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Yuri Illichev

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Full nameYuri Petrovich Ilichev
Date of birth1926 or 1927
Date of deathFebruary 10, 1988

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Dr. Yuri Ilichev (Russian: Ильичев Юрий Петрович) (Icelandic: Júrí Ilitchev) (died February 10, 1988) was the coach of the national football teams of Iraq and Iceland.

The trainer from Moscow held a doctorate in Sports Science and was appointed as head coach of Spartak Kostroma in November 1959, and spent six years at the club, before moving onto SKA Odessa.

In 1969, the Iraq Football Association appointed the Soviet trainer as head coach of the Iraq national football team, military team and youth team, and managed some impressive results including the 3-0 thrashing of East Germany's national side by the Iraqi youth team (playing under the name of Baghdad Youth XI) on December 12, 1969 with a hat-trick from young outside right Falih Abid Hajim.

The coach continued to build the national side around his youth team players such as Jalal Abdul Rahman, Rahim Karim, Falah Hassan, and Ali Kadhim, with his influential captain and midfield general Douglas Aziz however after a surprising 1-0 defeat to Lebanon in a 1972 Olympic qualifier in Beirut, the coach was sacked.

He went on to coach both Iceland and the Icelandic youth team from 1978 1979 and Icelandic clubs Valur Reykjavík (1974 1978) and Víkingur Reykjavík (1978 1979)

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