Aleksandr Ponomarev

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Oleksandr Ponomariov (Russian: Александр Семёнович Пономарёв; Ukrainian: Олександр Семенович Пономарьов 23 April 1918 – 7 June 1973) was a Soviet Ukrainian football player and manager.

Oleksandr Ponomariov
Personal information
Full name Oleksandr Semenovych Ponomariov
Date of birth (1918-04-23)23 April 1918
Place of birth Horlivka, Ukraine
Date of death 7 June 1973(1973-06-07) (aged 55)
Place of death Moscow, USSR
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Striker, Manager
Youth career
1933 Dynamo Horlivka
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1936 Ugolshchiki Stalino 1 (1)
1936–1940 Traktor Stalingrad 85 (56)
1941 Profsoyuzy-1 Moscow 9 (2)
1945–1950 Torpedo Moscow 133 (83)
1951–1952 Shakhtyor Stalino 38 (19)
Total 266 (161)
Teams managed
1953–1956 Shakhtyor Stalino
1957–1958 Soviet Union (Youth team)
1960–1961 Avangard Kharkov
1962–1965 Dynamo Moscow
1966–1968 Upon Pallo
1969–1970 Ararat Yerevan
1971 Soviet Union (Olympic team)
1972 Soviet Union
Men's football
Representing  Soviet Union (as manager)
UEFA European Championship
Runner-up 1972
*Club domestic league appearances and goals


Ponomarev was born in Horlivka (near Donetsk), Ukrainian People's Republic. As a player, in the course of his career, he won the Soviet Cup in 1949 with Torpedo Moscow, and scored 152 goals in the Soviet Top League. He was the top scorer of the league in 1946. He spent the last two seasons of his playing career in Shakhtar Stalino where he captained the team to the third place in the Soviet Top League in 1951 (the highest achievement of the team so far).

In 1953 he started his manager career in Shakhtar Stalino. He helped the club win the Soviet First League in 1954 (earning them promotion back to the top league).

In 1960-1961 he managed Avangard Kharkov, under him the club finished 6th in the Soviet Top League in 1961, their highest achievement so far.

In 1962 he was made the manager of FC Dynamo Moscow, which finished 11th in the previous season, and which he led to a victory in the Soviet Top League in 1963.

He was the head coach of the Soviet Union national football team in 1972, leading the team to second place in UEFA Euro 1972, and to a bronze medal at the 1972 Olympic Games.

He died at age 55 in Moscow.