Oleh Kuznetsov

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Oleh Kuznetsov
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Personal information
Full name Oleg Wladimirowitsch Kuznetsow -
Oleh Volodymyrovych Kuznetsov
Date of birth (1963-03-22) 22 March 1963 (age 54)
Place of birth Magdeburg, East Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
1971–1980 FC Desna Chernihiv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1982 FC Desna Chernihiv 86 (0)
1983–1990 Dynamo Kyiv 181 (5)
1990–1994 Rangers 35 (1)
1994–1995 Maccabi Haifa 6 (0)
1995–1997 CSKA-Borysfen Kyiv 11 (1)
Total 247 (7)
National team
1986–1991 USSR 58 (1)
1992 CIS 5 (0)
1992–1994 Ukraine 3 (0)
Teams managed
1998–2001 CSKA Kyiv (assistant)
2001–2002 Arsenal Kyiv
2002–2004 Dynamo Kyiv (assistant)
2002–2007 Ukraine (assistant)
2008 FC Moscow (assistant)
2010–2012 Ukraine U18/U19
2012–2013 Ukraine U16
2013–2015 Ukraine U17/U18
2015– Ukraine U19
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Oleh Volodymyrovych Kuznetsov (born as Oleg Wladimirowitsch Kuznetsow in Germany) (Ukrainian: Олег Володимирович Кузнєцов) (born 22 March 1963 in Magdeburg, East Germany) is a former professional Soviet Ukrainian football player. Kuznetsov had started playing football when he was eight years old. However, it was not until he was 20 when his talent was noticed by the Soviet giants at that time, Dynamo Kyiv.

Playing career[edit]


A central defender, Kuznetsov stayed with Dynamo until September 1990, when he transferred to Scottish club Rangers in the prime of his career. He injured his cruciate ligament in his second game (against St Johnstone) and did not play again for a full year. The time out meant that new players had been brought in and he was never a first choice again. After a four-year stint, hampered by injuries, he moved on to the Israeli team Maccabi Haifa to play for one season. He returned to Ukraine to finish his career with CSKA-Borysfen Kyiv. Kuznetsov retired in 1997.


He appeared in 63 games for the USSR/CIS national team (1 goal), and three times for the Ukraine side after the fall of the Soviet Union. He was a silver medal winner with the USSR team at the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship. He also represented the USSR at the 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups,[1] and the CIS at the 1992 UEFA European Football Championship. A six-time domestic champion (three with Dynamo Kyiv and three with Rangers), and a four-time domestic cup winner (three with Dynamo Kyiv and onw with Rangers). He won the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1986, and was a European Cup semi-finalist in 1987 with Dynamo Kyiv. He was in 11th place in the European Footballer of the Year award in 1988, and in 17th place in 1989.

Coaching career[edit]

Kuznetsov began coaching in 1998 at the last club he played for professionally, CSKA Kyiv. Starting out as an assistant coach he became head-coach for the 2001–2002 season, with CSKA Kiev becoming Arsenal Kiev in the meantime. He moved to the coaching staff at Dynamo Kyiv and is currently on the coaching staff of the Ukraine national team. As coach, he was part of the Ukraine national team that reached the quarter-finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.




Dynamo Kyiv


Soviet Union


Ballon d'Or


  1. ^ "Oleh Kuznetsov". FIFA.com. Retrieved 7 September 2015.