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28-Goal Zakharov Signs for Champions

Image property of Ulaanbaatar City FC Just when Ulaanbaatar City fans thought their club's roster was set, today the team announced the blockbuster signing of 25-year-old Russian forward Pavel Zakharov. Zakharov (born 9 March 1994 in Chita, Russia near the Mongolia border) played for the surprise team of the season Khangarid FC in 2019. Khangarid finished third in the table in the end, scoring an impressive 62 goals over the 22-match season. A major source of that offensive firepower was Zakharov who scored 28 of those goals himself, or over 45% of Khangarid's total. The player seemed destined to be crowned Mongolian Premier League scoring champion. However, he was thwarted by a ridiculous 1

Vojislav Bralušić to Lead Blue Wolves on Interim Basis

Image property of the MFF Just days after the departure of head coach Michael Weiss, the Mongolian Football Federation has named Serbian UEFA "A" coach Vojislav Bralušić interim manager of the national team. The announcement comes just eight days after Bralušić was presented as the new head coach of Mongolian Premier League champions Ulaanbaatar City FC. He is surely the European A-level coach remaining in Mongolia most familiar with the football landscape, with eight years of national team and club coaching experience in the country on his CV. He was appointed to the same position in 2014 for Mongolia's qualifying campaign for the 2015 EAFF Championship. During his 3-match tenure, the team

Michael Weiss Departs as Mongolia's Best Ever

Image property of the MFF The Mongolian Football Federation announced today that the association and senior men's national team head coach Michael Weiss have parted ways as his contract has expired. Weiss, a German, was named head coach of the Blue Wolves in March 2017 on an initial 1-year deal. The team was desperately in need of a solid, veteran manager to get Mongolia over its perpetual hump. Weiss was known as a man who could do just that as he did during his time at the helm of the Philippines. During his time as Mongolia's manager, he modernized the game at the international level in the country and turned it from a footballing backwater to the AFC's "Aspiring Nation of the Year" by t

Ulaanbaatar City Names Vojislav Bralušić New Head Coach

Image property of the AFC Earlier this week it was announced that UEFA A-licensed Serbian Vojislav Bralušić has been named head coach of Ulaanbaatar City FC effective immediately as the team prepares for its 2020 AFC Cup qualifying campaign. Bralušić is no stranger to Mongolian football at the club or international level. He first arrived in Mongolia in December 2011 when he was offered an initial one-year contract to create and lead a youth academy for Deren Sumida FC. He was controversially released by club chairman Takashi Morimoto in July 2012 because of accusations of physical aggression and racist remarks. Bralušić stated in a March 2019 interview with MNB World that he had signed a si

Former Arvis Standout Baldé Eyes Return to Mongolia

Baldé in his Grythyttans IF Well-traveled French-Senegalese right defender/midfielder Mamadou Baldé is seeking to return to Mongolia after departing Swedish 5th division side Grythyttans IF, Mongolian Football Central has learned. Baldé was first contacted by Bayangol FC in 2015 but passed on the opportunity. In 2017 he was offered a one-year contract by Arvis FC and accepted, despite interest and a contract offer from MPL powerhouse Erchim FC. He was one of Arvis FC's standout players on a team that won the 1st League championship in 2017 and earned the right to compete in the Premier League the following season. Unfortunately Baldé never got to play in the top league, despite contributing

Mongolians Abroad: Young Player Leaves Mark in Austria

It is rare for a young Mongolian footballer to spend a single season abroad, particularly in Europe. But young Mongolian expat Khuslen Narangerel already has almost 15 years of experience with several clubs in Austria by the age of 19. Mongolian Football Central reached out to the player to learn more of his intriguing story. Narangerel was born in Ulaanbaatar on 24 July 2000. By 2002 his family had made the difficult decision to move to Europe in hopes of a brighter future for themselves and their infant son. By 2005 he had begun his footballing career with the youth teams of SV Haie Hoheneich. He would remain with the club for a decade and collected many honours and distinctions along the



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