Viktor Onopko

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Viktor Onopko
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Onopko honored by UEFA in 2011
Personal information
Full name Viktor Savelyevich Onopko
Date of birth (1969-10-14) 14 October 1969 (age 51)
Place of birth Voroshilovgrad, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Luhansk, Ukraine)
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Russia (assistant coach)
Senior career*
1986 Stakhanovets Stakhanov 4 (0)
1986–1988 Shakhtar Donetsk 3 (0)
1989 Dynamo Kyiv 0 (0)
1990–1991 Shakhtar Donetsk 45 (4)
1992–1995 Spartak Moscow 108 (23)
1995–2002 Real Oviedo 216 (7)
2002–2003 Rayo Vallecano 28 (1)
2003–2004 Alania Vladikavkaz 7 (0)
2004–2005 Saturn 51 (1)
National team
1992 CIS 4 (0)
1992–2004 Russia 109 (7)
Teams managed
2009–2020 CSKA Moscow (assistant)
2021– Russia (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. [1]

Club career

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.

International career

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 [2]

In 2009, he was part of the Russia squad that won the 2009 Legends Cup.

Coaching career

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. [3]

Personal life

Viktor has a younger brother, Serhiy, who also played as a professional footballer.

Career statistics


Stakhanovets Stakhanov 1986400040
Shakhtar 1986 000000
1987 000000
1988 301040
Dinamo Kyiv 1989 000000
Shakhtar 1990 21031241
1991 24110251
Spartak 1992 2362171328
1993 30940944313
1994 2623050342
1995 2961060366
Real Oviedo 1995–96 191191
1996–97 37010380
1997–98 310310
1998–99 33020350
1999-00 31210322
2000–01 35310363
2001–02 301301
Rayo Vallecano 2002–03 28110291
Alania 2003 701080
Saturn 2004 26150311
2005 25020270
Career total4583329227551440



Spartak Moscow


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  2. "Cyprus International Tournament 2003".
  3. ""Наша философия и понимание основных принципов игры совпадают"" (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 26 July 2021.