|Full name||Yury Fyodorovich Kovalyov|
|Date of birth||6 February 1934|
|Place of birth||Orekhovo-Zuyevo, USSR|
|Date of death||25 September 1979 45)(aged|
|Place of death||Moscow, USSR|
|Krasnoye Znamya Orekhovo-Zuyevo|
|1953||Krasnoye Znamya Gus-Krustalny|
|1954–1959||FC Lokomotiv Moscow||122||(15)|
|1960||FC Dynamo Kyiv||19||(8)|
|1962–1965||FC Lokomotiv Moscow||112||(8)|
|1966||FC Metallurg Lipetsk|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Yury Fyodorovich Kovalyov (Russian : Юрий Фёдорович Ковалёв; 6 February 1934 – 25 September 1979) was a Soviet footballer.
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