Yuri Puntus

Yuri Puntus (Belarusian: Юры Іосіфавіч Пунтус; Russian: Юрий Иосифович Пунтус; born 8 October 1960) is a Soviet football player and a Belarusian football coach. He quit playing football in 1987 because of an injury.[1] Puntus graduated from two universities: Belarusian Technological Institute (specialty – mechanical engineer) in 1983 and Belarusian State University of Physical Training in 1996.[2]

Yuri Puntus
Personal information
Full name Yuri Iosifovich Puntus
Date of birth (1960-10-08) 8 October 1960 (age 60)
Place of birth Tsivali [be], Minsk Raion, Belarusian SSR
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1979 Traktor Minsk
1979–1980 Granit Mikashevichi
1980 Lokomotiv Baranovichi
1981–1986 Sputnik Minsk
1986 Spartak Semipalatinsk 12 (4)
1992 Luch Minsk 2 (0)
1994 Samotlor-XXI Nizhnevartovsk 2 (0)
Teams managed
1987–1990 Sputnik Minsk (assistant)
1991–1992 Luch Minsk (assistant)
1993 Dinamo Yakutsk (assistant)
1994 Samotlor-XXI Nizhnevartovsk (assistant)
1995 Rybak Starodubskoye (assistant)
1996–2004 BATE Borisov
2000–2005 Belarus U-21
2004–2006 MTZ-RIPO Minsk
2006–2007 Belarus
2007–2009 MTZ-RIPO Minsk
2009–2011 Dinamo Brest
2011–2013 Smolevichi-STI
2014–2017 Slavia Mozyr
2019 Belshina Bobruisk
2019–2021 Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Managerial careerEdit

After working for a few seasons in Russian and Belarusian lower leagues' clubs, in 1996 Puntus was appointed as a head coach for newly-reformed BATE Borisov. Puntus led the team to the Belarusian Premier League in just two seasons and eventually won two championship titles (in 1999 and 2002).

In 2004 Puntus joined MTZ-RIPO Minsk and led the team to winning Belarusian Cup in 2005. In January 2006 he was appointed as Belarus national football team head coach and later that year he left MTZ-RIPO to focus on national team's UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. In late 2007 he was sacked due to unsatisfying results and immediately rejoined MTZ-RIPO, before leading them to another Cup title in 2008.

In the following years Puntus coached Dinamo Brest (from 2009 to 2011), Smolevichi-STI (from 2011 to 2013), whom he led to the promotion from Second League to First League, and Slavia Mozyr, whom he joined in early 2014.[3]


As Coach

BATE Borisov