The legendary FC Dynamo Kyiv and Soviet Union midfield player Yuri Voinov
has died at the age of 72.
Voinov remained involved in football after hanging up his boots according to
a story published by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
on UEFA.com, Europe's Football Website, April 23, 2003 from Nyon,
Switzerland. (Yuri Voinov died Tuesday, April 22, in Kyiv, Ukraine where
he had lived for 45 years.)
One of the greatest player in Dynamo's illustrious history, Voinov was
selected in Ukraine's team of the century in a poll in the Ukrainian
Football newspaper as a reflection of his remarkable achievements on the
Yuri Voinov was one of the great FC Dynamo Kyiv players of the Soviet era
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After joining Dynamo from FC Zenit Leningrad in 1956, Voinov went on to
lead his club and the Soviet national side through a period of unprecedented
success in the late 1950s and early 1960s, beginning with the 1958 FIFA
World Cup finals in Sweden.
Voinov was in outstanding form in his five appearances at the finals, and
was the first Soviet player to be selected for the best XI of the tournament
as the Soviet Union reached the quarter-finals, where they were knocked out
by the hosts, Sweden.
Voinov remained involved in football after hanging up his boots
Greater success was to come at the inaugural UEFA European Championship
in 1960, as the Soviet Union took the title with a 2-1 win against
Yugoslavia at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Voinov's determination in
midfield played a major part in that success.
The following year, Voinov earned the domestic honours to match his European
success as his Dynamo side won their first Soviet Supreme League title.
Overall, he scored 26 goals in 275 Supreme League appearances, and five
goals in 26 international games.
After hanging up his boots, Voinov remained closely involved in football,
coaching his beloved Dynamo before moving on to take charge of FC
Chornomorets Odesa, FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Metalist Kharkiv among
other clubs. His most recent post in football was an administrative role
with the Professional Football League in Ukraine.
Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) on UEFA.com, Europe's
Football Website, April 23, 2003, Nyon, Switzerland.
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