“I was a Soviet champion, too!”

The Soviet national team before a game against Italy in 1966.

The Soviet national team before a game against Italy in 1966.

Today, I’ll treat you to an interesting list of mostly obscure players. How obscure, you might ask? Well, they played exactly one game in a season where their team won gold, and never won championships again.

Some players became “champions-too”, but later won other championships (either with their own team, or with another). These players didn’t make the list.

1936 Spring, Dinamo Moscow

  • Viktor Dubinin (1901-1984). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. Became Dinamo’s manager in 1937 after Konstantin Kvashnin left for Spartak Moscow and won the Soviet championship.

1936 Autumn, Spartak Moscow

  • Alexei Eryomin (1915-unknown). 1 game (came out as a substitute at unknown time), 0 goals. Transferred from Tekstilschik Ivanovo in summer 1936, returned to Ivanovo in early 1937 and played his entire remaining career there. He fought in the war, lost his left hand there, but still resumed his career after that.

1937, Dinamo Moscow

  • Georgy Dyomin (1912-1997). 1 game (45 minutes, substituted), 0 goals. This was his only high league game. He played in the second division in 1939 (Stalinets Moscow) and 1940 (Spartak Leningrad) before retiring. No relation to Vladimir Dyomin of CDKA Moscow fame.

1938, Spartak Moscow

  • Nikolai Morozov (1913-1965). 1 game (substituted at unknown time), 0 goals. Known in Spartak’s stats as “Nikolai Morozov I” (his more well-known namesake, the future Torpedo Moscow and USSR national team coach, played for Spartak in 1941), Morozov also played one game for Spartak in 1945, and after retiring, worked as the team’s administrator almost until his death in 1965.
  • Peter Petrov (1919-2002). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. He couldn’t make it in Spartak’s first team; after the war, he tried to resume his career in Lokomotiv Moscow, but to no avail. Petrov retired in 1948 in Metrostroy Moscow.
  • Boris Stepanov (1908-unknown). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. Older brother of the more famous Spartak striker Vladimir Stepanov, he missed out on the 1936 Autumn championship, and so his only “golden” game was in 1938. Boris Stepanov retired in 1941 in Krylya Sovetov Moscow.

1940, Dinamo Moscow

  • Nikolai Medvedev (1915-1976). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. His only game for Dinamo. After the war, Medvedev played for Dinamo Minsk for two seasons and retired in 1946.

1946, CDKA Moscow

  • Vladimir Menshikov (1920-1998). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. Menshikov is the first of the several “multiple champions-too”: he played exactly one game both in 1946 and 1947 seasons. He was in CDKA reserves for two more seasons before retiring.
  • Vladimir Yakushin (1920-unknown). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals conceded. No relation to the famous Dinamo Moscow manager. Sat on the bench as the backup to Vladimir Nikanorov for years before retiring in 1950.

1947, CDKA Moscow

  • Vladimir Menshikov (look 1946).

1948, CDKA Moscow

  • Evgeny Gorbunov (1924-2001). 1 game (20 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. Gorbunov’s only game for CDKA. He sat in the reserves for one more year, then joined VMS Moscow (Soviet Navy-related team). He retired in Odessa in 1956.
  • Viktor Kolesnikov (1923-1985). 1 game (90 minutes), 1 goal. This was Kolesnikov’s only game for CDKA. In 1949, he transferred to Shakhter Stalino and played there until 1952, scoring almost 30 goals in about 100 appearances.

1949, Dinamo Moscow

  • Gennady Bolotin (born 1925). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. Bolotin came from Dinamo Komsomolsk-on-Amur, spent a year in Dinamo Moscow reserves, played one first team game, and then returned to the Far East to see the remainder of his career in Dinamo Khabarovsk.
  • Mikhail Potapov (1926-1967). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. Potapov’s only game for Dinamo’s first team (are we seeing a trend here?). After another year in the reserves, he went to Leningrad to play for their Dinamo. In 1954, Dinamo Leningrad was dissolved in favour of Trudovye Rezervy team, and he went to Chisinau. Potapov played for Burevestnik until his retirement in 1957.
  • Vladimir Tsvetkov (1927-1994). 1 game (45 minutes, came out as a substitute). Tsvetkov’s only league game for Dinamo Moscow (he played in several Soviet Cup games that year as well). After spending one more year in the reserves, he went to Dinamo Leningrad together with Potapov. After the dissolution of Dinamo Leningrad, Tsvetkov remained in Trudovye Rezervy, and then, from 1958 to 1965, played for the amateur Komsomolets Leningrad team.

1951, CDSA Moscow

  • Viktor Ponomaryov (1924-1972). 1 game (came out as a substitute at unknown time), 1 goal. Younger brother of Torpedo Moscow’s famous Alexander Ponomaryov, he had quite a bit of career before joining CDSA, including four years at VVS Moscow and becoming Torpedo’s best goalscorer the previous year. Mysteriously, he played only one game for CDSA, and after the infamous dissolution of the team after the 1952 Olympics, only played a handful of games for Shakhter Stalino in 1954, again together with his older brother.

1952, Spartak Moscow

  • Vladimir Fokin (1933-2004). 1 game (came out as a substitute at unknown time), 0 goals conceded. The young goalkeeper was only third-choice in the team, behind Vladimir Chernyshev and Yuri Kostikov. (He did play one full game for Spartak, against Dinamo Moscow in the Soviet Cup.) After Spartak signed Mikhail Piraev in 1953, Fokin left for Spartak Kalinin, then went through a string of obscure teams and retired in 1961, playing last for Spartak Smolensk.

1953, Spartak Moscow

  • Boris Razinsky (1933-2012). 1 game (15 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals conceded. Another young goalkeeper who couldn’t break through the ranks; he joined Spartak from the dissolved CDSA Moscow, along with Bashashkin. As soon as CDSA reformed, both Razinsky and Bashashkin came back. Razinsky later played a handful more games for Spartak in 1961. After that, he played for various lower-division teams until age 40.

1956, Spartak Moscow

  • Alexander Biryulin (1931-2008). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. Biryulin came from the CDSA Moscow youth team, but before Spartak, his only professional club was Khimik Moscow. Netto and Paramonov were the midfield bosses in Spartak at the time, so Biryulin played only one game and left for Lokomotiv Moscow next season. Later, he moved to Volga Kalinin, where he played until 1965. In 1970, he came out of retirement and played several more years for the amateur Myasokombinat Moscow, finally hanging up his boots in 1973.

1957, Dinamo Moscow

  • Boris Lebedev (1937-1966). 1 game (19 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. Little is known about this player. He came out of Dinamo’s youth system, played one game in 1957, then six more games in the following year, after which his career abruptly came to an end at age 21. What’s more, Lebedev died aged just 28.

1960, Torpedo Moscow

  • Vladimir Khomutov (born 1938). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. Product of the Torpedo youth system, he played for Torpedo until 1962 and then transferred to the reformed Dinamo Leningrad. He retired in 1968, playing for Avangard Zheltye Vody from Ukraine.
  • Yuri Khromov (born 1939). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. Another young alumnus of Torpedo youth teams. He remained in Torpedo for slightly longer than Khomutov (his last season was 1963), then joined Chernomorets Odessa and helped them to get promotion to the high league. Later, he played for Volga Kalinin and, like Khomutov, retired in 1968, playing for Saturn Ramenskoe.

1961, Dinamo Kyiv

  • Vyktor Pestrykov (born 1941). 1 game (10 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. He didn’t find much success in Dinamo Kyiv (just 16 games in his 5 seasons for the club), and so left to play in other Ukrainian teams – Avangard/Metallist Kharkov, SKA Kyiv and Avtomobilist Zhytomyr, where he retired in 1973.

1962, Spartak Moscow

  • Valery Alabuzhev (1942-2001). 1 game (45 minutes, came out as a substitute), 1 goal conceded. The young goalkeeper substituted for Igor Frolov in one of his last appearances for Spartak; soon, Vladimir Maslachenko would arrive and secure the place between Spartak posts for years. Alabuzhev replaced Maslachenko several times in 1963, then left after Spartak signed Vladimir Lisitsyn. After short stints in Krylya Sovetov Kuibyshev, Trud Voronezh and Ararat Yerevan (and a year of army service), he joined Dinamo Makhachkala in 1967 and played there until his retirement in 1971.
  • Alexander Grigoriev (1943-1971). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. Debuted for Spartak in the same game as Alabuzhev. His career was a more successful than Alabuzhev’s – he stayed in Spartak until 1965, even though he didn’t really break into the first team. Later, he joined Shakhtar Donetsk and had several excellent seasons there, then transferred back to Lokomotiv Moscow (he tried his luck there in 1966, unsuccessfully). Everything seemed to go well for him, but in late 1971, he was tragically killed in a car crash on a slippery road.
  • Eduard Malofeev (born 1942). 1 game (20 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. The Dinamo Minsk legend began his career in Spartak Moscow, but then was transferred to Alexander Sevidov’s team in exchange for Yuri Sevidov remaining in Spartak, along with several more reservists (most notably Leonard Adamov and Igor Ryomin). He, of course, eventually became the Soviet champion again, as the manager of Dinamo Minsk.
‘Higher Class of Soviet Football’ – Propaganda Poster Instilling the Virtues of Football in the USSR (A. Kokorekin, 1954).

‘Higher Class of Soviet Football’ – Propaganda Poster Instilling the Virtues of Football in the USSR (A. Kokorekin, 1954).

1963, Dinamo Moscow

  • Stanislav Vorotilin (1938-2013). 1 game (15 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. Vorotilin spent almost whole of his career in Shinnik Yaroslavl, only joining Dinamo for half-season in 1963 to play one game for the first team and some more for reserves. After retiring in 1968, Vorotilin worked for Shinnik in various capacities (youth coach, administrator, manager) for more than 40 years.

1964, Dinamo Tbilisi

  • Zaur Kaloev (1931-1997). 1 game (28 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. This turned to be the last season of the legendary Dinamo striker’s career. He played only one league game.
  • Nodar Maisuradze (born 1945). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. The young Dinamo Tbilisi forward scored a lot of goals for the reserve team, and Gavriil Kachalin fielded him once for the first team. In subsequent seasons, he largely failed to impress and was released. He retired in 1968, aged just 23, in Dinamo Batumi.

1966, Dinamo Kyiv

  • Borys Soroka (born 1942). 1 game (12 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. His only game for Dinamo Kyiv. He transferred from Metallurg Zaporozhye in 1965 and went back there in 1967. Soroka’s last top-flight season was in 1971 with Karpaty Lviv, and he retired in 1972 in FC Lutsk.

1967, Dinamo Kyiv

  • Olexander Shpakov (born 1946). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. The second “multiple champion-too”: played exactly one game in both 1967 and 1968 Dynamo Kyiv league seasons. He left Dinamo in 1969 for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, played two seasons for them, then joined the army for a year, and retired in 1972, playing for Bolshevyk Kyiv. After retiring, he worked in Dinamo Kyiv as a youth coach for a number of years (he was the first coach of Andriy Shevchenko, among others), and recently became an official of the Kyiv Football Federation.

1968, Dinamo Kyiv

  • Viktor Goroza (born 1948). 1 game (20 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. Came out of Dinamo’s youth system, but failed to make much impact. He helped Metallurg Zaporozhye to get promotion to the second division in 1970, but then lost his first-team place and eventually retired in 1973 in Metallist Kharkov.
  • Olexander Shpakov (look 1967).

1969, Spartak Moscow

  • Alexander Grebnev (born 1947). 1 game (73 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. Played for Spartak since 1966, had a good 1968 season (38 games), but lost his place in the team once the “magical three” (Papaev – Kiselyov – Kalinov) midfield was established in 1969. He played for several more big teams (Dinamo Minsk, Dinamo Moscow and Torpedo Moscow), retiring in 1976 in Minsk.
  • Evgeny Mikhailin (born 1947). 1 game (16 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. His career path in Spartak was very similar to Grebnev’s: came out through youth ranks in 1967, was one of the key players in 1968, and was deemed surplus to requirements in 1969. After one season in Chernomorets Odessa, he spent several years in Kairat Alma-Ata and, like Grebnev, retired in 1976 playing for Traktor Pavlodar (Grebnev also played there, but in the early 1970s).
  • Honourable mention: Vladimir Lisitsyn (1938-1971). Technically, he played two games and so can’t be considered a true “champion-too”, but in one of them, he replaced Kavazashvili three minutes before the final whistle. Lisitsyn’s fate was tragic. After several good seasons in Kairat, he was signed by Spartak in 1964, and it seemed that sky was the limit for him – he even managed to compete with Vladimir Maslachenko on equal footing in his first year at the team. But then he was called up for the Olympic qualification match against East Germany. The Olympic team played badly and lost 1-4, with Lisitsyn making several mistakes. The coaches blamed him personally for the defeat, and he never regained his confidence after that. Lisitsyn was Maslachenko’s perennial backup, spent a season back in Kairat (which didn’t help him too), and after Kavazashvili’s amazing first season in 1969, he went back to Kazakh SSR again, as a player/coach for Spartak Semipalatinsk. Here, suffering from depression and family problems, he hanged himself in August 1971.

1970, CSKA Moscow

  • Dmitry Bagrich (1936-1980). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. One of CSKA’s less-known legends, the first player to have featured in 300 matches for the club. His playing years were winding down at this point, and he was afforded only one game in the golden season. After retirement, he worked as a physical education teacher at the Lenin Military-Political Academy in Moscow. Bagrich died of a brain tumour, aged just 44.
  • Viktor Sukhorukov (1951-2008). 1 game (20 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. This young player was drafted in the army from Trudovye Rezervy Kursk (the same team that gave Spartak Mikhail Bulgakov), but failed to impress and came back to Kursk in 1972. He played for Avangard Kursk until 1980, retiring at the age of 29.

1973, Ararat Yerevan

  • Norair Demirchan (1945-2002). 1 game (10 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals conceded. Ararat’s reserve goalkeeper was very loyal to his team, even after he lost his first-team place to Alyosha Abramyan in 1971. Demirchan played for Ararat until 1976 and retired in Shirak Leninakan in 1978.

1974, Dinamo Kyiv

  • Ruslan Ashibokov (born 1949). 1 game (35 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. The Spartak Nalchik legend (Ashibokov played around 350 matches for the club) tried his hand in the Soviet High League, but failed to leave impact either at Dinamo Kyiv or Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. He returned to Nalchik in 1976 (the team was briefly renamed Elbrus) and played there until his retirement in 1980.
  • Vyacheslav Golovin (born 1953). 1 game (35 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. Golovin played only one game for Dinamo, then left to play for other Ukrainian clubs, including Shakhter Donetsk and Chernomorets Odessa. He retired in the latter in 1982.

1976 Autumn, Torpedo Moscow

  • Vladimir Saraykin (born 1956). 1 game (52 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. Saraykin’s only game for Torpedo. Later, he played in lower leagues for Dinamo Makhachkala, Spartak Kostroma and Zorky Krasnogorsk, retiring in 1987.

1977, Dinamo Kyiv

  • Mykhail Moskalenko (born 1953). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals conceded. Dynamo Kyiv’s backup goalkeeper played actively in the 1976 season, but then Viktor Yurkovsky became the first-choice keeper. Moskalenko tried his hand unsuccessfully in other Ukrainian teams, eventually retiring in Desna Chernigov in 1983.

1978, Dinamo Tbilisi

  • Giorgi Chilaya (born 1957). 1 game (45 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. Chilaya’s glory days in Dinamo were ahead of him – he was the member of the Tbilisi squad that won the 1980/81 Cup Winners’ Cup. In 1978, he was still a reserve player. Chilaya retired in 1985 after several seasons in Torpedo Kutaisi and became a businessman.

1979, Spartak Moscow

  • Alexander Kokorev (born 1954). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. Kokorev waited a long time for Spartak to win a trophy: he debuted way back in 1972, when Simonyan was the manager.  In 1979, he already lost his place in first team and played only one league game. After retiring in 1982, Kokorev worked as a physical education coach in the Bauman MSTU for a number of years. Right now, he’s the playing head administrator of Spartak’s veterans’ team.

1980, Dinamo Kyiv

  • Olexander Sopko (born 1958). 1 game (2 minutes), 0 goals. Sopko is known as one of the stars of the 1980s Shakhter Donetsk, but he started his career in Kyiv. He played only one game for them, coming out as a late substitute. He moved abroad in 1990 and ended his career in Czechoslovakia.

1981, Dinamo Kyiv

  • Stepan Yurchyshyn (born 1957). 1 game (45 minutes, substituted), 0 goals. Yurchyshyn was one of the few players to be called into the Soviet squad while playing in the First League (from Karpaty Lviv in 1979). Karpaty won promotion that year, but performed quite poorly in 1980 and got relegated back. Yurchyshyn joined Dinamo Kyiv after that, but knee injuries prevented him from playing more than one league game for them. Yurchyshyn returned to Karpaty that same year and mostly stayed in Ukrainian teams after that; the only exception was 1984, when he played for Pakhtakor Tashkent. After retiring in 1990, Yurchyshyn worked in Karpaty in various capacities for many years.

1987, Spartak Moscow

  • Viktor Kolyadko (born 1957). 1 game (10 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. The ex-Terek, CSKA and Dnipro striker was signed by Beskov in his effort to infuse the team with more experienced players. While Shmarov, Pasulko, Meskhi and Bokiy (along with the young Alexander Mostovoi) played a major role in Spartak’s title bid, the 30 years-old Kolyadko failed to break into the first team and returned to Terek in summer. In 1990, like many Soviet players at the time, he moved abroad and played two seasons for Zilina, where he retired in 1992. After that, he played futsal and had some low-key coaching jobs.

1988, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

  • Petro Buts (born 1966). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. After playing almost 100 games for Kryvbass Kryviy Rih as a teenager, Buts transferred to Dnipro in 1985. He failed to break into the first team (just 6 games in 6 seasons) and left in 1991. Buts played for various teams in Ukraine, Moldova and Kazakhstan (and briefly appeared in Amkar Perm in 1996) until retiring in 2001 while playing for Aktobe-Lento.
  • Konstantin Eryomenko (1970-2010). 1 game (8 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. The futsal legend (named the greatest futsal player of 20th century) began his career in “big” football. After one game for Dnipro, he played in Ulan-Ude, Frunze and Pavlodar before deciding to switch to futsal and join Dina Moscow. He was forced to retire due to a heart condition in 2001; despite the doctors’ recommendations, he continued playing casual football and died of a heart attack after one such match in 2010.
  • Oleg Fedyukov (born 1963). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. The local hero of Volyn Lutsk (almost 400 games for the club) tried to break into Dnipro ranks for three years, but unsuccessfully (in 1988, he was even loaned out to Kolos Nikopol for half a season). In 1989, Fedyukov returned to Volyn and played there until 2004. Currently, Fedyukov is Volyn’s youth coach.
  • Oleg Koshelyuk (born 1969). 1 game (90 minutes), 1 goal. One of the few “champions-too” to score a goal in their only league appearance. Koshelyuk was signed by Dnipro after several good seasons in Shakhter Pavlograd. In 1989, however, he was drafted into the army and so had to play for SKA Odessa for two seasons. After that, Koshelyuk had a long career, with club list including Chernomorets Odessa, Torpedo Moscow, Enisey (then Metallurg) Krasnoyarsk and several Israeli and Ukrainian teams. He retired from professional football in 2006, but continued to play for amateurs until 2012. Currently, he’s working as a youth coach in Odessa.
  • Yuri Leonov (born 1965). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. One of many reserve players fielded by Dnipro in their last league game against Dinamo Minsk after they already won the title. Leonov mostly played for the teams of his native Zhitomir, and that game for Dnipro became his only one. Leonov retired in 1998 playing for Polesye Zhitomir.
  • Valentyn Moskvin (born 1968). 1 game (82 minutes, substituted), 0 goals. He transferred to Dnipro in 1988 from Prikarpatie Ivano-Frankovsk and gradually became first-team regular. After retiring in 1998 (he was playing for FC Tysmenitsa at the time), Moskvin became a referee.
  • Yevhen Pokhlebaev (born 1971). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. That match against Dinamo Minsk was the debut one for the 16 years-old Pokhlebaev. In subsequent seasons, he became a first-team regular for Dnipro (winning the Youth Euro 1990 in the process) and joined Dinamo Kyiv in 1995. In 1997, Pokhlebaev had to retire early – after a game, he was hospitalized with herpes encephalitis, and complications from the infection caused amnesia. Dinamo helped him with treatment, but he never returned to football. An article about him stated, “He remembers playing for Dnipro and Dinamo, but doesn’t remember how and when.”
  • Igor Tyuterev (born 1971). 1 game (90 minutes), 3 goals conceded. For this young goalkeeper, the Dinamo Minsk match became his only one on the high level. He played for some Ukrainian amateur teams in the 1990s, and became a referee after retiring.

1989, Spartak Moscow

  • Dmitry Gradilenko (born 1969). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. Gradilenko played in Spartak’s last game of the season, after the thrilling encounter with Dinamo Kyiv. He would eventually become a two-time “champion-too” in 1993, playing one match in that season. In 1994, Gradilenko left Spartak for good, and his resume after that looks a lot like who’s who of the 1990s Russian High League midcard: Lada Togliatti, CSKA, Rostselmash, Torpedo Moscow, Zhemchuzhina Sochi, Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod. After retiring in 2002, Gradilenko became a sports commentator on TV.
  • Valery Shikunov (born 1968). 1 game (5 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. Shikunov (no relation to the former Spartak Moscow and FC Rostov official Alexander Shikunov) was a product of Spartak’s youth team who didn’t quite make the cut. In 1990, he was drafted into the army and played for CSKA reserves and SKA Rostov, later he would join Beskov in Asmaral (1992) and Dinamo (1994, spending full season in reserves). After an unsuccessful trial at Chernomorets Novorossiysk in 1996, Shikunov retired.
  • Vladimir Sochnov (born 1955). 1 game (20 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. The veteran defender was a regular in Konstantin Beskov’s Spartak in 1981-85; he was signed from Znamya Truda Orekhovo-Zuevo as a forward (he scored 32 goals in two seasons), but Beskov repurposed him as a wing back. Oleg Romantsev took Sochnov and Vasily Kulkov with him from Spartak Ordzhonikidze when he became Spartak Moscow’s manager in 1989; young Kulkov was featured in almost every game, but Sochnov was fielded only once. In 1991, Sochnov returned to Beskov to play for Asmaral Moscow and then retired.

1990, Dinamo Kyiv

  • Viktor Moroz (born 1968). 1 game (11 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. One of several players with surname Moroz in Dinamo Kyiv’s school of late 1980s; nevertheless, he, Yuri (see below) and Olexander weren’t relatives. Viktor Moroz had one good season for Dinamo Kyiv in 1991, then went to Israel and played there for several years. In 1999, he returned to Ukraine and played for CSKA Kyiv, but without much success. He retired in China in 2000. After retirement, he became a player-coach for the Ukrainian beach football team and led them to the third place in the European championship.
  • Yuri Moroz (born 1970). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. The other Moroz had a longer stint in Dinamo Kyiv, but eventually moved to Israel too, in 1993. In Israel, many assumed that he and Viktor Moroz were brothers. After Israel, Moroz played in Russia (for Alania Vladikavkaz and Torpedo-ZIL Moscow) and finally retired in Vorskla Poltava in 2003. After retirement, Yuri Moroz coached various Ukrainian youth national teams; as of now, he’s the coach of Dinamo Kyiv youth team.

1991, CSKA Moscow

  • Dmitry Karsakov (born 1971). 1 game (9 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. Karsakov was a mainstay in the 1990s CSKA team and scored the winning goal that eliminated Barcelona from the Champions League group qualification, but this came a bit later – in 1991, the 19 years-old Karsakov played only a single game. He left CSKA in 1997 and played for Belorussian teams until 2004; in 2000, he was approached to play for the Belarus national team, but RFS declined to give him permission. Currently, Karsakov is a youth coach in CSKA.
  • Lev Matveev (born 1971). 1 game (90 minutes), 0 goals. Matveev joined CSKA as a hot prospect, being the top scorer for Gastello Ufa and Zvezda Perm in separate seasons. He played for the first team in 1992, but was ultimately sent back to Zvezda. Later, he played for Kamaz Naberezhnye Chelny and the newlyfounded Amkar Perm, before retiring in 2002 in Ufa.
  • Mikhail Sinyov (born 1972). 1 game (17 minutes, came out as a substitute), 0 goals. Mikhail Sinyov is best known to football fans as the star of Rubin Kazan, where he played in 2002-2007, but he was a pupil of CSKA youth system and played a dozen games for them in the early 1990s. He narrowly missed out on Rubin’s first championship win in 2008, leaving Kazan to finish his career in Ural Ekaterinburg.

In the next installment, we’ll look at the “Russian-champions-too”.

Author: Alexey Spektrowski

I’m a Spartak Moscow fan who dabbles in Soviet/Russian football history (mostly numerical and statistical). Contributed some data to the Spartak Moscow museum at Otkrytie Arena.

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