Vladimir Maksimov

Vladimir Salmanovich Maksimov (Russian: Владимир Салманович Максимов; born October 14, 1945 in Kant, Kirghiz SSR) is a Soviet/Russian handball player. After his retirement as an active field player, he was chosen as a coach for the Russian national team, with which he won all three major titles in handball (European champion in 1996, world champion twice in 1993 and 1997 and Olympic champion in 2000). He is, with Claude Onesta for France, the only coach for a national handball team to have obtained these three titles.

Vladimir Maksimov
Olympic medal record
Men's Handball
1976 Montreal Team

As an active player, he was on the team who competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics (three matches played, fifth place) and in the 1976 Summer Olympics (gold medal).

Awards and titles

  • Honored Master of Sports USSR (1973)
  • Honored coach of Russia
  • Order For Merit to the Fatherland III class (April 19, 2001) – for his great contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, high sports achievements at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney in 2000 '[1]
  • Order For Merit to the Fatherland IV class (September 11, 1998) – for services to the state, many years of hard work and great contribution to strengthening friendship and cooperation between nations[2]
  • Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1976)


  1. Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 19 апреля 2001 года № 450 "О награждении государственными наградами Российской Федерации спортсменов, тренеров, работников физической культуры и спорта"
  2. Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 11 сентября 1998 года № 1080 "О награждении государственными наградами Российской Федерации"