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Viktor Prokopenko (Ukrainian: Віктор Прокопенко) (24 October 1944 – 18 August 2007) was a football (soccer) player and coach who played in GDR and Ukrainian SSR and later worked as a coach in Russia and Ukraine.

Viktor Prokopenko
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Personal information
Full name Viktor Yevhenovych Prokopenko
Date of birth (1944-10-24)24 October 1944
Place of birth Zhdanov, Ukrainian SSR
Date of death 18 August 2007(2007-08-18) (aged 62)
Place of death Odessa, Ukraine
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1967 Soviet Army Team (DDR) ? (?)
1967–1968 Lokomotiv Vinnytsia 43 (5)
1969–1970 Chornomorets 49 (7)
1971–1973 Shakhtar 45 (14)
1973–1974 Lokomotiv Kherson ? (5)
1974–1975 Chornomorets 17 (2)
Teams managed
1982–1986 Chornomorets
1987–1988 Rotor
1989–1994 Chornomorets
1992 Ukraine
1994–1999 Rotor
2000–2001 Shakhtar
2002–2003 Dynamo Moscow

People's Deputy of Ukraine
5th convocation
In office
May 25, 2006 – August 18, 2007
ConstituencyParty of Regions, No.45[1]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



Along with Mircea Lucescu

He was born in Zhdanov, Ukrainian SSR, which now known as Mariupol, Ukraine.[2] In 1975, he graduated from the Odessa State Pedagogical Institute of Ushynsky and later the Moscow Higher School of Coaches.

Prokopenko was the first ever manager of the Ukraine national football team, and authored Flexibility, Strength, Endurance, a popular book on stretching.

Prokopenko was elected to the Ukrainian parliament for the Party of Regions as no.45 on their election list in the 2006 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[1]

Prokopenko died in Odessa after a heart attack. He was 62 years old.


Chornomorets Odesa
Shakhtar Donetsk


  1. ^ a b "People's Deputy of Ukraine of the V convocation". Official portal (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  2. ^ Viktor Prokopenko passed away

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