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Viktor Goncharenko


Viktor Goncharenko is now in charge of CSKA
Viktor Goncharenko is now in charge of CSKA ©Getty Images

Date of birth: 10 June 1977
Nationality: Belarusian
Playing career: RUOR Minsk, BATE Borisov
Coaching career: BATE Borisov, Kuban Krasnodar, Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast, CSKA Moskva (assistant), Ufa, CSKA Moskva

• His career as a BATE defender ended at 25 because of ruptured left knee ligaments, Goncharenko immediately switched to coaching, taking over the club's reserves and guiding them to second-placed finishes in 2005 and 2006 before graduating to become assistant to head coach Igor Kriushenko.

• In 2007 he replaced Kriushenko on a temporary basis when the latter developed health problems and guided BATE to five wins in his six matches in charge. When Kriushenko departed for FC Dinamo Minsk in November 2007, Goncharenko got his big break with the newly-crowned champions; won the first of five successive league titles with BATE in 2008, and took them into the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2008/09, drawing twice with Juventus. 

• BATE won a domestic double in 2010 and Goncharenko – who had lifted the 1999 and 2002 titles as a player – was also feted as his nation's coach of the year for three years in a row between 2008 and 2010.

• Twice reached the UEFA Europa League group stage, going on to the round of 32 in 2010/11. Added another league title in 2011 and took BATE into the UEFA Champions League group stage for second time, achieving another notable draw against AC Milan. BATE returned to the group stage for the third time in five seasons in 2012/13, beating LOSC Lille and eventual winners FC Bayern München.

• Won the 2012 Belarusian title but elected to take charge of Russian side Kuban in October 2013. Lasted a year at Kuban and then six games with Ural in 2015. Won the Russian title as CSKA assistant coach under Leonid Slutski and returned to the Moscow side as head coach in December 2016 after six months at Ufa, leading the Army Men to the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals and a runners-up spot in the domestic league.