Michael Yokhin | The Blizzard
March 2017 | 23-minute read
Some defenders were extremely tough, but other simply couldn’t bring themselves to rough up such a gentle and polite star. The Inter defender Giacinto Facchetti was robbed by Kipiani near the penalty area during the Uefa Cup clash at the San Siro in September 1977 and didn’t stop the Georgian as he ran away to score the winner. “I didn’t want to foul such a player,” the Italian legend said. Kipiani was voted the best Soviet player that year – the first Georgian to win the award.