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    Former Spartak footballer Kulkov dies at 55

    During his career, Kulkov managed to play for Spartak, the Russian national team, and two Portuguese clubs

    Former defender and midfielder of “Spartak”, footballer of the Russian national team Vasily Kulkov died on Saturday after a serious illness, the website of the Moscow club reports. He was 54 years old.

    Last year it became known that the ex-football player is sick with squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus. As his wife Elena Makharadze told the Championship, Kulkov died in intensive care. It is also known that the athlete has had a coronavirus.

    “Vasily Kulkov will forever remain in the memory of the red and white fans as a selfless fighter and a bright, kind person. I express my deep condolences to the family and friends of Vasily Sergeevich, ”said Leonid Fedun, chairman of the board of directors of FC Spartak.

    Kulkov’s former Spartak teammate Sergei Yuran said that the player would be buried on Monday. “The funeral was said on Monday, where there is no information yet. We will all be sure, we went a certain way together. We were the first to go abroad, it will forever remain in our memory. They helped each other, “TASS quotes him as saying.

    Kulkov played for Spartak from 1989 to 1991 and from 1995 to 1997. As part of the Moscow club, he became the champion of the USSR in 1989 and the champion of Russia in 1997. Kulkov also played for the Portuguese “Benefica” and “Porto”; and with that, and with the other club, he won the championship.

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