Viktor Zubkov (basketball)

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Viktor Zubkov
Personal information
Born (1937-04-24)24 April 1937
Rostov-on-Don, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died 16 October 2016(2016-10-16) (aged 79)
Nationality Russian
Listed height 6 ft 8.5 in (2.04 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
Playing career 1955–1967
Position Center
Coaching career 1979–1981
Career history
As player:
1955–1957 Rustovnna Burevestnik
1957–1967 CSKA Moscow
As coach:
1979–1981 Mozambique
Career highlights and awards

As a player:

Viktor Alekseyevich Zubkov (Russian: Виктор Алексеевич Зубков; 24 April 1937 – 16 October 2016) was a Soviet professional basketball player and coach. At a height of 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in), he played at the center position.[1] He is considered to be one of the most distinguished players of Soviet and European basketball in the 1950s and 1960s.

He won two silver medals at the Summer Olympic Games, while representing the senior men's Soviet national team. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991.

Playing career[edit]

Zubkov played at the club level with CSKA Moscow, with whom he won 8 Soviet national league titles (1959–1966), and two FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) titles (1961 and 1963).

Soviet national team[edit]

As a member of the senior men's Soviet national team for seven years (1956–1963), he won two Olympic silver medals (1956 and 1960), one FIBA World Cup bronze medal, in 1963 (in which he was also the team captain), and three EuroBasket gold medals (1957, 1959, and 1961).

Post-playing career[edit]

Zubkov retired from playing basketball in 1966, and after that, he worked as senior instructor and deputy chief of the military-engineering academy, named after Valerian Kuybyshev, and as the head coach of the senior Mozambican national team.


Zubkov died on 16 October 2016.[2]


  1. ^ "EuroBasket History - The 50's". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Умер двукратный призер ОИ по баскетболу Виктор Зубков". lenta.ru. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 

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