Andrei Kanchelskis – professional football player
Andrei Kanchelskis is a Soviet, Ukrainian and Russian football player, coach. He is a master of sports of international class of the USSR, Honored Master of Sports of Russia (2011), one of the most successful and award-winning Russian players.
Andrei Antanasovich Kanchelskis was born on January 23, 1969 in Kirovograd, USSR.
In 1988 he began his football career began at the highest level under the direction of Valery Lobanovsky in Dynamo Kiev. 19-year-old midfielder scored his first goal in the USSR championship on November 4, 1988. In 1989 he played for Dynamo Kiev in the 15 matches at the national championship and won the first of his football awards – the bronze medal.
After his release from military service Kanchelskis joined another Ukrainian club Shakhter. Later he was invited to take part at 1992 European Championship.
On February 6, 1991, during a game in Glasgow, Andrei was noticed by Sir Alex Ferguson, coach of Manchester United. He debuted in his new team on May 11, 1991, in one of the last matches of the season. Kanchelskis spent in the United four full seasons – from 1991 to 1995. He was one of the leaders of the club. Kanchelskis won the FA Cup, English League Cup, European Super Cup and two FA Community Shields. In total for the MU Kanchelskis played 162 matches and scored 36 goals.
In the 1994/95 season he was transferred to Everton for 5.5 million pounds. In April 1996, Andrei was named the best player of the month in the Premier League, the second of four Everton players (for now) achieved such success.
On February 11, 2007 38-year-old Andrei Kanchelskis announced the end of his career. From December 2009 to December 2010 he was the head coach of Torpedo-ZIL.
From December 2010 to May 18, 2012 he was a head coach of football club Ufa.
On June 20, 2012 Kanchelskis became the head coach of Volga club. At the end of the season 2012/2013 he left Volga.
On August 31, 2014 he was appointed head coach of the Latvian Jürmala.
From January 20 to April 26, 2016 he was a coach of Solaris Moscow.
Andrei is an author of the books Kanchelskis (1995) and My Geography (2002).
In 1999 Kanchelskis became the United Kingdom citizen.
In the summer of 1990 Kanchelskis met Inna in Kirovograd. The girl was a winner of Miss Kirovograd beauty pageant. On June 22, 1991 they got married. Their son Andrei was born in Manchester on December 21, 1993 and their daughter Eva was born in Glasgow on March 23, 1999. In 2006, Inna and Andrei officially divorced. Now Inna is the wife of Russian singer Stas Mikhailov.