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Oleh Valeriyovych Protasov (Ukrainian: Олег Валерійович Протасов, born 4 February 1964, in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) is a Ukrainian former footballer who played as a striker. He was a key member of the Soviet Union national team throughout the 1980s; his 29 goals for the Soviet Union are second in the team's history, behind Oleh Blokhin's 42. It should be considered that his first name is often spelled as Oleg on most of international rosters, particularly during his playing career.

Oleh Protasov
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Personal information
Full name Oleh Valeriyovych Protasov
Date of birth (1964-02-04) 4 February 1964 (age 55)
Place of birth Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR,
Soviet Union
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1972–1981 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1987 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 145 (95)
1987–1990 Dynamo Kyiv 71 (30)
1990–1994 Olympiacos 83 (48)
1994–1996 Gamba Osaka 55 (24)
1996–1998 Veria 62 (11)
1998–1999 Proodeftiki 28 (5)
1999–2000 Panelefsiniakos 2 (1)
Total 446 (214)
National team
1984–1991 Soviet Union 68 (29)
1993–1994 Ukraine 1 (0)
Teams managed
2002–2004 Olympiacos
2004–2005 AEL Limassol
2005 Steaua Bucureşti
2006–2008 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
2008 Kuban Krasnodar
2009 Iraklis Thessaloniki
2010–2011 Rostov
2012 Astana
2012–2013 Dinamo Minsk
2014–2015 Astra Giurgiu
2015 Aris Thessaloniki
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Between October 2014 and March 2015, he was the head coach of Romanian club Astra Giurgiu.

Contents

Playing careerEdit

ClubEdit

Oleh Protasov started playing football at the age of 8 years old in his hometown of Dnipropetrovsk in Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, where he played until 1987. In 1987, Protasov moved to play for the Soviet-Ukrainian football giants, Dynamo Kyiv. In all, in the Soviet Union, he won the Soviet Championship twice and was named Soviet Footballer of the Year in 1987. He scored 125 goals in the Soviet Championship, making him the 8th best scorer of all-time of the Championship.

Following the fall of the Soviet Union, Oleh Protasov got a chance to play abroad. In 1990, he joined Greek side Olympiacos Piraeus. Leaving Olympiacos in 1994, he played in Gamba Osaka, Veria FC, and finally Proodeftiki FC, from where he retired in 1999.

InternationalEdit

Protasov played for the Soviet Union 68 times, including at the 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups, as well as Euro 88, where he scored two goals. He also played one game for the Ukraine national team, in 1994.

In 1983 Protasov took part in the Summer Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR in the team of Ukrainian SSR.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring as a player, Protasov went into coaching, and led Olympiacos Piraeus to the Greek title in 2003. In 2005, he coached Romanian team Steaua Bucureşti.

Dnipro DnipropetrovskEdit

In December 2005, Oleh Protasov returned in Ukraine to coach his hometown team, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, after an impressive UEFA Cup performance with Steaua Bucureşti. Protasov left by his own choice and was on very good terms with the entire team and owners of the club.[2]

In his first 2005–06 season as Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk's coach, Oleh Protasov led the team to a 6th-place finish in the Ukrainian Premier League. In the next, 2006–07 season, Protasov improved on this, finishing 4th in the league.

In the 2007–08 season his side unexpectedly led the title race ahead of the winter break, before a poor second half left his side in 4th once again. Dnipro sacked him on 29 August 2008 after an embarrassing defeat from AC Bellinzona in UEFA cup qualification match.[3]

Kuban KrasnodarEdit

After that, Protasov took over FC Kuban Krasnodar in the nearby region of Russia. Kuban had been recently derelegated to the Russian First League. Under Protasov's leadership, the club finished 2nd in the league, with an 8-point lead over their nearest competitors. This finish earned them right to be promoted to the Russian Premier League.

However FC Kuban was hard-hit by the global financial crisis of 2008–2009, which greatly decreased the club's budget. In a mutual agreement with the club, Protasov left the club on 19 November 2008.[4]

Iraklis ThessalonikiEdit

Then, he signed a two-year deal worth 400,000 euro per year with Iraklis Thessaloniki, starting from the summer of 2009. On 30 October, it was announced by Iraklis F.C. the termination of their contract, after 5 continual defeats in Super League and Greek Cup.

Astra GiurgiuEdit

On 13 October 2014, Oleg became manager of FC Astra Giurgiu. [5] He was sacked on 2 March 2015.[6]

Aris ThessalonikiEdit

Protasov agreed on a three years contract with Aris Thessaloniki, though Arvanitidis expel from head of football department position of the club, led to amateur Aris to terminate the deal after 15 minutes of its announcement.[7]

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Dynamo Kyiv
Olympiacos Piraeus

InternationalEdit

Soviet Union

IndividualEdit

Career statisticsEdit

[8]

ClubEdit

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dnipro 1982 4 1 - - - - 4 1
1983 21 7 2 0 - - 23 7
1984 34 17 2 2 6 0 42 19
1985 33 35 2 1 6 4 41 40
1986 23 17 1 1 2 0 26 18
1987 30 18 4 3 - - 34 21
Dynamo 1988 29 11 5 2 - - 34 13
1989 26 7 6 2 3 1 35 10
1990 16 12 1 1 - - 17 13
Olympiacos 1990–91 29 11 2 1 - - 31 12
1991–92 21 15 6 3 - - 27 18
1992–93 24 14 9 3 4 1 37 18
1993–94 9 8 4 1 1 0 14 9
Gamba Osaka 1994 27 11 4 4 3 0 34 15
1995 28 13 - - - - 28 13
Veria 1997 30 4 4 1 - - 34 5
1998 32 7 1 0 - - 33 7
Proodeftiki 1998 28 5 - - - - 28 5
Career Total 444 213 53 25 25 6 522 244

InternationalEdit

[9]

Soviet Union
Year Apps Goals
1984 5 2
1985 12 8
1986 3 0
1987 9 2
1988 18 10
1989 8 3
1990 11 3
1991 2 1
Total 68 29
Ukraine
Year Apps Goals
1994 1 0
Total 1 0

International goalsEdit

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 May 1984 Kouvolan keskuskenttä, Kouvola, Finland   Finland 1–3 1–3 Friendly
2 2 June 1984 Wembley Stadium (1923), London, England   England 0–2 0–2 Friendly
3 28 January 1985 Maharaja College Stadium, Kochi, India   Iran 0–2 0–2 Nehru Cup 1985
4 27 March 1985 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi, Soviet Union   Austria 2–0 2–0 Friendly
5 2 May 1985 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union    Switzerland 1–0 4–0 1986 World Cup qualification
6 2 May 1985 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union    Switzerland 2–0 4–0 1986 World Cup qualification
7 5 June 1985 Idrætsparken, Copenhagen, Denmark   Denmark 2–1 4–2 1986 World Cup qualification
8 7 August 1985 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union   Romania 1–0 2–0 Friendly
9 25 September 1985 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union   Denmark 1–0 1–0 1986 World Cup qualification
10 16 October 1985 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union   Republic of Ireland 2–0 2–0 1986 World Cup qualification
11 23 September 1987 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union   Greece 2–0 3–0 Friendly
12 28 October 1987 Lokomotiv Stadium (Tavriya), Simferopol, Soviet Union   Iceland 2–0 2–0 Euro 1988 qualifying
13 23 March 1988 Olympic Stadium (Athens), Athens, Greece   Greece 0–1 0–4 Friendly
14 23 March 1988 Olympic Stadium (Athens), Athens, Greece   Greece 0–3 0–4 Friendly
15 23 March 1988 Olympic Stadium (Athens), Athens, Greece   Greece 0–4 0–4 Friendly
16 31 March 1988 Olympic Stadium (Berlin), Berlin, West Germany   Argentina 1–3 2–4 Four Nations Tournament
17 31 March 1988 Olympic Stadium (Berlin), Berlin, West Germany   Argentina 2–4 2–4 Four Nations Tournament
18 27 April 1988 Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Czechoslovakia   Czechoslovakia 1–1 1–1 Friendly
19 1 June 1988 Lokomotiv Stadium (Moscow), Moscow, Soviet Union   Poland 2–1 2–1 Friendly
20 15 June 1988 AWD-Arena, Hanover, West Germany   Republic of Ireland 1–1 1–1 Euro 1988 Group Stage
21 22 June 1988 Mercedes-Benz Arena (Stuttgart), Stuttgart, West Germany   Italy 2–0 2–0 Euro 1988 Semi-finals
22 27 November 1988 Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait   Kuwait 0–1 0–2 Friendly
23 26 April 1989 Olimpiysky National Sports Complex, Kiev, Soviet Union   East Germany 3–0 3–0 1990 World Cup qualification
24 15 November 1989 Lokomotiv Stadium (Tavriya), Simferopol, Soviet Union   Turkey 1–0 2–0 1990 World Cup qualification
25 15 November 1989 Lokomotiv Stadium (Tavriya), Simferopol, Soviet Union   Turkey 2–0 2–0 1990 World Cup qualification
26 24 February 1990 Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, United States of America   United States 1–3 1–3 Friendly
27 28 March 1990 Olimpiysky National Sports Complex, Kiev, Soviet Union   Netherlands 1–0 2–1 Friendly
28 18 June 1990 Stadio San Nicola, Bari, Italy   Cameroon 0–1 0–4 World Cup 1990 Group Stage
29 13 November 1991 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus   Cyprus 0–1 0–3 Euro 1992 qualifying

PersonalEdit

Protasov is married to Natalia (nee - Lemeshko), a daughter of Yevhen Lemeshko.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Composition of teams at the Summer Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR.
  2. ^ Protasov parting on good terms – uefa.com; Thursday 15 December 2005
  3. ^ Protasov carries the can at Dnipro – uefa.com; Tuesday 2 September 2008
  4. ^ Олег Протасов: "Все вопросы с "Кубанью" уладим без шума" (Oleh Protasov: "We will handle all questions with 'Kuban' without much noise" – ua-football.com ‹See Tfd›(in Russian) 20 November 2008
  5. ^ "Protasov positive as he takes charge at Astra". UEFA.com. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Despărţire de Oleg Protasov". afcastragiurgiu.ro. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  7. ^ Καρυπίδης αντί Αρβανιτίδη στον Άρη
  8. ^ "Олег Протасов". Footballfan.net.us. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Oleg Protasov - International Appearances". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 3 January 2015.

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