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Place of birth  Stalinsk, USSR
Name  Anatoli Zinchenko
Years  Team
Role  Football player

1967–1968  Traktor Volgograd
Height  1.82 m
1968–1971  FC SKA Rostov-on-Don
Playing position  Forward
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Full name  Anatoli Alekseyevich Zinchenko
Date of birth  (1949-08-08) 8 August 1949 (age 66)

Anatoli zinchenko first soviet soccer player to play for a western european professional club

Anatoli Alekseyevich Zinchenko (Russian: Анатолий Алексеевич Зинченко) (born August 8, 1949 in Stalinsk) is a retired Soviet football player and Russian coach. He is best known for being the first Soviet football player to play for a Western European professional club. His transfer to SK Rapid Wien was initiated by Austrian communist journalist Kurt Chastka. Because Soviet footballers were officially amateurs, he was formally employed as an equipment technician at the Soviet embassy while playing for Rapid, while his Rapid salary was sent over to the Soviet government.


International career

Zinchenko made his debut for USSR on September 24, 1969 in a friendly against Yugoslavia. He was capped three times in total.


  • Soviet Cup finalist: 1969, 1971
  • Austrian Football Bundesliga winner: 1982, 1983
  • Austrian Cup winner: 1983
  • References

    Anatoli Zinchenko Wikipedia

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