Vladimir But

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Vladimir But
Personal information
Full name Vladimir Vladimirovich But
Date of birth (1977-09-07) 7 September 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth Novorossiysk, Soviet Union
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Chernomorets Novorossiysk (director of sports)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 Chernomorets Novorossiysk 41 (5)
1994–2000 Borussia Dortmund 76 (8)
2000–2004 SC Freiburg 67 (7)
2004–2005 Hannover 96 4 (0)
2005 FC Shinnik 7 (0)
2008 Chernomorets Novorossiysk 37 (4)
2009–2010 OFI Crete 3 (0)
National team
1999–2000 Russia 2 (0)
Teams managed
2017– FC Chernomorets Novorossiysk (director of sports)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Vladimir Vladimirovich But (Russian: Владимир Владимирович Бут; born 7 September 1977) is a Russian former footballer who played as a midfielder. He works as a director of sports for FC Chernomorets Novorossiysk.

Football career[edit]

Once regarded as one of the most promising players in Europe, But signed in 1994, at not yet 17, with German side Borussia Dortmund, from local FC Chernomorets Novorossiysk, but spent his first years with the juniors.

On 21 August 1996, he finally made his first team debut, appearing in 10 minutes of a 4–0 home league win against Fortuna Düsseldorf. But finished his first season with 11 matches and one goal,[1] and added two games (three minutes total) in the club's victorious UEFA Champions League campaign, becoming the second Russian player to win the competition after Igor Dobrovolski.

In late October 2000, But left Borussia after falling out with coach Matthias Sammer, and joined SC Freiburg where he stayed for the next three seasons, appearing regularly (but also being relegated at the end of the 2001–02 campaign). In January 2004, he stayed in the country as he signed with Hannover 96, but could only collect four league appearances in one and a half years.

But returned to his country in July 2005, and signed for FC Shinnik Yaroslavl. After two years out of the game due to recurrent injuries, the 30-year-old re-joined hometown side Chernomorets, in the second division.

In June 2009, But signed with Greece's OFI Crete as a free agent, but retired from football after one unassuming season. He collected two caps for Russia whilst at Borussia.

Personal life[edit]

But's older brother, Vitali, was also a footballer – and a midfielder. He too represented Chernomorets Novorossiysk, later acting as its general manager.


FC Chernomorets

Borussia Dortmund

SC Freiburg

Career statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League
Division Apps Goals
Chernomorets 1992 First Division 4 0
1993 15 3
1994 22 2
Borussia Dortmund 1995–96 Bundesliga 0 0
1996–97 11 1
1997–98 23 3
1998–99 23 3
1999–00 19 1
Freiburg 2000–01 Bundesliga 24 4
2001–02 28 3
2002–03 2. Bundesliga 15 0
Hannover 96 2003–04 Bundesliga 3 0
2004–05 1 0
Shinnik 2005 Premier League 7 0
Chernomorets 2008 First Division 37 4
OFI 2009–10 Football League 3 0


  1. ^ "But, Vladimir" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 24 January 2012.

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