Viktor Leonenko

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Viktor Leonenko
Personal information
Full name Ві́ктор Євге́нович Лео́ненко
Date of birth (1969-10-05) 5 October 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Tyumen, RSFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988-91 FC Geolog Tyumen 93 (26)
1991-92 FC Dynamo Moscow 20 (14)
1992-98 FC Dynamo Kyiv 98 (61)
1998-00 CSKA Kyiv 13 (5)
2001-02 FC Zakarpattia Uzhhorod 12 (3)
Total 236 (109)
National team
1992–1996 Ukraine 14 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Viktor Yevhenovych Leonenko (born 5 October 1969 in Tyumen, Russia) is a former footballer and Ukraine international. At least since 2006 he is a football commentator and analyst for the televised football forum "3 time" at the Ukrainian TV-network ICTV.[1] He was a highly technical and individual football performer being able to receive a pass while having a limited amount of space available and efficiently converting a goal chance opportunities.

Overview[edit]

Despite being born in Russia, soon after transferring to Dynamo Kyiv, Leonenko chose to play for the Ukraine side. His short stints at Russian clubs such as Geolog Tyumen and FC Dynamo Moscow did not really reflect his playing abilities. On the proposition of Dynamo Kyiv, Leonenko literally ran away from Moscow. That move could have cost him at least two years to lifetime disqualification, however, both Dynamos found a consensus on the issue the transfer was finalized. Later he acknowledged that if a similar proposition would have come from Spartak Moscow, he might have stayed in the Russian capital. Leonenko considers Dynamo Kyiv and Spartak Moscow the classic clubs of the Soviet Union.

Being a successful striker for Dynamo in the early to mid-1990s (Leonenko was named Ukrainian Footballer of the Year in 1992, 1993, and 1994), Leonenko was eventually forced to the bench with the emergence of the striker partnership of Serhiy Rebrov and Andriy Shevchenko. The contemporary coach of Dynamo at that time Yozhef Sabo justified his relegation to reserves for being overweight. With appearance of Valeriy Lobanovsky who is considered the "architect" of Dynamo school and who preferred the football of eleven, simply a teamwork, the individualism of Leonenko did not fit his organizational plans and the Siberian striker eventually not only did not participate in trainings, but eventually was loaned out elsewhere. He joined Sunderland on trial in November 1996, but injured an ankle on his first day of training.[2] In 1998, Leonenko moved to play for CSKA Kyiv and ended his career with FC Zakarpattia Uzhhorod in 2001.

National team[edit]

During his four years representing the Ukrainian national team from 1992 until 1996, Leonenko earned 14 caps and scored 6 goals. All goals were scored in friendlies.

Personal life[edit]

In his explanation why he chose the national team of Ukraine over Russian counterpart he stated that it was not on the grounds of ethnic prerogative or political reasons. Leonenko did not specify what those reasons were, however, he told that his parents are in origin from Bryansk which in his words contained even more Belorussian nationals, for example, than Russians or Ukrainians. Himself, he considers a Siberian national, Sibiryak.

He does not see himself as a coach. Leonenko perceives Yozhef Sabo as a scout and Leonid Buryak as a football administrator rather than both working as coaches.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Soviet Union League Cup Europe Total
1988 Geolog Tyumen First League 17 0 1 0 - - 18 0
1989 35 11 1 0 - - 36 11
1990 33 12 - - - - 33 12
1991 8 3 - - - - 8 3
1991 Dynamo (M) Top League 16 9 1 0 6 0 23 9
Ukraine League Cup Europe Total
1992 Dynamo (K) Premier League 5 3 1 0 - - 6 3
Russia League Cup Europe Total
1992 Dynamo (M) Premier League 4 5 - - - - 4 5
Ukraine League Cup Europe Total
1992-93 Dynamo (K) Premier League 27 16 5 5 4 3 36 24
1993-94 24 15 - - 2 2 26 17
1994-95 20 17 3 0 6 3 29 20
1995-96 13 5 4 1 - - 17 6
1996-97 9 5 - - 4 0 13 5
1997-98 - - 2 4 - - 2 4
1998-99 CSKA Kyiv Premier League 12 5 4 1 4 1 20 7
1999-00 1 0 - - - - 1 0
2000-01 Zakarpattia First League 5 2 - - - - 5 2
2001-02 Premier League 7 1 2 1 - - 9 2
Total Soviet 109 35 3 0 6 0 118 35
Russia 4 5 - - - - 4 5
Ukraine 123 69 21 12 20 9 164 90
Career total 236 109 24 12 26 9 286 130

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 May 1993 Vilnius, Lithuania  Lithuania 1–1 1-2 Friendly
2. 16 October 1993 High Point, United States  United States 1–1 1-2 Friendly
3. 1–2
4. 25 May 1994 Kyiv, Ukraine Belarus Belarus 1–1 3-1 Friendly
5. 13 August 1996 Kyiv, Ukraine  Lithuania 1–1 5-2 Friendly
6. 3–1

References[edit]

  1. ^ 3 taim intro page (Russian)
  2. ^ REID pounds 7m HOLD-UP Sunday Mirror, 24 November 1996

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