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Russia Soccer Coach, Ex-Player Dies During Friendly Game

A former Russian international player has died after collapsing on the field during a friendly game for ex-professional soccer players.

Sergei Filippenkov was playing on October 15 at Russian club Zenit Penza along with other former players when he became ill five minutes before the end of the game.

Zenit says Filippenkov scored a goal just before he collapsed.

The 44-year-old Filippenkov, who had made one appearance for Russia in a friendly against Brazil in 1998, was the coach of the third-tier Zenit Penza club.

Filippenkov played for CSKA Moscow from 1998-2001, finishing second in the Russian league and reaching a Russian Cup final.

After taking his first head coaching job with Zenit Penza last year, Filippenkov built the team into a promotion contender.

Based on reporting by AP and Sovsport