Aleksandr Semenovich Ponomarev ( April 23, 1918 , Korsun village, Donetsk-Krivoi Rog Republic - June 7, 1973 , Moscow , USSR ) football coach, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1946). Honored coach of the USSR (1964). Consisted of the CPSU  .
|Full name||Alexander Semenovich Ponomarev|
Korsun village, Donetsk-Krivoy Rog republic
He started playing in 1933 in Gorlovka in the youth team "Dynamo" .
In 1936 (until June), he played in the Ugolschiki team (Gorlovka). In July of the same year, he moved to Dzerzhinets-STZ (Stalingrad). In the season 1936, he took part in 7 out of 8 official matches and scored at least 7 out of 13 goals for the team of FC Dzerzhinets-TSTZ .
In October 1936, he played 2 games for Spartak (Kharkov). However, he could not find a common language with coach Nikolai Krotov and soon left the team  .
In early 1937 he returned to Stalingrad , where he continued performances for the Tractor . Together with Ponomarev the club rose from the first league to the highest.
In the Premier League, Ponomarev made his debut on May 13, 1938 in the match Lokomotiv (Tbilisi) - Tractor. The game ended in a draw 1: 1, and Ponomarev becoming the author of the only ball in the composition of the guests.
At the end of the 1938 season, Ponomarev became the top scorer in the league with 19 balls, sharing the championship with Makar Goncharenko . Contributed to the discovery of the bombing talent Ponomarev successful step of the new coach "Tractor" Yuri Khodot , who transferred Ponomarev in 1938 from the place of an insider to the center of the line of attack.
In 1939, "Tractor" began to use the game structure "double-ve", so that became the storm of the leading clubs in the country. Thus, in the 1st round of the 1939 championship in a home game on July 1, Stalingrad defeated the champions of the country - the football players of Moscow “Spartak” - with a score of 3: 1. The author of 2 balls became Ponomarev  . Thanks to this victory, Tractor caught up with Spartak on points and shared 1st place with him in the standings.
However, the following 2 calendar games “Tractor” lost - to Stalin’s “Stakhanovts” 2: 4 and to Leningrad “Stalin’s” 1: 7. The reason was the “transfer” of the leading players of the Tractor to the capital teams - Ponomarev to the Moscow Dynamo and Vasily Provornov to the CDKA. The Stalingrad party organization and a number of public organizations appealed against this arbitrariness on the part of the capital clubs, seeking help from the Central Committee of the CPSU (b). As a result, already on July 28, 1939, at a meeting of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the CPSU (b), chaired by I. Stalin , a decision was made on the inadmissibility of these arbitrary decisions, on canceling the Tractor players ’recruitment to the Red Army and on replaying the Tractor-Stakhanovets and "Stalinets" - "Tractor"  .
Following the results of the 1st round, having 2 games left, “Tractor” took the 3rd place in the league with 17 points, conceding 3 points to the leader - Moscow “Spartak”. The second round of Stalingrad was less successful, but at the end of the season the team showed the best result in the history of their performances in the big leagues - 4th place.
In 1941, the secretariat of the All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions decided to concentrate all the best football players of the trade union teams into two teams based in Moscow, known as Trade Unions-1 and Trade Unions-2, which were announced to the big leagues. At the same time, the Moscow trade union clubs Lokomotiv, Torpedo, Krylya Sovetov and Metallurg were liquidated. Three players of the Stalingrad "Tractor" were also transferred to the "Trade Unions-1" team, including Ponomarev  . In the new team, he played until the beginning of the war .
Since July 1941 - as part of Moscow for the " Torpedo ". In 1945, together with the club won the bronze championship of the USSR, and in 1946 with 18 balls he became the top scorer of the championship.
In 1948 he entered the list of 33 best players of the season in the USSR - under number 1 in the center forward position.
In 1949 he helped the club (being already captain of the Avtozavodtsev) to become the owner of the USSR Cup. In the same year, he set the Torpedo club record for one season - 23 goals.
In 1951 he returned to Ukraine, where he played for Shakhtar (Stalino) for 2 years, was the team captain.
Physically strong, courageous, ram-type striker aimed at the gates of rivals. He stood firmly on his feet in force martial arts, instantly reacted to the mistakes of the defenders and goalkeepers. He had a sharp, high-speed jerk and powerful blows from both legs, often used a blow with a sock  .
In 1952 he graduated from the school of trainers at the Central Institute of Physical Culture.
In September 1952, after the dismissal of the head coach Konstantin Kvashnin , he was appointed acting head coach of Shakhtar (Stalino). Since 1953 - the head coach of Shakhtar. In this position he worked until June 1956.
In 1957-1958 he was the coach of the USSR youth team.
In 1960-1961 he headed the Kharkov Avangard . Under Ponomarev, the Kharkov club showed its best result in the USSR Championships - 6th place in 1961.
After this success in 1962, he was invited to Dynamo Moscow, which took only 11th place in the previous season. The first step of Ponomarev at the new post was a sharp increase in the amount of training work and the alignment of the game according to the 4-2-4 scheme  . Ponomarev was able to rally the players with personal qualities and in 1963 the club became the national champion in football. This success was the pinnacle of coaching achievements Ponomarev at the club level. Coach "Dynamo" was until May 1965.
From June 1965 - coach of the school "Dynamo" (Moscow).
In 1966, the first of the Soviet coaches went to work under a contract in a western club - in the Finnish Uponpallo from the city of Lahti . In Finland, worked for three seasons.
Returning in 1969 to the USSR, he headed the Yerevan " Ararat ", with whom he worked until the end of the 1970 season.
In 1971 he became the senior coach of the USSR Olympic team , in 1972 he worked as the senior coach of the first USSR team . Under his leadership, the USSR national team became the second winner of the European Championship in 1972 and the third winner of the football tournament of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich .
One of the authors of the book "Coaches tell" (1975).
He died from the effects of stomach ulcers in a hospital in Moscow. He was buried at the Vagankovskoye cemetery of Moscow  .
- USSR Cup Winner : 1949
- Bronze medalist of the USSR Championships : 1945 (in the "Torpedo"), 1951 (in the "Miner")
- Top scorer of the championship: 1938 (19 goals), 1946 (19 goals)
- The best scorer of the USSR Cup: (34 goals) 
- The 3rd scorer of Torpedo Moscow in the USSR Championships: (83 goals) 
- Member of the scorer club named after Grigory Fedotov (168 goals scored)
- Club member Oleg Blokhin : (184 goals scored) 
- The list of 33 best players of the season in the USSR was 3 times - 1948 (No. 1), 1949 and 1951 (No. 2).
- The 46th footballer in the history of Shakhtar Donetsk, according to the version of the All-Ukrainian football portal Football.ua 
|The coal miners (Gorlovka)||1936 (in)||one||one||-||-||-||-||one||one|
|Dzerzhinets-STZ (Stalingrad)||1936 (wasps)||four||3? ||3||five||-||-||7||eight?|
|Spartak (Kharkov)||1936 (wasps)||2||0||-||-||-||-||2||0|
|Tractor (Stalingrad)||1937||eleven||9||2||7-10? ||-||-||13||16-19?|
|1945||18||7 ||2||one||four||6 ||24||14|
|Shakhtar (Stalino)||1951||28||15||five||2||6||3 ||34||17|
- Others - International Friendlies
In addition, Ponomarev participated in a series that was later, for various reasons, annulled:
- 07/12/1940, USSR Championship, Lokomotiv (TB) - Tractor 0: 1, the author of the only ball in the game
- 05/14/1948, USSR Championship, Lokomotiv (Har) - Torpedo (M) 1: 1, author of the only Torpedo ball
- 10/05/1948, USSR Cup, 1/4 final, TsDKA - Torpedo (M) 4: 2, author of one of Torpedo goals
Wife - Tamara Genrikhovna, daughters Irina and Natalia.
The younger brother Victor (born 1924) was also a footballer, playing for the Air Force and Torpedo (Moscow). He died in 1972.
- Vladimir Vysotsky dedicated to Alexander Semyonovich one of his best songs "Wolf Hunt".
- Poet Mikhail Lukonin dedicated a quatrain to Ponomarev:
Do not be afraid - here they are, the gates
you beat, do not be afraid of cramping.
You have to do it, not someone
that's it, not anyone, but you! 
- Since 1975, teams of the Volgograd region have played out a tournament for the Ponomarev prize.
- Torpedo Report for 1949 and the Simonyan Affair Publication on the Torpedo website dated July 31, 2015
- Grotto, 2008 , p. 116.
- Year 1939. Part 4. Agenda . The appeal date is November 15, 2012. Archived November 28, 2012.
- Prima Fedotov Club . The appeal date is November 15, 2012. Archived November 28, 2012.
- Russian football for 100 years. Encyclopedic reference. - M .: Gregori-Page, 1997. - P. 423-424. - ISBN 5-900493-70-9
- Kucherenko O. Tsar-Pushk of Alexander Ponomarev // Football. - 1998. - № 17. - P. 12-15.
- Sport necropolis (inaccessible link) . The appeal date is October 28, 2011. Archived November 28, 2012.
- Alexander Ponomarev - the best cup-scorer of the Union . The appeal date is May 12, 2012. Archived November 28, 2012.
- Berezovsky V.M. Torpedo (Moscow). - M .: Physical culture and sport, 1974. - p. 128.
- Grandson for his grandfather, son for his father, for each other: at the "Olympic" awarded scorers of the Blokhin Club
- "top 50 "Miner" (part 1) "
- Data is given on the basis of an article on the site football.lg.ua The appeal date was August 30, 2012. Archived November 28, 2012.
- According to others, scored 2 goals. See FC "Dzerzhinets" -STZ in the season 1936
- According to different data, in the 1/64 USSR Cup game Tractor - Dynamo (Saratov) (9: 1) scored 6 to 9 goals. There is no match protocol. See here . The appeal date is November 17, 2012. Archived November 28, 2012.
- Data by A. Vartanyan // “Football”. - 1994. - № 10. - p. 13. here . Archived November 28, 2012. - 16 balls
- Data by A. Vartanyan // “Football”. - 1994. - № 16. - p. ten.; here . Archived November 28, 2012. - 8 balls
- See. Berezovsky V.M. Torpedo (Moscow). - M .: Physical culture and sport , 1974. - P. 83-84.
- Babeshko A.A. All the matches of Shakhtar 1946-1955. - Donetsk: Lebed, 1997. - pp. 57-58. - ISBN 966-508-140-3
- Yasenov E. Wah, Wah, Ponomar! [former football player of FC Shakhtar A. Ponomarev] // Miner. - 2009. - № 11. - p. 62.
- Khokhlyuk V. Bombardiers of Ukraine. - Rovenky, 2011. - p. 10. - ISBN 978-966-534-344-8
- Khokhlyuk Victor . Goleadory. - Lugansk: Maxim, 2012. - p. 48. - 148 p. - 5 000 copies - ISBN 978-966-15-8934-5 .
- Grotto Yu. I. 100 years of Kharkov football. - Kharkov: Golden Pages, 2008. - 431 p. - ISBN 9789664000854 .
- Profile on the site “Russian national football team” . The date of circulation is June 27, 2007. Archived November 28, 2012.
- In the lists of the best football players of Shakhtar Donetsk . Circulation date November 10, 2012. Archived November 28, 2012.
- Statistics of Alexander Ponomarev on the site “Footballplayers.ru”