Viktor Zubkov (basketball)

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This article is about the Soviet basketball player. For the Russian politician, see Viktor Zubkov.
Viktor Zubkov
Personal information
Born (1937-04-24)24 April 1937
Rostov-on-Don, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died 16 October 2016(2016-10-16) (aged 79)
Nationality Russian
Listed height 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in)
Career information
Playing career 1957–1967
Position Center
Career history
1957–1967 CSKA Moscow
Career highlights and awards

Viktor Alekseyevich Zubkov (Russian: Виктор Алексеевич Зубков; 24 April 1937 – 16 October 2016) was a Soviet basketball player. He is considered one of the most distinguished players of Soviet and European basketball in the 1950s and 1960s, who won two silver medals at the Summer Olympics for the Soviet national team.

Playing career[edit]

A 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) center,[1] at the club level Zubkov played for CSKA Moscow with whom he won 8 Soviet national league titles (1959–1966) and two European Champions cups (1961 and 1963).

As a member for the national team for seven years (1956–1963) he won two Olympic silver medals (1956 and 1960), one world championship Bronze medal in 1963 (in which he was also team captain) and three European championships (1957, 1959, 1961). He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991.

He retired from basketball in 1966 and since then has worked as senior instructor and deputy chief of the military-engineering academy named after Valerian Kuybyshev and as the head coach of the Mozambique national team.

Zubkov died on 16 October 2016.[2]


  1. ^ "EuroBasket History - The 50's". Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Умер двукратный призер ОИ по баскетболу Виктор Зубков". 16 October 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 

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