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Former Russian national team coach dies

Georgi Yartsev has died aged 74

Russian football is mourning the deaths of two prominent figures ahead of the weekend following the death of former Russian national team coach Georgi Yartsev on the same day as former Spartak Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Sergeyevich Kozlov.

Yartsev was a well-known coach who is perhaps best known for leading Russia from the dugout from 2003 to 2005.

Taking their country to Euro 2004, their team were the first to be eliminated after defeats to Spain and Portugal, but they were also the only team to beat Greece, who went on to win the tournament sensational, in his third and final group match.

Yarstev also had a respectable playing career which began at Spartak Kostroma but saw him reach its peak at Spartak Moscow, where he won the USSR National Championship in 1979.

As a coach, he also led Spartak Moscow to the Russian league title in 1996.

In tribute to Yartsev, Match TV has changed its broadcasting schedule and will broadcast a classic match between Spartak, who will organize his funeral, and Alania from the same year on Friday evening.

Yartsev’s death is not the only death of a Spartak-linked figure to occur on Friday.

A product of their youth academy, Aleksandr Kozlov, died aged 29 after apparently suffering a blood clot during a training session with an amateur team.

Kozlov spent six years at Spartak from 2010 to 2016 and was loaned out several times.

Most recently, he was plying his trade at Kafa Feodosia in Crimea and preparing for a season with Zorky in the second division.

As a mark of respect for Yartsev and Kozlov, a minute’s silence will be observed ahead of the first round of Russian Premier League games this weekend.


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