|Full name||Anatoliy Andreyevich Banishevskiy|
|Date of birth||23 February 1946|
|Place of birth||Baku, USSR|
|Date of death||10 December 1997(aged 51)|
|Place of death||Baku, Azerbaijan|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1987–1988||Burkina Faso (youth)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Anatoliy Andreyevich Banishevskiy (Azerbaijani: Anatoli Andreyeviç Banişevski; Russian: Анатолий Андреевич Банишевский; 23 February 1946, in Baku – 10 December 1997, in Baku) was a Soviet footballer of Russian descent from Azerbaijan. Throughout most of his playing and coaching career, Banishevskiy was committed to his originally domestic club, Neftchi Baku. He is widely considered the greatest Azerbaijani footballer of all time. He played for the USSR national football team, winning 51 caps and scoring 19 goals. Banishevskiy played for the Soviet side in the 1966 FIFA World Cup. His club team was PFC Neftchi, and he scored 136 goals in Soviet Top League competition. The striker was unofficially named Azerbaijan's Player of the Year three times-in 1966, 1967, and 1978.
In November 2003, as part of the celebration of UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player for Azerbaijan by the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan as the country's most outstanding player over the past 50 years.
Upon making the club roster, Banishevskiy immediately transformed into one of the electrifying young superstars of his generation, capturing the nation with his vision, speed and the finishing touch. Banishevskiy maintained his status of a premier Azerbaijani player, and remained very influential football figure throughout his entire football profession and beyond.
Banishevskiy made his international debut at 19 years old on 4 July 1965 for USSR against Brazil during a friendly match. His international career ended in final of the 1972 European Championship match loss against West Germany.
Later life and death
Subsequently, following his wife's ill-timed behavior, Banishevskiy lost the ownership of his house, which led him to live a difficult life in alcoholism on the streets of Baku. However, he was rescued from this difficult situation by his old supporter and beloved follower Saida, who cared for him in his last years of his life and ultimately married him.
|As a player|
- Grigory Fedotov club's member: 38th with 115 goals
- List of the bests 33: 2nd (1965, 1966, 1967)
- , as well as in European Championship 1968 and 1972. "Development of various kinds of Azeri sport". National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2008.
- Movsumov, Rasim (15 January 2006). "Azerbaijan - Player of the Year Awards". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 27 June 2008.
- Известному азербайджанскому футболисту Анатолию Банишевскому исполнилось бы 63 года (in Russian)
- Анатолий БАНИШЕВСКИЙ:БАКИНСКИЙ ПИЖОН (in Russian)
- Matthias Arnhold (29 February 2012). "Anatoliy Andreyevich Banishevskiy - Goals in International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
- "Banişevski araq içməyi SSRİ yığmasında öyrəndi" (in Azerbaijani)
- Верность и мастерство (in Russian)
- "Golden Players take centre stage". uefa.com. 29 November 2003. Archived from the original on 19 May 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2008.
- "Masallı" didərgin düşüb (in Azerbaijani)