-11-08)
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