From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Vladimir Yevgenyevich Beschastnykh (Template:Lang-rus; born 1 April 1974) is a Russian association football manager and a former player who played as forward. He is an assistant manager with FC Tosno.
From 1992 to 2003, he played 71 internationals, and featured at two World Cups and Euro 96. With 26 goals, was the all-time goal leader for the Russian national team until surpassed by Aleksandr Kerzhakov in September 2014. He is also the record goalscorer in the Commonwealth of Independent States Cup, with 20 goals for FC Spartak Moscow.
His club career that started in 1991, with Beschastnykh playing for Zvezda Moscow, Spartak Moscow, Werder Bremen, Racing Santander, Fenerbahçe, and Kuban Krasnodar. In the 2004–05 season he played for FC Orel in Russian First Division (second-level division after Premier Liga).
On 15 December 2005, Beschastnykh signed up with another First Division club – FC Khimki, a well-funded football team from a Moscow suburb, competing for a place in the upper echelon of the Russian championship.
For Russia, Beschastnykh scored 26 goals in 71 caps, his first coming in 1992. Until Aleksandr Kerzhakov surpassed him in September 2014, he was the top goalscorer for the Russian national team excluding Soviet-era goals (Oleg Blokhin had 42 for the USSR national team). One of these goals came in the 2002 World Cup against Belgium; Beschastnykh also played in the 1994 tournament, as well as in Euro 96.
His identical twin Mikhail Beschastnykh also played football professionally.
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- Russian Championship: 1992, 1993, 1994, 2001
- Bundesliga: runner-up 1994–95
- Soviet Cup: 1991–92
- Russian Cup: 1993–94, 2002–03
- DFB-Supercup: 1994
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