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Anatoli Zinchenko

Personal information
Full nameAnatoli Alekseyevich Zinchenko
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11.6 in)
Playing positionStriker

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Anatoli Alekseyevich Zinchenko ( ) (born August 8, 1949 in Stalinsk) is a retired Soviet football player and Russian coach. He is best known for being the first Soviet football player to play for a Western European professional club. His transfer to SK Rapid Wien was initiated by Austrian communist journalist Kurt Chastka. Because Soviet footballers were officially amateurs, he was formally employed as an equipment technician at the Soviet embassy while playing for Rapid, while his Rapid salary was sent over to the Soviet government.

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