Viktor Ponedelnik

Viktor Vladimirovich Ponedelnik (Russian: Виктор Владимирович Понедельник, 22 May 1937[1] – 5 December 2020) was a Russian footballer and manager, who played for the Soviet Union national team.

Viktor Ponedelnik
Rostov-Amkar (4) Viktor Ponedelnik 2015-8-29.jpg
Ponedelnik in 2015
Personal information
Full name Viktor Vladimirovich Ponedelnik
Date of birth (1937-05-22)22 May 1937
Place of birth Rostov-on-Don, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Date of death 5 December 2020(2020-12-05) (aged 83)
Place of death Moscow, Russia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Burevestnik Rostov-on-Don
Rostov Military College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1958 Torpedo/Rostselmash 50 (31)
1959–1960 FC SKA Rostov-on-Don 45 (17)
1961 CSKA Moscow
1961–1965 SKA Rostov-on-Don 111 (37)
1966 FC Spartak Moscow
International career
1960–1964 Soviet Union 29 (20)
Managerial career
1969 Rostselmash Rostov-on-Don
Medal record
Representing  Soviet Union
UEFA European Championship
Winner 1960 France
Runner-up 1964 Spain
*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[2] for his country.

In later years, Ponedelnik worked as a coach, a sports journalist, an editor of a sports publication,[3] 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.[4]

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.

Commemorative on the plaque on the house of Ponedelnik in Rostov-on-Don city.






  • My Love, Football (1970)
  • Penalty Area (1977)
  • Ball, the Gate (1980)
  • Confessions of a Central Striker (1987)


  1. ^ Понедельник: благодаря подвыпившему писарю я мог бы стать Понедилком
  2. ^ Футбол. Разговор по пятницам. Виктор Понедельник: «Стукача пробил Лев Яшин», «Спорт-Экспресс», 11.11.2011
  3. ^ Не чувствовал в «Советском спорте» себя чужим
  4. ^
  5. ^ "1960 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  6. ^ Виктор Понедельник получил орден «За заслуги перед Ростовской областью» Archived 3 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine

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