Monday, July 22, 2013

1980, Moscow: Tribute to the legendary Vladimir Akimov.

Vladimir Akimov was born on July 20th, 1953 in a large family of 5 children. His older brother Anatoly Akimov has been Olympic Champion in Munich 1972 Olympics Games. Vladimir Akimov played for the team of Moscow Navy CSK multiple winner of the USSR National Championship. He was USSR Champion in 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1983 and USSR Cup winner 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982. He won the European Cup 1976, the Super Cup in 1976, 1980, 1982 and Cup Winners' Cup in 1980, 1982. He was member of the USSR National team winning the gold medal in Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, in Guayaquil (Ecuador) 1982 World Championships and the silver medal in Split 1981 European Championships. Vladimir Akimov is considered as one of the best defenders of the World in mid 70's, early 80's. He passed away tragically October 5, 1987. His son Roman, honors the memory of his father, 60 years from the date of his birth, with a short video, using rare footage of the USSR National team playing against the teams of Hungary and Yugoslavia in Moscow 1980 Olympics.