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Leonid Shmuts

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Leonid Shmuts
Personal information
Full name Leonid Mykolayovych Shmuts
Date of birth (1948-10-08) 8 October 1948 (age 72)
Place of birth Nikopol, USSR
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
Surmach Nikopol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1967 Surmach Nikopol
1967–1976 CSKA Moscow
1977 SKA Kyiv
1978 CSKA Moscow
National team
1971 USSR 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Leonid Mykolayovych Shmuts (Ukrainian: Леонід Миколайович Шмуц, Russian: Леонид Николаевич Шмуц; born October 8, 1948 in Nikopol) is a retired Ukrainian and Soviet football player.


International career

Shmuts made his debut for USSR on February 19, 1971 in a friendly against Mexico national football team. He was selected for the 1970 FIFA World Cup squad, but did not play in any games at the tournament.

Own goal

Shmuts is well known for the own goal that he scored in the Soviet league game against FC Ararat Yerevan on April 17, 1971. Shumts was going to throw the ball to his teammate and had already taken his hand with the ball back, but suddenly noticed that an Ararat player could intercept the ball and stopped the movement. The ball left his hand and crossed the goal line. That was the only goal in the game. This mistake was a heavy blow for the goalkeeper who never returned to his previous level of playing and never played again for the national team.

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