Valery Nepomnyashchy

This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Kuzmich and the family name is Nepomnyashchy.
Valery Nepomnyashchy
Personal information
Full name Valery Kuzmich Nepomnyashchy
Date of birth (1943-08-07) August 7, 1943
Place of birth Slavgorod, Soviet Union
Playing position Defender, Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–65 SKIF Ashgabat ? (?)
1965–67 Spartak Samarkand ? (?)
Teams managed
1982–83 Kolhozchi Ashkhabad
1988–90 Cameroon
1991 China (technical consultant)
1992–93 Gençlerbirliği S.K.
1993–94 Ankaragücü
1995–98 Yukong Elephants / Bucheon SK
2000 Shenyang Haishi
2001 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
2002–03 Shandong Luneng
2004–05 Shanghai Shenhua
2006 Pakhtakor Tashkent
2006 Uzbekistan
2008–11 FC Tom Tomsk
2012–13 PFC CSKA Moscow (technical consultant)
2014–16 FC Tom Tomsk

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

Valery Kuzmich Nepomnyashchy (Russian: Валерий Кузьмич Непомнящий, (born 7 August 1943 in Slavgorod, Altai Krai) is a Russian football (soccer) manager and a former player.

Most famously he coached the Cameroon national football team when they surprisingly made the quarterfinals in the 1990 FIFA World Cup. From 1992 to 1994 he coached clubs in Turkey. In 1994 he became manager of South Korea's Yukong Elephants (currently Jeju United FC), and in 1996 led them to a victory in League Cup. In 2001, he took over the job of J. League club Sanfrecce Hiroshima manager from Eddie Thomson. He has also coached Shanghai Shenhua, (whom he led to a second-place finish for the first time in his career), from 2004 to 2005, and the Uzbekistan national football team in 2006. He worked as a football commentator for a Russian television channel, “NTV-Plus”. In September 2008 he signed 2-year contract with Russian club Tom.[1]

Early life

Nepomnyashchy was born in Altai Krai, Soviet Union during Second World War. His mother, pregnant with him, was evacuated there from Moscow, after his father was killed during the war. In 1947, they moved to the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic, nowadays Turkmenistan, where he would start his youth career.[2]


Nepomnyashchy would start his career as a footballer where his greatest achievement was to play as a striker for third tier Soviet football club Spartak Samarkand. His career was however cut short due to health problems and he had to retire at the age of 25 years. This saw him move into physical education and coaching that would see him land a job within the football coaching sports committee of Turkmenistan from 1970 to 1978. By 1979 he would achieve his first assistant coaching job with third tier Turkmen football club Kolhozchi Ashkhabad and by 1982 he was named as their head coach where he led them to eighth in his debut season.[3]

By the end of 1983 Nepomnyashchy had returned to the Turkmenistan Sports committee until in 1984 when he was doing training courses in Moscow, he was asked by the Russian Office of football if he wanted to work abroad. Nepomnyashchy soon accepted the offer and was expected to provide training courses and assistance to developing countries such as Algeria, Tunisia and Suriname. Nepomnyashchy would find these trips as too frustrating and periodical in there planning until Cameroon offered him a concrete proposal.[4] Initially Nepomnyashchy thought that the Russian funded aid would see him coach one of the Cameroon youth teams, however with the previous manager Claude Le Roy deciding to leave to join Senegal there was an unexpected vacancy for the senior Head coach position, which Nepomnyashchy took and signed a two-year contract with the team.

At first Nepomnyashchy would struggle with the French language and had to use an interpreter, however he would eventually get his message across on what he wanted his team to do and they would qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Drawn in Group B they unexpectedly beat reigning champions Argentina as well as Romania to book their place within the last 16.[5] After beating Colombia 2-1 in extra-time Cameroon eventually lost to England in the Quarter-Finals.[6] While he was offered an extension to his contract, Nepomnyashchy decided to leave the team after his contract expired to take on a more lucrative position with the Chinese Football Association as a Technical Consultant.

In the 1992–93 1.Lig season Nepomnyashchy would return to management with Turkish side Gençlerbirliği S.K. before joining another Turkish side in Ankaragücü the following season. After an uninspired time within Turkey he would move to South Korea where he had a successful spell with Bucheon Yukong where he won the 1996 Korean League Cup with them.[7] After his time in South Korea ended he returned to Russia for FC Dynamo Stavropol where he acted as a consultant in 1999 before returning to Asia where he went on to manage several different clubs before returning to national team management when he coached Uzbekistan after having a successful spell with one of its clubs, Pakhtakor FK where he won the 2006 league title with them.

Managerial statistics


Team From To Record
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 200 200 30 13 0 17 43.33
Total 30 13 0 17 43.33


As a manager

Yukong Elephants / Bucheon SK

Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Shanghai Shenhua

Pakhtakor FK

Personal awards


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  1. Валерий Непомнящий возглавит ФК "Томь" (in Russian). RIA News. Retrieved September 20, 2008.
  2. "" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010. Check date values in: |access-date= (help); External link in |title= (help)
  3. "Soviet Union 1982". 16 Aug 2012. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  4. ЗА ВЫХОД В ЧЕТВЕРТЬФИНАЛ ЧЕМПИОНАТА МИРА Я ПОЛУЧИЛ 700 ДОЛЛАРОВ (in Russian). 1998-02-26. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  5. "1990 FIFA World Cup Italy: Argentina - Cameroon". Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  6. "1990 FIFA World Cup Italy: England - Cameroon". Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  7. "South Korea 1996". 23 Mar 2003. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  8. J.League Data Site(Japanese)
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