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Viktor Maslov
Personal information
Full name Viktor Aleksandrovich Maslov
Date of birth (1910-04-27)27 April 1910
Place of birth Moscow, Russian Empire
Date of death 11 May 1977(1977-05-11) (aged 67)
Place of death Moscow, Russian SFSR
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1930 RDPK Moscow ? (?)
1931–40 FC Torpedo Moscow[1] ? (?)
1941 FC Profsoyuz-1 Moscow[2] ? (?)
1941–42 FC Torpedo Moscow ? (?)
Teams managed
1942–48 FC Torpedo Moscow
1949–51 Torpedo Gorky
1954–55 FC FShM Moscow
1956 Burevestnik Chişinău
1957–61 FC Torpedo Moscow
1962–63 FC SKA Rostov-na-Donu
1964–70 FC Dynamo Kyiv
1971–73 FC Torpedo Moscow
1975 FC Ararat Yerevan
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Viktor Aleksandrovich Maslov (Russian: Виктор Александрович Маслов; April 27, 1910 in Moscow – May 11, 1977) was a Soviet Russian footballer and coach. He was especially notable during his coaching career. He won numerous USSR Championships with clubs Torpedo Moscow, Dynamo Kyiv, and one with FC Ararat Yerevan.[3] The second best coach in history of Dynamo Kyiv after Valeriy Lobanovsky.


He is often seen as being one of the most innovative and influential football managers of all time. He was the first to experiment with players' nutrition, and invented the 4-4-2 formation, along with the notion of pressing, which, in the words of Jonathan Wilson "may be seen as the birth of modern football".[4] Wilson credits Maslov as one of the progenitors of the pressing game. This was a key development, as before Maslov, teams tended to allow their opponents more time on the ball, whereas Maslov's strategy of pressing denied players this time and space, and led to the game based more on speed and fitness that is common across the top European and South American leagues today.


  1. ^ Previous names of Torpedo were AMO and ZiS (Stalin Memorial Plant).
  2. ^ In 1941 Torpedo, Lokomotiv, Metallurg, and Krylya Sovetov were merged and reorganized into Profsoyuz-1 and Profsoyuz-2 competing in the same league.
  3. ^ "Victor Maslov did not avoid rough words, if the footballers did not understand the point of the game" – Information Page on Victor Maslov (in Russian)
  4. ^ – The end of forward thinking

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