46 Facts About Andrei Kanchelskis


Andrei Antanasovich Kanchelskis is a professional football manager and former player.

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Andrei Kanchelskis was most recently the manager of Navbahor Namangan in the Uzbekistan Super League.

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Andrei Kanchelskis then moved abroad, signing for English club Manchester United, where he helped the team win their first league championship in 26 years.

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Andrei Kanchelskis moved to Everton in 1995 where he spent 18 months, before transferring to Italian club Fiorentina for a record fee for a Soviet-born player.

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Andrei Kanchelskis is the only player to have scored in each of the Manchester, Merseyside, and Glasgow derbies.

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In 2016, Andrei Kanchelskis returned to management with Solyaris Moscow, and between 2018 and 2020, he had two spells in charge of Navbahor Namangan in Uzbekistan.

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Andrei Kanchelskis first played for the Soviet Union in 1989, and scored the nations' last ever goal before the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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Andrei Kanchelskis was born in Kirovohrad in the Soviet Union's Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic to a Lithuanian father, Antanas, and a Ukrainian mother.

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Andrei Kanchelskis started his career with hometown team Zirka Kropyvnytskyi, known at the time as Zirka Kirovograd.

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At Dynamo, Andrei Kanchelskis was coached by the legendary Valeriy Lobanovskyi, who he believes is the best manager he played for.

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Andrei Kanchelskis had decided to become a winger having seen Brazilian Jairzinho playing in his youth.

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Andrei Kanchelskis eventually decided to leave Dynamo due to lack of game time, causing upset to his mentor Lobanovskyi, who he admired and respected greatly.

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Andrei Kanchelskis then transferred to Shakhtar Donetsk in 1990, where his salary was increased to 700 rubles per week.

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Andrei Kanchelskis signed for Manchester United in a £650,000 deal on 26 March 1991, with United manager Alex Ferguson describing it as a "justifiable risk".

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At the time, Andrei Kanchelskis was a rarity in English football, being one of just 11 players in the First Division from outside the British Isles.

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Andrei Kanchelskis came into a United squad who finished the season in 6th position, with Ferguson under increasing pressure to win the league championship.

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Andrei Kanchelskis scored five league goals that season, finding the net eight times in all competitions.

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Andrei Kanchelskis was a regular in the first half of the season before being replaced for the second half of the season by Lee Sharpe, who returned from a bout of viral meningitis, with Giggs now the favoured choice in Sharpe's previous position on the left flank.

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Nevertheless, Andrei Kanchelskis was a key part of the team who won the first ever Premier League title, scoring three goals in 27 league games appearances, as United's 26-year league title wait came to an end.

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Andrei Kanchelskis 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.

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Andrei Kanchelskis was placed on the transfer list in July 1995 and on his departure, he was eventually replaced on the right-hand side of United's midfield by David Beckham.

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The Independent later uncovered that Bragin had stolen over £500k in 1991 when Andrei Kanchelskis had transferred to United, money which had been deposited into a Swiss bank account by Manchester United, a fact which was only realised by other Shakhtar officials, including Ravil Safiullin, when Andrei Kanchelskis transferred to Everton.

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Andrei Kanchelskis, who was contracted to Scottish team Rangers by the time of Ferguson's allegations, denied any involvement, and said Essaoulenko hadn't been his agent since 1991.

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In late January 1998, Andrei Kanchelskis was subject to a bid of £6m from Italian club Fiorentina, and Fiorentina director Luciano Luna claimed personal terms had been agreed for a four-year contract.

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Andrei Kanchelskis signed a three-year deal with Fiorentina for a fee of 16 billion lira, signing a four-year contract.

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New teammates Luis Airton Oliveira, Stefan Schwarz, Pasquale Padalino, and Anselmo Robbiati all expressed their joy at the arrival of Andrei Kanchelskis, predicting the arrival to be a success for both the team and the player.

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Cecchi Gori claimed Andrei Kanchelskis had been deliberately targeted by opposition player due to the cost of the transfer.

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Rangers went on to win a domestic treble of the league, Scottish Cup, and Scottish League Cup, with Andrei Kanchelskis coming on as a substitute as they clinched the third trophy against Old Firm rivals Celtic; in the first fixture of the season against Celtic, Andrei Kanchelskis had suffered a broken arm.

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In December 2003, Andrei Kanchelskis spoke to Russian media outlet Sport Express of a contract offer from Russian Premier League team Dynamo Moscow.

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Andrei Kanchelskis's stay at Dynamo was short-lived when he was sacked for a "disciplinary offence" on the eve of the 2004 season, with manager Jaroslav Hrebik citing a "lack of professionalism".

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Andrei Kanchelskis was part of the Soviet Union U21 team which won the 1990 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, scoring a goal in the second leg of the final against Yugoslavia U21.

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Andrei Kanchelskis recalls having "no fear" before the first leg, saying the squad was relaxed and had played with "pleasure".

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Andrei Kanchelskis was capped 23 times for the Soviet Union, scoring three goals.

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Andrei Kanchelskis scored, in November 1991 in Cyprus, the last goal in Soviet national team history.

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Andrei Kanchelskis was one of five players who refused to be called up to Russia squad for the World Cup, as part of the ongoing player dispute with Sadyrin.

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Andrei Kanchelskis usually played as a right-winger throughout his career, where he was known for his work-rate, pace, explosive acceleration, powerful shot from range, and eye for goal; however, he was not particularly strong in the air.

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Shortly after his retirement as a player in February 2007, Andrei Kanchelskis became the sporting director of First Division team FC Nosta Novotroitsk, with the intended goal of improving the infrastructure of the club.

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In May 2012, it was announced that Andrei Kanchelskis had left Ufa, with the club five points behind league leaders Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and three matches of the season remaining.

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In June 2012, Andrei Kanchelskis joined the coaching staff at Volga Nizhny Novgorod, where he spent a year before departing in June 2013.

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On 31 August 2014, Andrei Kanchelskis became the manager of the Latvian Higher League club FC Jurmala.

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Andrei Kanchelskis was the replacement for Bulgarian manager Gosho Petkov, who had gained 8 points from 28 games, and had left them in last place in the league table, but Kanchelskis failed to avoid relegation.

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In January 2016, Andrei Kanchelskis was appointed the new manager of third-tier team Solyaris Moscow following the death of the previous coach Sergey Shustikov.

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On 9 October 2018, Andrei Kanchelskis was appointed manager of the Uzbekistan Super League team Navbahor Namangan, replacing Ilkhom Muminjonov in the role.

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Andrei Kanchelskis signed a contract until the end of the 2018 season, and hired the experienced Russian coach Aleksei Belenkov as his assistant.

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In June 2019, Andrei Kanchelskis resigned from his role, citing the unsatisfactory results which had left the team situated in 4th place in the league, having earned 18 points from 12 games.

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Andrei Kanchelskis left Navbahor for a second time, on this occasion due to being unpaid for four months, and submitted an application to FIFA.

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