Anatoly Alekseevich Zinchenko ( August 8, 1949 , Stalin , RSFSR , USSR ) - Soviet football player ( striker ) and coach. It is considered the first Soviet legionnaire. USSR Master of Sports of international class (1982).
|Full name||Anatoly Alekseevich Zinchenko|
|Born||August 8, 1949 (aged 70)|
Stalinsk , RSFSR , USSR
|Club||completed his career|
A pupil of the Volgograd "Tractor" football school, in which he began to study in 1962.
In 1967-1968 he played in the second group “A” of the USSR championship as part of the Volgograd “Tractor” . In the second half of 1968 he moved to the Rostov SKA for military service. In 1972 he was invited by the trainer of the Leningrad Zenit Evgeny Goryansky to strengthen the team. In 1975, after joining the team head coach German Zonin , he moved to the local Dynamo . The next Zenit coach, Yuri Morozov, returned Zinchenko to the team.
In 1980, Kurt Chastka, editor of the sports department of the Austrian Volksstimme newspaper, set out to buy a Soviet football player for the Vienna Rapid  . After long negotiations, the head of Soviet sports Sergey Pavlov proposed Anatoly Zinchenko, who arrived in Vienna on October 28. The positive outcome of the negotiations was largely due to the fact that Rapid was considered a "working" team in Austria and had strong ties with the Austrian Communist Party . Officially, Zinchenko was listed as an electronic equipment technician sent to the Soviet trade mission and received a salary at the embassy, since the money paid by Rapid was transferred to the USSR. For success in the Austrian club Zinchenko was awarded the title "master of sports of the USSR of the international class."
He was distinguished by the ability to dispose of the ball correctly, he felt confident when stroking. He loved to connect to attacks from depth of field, played well with his head, and had a strong blow from both legs.- 
He spent 375 games in his career, scored 83 goals.
After returning to the USSR in 1983, he coached the factory teams Klimovets and Red Triangle, who played in the Leningrad Championship. Then he was a coach in the teams of Stroitel Cherepovets , Dynamo, Zenit, Zenit-2 (Leningrad / St. Petersburg) and Erzi Petrozavodsk , then he worked at the football school of the Krasnogvardeisky district at the Turbostroitel stadium.
After the end of his coaching career, Zinchenko became the General Director of the Football Federation of St. Petersburg, was a delegate to the Premier League matches. 
- Two - time champion of Austria (1981/82, 1982/83)
- Austria Cup Winner (1982/83)
- Two-time finalist of the USSR Cup ( 1969 , 1971 )
- Kurt Chastka: “I came up with the first football legionnaire from Russia!” // Sport-Express , May 18, 2007
- Russian Football for 100 Years: An Encyclopedic Handbook. / Comp. I. Dobronravov , V. Solovyov, N. Travkin , M. Shcheglov . - M.: Gregory Page, 1997 .-- ISBN 5-900493-70-9
- Anatoly Zinchenko: “I did not fail Soviet football” , “Sport-Express”, 11/18/2011
- On the website of the Russian Football Team
- Performance statistics for Rapid
- Statistics of appearances for Zenit
- On www.peoples.ru
- Anatoly Zinchenko - our first legionnaire (inaccessible link)
- Anatoly Zinchenko: Foreigners know why they are going to Russia (inaccessible link) , Sport Weekend, August 27-30, 2007, p. 5 (PDF)