Ponedelnik in 2015
|Full name||Viktor Vladimirovich Ponedelnik|
|Date of birth||22 May 1937|
|Place of birth||Rostov-on-Don, USSR|
|Date of death||5 December 2020 83)(aged|
|Place of death||Moscow, Russia|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Rostov Military College|
|1959–1960||FC SKA Rostov-on-Don||45||(17)|
|1966||FC Spartak Moscow|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Viktor Vladimirovich Ponedelnik (Russian : Виктор Владимирович Понедельник, 22 May 1937 – 5 December 2020) was a Soviet and Russian footballer and manager, who played for the Soviet Union national team.
Ponedelnik first started playing for a local team, Rostselmash, in 1956. In 1958, he switched to SKA Rostov-on-Don and was invited to join the Soviet national team. In the 1960 European Championship, the only major Championship ever won by the Soviet Union, Ponedelnik headed home the winning goal in extra time in the final game against Yugoslavia. Ponedelnik retired in 1966 after gaining weight and undergoing surgery for appendicitis. He scored 20 (according to some accounts, 21) goals in 29 gamesfor his country.
In later years, Ponedelnik worked as a coach, a sports journalist, an editor of a sports publication,and an advisor to the President of the Russian Federation. Later, a journalist, editor, and in-chief of the weekly Football . He received numerous awards for his contribution to Soviet and Russian sport. He was married and had three children and four grandchildren.
In Rostov-on-Don at the stadium, Olimp-2 28 August 2015 a monument depicting a young Ponedelnik with the cup in his hands.
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