Yevhen Rudakov

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For Russian footballer born 1992, see Yevgeni Sergeyevich Rudakov.
Yevgeniy Rudakov
Personal information
Full name Yevgeniy Vasilievich Rudakov
Date of birth (1942-01-02)2 January 1942
Place of birth Moscow, Soviet Union
Date of death 21 December 2011(2011-12-21) (aged 69)
Place of death Kiev, Ukraine
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1957–1959 Torpedo Moscow
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960 Torpedo Moscow
1961–1962 Sudnobudivnyk Mykolaiv
1962–1977 Dynamo Kyiv 297 (−205)
National team
1968–1976 USSR 42 (−29)
1972 USSR Olympic 6 (−6)
Teams managed
1979 Spartak Ivano-Frankivsk
1980–1990 Zmina Kyiv (youth club)
1994 Kremin Kremenchuk
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Men’s Football
Bronze 1972 Munich Team competition
This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Vasylyovych and the family name is Rudakov.

Yevgeniy Vasilievich Rudakov (Ukrainian: Євґєній Васіл'євіч Рудаков Russian: Евгений Васильевич Рудаков; 2 January 1942 – 21 December 2011) [1] was a Soviet footballer of Russian origin.[2] In 1971 he was recognized as the Best Ukrainian Player of the Year becoming the first foreigner to be awarded such honors.

A six-time domestic champion of the USSR, Rudakov also helped Dynamo win the USSR Cup twice, the Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. He also represented the USSR national football team and helped them reach the Euro 1972 finals. In 1971 Rudakov was also chosen the Soviet Footballer of the Year[3] and the best goalkeeper of the USSR in 1969, 1971, and 1972.

At the Olympic Games 1972 he earned four wins and two shutouts. He also won 21 games with the regular senior squad and finished 22 games without allowing any goals. His career goals against average was at 0.69.

After finishing his playing career, he coached few Ukraine-based clubs, but mostly stayed on at Dynamo Kyiv's sport school as a children coach.

He was nominated twice for the Ballon d'Or, in 1971 when he came 12th and 1972 when he came 18th.[4]

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