Friday, June 22, 2018

Ovchinnikov joins CSKA coaching staff

Sergey Ovchinnikov, a former Russian national team goalkeeper, recently joined CSKA's coaching staff.

Ovchinnikov, 43, was born in Moscow. He began his soccer career with Dynamo Sukhumi before joining Lokomotiv Moscow after just one year. In 2005, he joined Dynamo Moscow, following former Lokomotiv coach Yuri Syomin.

In Portugal, he played for Benfica, Alverca and Porto. Ovchinnikov worked as head coach for two Dynamo teams in Bryansk and in Minsk, as well as for Krasnodar's Kuban.

"I'm really happy to join... [a] club with rich history and big traditions," Ovchinnikov said of CSKA, which is owned in part by Uzbek mogul Iskander Makhmudov. "This offer is a big challenge for me, and I accepted it with big pleasure. I'll meet the team for the first time on Saturday. I'm acquainted with some of the players already, and it might help me in the adaptation process."