Volodymyr Vasylyovych Bezsonov (Ukrainian: Володимир Васильович Безсонов, also spelled Vladimir Vasilijević Bessonov, born 5 March 1958) is a Ukrainian football manager and former player, he played for the USSR national football team. The most recent team he was managing was Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Ukrainian Premier League. He is currently the acting sports director of Dynamo Kyiv.
|Full name||Volodymyr Vasylyovich Bezsonov|
|Date of birth||5 March 1958|
|Place of birth||Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Dynamo Kyiv (act. sports director)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Bezsonov's career began in 1976 with Dynamo Kyiv. Here he spent most of his career, except for a short one-season stint in Israeli club Maccabi Haifa F.C. in 1990–91. He was well known as a lightning quick full-back with a powerful shot. Bezsonov was attack- minded and scored a good return for a defender. He ended 27 goals in the 377 games that played for Dynamo.
Bezsonov won 79 caps and scored 4 goals for the USSR national football team from 1977 to 1990 and was included in three FIFA World Cup squads. He also holds the record for the fifth highest appearances for the USSR national football team. In the 1990 World Cup he was sent off against Argentina. His team ended up losing the game 2–0 which became eventually his farewell match for the Sbornaya.
Most recently, Bezsonov was the head coach of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Ukrainian Premier League, but was sacked in Sep. 2010 following elimination from the UEFA Europa League and a number of poor results domestically.
Bezsonov is married to Viktoria Serkyh, a former two-time world champion in rhythmic gymnastics. Together they have a daughter, Anna Bessonova, who also competed internationally in rhythmic gymnastics, became world champion in 2007, and an Olympic bronze medalist in 2004 and 2008.
Statistics for DynamoEdit
- The statistics in USSR Cups and Europe is made under the scheme "autumn-spring" and enlisted in a year of start of tournaments
- Score and results list Soviet Union's goal tally first.
|1.||20 September 1978||Hrazdan Stadium, Yerevan, USSR||Greece||2–0||Win||UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying|
|2.||26 November 1978||Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan||Japan||0–3||Win||Friendly|
|3.||15 October 1980||Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem, Israel||Iceland||5–0||Win||1982 WC qualification|
|4.||24 February 1990||Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California, United States||United States||1–3||Win||Friendly|
- 1977 FIFA World Youth Championship: Golden Ball
- Ukrainian Footballer of the Year: winner 1989
- Ukrainian Footballer of the Year: 2nd place 1988
- Ukrainian Footballer of the Year: 3rd place 1986
- Voted in the Soviet Unions "All time World Cup team" on planetworldcup.com above other great Full-backs such as Igor Netto and Vasiliy Rats.
- USSR Championship: winner 1977, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1990
- USSR Cup: winner 1978, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1990
- USSR Super Cup: winner 1980, 1985, 1986
- UEFA Cup Winners Cup: winner 1986
- Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu: winner 1986
- 1980 Summer Olympics: Bronze Medal.
- 1988 Summer Olympics: Gold Medal.
- UEFA European Football Championship: runner-up 1988.
- USSR Championship: runner-up 1978, 1982, 1988
- USSR Super Cup: runner-up 1977
- UEFA Super Cup: runner-up 1987
- WorldSoccer "Team of the World" in 1986: Part of the Dynamo Kyiv team that came 2nd.
- Roberto Mamrud and Matthias Arnhold (28 March 2012). "Soviet Union/CIS – Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
- Matthias Arnhold (28 March 2012). "Vladimir Vasilyevich Bessonov – Goals in International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
- "Футбольный турнир VII Летней Спартакиады народов СССР. Составы команд" [Football tournament of the VII Summer Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR. The teams.]. 19 March 2015.
- .. Volodymyr Bezsonov. www.rusteam.permian.ru (5 November 1952). Retrieved on 2 January 2011.
- Alsos, Jan. "Planet World Cup - The All-Time World Cup - Squads". www.planetworldcup.com.