Vasili Kulkov

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Vassily Kulkov
Personal information
Full name Vassily Sergeyevich Kulkov
Date of birth (1966-06-11) 11 June 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Moscow, Soviet Union
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Spartak Moscow (reserves assistant)
Youth career
Dynamo Moscow
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Dynamo Kashira 52 (7)
1986 Spartak Moscow (reserves) 12 (2)
1986–1987 Krasnaya Presnya 51 (11)
1988 Spartak Ordzhonikidze 42 (3)
1989–1991 Spartak Moscow 75 (4)
1991–1994 Benfica 53 (6)
1994–1995 Porto 24 (2)
1995–1997 Spartak Moscow 18 (0)
1996 Millwall (loan) 6 (0)
1997–1998 Zenit St. Petersburg 41 (2)
1999 Krylia Sovetov 7 (0)
1999–2000 Alverca 19 (0)
2001 FC Shatura ? (?)
Total 400 (37)
National team
1989–1991[1] USSR 20 (0)
1992[1] CIS 1 (0)
1992–1995[1] Russia 21 (5)
Teams managed
2003 Marítimo (assistant)
2003 FC Khimki (assistant)
2005 Tom Tomsk (assistant)
2007 Lokomotiv Moscow (assistant)
2009– Spartak Moscow (reserves assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Vassily Sergeyevich Kulkov (Russian: Владимир Серге́евич Кульков; born 11 June 1966 in Moscow, Soviet Union) is a Russian retired footballer, and a current coach.

Either a central defender or defensive midfielder, he was best known for his spells at Spartak Moscow and Benfica.

Club career[edit]

From 1984 until the end of his career, Kulkov played for a host of clubs in Russia, coming to prominence with hometown's most notably FC Spartak Moscow, from where he left in 1991 for a Portuguese league stint with S.L. Benfica (where he played with countrymen Aleksandr Mostovoi and Sergei Yuran).

In 1994–95, both Kulkov and Yuran joined F.C. Porto, being very important figures in the league's conquest. Aged 29, the former returned to Spartak, only to be immediately shortly after to Milwall in the English second division, where he failed to adjust immensely, appearing very rarely in a six-month loan.

After two years with FC Zenit Saint Petersburg and one at FC Krylia Sovetov Samara, Kulkov returned to Portugal, joining F.C. Alverca – Benfica's feeder club but also in the top flight; he closed out his career with amateurs FC Shatura, aged 35.

Kulkov then had some spells in coaching, notably assisting countryman Anatoliy Byshovets at C.S. Marítimo in 2003. Six years later, he moved to Spartak Moscow's reserves, in the same capacity.

International career[edit]

Kulkov made his debut for the Soviet Union on 26 April 1989, in a 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifier against East Germany.

Despite playing regularly for the national team for several years, he did not participate in any major tournament: in 1990, he was not selected for the final stages in Italy, and missed UEFA Euro 1992 (with CIS) and 1996 due to injury.

Before the 1994 FIFA World Cup, several Russia players, including Kulkov, signed a letter demanding that team manager Pavel Sadyrin resign. The coach did not and the player refused to participate.

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