Coaching Khimki in 2012
|Full name||Valery Yuryevich Petrakov|
|Date of birth||16 May 1958|
|Place of birth||Bryansk, USSR|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|FC Tom Tomsk (manager)|
|FC Dynamo Bryansk|
|1975–1976||FC Dynamo Bryansk||29||(1)|
|1976–1980||FC Lokomotiv Moscow||107||(36)|
|1981–1985||FC Torpedo Moscow||122||(33)|
|1986||FC Lokomotiv Moscow||23||(2)|
|1987–1989||BSG Einheit Wernigerode (East Germany)||?||(21)|
|1992||Notvikens IK (Sweden)||21||(10)|
|1997–2001||FC Torpedo Moscow (assistant)|
|2001–2003||FC Tom Tomsk|
|2006–2008||FC Tom Tomsk|
|2009||FC Alania Vladikavkaz|
|2011||FC Dynamo Bryansk|
|2014–2016||FC Torpedo Moscow|
|2016–||FC Tom Tomsk|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
In 1975, at the age of 17, Petrakov began his career with his local team, FC Dynamo Bryansk. In 1976, he transferred to FC Lokomotiv Moscow where he would play for four seasons. He played for FC Torpedo Moscow from 1981–1985 and returned to Lokomotiv Moscow for one more season in 1986.
Petrakov spent his final six years abroad with FSV Wacker 90 Nordhausen in Germany and then with IFK Luleå in Sweden before retiring to coaching. His playing career included two caps and one goal for the Soviet National Team. He was a member of the 1977 FIFA World Youth Championship champion as well as the 1980 European Youth Championship winner. In 1986, he played on Lokomotiv's successful Soviet Cup squad.
Immediately after retirement, he was appointed as manager for IFK Luleå, where he finished his playing career. In 1995, he returned to Russia to head another former club, Torpedo Moscow. While he did not win any championships at Torpedo, his clubs appeared in the UEFA Cup in 1996-1997 and 2000-2001. His club also appeared in the 1997 Intertoto Cup.
In 2001, he moved to Tomsk which played in the Russian First Division at the time. Failing to achieve promotion there, he returned to the Russian Premier League with FC Moscow. He had a brief, unsuccessful stint with FC Rostov in 2005 where he was dismissed after four matches.
His son Yuri Petrakov is now a professional footballer.