Vladimir Maslachenko

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Vladimir Maslachenko
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Full nameVladimir Nikitovich Maslachenko
Date of birth(1936-03-05)5 March 1936
Place of birth Vasylkivka, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Date of death 28 November 2010(2010-11-28) (aged 74)
Place of death Moscow, Russia
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
Budivelnyk Kryvyi Rih
Senior career*
1953–1956 Metalurh Dnipropetrovsk 56 (0)
1957–1962 FC Lokomotiv Moscow 119 (0)
1962–1968 FC Spartak Moscow 196 (0)
National team
1960–1962 USSR 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Vladimir Nikitovich Maslachenko (Russian : Владимир Никитович Маслаченко; 5 March 1936 – 28 November 2010) [1] was a Soviet footballer and football commentator. He was born in Vasylkivka, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, in the Ukrainian SSR



Maslachenko was a native Ukrainian (khokhol as he called himself) [2] from Vasylkivka (a settlement in west Donbass) and a product of youth football club from Kryvyi Rih. His senior level career he started in 1953 when he joined the local football "giant" FC Dnipro which at the time was known as Metallurg Dnepropetrovsk.

After several seasons in 1957 Maslachenko was invited to Moscow where he stayed to his death. In Moscow he competed for Lokomotiv and Spartak. During that period he also played for the Soviet Union national football team and became a European champion in 1960. In 1962 Maslachenko became a champion of the Soviet Class A First Group (Soviet top league) with Spartak Moscow.

After retiring in 1970 Maslachenko graduated the State Central Institute of Physical Culture. The same year he started his other career as a pundit (radio commentator) at the All Union Radio and the Central Television. In 1972-73 Maslachenko tried himself out as a football manager, while coaching in Chad.

In 1973-1990 he worked as a sports commentator in Soviet television news program Vremya at the First Programme of the Central Television. Following dissolution of the Soviet Union he worked as at the Russian State Television and Radio Company "Ostankino" and since 1996 at the Russian NTV.

In 2010 he died in Moscow.


International career

He earned 8 caps for the USSR national football team, and participated in two World Cups, as well as the first ever European Nations' Cup in 1960, where the Soviets were champions.

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