Viktor Vladimirovich Ponedelnik (Russian: Виктор Владимирович Понедельник, 22 May 1937 – 5 December 2020) was a Russian footballer and manager, who played for the Soviet Union national team.
|Full name||Viktor Vladimirovich Ponedelnik|
|Date of birth||22 May 1937|
|Place of birth||Rostov-on-Don, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union|
|Date of death||5 December 2020(aged 83)|
|Place of death||Moscow, Russia|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Rostov Military College|
|1959–1960||FC SKA Rostov-on-Don||45||(17)|
|1966||FC Spartak Moscow|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Ponedelnik first started playing for a local team, Rostselmash, in 1956. In 1958, he switched to SKA Rostov-on-Don and was invited to join the Soviet national team. In the 1960 European Championship, the only major Championship ever won by the Soviet Union, Ponedelnik headed home the winning goal in extra time in the final game against Yugoslavia. Ponedelnik retired in 1966 after gaining weight and undergoing surgery for appendicitis. He scored 20 (according to some accounts, 21) goals in 29 games for his country.
In later years, Ponedelnik worked as a coach, a sports journalist, an editor of a sports publication, and an advisor to the President of the Russian Federation. Later, a journalist, editor, and in-chief of the weekly Football. He received numerous awards for his contribution to Soviet and Russian sport. He was married and had three children and four grandchildren.
In Rostov-on-Don at the stadium, Olimp-2 28 August 2015 a monument depicting a young Ponedelnik with the cup in his hands.
Ponedelnik died on 5 December 2020 at the age of 83. He was the last surviving member of the 1960 European Nations' Cup winning squad of Soviet Union, that became the inaugural European Champions at international level.
- UEFA European Championship: 1960, runner-up: 1964
- UEFA European Championship: Golden Boot / Team of the Tournament 1960
- Honored Master of Sports
- Order of the Badge of Honour: 1980
- Order of Friendship: 1997
- Cavalier of the Order of the Ruby League For Merit: 2009
- Order For Services to the Rostov Oblast: 2013
- My Love, Football (1970)
- Penalty Area (1977)
- Ball, the Gate (1980)
- Confessions of a Central Striker (1987)
- ^ Понедельник: благодаря подвыпившему писарю я мог бы стать Понедилком
- ^ Футбол. Разговор по пятницам. Виктор Понедельник: «Стукача пробил Лев Яшин», «Спорт-Экспресс», 11.11.2011
- ^ Не чувствовал в «Советском спорте» себя чужим
- ^ Sport.ru
- ^ "1960 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
- ^ Виктор Понедельник получил орден «За заслуги перед Ростовской областью» Archived 3 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine
- Biography from the official website of the Russian national team (in Russian)
- Unofficial biography (in Russian)