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Born October 12, 1926, Armavir, Armavir District, North Caucasian Territory, USSR (Russia), birth name: Mkrtich Pogosovich Simonyan - Soviet footballer of Armenian origin, coach; football functionary, first vice president of the RFU.

In the 1930s, his family moved to Abkhazia, where the football player spent his youth. At birth, he received the name Mkrtich, but friends in the yard called him Nikita, as he later became known. As a child, he was fond of music, had a good ear for music. Simonyan and his friends organized matches between streets and districts. The Great Patriotic War found Simonyan and his family in Sukhumi. Soon he met the player of the local Dynamo Shota Lominadze, who became his first coach. In 1944, Simonyan played for the youth team of the Sukhumi Dynamo, a year later the team played against the Moscow Krylia Sovetov and won two victories, and Simonyan scored all the goals against the Muscovites. It was these matches that opened the way for him to football: the coaches of Krylia Vladimir Gorokhov and Abram Dangulov invited him to join the team.
In 1946, Simonyan, after graduating from high school, moved to Moscow and became a player in Wings of the Soviets. He lived with Vladimir Gorokhov and his wife, who, according to Simonyan, became his second family. The first championship match Simonyan was to play in Sukhumi against Dynamo Minsk. When he arrived in the city, it turned out that his house had been ransacked and his father had also been arrested. The arrest was organized by the Georgian authorities in order to put pressure on the footballer, thus trying to lure Simonyan into Dinamo Tbilisi. The provocation did not work and Simonyan continued to perform at Wings of the Soviets, where he spent three years. In 1948 Wings of the Soviets took the last place in the championship, and it was decided to disband the team. According to the decision of the All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions, Simonyan had to continue his career in the Moscow "Torpedo", where he was called by the director of ZIS, Ivan Likhachev, but Gorokhov and Dangulov invited him to Spartak, which they themselves headed. Soon Nikita managed to become one of the leaders of the team and its main scorer, in the very first season he became the top scorer of the USSR championship. Since 1955 Simonyan has been a member of the CPSU.

In 1954 Simonyan made his debut in the USSR national team. In 1958, the USSR national team made its debut at the World Championship. After the end of the tournament, the striker ended his career in the national team, having spent a total of 20 matches for her and scoring 10 goals.

In 1958, Spartak won the USSR Cup, defeating Torpedo in the final, and Simonyan scored the only goal against the car factory. In 1959, his team went on a tour of South America, after which Nikita decided to end his football career, at that time he was 33 years old.

At the end of 1959, Nikolai Starostin made Simonyan an offer to become the head coach of Spartak, in which many former partners of the striker continued to play, and he agreed.

In 1965, Nikita Pavlovich had to leave his post after a player of his team, Yuri Sevidov, knocked down the famous scientist Dmitry Ryabchikov in a car to death at a pedestrian crossing. After this incident, the entire leadership of Spartak was dismissed for omissions in educational work.

In 1967 Simonyan again took the lead in Spartak and first led him to the silver medals of the championship, and in 1969, for the second time in his career, led the team to the champion title. The last success of Simonyan in Spartak was the victory in the USSR Cup in 1971. After that Simonyan left the coaching post at Spartak.

Simonyan continued his coaching career at Ararat Yerevan. Under his leadership, the club achieved the highest achievement in Soviet history, in 1973 winning the "golden double", becoming the USSR champion for the first and only time, and beating Dynamo Kiev in the Cup final with a score of 2: 1. In the next season, Ararat dropped to fifth place, Simonyan left the team and got a job in the Football Department of the USSR Sports Committee.

In 1977 Simonyan resumed his coaching career, heading the USSR national team, but failed to achieve positive results and left the post in 1979. After that, he coached the Odessa "Chernomorets" (from 1980 to 1981) and "Ararat" (from 1984 to 1985), but also not having achieved success, ended his coaching career.

Then moved on to administrative work. From 1986 to 1990 he served as the head of the USSR national team. In 1990 he was appointed first deputy chairman of the USSR Football Federation, and since September 1992 he has been the first vice president of the RFU. Three times (in 2009-2010, in 2012 and 2015) he was acting president of the RFU. On December 1, 2017, he took part in the final draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup as one of the assistant presenters.

Nikita Simonyan Honored Worker of Physical Culture of the Russian Federation (2019). Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1954). Honored Trainer of the RSFSR (1968). Honored Trainer of the USSR (1970).

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