Onopko honored by UEFA in 2011
|Full name||Viktor Savelyevich Onopko|
|Date of birth||14 October 1969|
|Place of birth|| Voroshilovgrad, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union |
(now Luhansk, Ukraine)
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Russia (assistant coach)|
|2009–2020||CSKA Moscow (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Viktor Savelyevich Onopko (Russian: Виктор Савельевич Онопко; born 14 October 1969) is a Russian football coach and a former defender of Ukrainian origin. He is an assistant coach with the Russia national football team.
He held the record for most international appearances for the Russian national team until 8 September 2015, when he was overtaken by Sergei Ignashevich.
Born in Voroshilovgrad (now Luhansk), Soviet Union, Onopko's career as a player started in 1986 and finished in 2005; during this time he played for Shakhtar Donetsk, Spartak Moscow, Real Oviedo, Rayo Vallecano, Alania Vladikavkaz and FC Saturn.
Although he was eligible to play for Ukraine, Onopko chose to play for Russia and amassed 109 caps (plus 4 for the CIS, including the ones in Euro 92), the first coming in 1992. He played in the 1994 and 2002 World Cups, as well as Euro 96. Onopko was in the preliminary squad for Euro 2004 but was dropped due to injury. With the national team, in 2003 he won the Cyprus friendly tournament
In 2009, he was part of the Russia squad that won the 2009 Legends Cup.
He worked for 11 years as an assistant coach for PFC CSKA Moscow.
On 26 July 2021, he was hired as an assistant to Valeri Karpin in the Russia national football team.
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