Volodymyr Muntyan

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Volodymyr Muntyan
Мунтян, Владимир Фёдорович.jpg
Personal information
Full name Volodymyr Fedorovych Muntyan
Date of birth (1946-09-14) 14 September 1946 (age 68)
Place of birth Kotovsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FFU staff
Youth career
FC Dynamo Kyiv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1977 Dynamo Kyiv 302 (57)
National team
1968–1976 USSR 49 (7)
Teams managed
1980–1982 SKA Kyiv
1986–1988 COSFAP Antananarivo
1992–1994 Ukraine Olympic team
1995–1997 Guinea
1998 Cherkasy
1999 Orion Kyiv
2000 Tavriya Simferopol
2001 Obolon Kyiv
2002 Alania Vladikavkaz
2003–2004 Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih
2004–2005 Vorskla Poltava
2008 Ukraine U-21(interim)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Volodymyr Fedorovych Muntyan (Ukrainian: Володимир Мунтян, Russian: Владимир Мунтян, Romanian: Vladimir Muntean), (born 14 September 1946, Kotovsk, USSR, was a renowned Soviet midfielder of the 1960s and 1970s. Muntyan is considered to be one of the best and most talented players to ever represent Dynamo Kyiv and Soviet Union. He is also the only player apart from Oleg Blokhin (his team-mate in the 1970s) who has won 7 Soviet championships. His brother Viktor Muntyan was also a professional football player.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

A son of a factory worker and a nurse, Muntyan became interested acrobatics and competed successfully in Kiev's city-wide competition, winning accolades in his age category. His family eventually relocated to live near a professional soccer grounds in Kiev, where young Muntyan and his friends would hang out, acting as ball boys to the elders. While once juggling a ball, he was approached by a soldier, who asked him if he was interested in taking up football as a sport. Muntyan said yes and was taken to Mikhail Korsunskiy, who was a famous local children's coach at the time. He quickly recognised Muntyan's potential.

Youth years[edit]

Due to the boy's natural talent, he was included in Kiev’s youth team with people like Semen Altman and Anatoly Byshovets (both coaches now). After a Spartakiada match between the Kiev and Moscow teams, which Kiev won, Dynamo Kyiv youth coach Mykhaylo Koman offered young Muntyan to come to a training session with the senior team the next day at 11:00. The young boy turned up outside the ground, but was so scared to see his idols Valery Lobanovsky, Andriy Biba, that he hid behind a tree and didn't make the team bus. However his friend Anatoly Byshovets helped him to get over the fear and eventually he turned up to a training session.

Early career[edit]

Muntyan joined the Dynamo Kiev team as a 15 year old, when the main team coach was Victor Maslov. Despite weighting only 60 kg (9.5 stones) and short of 170 cm in height, he was encouraged to play and his skills were further enhanced by the training. When five of then current squad left to join 1966 Soviet football team for the World Cup, Dynamo Kyiv managed to win a double (championship and the cup) with Muntyan stepping in from the reserves as one of the main players.

Statistics for Dynamo[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dynamo 1965 3 0 4 0 - - 7 0
1966 26 8 2 0 - - 28 8
1967 19 4 1 0 - - 20 4
1968 36 5 - - - - 36 5
1969 27 6 3 2 4 2 34 10
1970 25 3 2 0 - - 27 3
1971 18 6 2 0 - - 20 6
1972 30 9 3 1 6 1 39 11
1973 28 6 9 2 5 0 42 8
1974 22 2 4 2 8 2 34 6
1975 29 2 - - 4 0 33 2
1976 (s) 10 3 1 0 - - 11 3
1976 (a) 13 1 - - 8 1 21 2
1977 16 2 3 0 - - 19 2
Total 302 57 34 7 35 6 371 70
  • The statistics in USSR Cups and Europe is made under the scheme "autumn-spring" and enlisted in a year of start of tournaments

Honours[edit]

1970
1969
1966, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977
1966, 1974,
1975
1975
1968
1972
1965, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1976
1973
1977
1977

Ballon d'Or[edit]

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