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Gavriil Dmitriyevich Kachalin (Russian: Гавриил Дмитриевич Качалин) (born January 17, 1911 in Moscow, Russian Empire - died May 23, 1995) was a Soviet/Russian football player and coach.

He led USSR national football team to their greatest achievements, Olympics gold medals in 1956 and European Football Championship title in 1960, and also coached them in three World Cups: 1958, 1962 and 1970.

With Kachalin, FC Dinamo Tbilisi won the first Soviet Top League title in their history in 1964 and later finished 3rd twice, in 1971 and in 1972. Kachalin became 3rd again in 1973 with FC Dynamo Moscow.


Playing career

Kachalin started his career in 1928 in the club called Volny Trud. Then he played for Homel city football team and FC Dynamo Homel. From 1936 to 1942 he competed for FC Dynamo Moscow. During his career he played in 36 Soviet Top League matches, and became a twice champion in 1937 and 1940 and a Soviet Cup winner in 1937 with Dynamo Moscow. He also played against Basque Country football team.[1]

Coaching career

Gavriil Kachalin was a head coach of following club and national teams:

At the end of his career, Kachalin worked in Dynamo Moscow youth academy. He was a chairman of the Board of Coaches of Soviet Football Federation in 1963. Kachalin also was a member of FIFA technical committee.<





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