Sergei superstar

The Goldstone Wrap

sergeigotsmanov2After breaking into the Dinamo Minsk side at the age of 17, the skilful Belorussian midfielder Sergei Anatolovich Gotsmanov played on over 350 occasions for his home city, as well as serving in the army and a short stint at Brest, near where his army base was. He also played 31 times for the USSR, scoring the first goal in England’s 2-0 home defeat at the end of the 1983/84, capitalising on Mike Duxbury’s calamitous attempt at cutting out a through ball.

Apart from this, the clip below is also particularly worth watching for a splendid run by Gotsmanov in the first half, skipping past two hapless England defenders:

A game changer back then, he was even more of a talisman when he arrived in Hove, on trial from Dinamo Minsk in February 1990. As a profile in the Brighton v Bradford matchday programme said a month later:

Already he…

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