Yuri Kovtun

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Yuri Kovtun
Yuri Kovtun 2016.jpg
Working with Dynamo Moscow in 2016
Personal information
Full name Yuri Mikhailovich Kovtun
Date of birth (1970-01-05) 5 January 1970 (age 50)
Place of birth Azov, Soviet Union
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
FC Ural Yekaterinburg (assistant coach)
Youth career
SDYuShOR-3 Azov
ROShISP-10 Rostov-on-Don
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 FC Luch Azov 36 (1)
1989–1990 FC SKA Rostov-na-Donu 61 (0)
1991–1993 FC Rostselmash Rostov-on-Don 61 (1)
1993–1998 FC Dynamo Moscow 156 (5)
1999–2005 FC Spartak Moscow 121 (7)
2006–2007 FC Alania Vladikavkaz 29 (5)
2007 FC MVD Rossii Moscow 11 (0)
2011–2012 FC Arsenal Tula (amateur)
Total 455 (19)
National team
1994–2003 Russia 50 (2)
Teams managed
2007–2009 FC MVD Rossii Moscow
2010 FC Salyut-Energia Belgorod (assistant)
2013–2014 FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod (assistant)
2015–2016 FC Tosno (assistant)
2016–2017 FC Dynamo Moscow (assistant)
2019– FC Ural Yekaterinburg (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Yuri Mikhailovich Kovtun (Russian: Юрий Михайлович Ковтун; born 5 January 1970) is a Russian football coach and a former defender, well known as a 1990s Russia national football team player, as well as Dynamo Moscow and Spartak Moscow stopper. He is an assistant coach with FC Ural Yekaterinburg.

Playing career[edit]

Kovtun's career started in minor Russian club Luch Azov in 1988. Then he proceed his career as professional player in FC SKA Rostov-na-Donu and FC Rostselmash Rostov-on-Don. 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[edit]

Kovtun played for Russian international team 50 times, scoring 2 goals.[1] Most notable moments of his international career were long shot goal to Yugoslavia during 2002 World Cup qualifier and own goal in 0–1 away loss to Iceland 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[edit]

Kovtun's strong points as a defender always was great tackling, tight marking of opponents and making own goals in the crutial matches. The main weakness of his game throughout his career was a lack of 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 number of bookings).

Current activity[edit]

During 2005, Spartak's veteran could not 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.

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



  1. ^ Arnhold, Matthias. "Russia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
  2. ^ Yuri KovtunFIFA competition record
  3. ^ "Kovtun resigned from FC MVD (Russian)". sportbox.ru. Retrieved 14 August 2009.

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