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August 13, 2022

Czech legend Ladislav Novak dies aged 79

Ladislav Novak, captain of the Czechoslovakia side that lost to Brazil in the 1962 FIFA World Cup final in Chile, died today aged 79, the Czech news agency CTK has said, quoted by fifa.com. The defender, who also played in the side that placed third at the 1960 European championships, played 75 games for Czechoslo­va­kia during 1952-1966, 71 of them as team captain. With the army club Dukla Prague, Novak won eight league titles in the former Czechoslovakia which split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993. After hanging up his boots, Novak became a coach, lea­ding the Czechoslovak national team in 1971-72. He also coached Belgian sides Lokeren, Royal An­twerp and Beerschot before winning another Czechoslovak league title with Dukla Prague in 1982.

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