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Oleg Protasov

Oleh Protasov
Dinamo Minsk
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Oleh Valeriyovych Protasov (Ukrainian: Олег Валерійович Протасов, born 4 February 1964, in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) is a former football striker. He was a key member of the Soviet Union national team throughout the 1980s; his 29 goals for the Soviet Union are second in the team's history, behind Oleh Blokhin's 42. It should be considered that his first name is often spelled as Oleg on most of international rosters, particularly during his playing career.

Playing career

Club

Oleh Protasov started playing football at the age of 8 years old in his hometown of Dnipropetrovsk in Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, where he played until 1987. In 1987, Protasov moved to play for the Soviet-Ukrainian football giants, Dynamo Kyiv. In all, in the Soviet Union, he won the Soviet Championship twice and was named Soviet Footballer of the Year in 1987. He scored 125 goals in the Soviet Championship, making him the 8th best scorer of all-time of the Championship.

Following the fall of the Soviet Union, Oleh Protasov got a chance to play abroad. In 1990, he joined Greek side Olympiacos Piraeus. Leaving Olympiakos in 1994, he played in Gamba Osaka, Veria FC, and finally Proodeftiki FC, from where he retired in 1999.

National

Protasov played for the Soviet Union 68 times, including at the 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups, as well as Euro 88, where he scored two goals. He also played one game for the Ukraine national team, in 1994.

Coaching career

After retiring as a player, Protasov went into coaching, and led Olympiacos Piraeus to the Greek title in 2003. In 2005, he coached Romanian team Steaua Bucureşti.

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

In December 2005, Oleh Protasov returned in Ukraine to coach his hometown team, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, after an impressive UEFA Cup performance with Steaua Bucureşti. Protasov left by his own choice and was on very good terms with the entire team and owners of the club.[1]

In his first 2005–06 season as Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk's coach, Oleh Protasov led the team to a 6th place finish in the Ukrainian Premier League. In the next, 2006–07 season, Protasov improved on this, finishing 4th in the league.

In the 2007–08 season his side unexpectedly led the title race ahead of the winter break, before a poor second half left his side in 4th once again. Dnipro sacked him on 29 August 2008 after an embarrassing defeat from AC Bellinzona in UEFA cup qualification match.[2]

Kuban Krasnodar

After that, Protasov took over FC Kuban Krasnodar in the nearby region of Russia. Kuban had been recently derelegated to the Russian First League. Under Protasov's leadership, the club finished 2nd in the league, with an 8-point lead over their nearest competitors. This finish earned them right to be promoted to the Russian Premier League.

However FC Kuban was hard-hit by the Global financial crisis of 2008–2009, which greatly decreased the club's budget. In a mutual agreement with the club, Protasov left the club on 19 November 2008.[3]

Iraklis Thessaloniki

Then, he signed a two-year deal worth 400,000 euro per year with Iraklis Thessaloniki, starting from the summer of 2009. On 30 October, it was announced by Iraklis F.C. the termination of their contract, after 5 continual defeats in Super League and Greek Cup.

Honours

Career statistics

[4]

Club

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dnipro 1982 4 1 - - - - 4 1
1983 21 7 2 0 - - 23 7
1984 34 17 2 2 6 0 42 19
1985 33 35 2 1 6 4 41 40
1986 23 17 1 1 2 0 26 18
1987 30 18 4 3 - - 34 21
Dynamo 1988 29 11 5 2 - - 34 13
1989 26 7 6 2 3 1 35 10
1990 16 12 1 1 - - 17 13
Olympiacos 1990–91 29 11 2 1 - - 31 12
1991–92 21 15 6 3 - - 27 18
1992–93 24 14 9 3 4 1 37 18
1993–94 9 8 4 1 1 0 14 9
Gamba Osaka 1994 27 11 4 4 3 0 34 15
1995 28 13 - - - - 28 13
Veria 1997 30 4 4 1 - - 34 5
1998 32 7 1 0 - - 33 7
Proodeftiki 1998 28 5 - - - - 28 5
Career Total 444 213 53 25 25 6 522 244

International

[5]

Soviet Union
Year Apps Goals
1984 5 2
1985 12 8
1986 3 0
1987 9 2
1988 18 10
1989 8 3
1990 11 3
1991 2 1
Total 68 29
Ukraine
Year Apps Goals
1994 1 0
Total 1 0

International goals

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 May 1984 Kouvolan keskuskenttä, Kouvola, Finland  Finland 1–3 1–3 Friendly
2 2 June 1984 Wembley Stadium (1923), London, England  England 0–2 0–2 Friendly
3 28 January 1985 Maharaja College Stadium, Kochi, India  Iran 0–2 0–2 Nehru Cup 1985
4 27 March 1985 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi, Soviet Union  Austria 2–0 2–0 Friendly
5 2 May 1985 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union   Switzerland 1–0 4–0 1986 World Cup qualification
6 2 May 1985 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union   Switzerland 2–0 4–0 1986 World Cup qualification
7 5 June 1985 Idrætsparken, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 2–1 4–2 1986 World Cup qualification
8 7 August 1985 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union  Romania 1–0 2–0 Friendly
9 25 September 1985 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union  Denmark 1–0 1–0 1986 World Cup qualification
10 16 October 1985 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union  Republic of Ireland 2–0 2–0 1986 World Cup qualification
11 23 September 1987 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union  Greece 2–0 3–0 Friendly
12 28 October 1987 Lokomotiv Stadium (Tavriya), Simferopol, Soviet Union  Iceland 2–0 2–0 Euro 1988 qualifying
13 23 March 1988 Olympic Stadium (Athens), Athens, Greece  Greece 0–1 0–4 Friendly
14 23 March 1988 Olympic Stadium (Athens), Athens, Greece  Greece 0–3 0–4 Friendly
15 23 March 1988 Olympic Stadium (Athens), Athens, Greece  Greece 0–4 0–4 Friendly
16 31 March 1988 Olympic Stadium (Berlin), Berlin, West Germany  Argentina 1–3 2–4 Four Nations Tournament
17 31 March 1988 Olympic Stadium (Berlin), Berlin, West Germany  Argentina 2–4 2–4 Four Nations Tournament
18 27 April 1988 Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Czechoslovakia  Czechoslovakia 1–1 1–1 Friendly
19 1 June 1988 Lokomotiv Stadium (Moscow), Moscow, Soviet Union  Poland 2–1 2–1 Friendly
20 15 June 1988 AWD-Arena, Hanover, West Germany  Republic of Ireland 1–1 1–1 Euro 1988 Group Stage
21 22 June 1988 Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart, West Germany  Italy 2–0 2–0 Euro 1988 Semi-finals
22 27 November 1988 Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait  Kuwait 0–1 0–2 Friendly
23 26 April 1989 Olimpiysky National Sports Complex, Kiev, Soviet Union  East Germany 3–0 3–0 1990 World Cup qualification
24 15 November 1989 Lokomotiv Stadium (Tavriya), Simferopol, Soviet Union  Turkey 1–0 2–0 1990 World Cup qualification
25 15 November 1989 Lokomotiv Stadium (Tavriya), Simferopol, Soviet Union  Turkey 2–0 2–0 1990 World Cup qualification
26 24 February 1990 Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, United States of America  United States 1–3 1–3 Friendly
27 28 March 1990 Olimpiysky National Sports Complex, Kiev, Soviet Union  Netherlands 1–0 2–1 Friendly
28 18 June 1990 Stadio San Nicola, Bari, Italy  Cameroon 0–1 0–4 World Cup 1990 Group Stage
29 13 November 1991 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  Cyprus 0–1 0–3 Euro 1992 qualifying

References

External links

  • Info on Official Dnipro Website (in list)
  • Oleh Protasov at UkrSoccerHistory.com (Russian)
  • Oleh Protasov career stats by KLISF
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