Former Soviet football star and coach of Armenian descent Nikita Simonyan, who is First Vice-President of the Russian Football Union, on Thursday celebrates his 91st birthday.
During his football career, Simonyan has played at Dynamo Sukhumi, Krylya Sovetov Moscow, and Spartak Moscow, with which he became four-time USSR champion and two-time cup winner.
Also, Simonyan has scored 160 goals for Spartak Moscow, and this accomplishment remains unsurpassed to this day.
As member of the USSR national squad, the legendary forward won the gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, and competed at the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden.
During his coaching career, Nikita Simonyan managed several clubs including Ararat Yerevan, with which he became USSR champion, and the USSR national squad.
Between 1990 and 1992, he chaired the USSR Football Federation.
In 2000, Simonyan was awarded the FIFA medal, in recognition of his great contribution to football.
Spartak Moscow have congratulated Nikita Simonyan on his birth anniversary.