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Anatoli Zinchenko
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Anatoli Zinchenko in 2019.
Personal information
Full name Anatoli Alekseyevich Zinchenko
Date of birth (1949-08-08) 8 August 1949 (age 72)
Place of birth Stalinsk, USSR
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1968 Traktor Volgograd 26 (4)
1968–1971 FC SKA Rostov-on-Don 68 (8)
1972–1975 Zenit Leningrad 99 (23)
1976–1978 Dynamo Leningrad 58 (23)
1979–1980 Zenit Leningrad 26 (2)
1980–1983 SK Rapid Wien 45 (6)
National team
1969–1973 USSR 3 (0)
Teams managed
? Klimovets Leningrad
? Krasny Treugolnik Leningrad
1986 Stroitel Cherepovets
1988–1989 Dynamo Leningrad
1990–1992 Zenit St. Petersburg (assistant)
1993 Zenit-2 St. Petersburg
1994 FC Erzi Petrozavodsk
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Anatoli Alekseyevich Zinchenko (Russian: Анатолий Алексеевич Зинченко) (born 8 August 1949, in Stalinsk) is a retired Soviet football player and Russian coach. He is best known for being the first Soviet football player to play for a Western European professional club. His transfer to SK Rapid Wien was initiated by Austrian communist journalist Kurt Chastka. Because Soviet footballers were officially amateurs, he was formally employed as an equipment technician at the Soviet embassy while playing for Rapid, while his Rapid salary was sent over to the Soviet government.

International career

Zinchenko made his debut for USSR on 24 September 1969 in a friendly against Yugoslavia. He was capped three times in total.[1]



  1. ^ "Anatoly Zinchenko". Retrieved 18 September 2011.

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