- Category : 1958-births
- Type : GP
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (2,15,46)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Contagion 1
Ukrainian-born footballer who won 45 caps for the Soviet Union. Baltacha played for top club Dynamo Kiev and was on the winning side in the Cup Winners' Cup in 1986, the Soviet Top League and Soviet Cup four times, and the Soviet Super Cup on three occasions. He also appeared in the FIFA World Cup in 1982, was a finalist in the European Championships in 1988 and won the bronze medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow
His later career was spent in England and Scotland, playing for Ipswich Town and St. Johnstone. His debut for Ipswich (in which he scored) was the first time a Soviet international had played in the Football League. He also had a spell as player manager of Inverness Caledonian in the Scottish Highland Football League, and was with Caledonian when they amalgamated with Inverness Thistle and entered the Scottish Football League in 1994 as Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
After retirement he became a physical education teacher. He is the father of tennis player, Elena Baltacha.