Anatoliy Banishevskiy

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Anatoliy Banishevskiy
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Personal information
Full name Anatoliy Andreyevich Banishevskiy
Date of birth (1946-02-23)23 February 1946
Place of birth Baku, USSR
Date of death 10 December 1997(1997-12-10) (aged 51)
Place of death Baku, Azerbaijan
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Neftyanik Baku
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1978 Neftyanik Baku 288 (136)
National team
1965–1972 USSR 50 (19)
Teams managed
1981–1983 Neftchi Baku
1984–1987 Automobilist Mingachevir
1987–1988 Burkina Faso (youth)
1988 Kapaz

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Anatoliy Andreyevich Banishevskiy (Azerbaijani: Anatoli Andreyeviç Banişevski; Russian: Анатолий Андреевич Банишевский; 23 February 1946 in Baku – 10 December 1997 in Baku) was a Soviet footballer of Russian descent from Azerbaijan. Most of his playing and coaching career, Banishevskiy committed to his native club Neftchi Baku.

He played for the USSR national football team, winning 51 caps and scoring 19 goals. Banishevskiy played for the Soviet side in the 1966 FIFA World Cup.[1] His club team was PFC Neftchi, and he scored 136 goals in Soviet Top League competition.[1] The striker was unofficially named Azerbaijan's Player of the Year three times—in 1966, 1967, and 1978.[2]

In November 2003, as part of the celebration of UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player for Azerbaijan by the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan as the country's most outstanding player over the past 50 years.

Playing career

Early years

Banishevskiy started playing football at the age of 16 and played all of his career for PFC Neftchi Baku, transforming into one of the best Azerbaijani players.[3]

Neftchi Baku

International career

Banishevskiy made his international debut for USSR on 4 July 1965 against Brazil during friendly match.[4] His international career ended with the final of the lost final of the 1972 European Championship against West Germany.[5]

Coaching career

After retiring as a player, Banishevskiy briefly coached Neftchi Baku, FK Gäncä and Automobilist Mingachevir. He has also worked as youth coach of Burkina Faso during 1987-1988 period.[3]

Later life and death

Banishevskiy was diagnosed with diabetic coma in 1991, having surviving first attack in 1987.[4] He suffered cerebral atrophy as result of second attack, which also caused him memory loss.[4]

Following his wife's behaviour, he also lost the ownership of his house, which led him to live life in alcoholism on streets of Baku.[4][6] However, he was rescued from this situation by his old lover Saida, who treated him for his last years and married him.

On 10 December 1997, Banishevskiy died after third diabetic coma attacks, having also suffered pancreatitis.[7]

Personal life

His grandson Ali Babayev Banishevskiy began to play in the youth team of Neftchi in 2011 when he was 15. Now Ali plays professional football in Azerbaijan's First Division for Shusha FK.[8]


The home stadium of FK Masallı stadium was renamed Anatoliy Banishevskiy Stadium in his honour.[9]

As a player

Other achievements


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Development of various kinds of Azeri sport". National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  2. Movsumov, Rasim (15 January 2006). "Azerbaijan - Player of the Year Awards". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 27 June 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Известному азербайджанскому футболисту Анатолию Банишевскому исполнилось бы 63 года (Russian)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Анатолий БАНИШЕВСКИЙ:БАКИНСКИЙ ПИЖОН (Russian)
  5. Matthias Arnhold (29 February 2012). "Anatoliy Andreyevich Banishevskiy - Goals in International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 29 March 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Banişevski araq içməyi SSRİ yığmasında öyrəndi" (Azerbaijani)
  7. Верность и мастерство (Russian)
  8. "Golden Players take centre stage". 29 November 2003. Archived from the original on 19 May 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Masallı" didərgin düşüb (Azerbaijani)

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