Oleh Volodymyrovych BlokhinLegendary Ukraine Footballer
- Date of Birth
- November 5, 1952
- Place of Birth
- Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
- 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
- Playing Position
Oleh Volodymyrovych Blokhin (Ukrainian: Оле́г Володи́мирович Блохі́н, Russian: Оле́г Влади́мирович Блохи́н; born 5 November 1952 in Kyiv) is a former Ukrainian football player and manager who is currently a free agent. Blokhin was formerly a standout striker for Dynamo Kyiv and the Soviet Union.
He holds the all-time top goalscorer record for both Dynamo Kyiv (266 goals) and the Soviet Union national team (42 goals), as well as being the overall top goalscorer in the history of the Soviet Top League (211 goals). He is also the only player to have been capped over 100 times for the Soviet Union and holds Dynamo’s appearance record with 582 appearances during his 18-year spell at the club. With Dynamo, Blokhin won eight Soviet league titles, five national cups and two European Cup Winners’ Cups. He also competed for the Soviet Union at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games and 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups. During his playing career he won the Soviet Footballer of the Year award three times and the Ukrainian Footballer of the Year award nine times (both records). In 1975, he was named European Footballer of the Year, winning the Ballon d’Or, becoming the second Soviet and the first Ukrainian player to achieve such a feat.
As a coach he has had two spells in charge of the Ukrainian national team, managing the team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012. To date, Blokhin is the only man to coach Ukraine at a major final.
In 2011, Blokhin, together with Igor Belanov and Vitaliy Starukhin were named as “the legends of Ukrainian football” at the Victory of Football awards.
Blokhin was born in Kiev, the capital of the Ukrainian SSR, in 1952 to a Russian father from Moscow and Ukrainian mother.
Blokhin was one of the greatest forwards in the world throughout the 1970s, hitting the target regularly through a period of great success at his hometown club Dynamo Kyiv and becoming the greatest goalscorer in the history of the Soviet League. Only the regime in the Soviet Union prevented him from moving abroad to play in Europe’s strongest leagues. Normally a forward or winger, Blokhin was most renowned for possessing exceptional pace.
Blokhin played during most of his career for Dynamo Kyiv, becoming the USSR national championship’s all-time leader and goalscorer with 211 goals, as well as making more appearances than any other player with 432 appearances. He won the championship 8 times. He led Dynamo to the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1975 and 1986, scoring a goal in each final. Blokhin is also the USSR national football team’s most capped player with 112 caps, as well as their all-time leading goalscorer with 42 goals; he played in the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups where he scored 1 goal in each. He was one of the first Soviet players to play abroad, signing for Austria’s Vorwärts Steyr in 1988, he also played in Cyprus with Aris.
In 1979 Blokhin played couple of games for Ukraine at the Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR.