Eduard Kozinkevich

Eduard Kozinkevich

Soviet football player and coach.
Date of Birth: 23.05.1949
Country: Ukraine

  1. Biography of Eduard Kozinkevich
  2. International Career
  3. Coaching Career and Tragic End

Biography of Eduard Kozinkevich

Eduard Kozinkevich was a Soviet football player and coach. He began his professional career at the Lviv SKA after being raised in the Lviv Sports School for Children and Youth-4. During his time with the team, he played 73 matches and scored 13 goals. He later played for Donetsk's "Shakhtar" and in 1970, he received the title of Master of Sports. In both 1970 and 1971, he was included in the list of the top 33 football players of the season. From 1972 to 1974, he played for Lviv's "Karpaty" and in 1975, he joined Moscow's "Dynamo" and became a bronze medalist in the USSR championship. He concluded his career with Lviv's "Karpaty" in 1978.

International Career

On June 2, 1971, Kozinkevich made his debut in the Olympic national team of the USSR in a match against the Netherlands (4:0), scoring 2 goals. He played a total of 4 matches and scored 3 goals for the Olympic team. He made his debut for the national team of the USSR on April 19, 1972, in a match against Peru (2:0). Kozinkevich was also included in the roster for the 1972 European Championship in Belgium. He participated in the disappointing match for the USSR against West Germany (3:0), coming on as a substitute for Anatoliy Banishevsky in the 63rd minute. In total, he played 6 matches and scored 1 goal for the USSR national team.

Coaching Career and Tragic End

After retiring from his playing career, Kozinkevich became a coach at the Lviv Sports School for Children and Youth (SKA). He also worked as a coach at the Lviv Sports Boarding School. Additionally, he trained the American team "Tryzub" from Philadelphia.

Tragically, Eduard Kozinkevich passed away on November 16, 1994, in Lviv. He was fatally poisoned, along with his secretary, by exhaust gases in a garage. The gates of the garage were found to be locked from the outside.