(Translation and Research by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)
One of the brightest page in the history of Soviet football occurred in late 1945, when Moscow ‘Dynamo’ toured the UK and played matches with the top English clubs. This was a time of great legendary football exploits, but history states that this was not the first time the Soviet Union had played Britain at football. Continue reading →
Successful player and pioneer coach led the Soviet “Big Red Machine” into unparalleled world success, winning three Olympic gold medals (1984, 1988, 1992; silver in 1980) and eight world championships. He also coached Central Red Army to 12 straight Soviet titles (1978–1989) and 13 straight European titles. As a player (defenceman) from 1949 to 1963, he won four gold medals of the Soviet national championship (three times with VVS (1951–1953) and once with Dynamo, 1954).He won the USSR Cup in 1952 as a member of VVS. In 1950, he became a Soviet Sports Master. For opposing the theft of athletes by the National Hockey League, he was demonized as “ruthless” and suppressor of “freedom” by the corporate sports media.
Feb. 5, 1979: Coach Viktor Tikhonov, talks to the Soviet National Hockey team during practice for the Challenge Cup Series game in New York’s Madison Square Garden | RON FREHM / AP
AP | MOSCOW (Nov. 24) —Viktor Tikhonov, the Soviet hockey coach whose teams won three Olympic gold medals but fell to the United States in the Miracle on Ice, died after a long illness. He was 84.
Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League said early Monday that Tikhonov died during the night. He had been receiving treatment at home for an undisclosed illness that had left him unable to walk in recent weeks.
“The entire global hockey community has lost a great coach,” Vladislav Tretiak, who played goalie for Tikhonov’s Soviet team and now heads the Russian Hockey Federation, told Russia’s R-Sport news agency.
HALIFAX (April 1, 2008) – WHEN the International Olympic Committee agreed in 2001 to make Beijing the host of the 2008 Olympic Games, many of us in the amateur sports movement were happy with its decision, as we were with the decision of FIFA, however reluctant, to award the 2010 World Cup to South Africa. For too long, such mega-events have been monopolized by the countries of the North, commercialized and privatized. Continue reading →