Gennadiy Snegirev: Shakhtar’s contemporary

This year marks the 80th anniversary since the birthday of Shakhtar’s outstanding defender of the early 1960s Gennadiy Snegirev. The latest issue of the club magazine features a story about the Shakhtar legend.

‘The people who used to know Gennadiy Snegirev, always saw him as a local guy, the Donetsk local. His character, you know, gave him away: cool, unyielding, the one typical of the miners. But he has never been down a mine, appearing in Donetsk in the 1960 season as a little-known player invited from Magnitogorsk-based Metallurg. Snegirev started his sporting career in the native Urals, making a name for himself already at Shakhtar and becoming a key player in the Pitmen’s defensive third for six seasons...’

A lot has been said about Oshenkov’s Shakhtar of the 1960s. Snegirev played an important role in his formations. In 1962, they introduced a 4-2-4 formation in football, adding a sweeper role at the back. Snegirev was entrusted with backing his teammates, and he never failed in doing so. Indeed, back then, the Pitmen boasted quite a strong defence. Let alone three consecutive USSR Cup finals which were just sensational. They liked Shakhtar for their character, intransigence and disregard for authority. Those qualities were largely inherent in Gennadiy Snegirev: he was responsive, sociable, respected in the team, for which he was entrusted with the captain's armband.’

You can find the full version of the article in our e-publication. Shakhtar magazine is available for free download.