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Andrei Kanchelskis
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Personal information
Full name Andrei Antanasovich Kanchelskis
Date of birth 23 January 1969 (1969-01-23) (age 40)
Place of birth    Kirovograd, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Winger (retired)
Club information
Current club FC Torpedo-ZIL Moscow (manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Dynamo Kyiv
Shakhtar Donetsk
Manchester United
Manchester City (loan)
Saturn Moscow Oblast
Krylia Sovetov
022 0(1)
021 0(3)
123 (28)
052 (20)
026 0(2)
076 (13)
010 0(0)
001 0(0)
003 0(0)
032 0(3)
022 0(1)
388 (71)   
National team
017 0(3)
006 0(0)
036 0(4)
Teams managed
FC Nosta Novotroitsk (general director)
FC Torpedo-ZIL Moscow

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Andrei Antanasovich Kanchelskis (Russian: Андрей Антанасович Канчельскис) is a Russian football manager and a former Soviet and Russian football midfielder of Lithuanian and Ukrainian origin. He played for a number of teams, most notably Manchester United, Everton and Rangers. Kanchelskis is the only player in history to have scored in each of the Glasgow, Merseyside and Manchester local derbies.

Currently, he is managing FC Torpedo-ZIL Moscow.


Club career


Early career

Kanchelskis started his career with Dynamo Kyiv in 1988 and then went to Shakhtar Donetsk in 1990.[1]

Manchester United

Kanchelskis signed for Manchester United in a £650,000 deal on 26 March 1991 and made his debut in the final game of the 1990-91 season, which United lost 3-0 at Selhurst Park. At the time of his arrival at Old Trafford, United were in the process of finishing sixth in the Football League First Division and had won the previous season's FA Cup. They won the European Cup Winners' Cup on 15 May 1991, but Kanchelskis was not in the squad. It had been 24 years since their last top division title, and manager Alex Ferguson signed Kanchelskis in a bid to find an attacking right sided midfielder to give him a younger and quicker option to the older right footed midfielders Mike Phelan and Bryan Robson.

While Phelan and Robson would remain at Old Trafford for another three seasons, Kanchelskis soon became a regular member of the United team, playing in 34 out of 42 league games in the 1991-92 season as United finished second to Leeds United in a title race that they had led for most of the season before being overhauled during the final few weeks. However, compensation for Kanchelskis and his team mates had come at Wembley Stadium on 12 April 1992 when a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest gave them their first ever Football League Cup triumph. Kanchelskis managed five league goals that season, finding the net eight times in all competitions. [1]

In 1992-93, Kanchelskis established on the right side of midfield, being a key part of the team who won the first ever Premier League title, scoring three goals in 27 league games as United's 26-year league title wait came to an end. He was one of only 13 non British or Irish players to play on the opening weekend of the Premier League along with Jan Stejskal, Peter Schmeichel, Robert Warzycha, Roland Nilsson, Eric Cantona, Hans Segers, John Faxe Jensen, Anders Limpar, Gunnar Halle, Craig Forrest, Michel Vonk and Ronnie Rosenthal. The number of "overseas" players in the Premier League would multiply over the next few years.

1993-94 brought more success as United won the Premier League title and the FA Cup, and Kanchelskis was now United's first choice right-sided midfielder, and their first "proper" right-winger since Steve Coppell in the early 1980s, as the previous first-choice player in that position - Bryan Robson - was more of a right-sided midfielder.

Kanchelskis was United's leading goalscorer in the 1994-95 season with 15 goals in 32 games (14 of them in the Premier League), but missed the final few weeks of the season due to a hernia and during that time United surrendered the league title to Blackburn and the FA Cup to Everton. United were also without the suspended Eric Cantona (who was banned for eight months after he assaulted a spectator against Crystal Palace in late January), while Andy Cole was cup-tied for the FA Cup games.

Kanchelsksis had played 145 times for United and scored 48 goals in the space of four years, but he had fallen out with manager Alex Ferguson earlier in the season and failed to patch up his differences with the manager. He was promptly put on the transfer list in early July.


Bryan Robson made an unsuccessful bid to sign Kanchelskis for Middlesbrough when it was announced that United would be selling him, and there was also speculation that he would sign for Liverpool. In the end, Kanchelskis was sold to Everton just after the start of the 1995-96 season. The £5 million fee paid by manager Joe Royle made him Everton's biggest signing at the time.

His first season with the club saw him score 16 goals to cap a season of excellent performances which made him arguably the best right-winger in the country. He rapidly gained cult status with Everton fans especially after his two goals against rivals Liverpool at Anfield and his performances helped the club to a sixth place finish, their best finish since 1988, though it wasn't quite enough to secure a UEFA Cup place. Before Kanchelskis had been able to reproduce that form in his second season he was sold mid-way through for £8 million to Fiorentina.

Later career

At Fiorentina he again struggled to find his best form and later went on to play for Rangers (1998-2002), Manchester City (2001) (on loan, scoring once in the FA Cup against Liverpool)[2], Southampton (2003), Al-Hilal (2003), FC Saturn Moscow (2004-2005), and Krylia Sovetov (2006). Whilst playing over 70 games for the Ibrox side, he only showed glimpses of his earlier career success, and found himself yet again on the fringes of the first team.

After leaving Krylia Sovetov he was without a contract and despite expressing interest in continuing playing, he retired on 12 February 2007.[3] He played his last competitive game on 25 November 2006 in Round 30 of the Russian League.[4]

Playing career

1988 Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv Top League 1st level 07/1
1989 Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv Top League 1st level 15/0
1990 Soviet Union Shakhtar Donetsk Top League 1st level 16/2
1991 Soviet Union Shakhtar Donetsk Top League 1st level 05/1
1990-91 England Manchester United Premier League 1st level 01/0
1991-92 England Manchester United Premier League 1st level 34/5
1992-93 England Manchester United Premier League 1st level 27/3
1993-94 England Manchester United Premier League 1st level 31/6
1994-95 England Manchester United Premier League 1st level 30/14
1995-96 England Everton Premier League 1st level 32/16
1996-97 England Everton Premier League 1st level 20/4
Italy Fiorentina Serie A 1st level 09/0
1997-98 Italy Fiorentina Serie A 1st level 17/2
1998-99 Scotland Rangers Premier League 1st level 30/8
1999-00 Scotland Rangers Premier League 1st level 29/4
2000-01 Scotland Rangers Premier League 1st level 14/3
England Manchester City Premier League 1st level 10/0
2001-02 Scotland Rangers Premier League 1st level 10/1
2002-03 England Southampton Premier League 1st level 01/0
2003 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Premier League 1st level 03/0
2004 Russia Saturn Premier League 1st level 12/2
2005 Russia Saturn Premier League 1st level 20/1
2006 Russia Krylia Sovetov Premier League 1st level 22/1


International career

Although Kanchelskis was born in Ukraine and his heritage is Lithuanian, he chose to represent Russia. He was capped 23 times for the Soviet Union national team, scoring three goals, and 36 times for Russia, scoring five goals. After leading a player boycott against head coach Pavel Sadyrin and therefore missing the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the only senior major international tournaments Kanchelskis played in were Euro 92 and Euro 96.

Post-playing career

In 2007, Kanchelskis became the sporting director of Russian 1st division football club FC Nosta Novotroitsk. After Nosta was relegated to the third-tier Russian Second Division, Kanchelskis was appointed in December 2009 as the manager of FC Torpedo-ZIL Moscow.


In his autobiography, Managing My Life, Alex Ferguson alleged that he was offered a £40,000 bribe to sell Kanchelskis. When this was refused, he claimed that death threats were made to Martin Edwards, the chairman of Manchester United at the time. There was no suggestion that Everton or Kanchelskis were aware of either the bribe or the threats.[5]


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