Viktor Ponedelnik memorial unveiled in Rostov-on-Don

The life-size statue has been placed near the central entrance to the west stand of the city’s football stadium
28 August 2015
Valeri Matytsin/TASS
Viktor Ponedelnik memorial statue by sculptor Dmitri Lyndin at the Olymp 2 Stadium

A memorial to the famous Soviet footballer Vitkor Ponedelnik has been unveiled at the Olymp 2 Stadium in Rostov-on-Don. The statement was issued by media liaison of FC Rostov, Denis Davydov.

Viktor Ponedelnik himself took part in the ceremony, along with deputy governor of Rostov region Igor Guskov and notable football veterans. Davydov noted: “The statue is life-size, it’s located at the central entrance to the west stand of the stadium.” The unveiling of the statue, authored by a local sculptor, has been attended by several hundred people. 

Background

Viktor Ponedelnik

Soviet footballer, scorer of the ‘golden goal’ of the European Cup 1960 final. Born in 1937 to a family of a journalist and a military nurse. Viktor played for Rostselmash in 1956-1958 and for Rostov Army Club from 1959 to 1965. In 1960 Ponedelnik won the European Cup after scoring the ‘golden goal’ in the final. In 1966 he was transferred to Moscow Spartak. After hanging up his cleats he became a journalist writing for the Football weekly and the Sovetsky Sport newspaper. From 1969 to 1983 he supervised the football department of Sovetsky Sport. From 1984 to 1990 Viktor was the editor-in-chief of the Football-Hockey weekly.