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The legendary “Daugava” football player Georgy Smirnov has passed away

Georgy Smirnov was born on January 20, 1936 in St. Petersburg, but from 1957 to 1969 he played in the ranks of the Riga “Daugava”.

According to the LFF, Georgy Smirnov, who was also the team captain, had a particularly successful season in 1960, when he scored 11 goals in the USSR Premier League championship and was included among the 33 best footballers of the USSR that year. No other representative of Latvian clubs earned a similar honor during the USSR.

Despite the opportunity to move to one of the leading football clubs in the USSR, Georgijs Smirnovs remained faithful to Riga and the life of Latvian football for almost his entire career. At the end of his career, Georgijs Smirnovs worked for a long time as an assistant head coach and later also as a head coach in the VEF club system, but later he was a regular guest in the stages of the Latvian Veterans Championship and an active family member of domestic football veterans.

At the beginning of 2006, LFF awarded the status of Honorary Member to the most popular Latvian footballer of its time for a significant contribution to the development and popularization of Latvian football, as well as to the 70th anniversary of his life. It is awarded for a significant contribution to domestic football and is the highest award that can be given in Latvian football.

Jauns.lv expresses its condolences to Smirnov’s relatives, colleagues and friends.

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