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Yuri Kovtun
In Rostov-on-Don
Personal information
Full name Yuri Mikhailovich Kovtun
Date of birth 5 January 1970 (1970-01-05) (age 40)
Place of birth    Azov, USSR
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club FC Salyut-Energia Belgorod (asst coach)
Youth career
–1988 Luch Azov
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Luch Azov
SKA Rostov-na-Donu
Dynamo Moscow
Spartak Moscow
036 (1)
061 (0)
064 (1)
156 (5)
199 (7)
029 (5)   
National team
1994–2003 Russia 050 (2)
Teams managed
FC MVD Rossii Moscow
FC Salyut-Energia Belgorod (assistant)

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

Yuri Mikhailovich Kovtun (Russian: Юрий Михайлович Ковтун) (born 5 January 1970 in Azov) is a retired Russian football defender, well-known as 90's Russia national football team player, as well as Dynamo Moscow and Spartak Moscow stopper. As a manager, he was working during 3 seasons for FC MVD Rossii Moscow. Currently, he is an assistant coach with FC Salyut-Energia Belgorod.


Playing career

Kovtun's career started in minor Russian club Luch Azov in 1988. Then he proceed his career as professional player in SKA Rostov-na-Donu and Rostselmash. In 1992, Rostselmash and Kovtun starred in first Russian championship where they unexpectedly promoted to 8th place. Kovtun was impressive during the season so two top teams were interested in him at the same time, it's Dynamo and Spartak Moscow. In 1993, Kovtun chose Dynamo Moscow and was their key player for years, until his move to Spartak in 1999.

While the only Kovtun's honour during 6 years in Dynamo was Russian Cup in 1995, he could get 3 titles in 1999, 2000 and 2001 after joining Spartak. Moreover, he took part in numerous UEFA Champions League games and found himself regular Russian national football team player.

International career

Kovtun played for Russian international team 50 times, scoring 2 goals.[1] Most impressive moments of his international career was unbelievable long shot goal to Yugoslavia during WC-2002 qualifier and own goal in Iceland away game during Euro-2000 qualifying. He was a part of Russian squad in the Euro 96 and World Cup 2002 finals.[2] Kovtun was sent off in Euro 96 for a lunge at Germany's Dieter Eilts.

Strong and weak sides

Kovtun's strong points as defender always was great tackling, tight marking of opponents and good heading skills. The main weakness of his skills at all times was low pace and acceleration. Another drawback from the lack of speed was that he often had to play too dirty so he could easily gain yellow card or even being sent off (he holds Russian record for amount of bookings).

Current activity

During 2005, Spartak's veteran couldn't gain first team place and most of the season played for reserves. In January 2006 he left Spartak Moscow for just relegated into Russian First Division Alania Vladikavkaz. He retired in 2007 and became a manager for FC MVD Rossii Moscow. FC MVD advanced to Russian First Division under his supervision.

8th Jun 2009, Kovtun resigned from FC MVD manager position and was replaced by Vladimir Eshtrekov [3]



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