Viktor Ponedelnik
Ponedelnik in 2015
Personal information
Full name Viktor Vladimirovich Ponedelnik
Date of birth (1937-05-22)22 May 1937
Place of birth Rostov-on-Don, USSR
Date of death 5 December 2020(2020-12-05) (aged 83)
Place of death Moscow, Russia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Burevestnik Rostov-on-Don
Rostov Military College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1958 Torpedo/Rostselmash 50 (31)
1959–1960 FC SKA Rostov-on-Don 45 (17)
1961 CSKA Moscow
1961–1965 SKA Rostov-on-Don 111 (37)
1966 FC Spartak Moscow
National team
1960–1964 Soviet Union 29 (20)
Teams managed
1969 Rostselmash Rostov-on-Don
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Viktor Vladimirovich Ponedelnik (Russian: Виктор Владимирович Понедельник, 22 May 1937[1] – 5 December 2020) was a Soviet and Russian footballer and manager, who played for the Soviet Union national team.


Ponedelnik first started playing for a local team, Rostselmash, in 1956. In 1958, he switched to SKA Rostov-on-Don and was invited to join the Soviet national team. In the 1960 European Championship, the only major Championship ever won by the Soviet Union, Ponedelnik headed home the winning goal in extra time in the final game against Yugoslavia. Ponedelnik retired in 1966 after gaining weight and undergoing surgery for appendicitis. He scored 20 (according to some accounts, 21) goals in 29 games[2] for his country.

In later years, Ponedelnik worked as a coach, a sports journalist, an editor of a sports publication,[3] and an advisor to the President of the Russian Federation. Later, a journalist, editor, and in-chief of the weekly Football. He received numerous awards for his contribution to Soviet and Russian sport. He was married and had three children and four grandchildren.

In Rostov-on-Don at the stadium, Olimp-2 28 August 2015 a monument depicting a young Ponedelnik with the cup in his hands.[4]