Former Russian national team coach passes away

Updated: Jul 19

At age 74, Georgi Yartsev passed away.

The passing of former Russian national team coach Georgi Yartsev and former Spartak Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Sergeyevich Kozlov on the same day has left Russian football in sadness before the weekend.

A well-known manager, Yartsev is possibly most known for coaching Russia from 2003 to 2005.

Despite losing to Spain and Portugal while representing his nation at Euro 2004, his team was the only one to defeat Greece in their third and final group game. Greece went on to win the tournament unexpectedly.

Yarstev also had a respectable playing career, which he began at Spartak Kostroma before reaching his zenith at Spartak Moscow, where he captured the USSR national title in 1979.

He also coached Spartak Moscow to victory in the Russian premier division in 1996.

Match TV has altered its broadcasting schedule in honor of Yartsev and will air a famous match from that year on Friday night between Spartak, who will plan his funeral, and Alania.

There were other Spartak-related figures killed on Friday besides Yartsev.

Aleksandr Kozlov, a graduate of their youth academy, died at the age of 29 after allegedly developing a blood clot while working out with an amateur squad.

From 2010 until 2016, Kozlov spent six years at Spartak and was frequently loaned out.

Most recently, he worked for Kafa Feodosia in Crimea, where he was also getting ready to play for Zorky in the second level.

This weekend's opening round of Russian Premier League games will begin with a minute of silence in remembrance of Yartsev and Kozlov.

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