Andriy Karimov

Andrei Karimov (Ukrainian: Андрій Усманович Карімов; 30 July 1943 – 18 June 2017[1]) is a former professional Soviet football defender and coach. He is better known for his playing and coaching career for the Soviet army team SKA Lvov.

Andrei Karimov
Personal information
Full name Andrei Usmanovich Karimov
Date of birth (1943-07-30)30 July 1943
Place of birth Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Date of death 18 June 2017(2017-06-18) (aged 73)
Place of death Lviv, Ukraine
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1964 FC Zenit Leningrad
1965–1971 SKA Lvov 109 (0)
1972–1973 FC Bukovyna Chernivtsi
1974 FC Sokil Lviv
1974–1979 Chojnowianka Chojnów 0 (0)
Teams managed
1980–1980s Sports school Karpaty Lviv
1986 SKA Lvov (ass't)
1987 SKA Lvov
1989 SKA Lvov
1992–1993 FC Skala Stryi
1994–1995 FC Halychyna Drohobych
1999–2001 FC Karpaty Lviv (ass't)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Being born in Chelyabinsk, Karimov started his youth football career in Leningrad.[2] In 1955 he joined Kirovets Leningrad which represented the Kirov Factory in Saint Petersburg (at that time Leningrad).[2] Later until 1964 he played for various other Leningrad teams among which were FShM and Zenit.[2] Eventually Karimov moved to Ukraine where he played for SKA Lvov.[2] It was with this army team that he became the champion of Ukraine in 1965.[2] The same year Karimov was honoured as master of sports in football.[2] Among other clubs in his further playing career were FC Bukovyna Chernivtsi, FC Sokil Lviv, Chojnowianka Chojnów (Poland).[2]

In 1980 Karimov retired as player and became a coach for the Karpaty sports school (SDYuShOR) in Lviv.[2] Later he joined the coaching staff of Volodymyr Bulhakov at SKA Karpaty Lvov.[2] During his coaching career, Karimov also worked in FC Skala Stryi, FC Halychyna Drohobych, and FC Lviv.[2] In particular Andriy Karimov recollects his work in FC Karpaty Lviv during 1999 – 2001 when he assisted to Stepan Yurchyshyn and Lev Brovarsky.[2] During that period Karpaty played in final of the Ukrainian Cup and played against Swedish Helsingborgs IF in the UEFA Cup.[2]

Eventually Karimov returned to coach for the Karpaty sports school where he worked as a theoretic.[2]

The Ukrainian football defender and native of Lviv Ihor Karimov is a son of Andriy Karimov.[3]


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