Oleksandr Zavarov

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Oleksandr Zavarov
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Personal information
Full name Oleksandr Anatoliyovych Zavarov
Date of birth (1961-04-20) 20 April 1961 (age 54)
Place of birth Luhansk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ukraine (assistant)
Youth career
1968–1977 Zorya Luhansk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1979 Zorya Luhansk 23 (7)
1980–1981 SKA Rostov 64 (13)
1982 Zorya Luhansk 30 (10)
1983–1988 Dynamo Kyiv 136 (36)
1988–1990 Juventus 60 (7)
1990–1995 Nancy 133 (23)
1995–1998 Saint-Dizier ? (17)
National team
1985–1990 USSR 41 (6)
Teams managed
1995–2003 Saint Dizier CO
2003–2004 FC Wil
2004 FC Astana-1964
2005 FC Metalist Kharkiv
2006–2010 FC Arsenal Kyiv
2012 Ukraine (caretaker)
2013– Ukraine (assistant)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Oleksandr Anatoliyovych Zavarov, also spelt Aleksandr Anatoljević Zavarov (Ukrainian: Олександр Анатолійович Заваров) – (born 20 April 1961 in Luhansk, Ukrainian SSR) is a former Ukrainian football midfielder and the former head coach at FC Arsenal Kyiv. In 1986 he was named the best footballer in the USSR and Ukraine and the 6th best footballer in Europe according to France Football. Zavarov is widely regarded to be among the greatest footballers in the history of the USSR and Ukraine, and in 2000 he was included in the Ukrainian Team of The Century according to a poll by the Ukrainsky Futbol weekly.



Zavarov started off his career in his home city of Zorya Luhansk. He played in the USSR Premier League for Zorya Luhansk (1977–79, 1982), SKA Rostov (1980–81). In 1983–88, he played for the Soviet-Ukrainian giants, Dynamo Kyiv, with whom he won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1985–86, scoring in the final itself. Finally, Zavarov played for Juventus between 1988 and 1990, winning the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Cup.


Zavarov had 41 caps for the USSR, scoring six goals including two in the World Cup finals in 1986 and 1990. He also played in the Euro 1988 in which the USSR team were runners-up.


Zavarov began his coaching career with Saint Dizier CO as a player-coach. He had a short spell as a head coach of FC Wil in 2003–04, however because he lacked the necessary UEFA licence, he was given the position of director of football with the club. He is currently manager of Ukrainian team Arsenal Kyiv.





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  1. ^ "Oleksandr Anatoliyovych Zavarov" (in Russian). ukrainiansoccer.net. Retrieved 15 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "Cup Winners Cup Top Scorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 September 2008. 

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