Mihail Fomenko

Mihail Fomenko

Soviet football player, defender and midfielder, coach
Date of Birth: 19.09.1948
Country: Ukraine

  1. Biography of Mikhail Fomenko
  2. Early Life and Playing Career
  3. Playing Career at Dynamo Kyiv
  4. International Career
  5. Coaching Career
  6. Later Career
  7. Achievements

Biography of Mikhail Fomenko

Early Life and Playing Career

Mikhail Fomenko is a former Soviet football player, defender, and midfielder. He is best known for his performances for the football club "Dynamo" (Kyiv) and the Soviet national team. Fomenko was born on 19 July 1948 in Sumy, Ukrainian SSR. He started his football journey as a student at the Sumy Football School "Spartak" in 1962. Fomenko played for teams such as "Spartak" Sumy (1965-1969) and "Zarya" Voroshilovgrad (1970-1971) before joining Dynamo Kyiv in 1972.

Playing Career at Dynamo Kyiv

At Dynamo Kyiv, Fomenko played as a free defender and quickly established a strong partnership with his teammates. The defense of Dynamo Kyiv, led by goalkeeper Rudakov, became a formidable force. Fomenko's strong positional play and disciplined approach contributed to the team's success. Dynamo Kyiv won the Soviet championship in 1974 and 1975, as well as the Soviet Cup, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup in 1975. Fomenko also earned the title of Master of Sports of International Class in 1975.

International Career

Fomenko made his debut for the Soviet national team on 16 July 1972. He represented the country in the qualifying matches for the World Cup and European Championships, as well as the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Fomenko captained the Soviet national team in European Championship matches against Switzerland and Czechoslovakia, as well as a friendly match against Hungary in Budapest. In total, he played 24 matches for the Soviet national team, including 5 matches for the Olympic team.

Coaching Career

After retiring from playing due to a back injury at the age of 30, Fomenko pursued a coaching career. He completed his coaching education at the Higher School of Coaches and started working as a coach. Fomenko served as the head coach of various clubs, including "Frunzenets" Sumy (1979), Dynamo Kyiv (1980-1984), "Desna" Chernihiv (1985-1986), "Krivbass" Krivoy Rog (1987), and "Guria" Lanchkhuti (1987-1989). He also worked as the head coach of the Iraqi national team and clubs such as "Rashid" Baghdad (1990) and "Metalist" Kharkiv (1996-2000, 2001-2002, 2003).

Later Career

Fomenko's most notable coaching achievement was leading the club "Guria" to the top league of the Soviet football championship in 1989. However, due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Fomenko was unable to continue his work with the club in 1990. He later coached clubs such as "Veres" Rivne (1994), the Guinea national team (1994), "CSKA-Borisfen" Kyiv (1994-1996), "Metalurh" Zaporizhzhia (2003), and "Tavriya" Simferopol (2006-2008).


During his playing career, Fomenko won three Soviet championships, two Soviet Cups, a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and a UEFA Super Cup with Dynamo Kyiv. He was also a silver medalist in the 1972 European Championship and a bronze medalist in the 1976 Olympic Games with the Soviet national team. Fomenko received numerous individual accolades and was recognized as one of the top footballers in the Soviet Union. In 2004, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the III degree for his contributions to football.