MUTKO REPLACED BY SIMONIAN AS PRESIDENT OF RUSSIAN FOOTBALL UNION ON TEMPORARY BASIS
Inside World Football
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No v 26 2009
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 .November 25 – Nikita Simonian (pictured)
will serve as interim President of the Russian Football Union (RFU)
until February after Vitaly Mutko officially stepped down.
Mutko’s resignation was expected after Russain President Dmitry
Medvedev recently announced that all sports federations must be run
by full-time professionals.
Simonian, 83, is one of Russia’s greatest ever players.
He was a member of the Soviet Union team that won the Olympic gold
medal at the 1956 Games in Melbourne and finished top scorer in the
Soviet League on three occasions during a career with Spartak Moscow
that saw him score 133 goals in 233 appearances.
As a manager, he won the Soviet Top League with Spartak and Ararat
Yerevan and was in charge of the national team between 1977 and 1979.