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Valentin IVANOV

Date of birth: 19 November 1934

Valentin Ivanov

Valentin Ivanov was a skilful inside-right who could both make goals and score them. He spent his entire career with FC Torpedo Moskva, for whom he scored what was then a club record 124 league goals in 287 matches. Won two league championships and one domestic cup whilst at Torpedo.

He also scored a then-record 26 goals in 59 appearances for the Soviet Union with whom he won the Olympic Games title at Melbourne in 1956. Ivanov played in the 1958 and 1962 FIFA World Cup finals and was joint top scorer at the latter tournament in Chile with four goals.

He also helped the Soviet Union with the first European Championship in 1960. More than 100,000 fans turned out to pay tribute at his farewell match in 1966.

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