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Victor Onopko

Career
DOB:
 14.10.69
Caps:
 101
Goals:
 6

World Cup 2002
Appearances:
 3
Goals:
 0
Bookings:
 0
Sendings off:
 0
Victor Onopko
Club:Oviedo
Position:Defender

Onopko has been a rock in the Russian defence since making his debut in 1992.

He is now the most experienced player in the squad and continues to put in solid displays for his country as well as his club Oviedo in Spain.

Coach Oleg Romantsev clearly admires the 32-year-old's talents - he used him in every single qualifying match.

Alongside Yuri Nikiforov, Onopko has forged a tight central defence which leaked a mere five goals during qualifying.

His advancing years have seen him criticised for a lack of pace, but his positional awareness and tactical nous are yet to diminish.



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