Vladimir Dolgopolov

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Vladimir Dolgopolov
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Personal information
Full name Vladimir Mikhailovich Dolgopolov
Date of birth (1961-12-24)24 December 1961
Place of birth Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Date of death 12 June 2016(2016-06-12) (aged 54)
Place of death Saint Petersburg, Russia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1987 FC Zenit Leningrad 208 (4)
1988 FC Dynamo Leningrad 0 (0)
1988–1989 FC Dynamo Moscow 25 (0)
1989–1992 FC Zenit St. Petersburg 50 (0)
1992 Vasa IFK 20 (1)
1993–1994 Tevalte Tallinn 9 (1)
2000 FC Lokomotiv St. Petersburg 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Vladimir Mikhailovich Dolgopolov (Russian: Владимир Михайлович Долгополов; 24 December 1961 – 12 June 2016) was a Russian professional footballer. Dolgopolov made his debut in the Soviet Top League in 1980, playing for FC Zenit Leningrad, for which he won a Master of Sports of the USSR award.[1]

In January 2016, Dolgopolov was found guilty of negligent homicide, and six-months into his sentence died due to complications from a stroke.

Personal life[edit]

Vladimir Mikhailovich Dolgopolov was born on 24 December, 1961, in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Soviet Union. Dolgopolov had been married twice: to his first wife for 9 years, and later in 1991 he married his second wife, an air stewardess named Natalia, with whom he had a daughter, Daria.


European club competitions[edit]

With FC Zenit Leningrad.

Murder conviction[edit]

In September 2014, Dolgopolov was arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife, Natalia, and on 21 January 2016, he was found guilty of negligent homicide and sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment.[2][3][4]


On 20 May 2016, Dolgopolov suffered a stroke while serving his sentence in Kresty Prison in Saint Petersburg. On 12 June 2016, he died in prison hospital.[5][6]