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Mykhaylo Koman

Mykhaylo Koman (born 1 April 1928) is a former Soviet and Hungarian footballer. Lemok-Rusyn.

Koman was born in a village of Ľubotín (Lemkivshchyna), Czechoslovakia (today in Slovakia), but when he was six in 1934 his family moved to the city of Sevlyush (Great Vineyard). In Lubotin the family had its own little farm. From the early age Mykhailo spoke in the Slovak language and later learned the Hungarian and the local dialect of Ukrainian language. Since moving to Sevlyush the father of Mykhaylo, Michal, became a railroad worker (first in the neighboring Korolevo and then in Vynohradiv), while his mother stayed at home. Mykhaylo had other brothers Myron and Andriy and five other siblings.


Since age of nine Koman played for the local Ukrainian national school until 1942 and later the city's engineering vocational school. In 1944-45 he played for the city team of a local mill administration. For transportation the city's team used a Studebaker bus.

Since 1946 Koman joined newly formed Soviet clubs Partizan Vinogradov and Rus Bushtina (Bushtyno) as well as participated at the All-Ukrainian Spartakiad representing the Zakarpattia region. Later in 1948 the Zakarpattia consolidated team was transformed into the new Soviet club Spartak Uzhgorod. Koman did not stay at Uzhhorod team for too long and the same year was transferred to Dynamo Kyiv where he played until his retirement in 1959. During his years in Uzhhorod and Kiev met with such football players as Janos Fabian and Gyorgy Laver.

The transferred took place after the 1948 Cup final of the Ukrainian SSR when Spartak lost to Dynamo Kiev 1:2. Twelve players of the Uzhhorod team were transferred the very next day to Kiev. Beside Koman to Dynamo transfer Zoltan Segentovski, Erno Juszt, Dezso Toth and others. In 1954 Koman scored the winning goal in the 1954 Soviet Cup Final earning Dynamo the first Soviet trophy, the Soviet Cup.

Koman spent most of his playing career with FC Dynamo Kyiv, and led the team in scoring in 1953 with seven goals. He retired in 1959 when during the team's African tour he participated in one of games in Cairo after which Koman sensed a heartache. Doctors diagnosed him with blockade of cardiac muscle and suggested to retire to preserve own health. After retirement KOman stayed within the Dynamo's football academy. After fall of the Soviet Union he headed FC Dynamo-3 Kyiv in 1993 until it was dissolved in 2008.

Mykhailo Koman has two sons from both marriages Volodymyr Koman and Mykhailo Koman (1991).

References

  • Statistics in www.klisf.info/numeric
  • Biography in Russian


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