Anatoliy Banishevskiy was born on February 23rd, 1946 in Baku.
Throughout of his playing and coaching career he stayed constant to his native
club, Neftchi Baku. He scored 136 goals in 288 matches for Oilers.
At the age of 16 he was brought up to the team and soon become a part of
starting XI. In 1965 he was capped for the USSR national team and scored seven
goals in first eight matches. One of these goals was scored at legendary
Maracana stadium against Brazil national team.
He played a lucrative role in Neftchi during their bronze season in 1966.
He was a part of Soviet team that reached the semifinal of 1966 FIFA World Cup
and UEFA EURO 1968. He is a silver medalist of UEFA EURO 1972. Soviet leaders
stayed unhappy with the performance of the team, and Banya never capped again.
After his playing career he worked as a coach in Neftchi and Burkina Faso. His
African adventure cost him health problems.
Banishevskiy passed away on December 10th, 1997, International Football Day.
In November 2003, as part of the celebration ofUEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as theGolden Playerfor Azerbaijan by the Association of
Football Federations of Azerbaijanas
the country's most outstanding player over the past 50 years.