1980 Olympiad: USSR v Yugoslavia – video fragments
February 13, 2013 2 Comments
We continue searching for video records from the Moscow-80 Olympiad. In the meantime, Roman Akimov (see the previous article on this topic) has compiled a clip of our Gold medal game fragments against the powerful Yugoslavian team. It was a tough encounter and we gained a convincing victory.
The team’s Head coach, Miro Circovic, was born 1934 in Hercegnovi, Montenegro. In 1948, Miro joined the “Jadran Hercegnovi” club and won the ’58 and ’59 National Championships. After moving to the “Primorac Kotor” club in 1960, Circovic began his remarkable coaching carrier and, following the Montreal-1976 Olympiad, became Head coach of Yugoslavia leading his team to several successes: Silver at the 1977 European Championships (Sweden), Bronze at the 1978 World Championships (West-Berlin) and Bronze at the 1st FINA Cup held Yugoslavia – 1979. His biggest achievement is second placing at the Moscow – 1980 Olympic Games where that nation captured Silver medal for the fourth time in history after a twelve-year pause. Miro Circovic was known as innovative coach who introduced new methods in the preparation of his players and rejuvenated the National team bringing in a new generation of talented players. Sadly, he passed away untimely after a car accident on the eve of the 1981 European Championship (Split, Yugoslavia) .
Although its quality leaves a lot to be desired, it is an interesting viewing that gives an idea about the atmosphere during that memorable match.