Viktor Serebryanikov

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Full nameViktor Petrovich Serebryanikov
Date of birth(1940-03-29)29 March 1940
Place of birth Zaporizhia, Ukrainian SSR
Date of death 12 November 2014(2014-11-12) (aged 74)
Place of death Kyiv, Ukraine
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) [1]
Playing position(s) Midfielder, Inside-right [2]
Youth career
1956–1958 FC Metalurh Zaporizhya
Senior career*
1958–1959 FC Metalurh Zaporizhya 39 (10)
1959–1971 FC Dynamo Kyiv 299 (70)
National team
1963–1964 Soviet Union (Olympic) 5 (4)
1964–1970 Soviet Union 21 (3)
Teams managed
1973 FC Frunzenets Sumy
1977–1978 Nyva Pidhaitsi
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Viktor Petrovich Serebryanikov (Russian : Виктор Петрович Серебряников; Ukrainian : Віктор Петрович Серебряников, 29 March 1940 – 12 November 2014) was a Soviet association football player from Ukraine (at that time Ukrainian SSR). Serebrianikov was a member of the Dynamo's squad that for the first time won the Soviet championship title in 1961 becoming the first non-Moscow team to achieve that feat, so called "the first height". [2]


In 1960s, Serebrianikov became admired in the Soviet football for his "ball's arc" (Russian : дуга Серебряникова) when the football after being hit was spinning in two planes. [2] [3] [1] Later in interview he explained that the trick he picked in Brazil when the Soviet team was on tour.

After retiring from his playing career, Serebryanikov became the first head coach of Nyva Ternopil that started out from the collective farm "Path to the Communism" in village of Pidhaitsi, Berezhany Raion in Ternopil region in 1978.

He is considered as the first who received the Ukrainian Footballer of the Year award. [4]

Career statistics


Dynamo 195970----70


National teamYear
Soviet Union 196431
Career total213


International career

Serebryanikov was a key player on the Soviet Olympic team during their 1964 Summer Olympics qualifications scoring 4 goals, yet the team did not qualify for the finals in Tokyo.

Serebryanikov made his debut for USSR senior squad on 11 October 1964 in a friendly against Austria (he was selected for the 1962 FIFA World Cup squad, but did not play in any games at the tournament). He played in the 1966 and 1970 World Cup tournaments.

He is statistically remembered as the first substituted player in the history of the World Cup, in 1970, the first World Cup where substitutions were allowed. He was substituted at half-time in the opening game of the tournament, between USSR and hosts Mexico, when he was replaced by Anatoliy Puzach.

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