Viktor Chanov passed away


On 8 February Viktor Chanov, the famous former Soviet goalkeeper, passed away at the age of 56.

Chanov was born in Stalino, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. He joined local club Shakhtar Donetsk at an early age, along with his brother Vyacheslav, also a goalkeeper. Victor Chanov spent his practically whole playing career in the only club - Dynamo Kyev. In 1990, Chanov played out his last season Dynamo Kyiv and moved to spend his remaining days in Israel with Maccabi Haifa. He was signed by then-manager Shlomo Sharf to take the place of Giora Antman, arriving in Israel two days after Antman gave up five goals in a 5–0 drubbing by Maccabi Netanya. Chanov was immediately successful in goal, breaking a club record of four clean sheets in his first four matches.

Chanov had 21 caps for the USSR team.


With FC Dynamo Kiev

Soviet Top League: 1985, 1986, 1990

Soviet Cup: 1985, 1986, 1990

UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 1986

With Maccabi Haifa FC

Israeli Premier League: 1991

Israeli Cup: 1991, 1993

The Football Union of Russia expresses the sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Victor Chanov.