Oleg Salenko

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Oleg Salenko
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Salenko in 2012
Personal information
Full name Oleg Anatolyevich Salenko
Date of birth (1969-10-25) 25 October 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth Leningrad, Soviet Union
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Smena Leningrad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Zenit Leningrad 47 (10)
1989–1992 Dynamo Kiev 91 (28)
1993–1994 Logroñés 47 (23)
1994–1995 Valencia 25 (7)
1995 Rangers 16 (7)
1996–1998 İstanbulspor 18 (11)
1999–2000 Córdoba 3 (0)
2000–2001 Pogoń Szczecin 1 (0)
Total 248 (86)
National team
1984–1991 USSR U-20 4 (5)
1992 Ukraine[1] 1 (0)
1993–1994 Russia 8 (6)

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

† Appearances (goals)

Oleg Anatolyevich Salenko (Russian: Олег Анатольевич Саленко; Ukrainian: Олег Анатолійович Саленко; Oleh Anatoliyovich Salenko born 25 October 1969 in Leningrad, Russia) is a retired Russian footballer, who played as a striker. He scored a record five goals in a group stage match in the 1994 World Cup, helping him earn the Golden Boot as joint-top tournament goalscorer.

Club career

Salenko played at Zenit Leningrad, Dynamo Kyiv, Logroñés, Córdoba, Valencia, Rangers and İstanbulspor in a club career that lasted from 1986 to 2000.

Eventually, he faded from the international soccer scene and finally had to end his career prematurely for health reasons stemming from injuries. Salenko returned to playing professional football in the 2000–01 season and signed for Pogoń Szczecin. He retired after playing a single game however due to his physical conditioning.

International career

Salenko set a World Cup record by scoring five goals in one game, for Russia against Cameroon on 28 June 1994. Salenko finished the 1994 World Cup with six goals (scoring his sixth goal from the penalty spot against Sweden), sharing the Golden Boot with Hristo Stoichkov, a remarkable feat since Russia was knocked out in the first round, and Stoichkov's Bulgaria played another four games in the tournament. This mirrored Salenko's achievement in the 1989 U-20 World Cup in Saudi Arabia, where he was top scorer when he scored 6 goals in the tournament. He is the only player to win the Golden Boot at both the U-20 World Cup and FIFA World Cup.

Salenko played a total of only nine international matches, one of them for Ukraine (the very first one), and he never scored in an international game before or after the 1994 World Cup. In fact, after the match against Cameroon, he never appeared in another international. He remains the sole player ever to win the Golden Boot award on a team eliminated from World Cup contention at the group stage.

Beach football

In 2003, Salenko was appointed as manager of the Ukraine national beach football team. His team played three games, the only win being over USA 6–5, and losing the other two to Brazil and Spain. The tournament took place at the end of July in Portugal under the name Mundialito.[2] After the tournament, he was dismissed. He is now currently a part of FFU assisting staff.

Career statistics



Ukraine national team
Year Apps Goals
1992 1 0
Total 1 0


  1. "Players Appearing for Two or More Countries". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. List of matches of the national team in Ukrainian
  3. Oleg Salenko at National-Football-Teams.com

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