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Vsevolod Bobrov
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Full name Vsevolod Mikhailovich Bobrov
Date of birth December 1, 1922(1922-12-01)
Place of birth    Morshansk, Tambov, Russia, USSR
Date of death    July 1, 1979 (aged 56)
Place of death    Moscow, USSR
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1944
1945-1949
1950-1952
1953
Aviauchilische Moscow
CDKA Moscow
VVS Moscow
FC Spartak Moscow
0?
79 (82)
32 (14)
04 0(3)   
National team
1952 USSR 03 0(5)
Teams managed
1952
1957
1958-1960
1963
1967-1969
1975
1977-1978
VVS Moscow
CSK MO Moscow (director)
CSKA Moscow (assistant)
FC Chornomorets Odessa
CSKA Moscow
FC Kairat
CSKA Moscow

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Gold 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo Team

Vsevolod Mikhailovich Bobrov (Russian: Всеволод Михайлович Бобров; December 1, 1922 – July 1, 1979) was a Soviet athlete, who excelled in both football (soccer), bandy, and ice hockey. He is considered one of the best Russians ever in all of those sports.

Bobrov (2nd from right) with his teammates from the 1948 Soviet league champion hockey team.

Bobrov was born in Morshansk. After serving in the Soviet Army during World War II he was invited to play football for the Army club CSKA Moscow in 1945. Playing until 1953 for CSKA, VVS, and Spartak, he would go on to win the Soviet Championship three times, scoring 97 goals in only 116 games. Bobrov led the country in goals in 1945 with 24 and 1947 with 14. In 1945, Vsevolod was a guest player for Dynamo Moscow's tour of Great Britain, and drew rave reviews after scoring six goals as the Russian club played such teams as Chelsea, Arsenal, and Rangers. He was capped three times for the Soviet Union national team representing them in the 1952 Summer Olympics. He scored five goals in total, including a hat trick against Yugoslavia.

Bobrov began playing hockey for CSKA a year after his football start, in 1946. His playing career in this sport lasted until 1957, with the years between 1950 and 1953 spent with VVS. Although football was Bobrov's first sport, his success in hockey was even greater. In 1950, a plane crash that almost killed the entire Soviet national hockey team though it had been suppressed by the Soviet government. Bobrov survived the crash by traveling by rail than by air. In the Soviet Championship, that his teams won seven times, Vsevolod scored an amazing 254 goals in only 130 games. He played for the Soviet national team in the 1956 Winter Olympics, becoming one of the few athletes to participate in both the Summer and Winter games. Bobrov proceeded to lead his country to the gold medal, and also won the World Championship in 1954 and 1956. Overall, he scored 89 goals in 59 games for his country. In Russian hockey, his name was given to an exclusive list of players, the Bobrov Club, who scored over 250 goals during their career.

Bobrov, who served as a player-coach in both sports during his time with VVS, would go on to coach various teams after retiring as a player in both football and hockey. In the latter, he coached the USSR in the 1972 Summit Series and then led them to the World Championship in 1974 and 1975.

Vsevolod Bobrov died in Moscow in 1979. He was elected to the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 1997, the first year it was created. For the greatest Russian athlete in the 20th century, Bobrov finished third behind soccer goalkeeper Lev Yashin and Greco-Roman wrestler Alexander Karelin.

Kontinental Hockey League has a division bearing his name.

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