Viktor Ponedelnik

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Vladimirovich and the family name is Ponedelnik.
Viktor Ponedelnik
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Ponedelnik in 2007
Personal information
Full name Viktor Vladimirovich Ponedelnik
Date of birth (1937-05-22) 22 May 1937 (age 77)
Place of birth Rostov-on-Don, USSR
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Burevestnik Rostov-on-Don
Rostov Military College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1958 Torpedo/Rostselmash 58 (32)
1959–1960 FC SKA Rostov-on-Don 45 (17)
1961 CSKA Moscow
1961–1965 SKA Rostov-on-Don 114 (37)
1966 FC Spartak Moscow
National team
1960–1964 USSR 29 (20)
Teams managed
1969 Rostselmash Rostov-on-Don
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Viktor Vladimirovich Ponedelnik (Russian: Виктор Владимирович Понедельник, born 22 May 1937 in Rostov-on-Don) is a former Soviet football player, regarded as one of the best strikers in Soviet football history.

Ponedelnik first started playing for a local team, Rostselmash, in 1956. In 1958 he switched to SKA Rostov-on-Don and was invited to join the Soviet national team. In the 1960 European Championship, the only major Championship ever won by the Soviet Union, Ponedelnik headed home the winning goal in extra time in the final game against Yugoslavia. Ponedelnik retired in 1966 after gaining weight and undergoing surgery for appendicitis. He scored 20 (according to some accounts, 21) goals in 29 games for his country.

In later years, Ponedelnik worked as a coach, a sports journalist, an editor of a sports publication, and an advisor to the President of the Russian Federation. He has received numerous awards for his contribution to Soviet and Russian sport. He is married and has three children and four grandchildren.

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