Vasiliy Baranov

Vasiliy Baranov

Belarusian footballer, midfielder
Date of Birth: 05.10.1972
Country: Belarus

Biography of Vasiliy Baranov

Vasiliy Baranov is a Belarusian football player and midfielder. He was born and raised in the city of Gomel, Belarus. Baranov began his football career at a young age, being trained at the local sports school, DYuSSH.

After completing his military service, Baranov joined the Gomel club "ZLiN" and played in the Second Belarusian League. He later played for the Higher League club "Vedrich-97" in Rechitsa, where he caught the attention of the management of Kaliningrad's "Baltika". In 1996, Baranov transferred to Baltika.

Baranov is best known for his performances with Spartak Moscow, where he played from 1998 to 2003 and became a four-time Russian champion. During his time with Spartak, he had one of the most powerful shots in Russia, especially dangerous for opponents in free-kick situations. He is also listed among the top ten assist leaders in the history of the Russian championships.

In 2003, Baranov transferred to FC Spartak-Alania at the initiative of head coach Andrey Chernyshov, but he left the club later that year. He struggled to find a new team until he joined FC Ryazan-Agrokomplekt (later FC Ryazan) in the second division of Russia (Central zone) in 2005. His final professional football match took place on October 4, 2007, when Ryazan played against Saturn in Egorievsk. After the end of the season, Baranov retired from professional football.

Baranov made his debut for the Belarus national team on October 7, 1995, in a qualifying match for the European Championship against the Czech Republic, which ended in a 2-0 victory for the visitors. He played his last match for the national team on October 6, 2001, in a World Cup qualifying match against Wales, which ended in a 1-0 victory for the home team. In 2003, Baranov decided to no longer play for the Belarus national team.

After retiring from football, Baranov returned to his hometown of Gomel, where he currently resides. He has chosen to distance himself from the media and his former teammates from the national team and Spartak Moscow. Baranov now enjoys fishing and focuses on raising his children, a daughter, and a son.

Achievements:
- Four-time Russian champion: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
- Bronze medalist in the Russian championship: 2002
- Winner of the Russian Cup: 2002/2003
- Winner of the Commonwealth Cup: 1999, 2000, 2001
- Ranked among the top 33 football players in the Russian championship: No. 2 (1998, 2000)
- Best newcomer in the Russian championship according to "Sport-Express": 1996 (average rating - 6.11)

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