Oleg Kuznetsov, the 1980s Dynamo football player, three-time USSR champion, and winner of the 1986 Cup of Cups, turns 60 today. UEFA honorary member Hryhoriy Surkis congratulated the hero of the day.
Dear Oleg Vladimirovich!
My sincere congratulations on the anniversary of the brilliant master whose game enriched the traditions and prize showcase of Kyiv and all Ukrainian football.
Remembering those pupils of Valery Lobanovsky whose names embodied the concepts of "reliability", "professionalism", "versatility", fans, the press and experts certainly put you at the top of the list.
A courageous stopper capable of shutting down the opposing team's most dangerous scorer, you sometimes did not deny yourself the pleasure of supporting a productive attack. The game in the air was rightly considered one of Oleg Kuznetsov's trump cards, and his cannon shots from almost any distance terrified the opposing goalkeepers.
A true patriot of your native Dynamo club and Ukraine, you have left a legacy not only in the gold medals and crystal cups, but above all in the hearts of football fans.
Over time, you chose the noble profession of coaching to share your invaluable experience with young heirs. And in this field, the name Kuznetsov has become synonymous with a mark of quality. Your contribution is reflected in the national team's greatest success at world championships, as well as in the victories of the youth and junior national teams of Ukraine.
I wish you health and happiness, dear jubilee, inspiration and inspiration, peaceful sky - as soon as possible - and fruitful creative work for the sake of new successes of national football!
With deep respect, Hryhoriy Surkis