Andrey Tikhonov

Andrey Valeryevich Tikhonov (Russian: Андрей Валерьевич Тихонов; born 16 October 1970) is a Russian football manager and a former midfielder who is the manager of Kazakhstani club Astana. Tikhonov is primarily known for having played for Spartak Moscow and the Russia national football team.

Andrey Tikhonov
Andrei Tikhonov 2011.jpg
Tikhonov with Spartak Moscow in 2011
Personal information
Full name Andrey Valeryevich Tikhonov
Date of birth (1970-10-16) 16 October 1970 (age 50)
Place of birth Korolyov, Soviet Union
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Astana (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991 Vympel Korolyov 2 (0)
1992 Titan Reutov 15 (8)
1992–2000 Spartak Moscow 191 (68)
2000 Maccabi Tel Aviv 8 (1)
2001–2004 Krylia Sovetov Samara 98 (19)
2005–2007 Khimki 110 (41)
2008 Krylia Sovetov Samara 28 (7)
2009 Lokomotiv Astana 25 (12)
2010 Khimki 29 (2)
2011 Spartak Moscow 1 (0)
Total 507 (158)
National team
1996–2000 Russia 29 (1)
Teams managed
2008 Krylia Sovetov Samara (assistant)
2011–2012 FC Spartak Moscow (assistant)
2012–2013 FC Sparta Shchyolkovo
2013–2014 FC Spartak Moscow (assistant)
2014–2016 FC Krasnodar (assistant)
2016–2017 FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
2017–2018 FC Krylia Sovetov Samara
2020– FC Astana
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Tikhonov was spotted by the then-Spartak manager Oleg Romantsev, while playing for Titan Reutov, in a game against Spartak Moscow reserves. Tikhonov quickly broke into the starting line-up at his new club, becoming a key player at Spartak soon afterwards.[2] Tikhonov won a total of eight Russian League titles with Spartak, before falling out with Oleg Romantsev. He then had a short loan spell in Israel, before signing a contract with Krylia Sovetov Samara. In February 2001, Tikhonov was training with Southampton, even featuring in one friendly for the club, but no deal was reached, mainly because the player already had a running one-year contract with Krylia Sovetov at the time.[3]

An icon among Spartak fans, Tikhonov is often viewed as an underachiever on the international stage. He made his international debut in 1996, in a friendly against Malta.

In early 2011, he announced that he would be returning to Spartak Moscow but it was initially unconfirmed whether the 40-year-old midfielder would get playing time or whether he would simply be a coach. Later however, it was confirmed that he would be part of the squad.[4]

He then started for the red-and-whites in a cup quarter-final game against FC Krasnodar on 20 April 2011. He got a warm reception from the home fans and was substituted off in the second half. On 18 September 2011, Tikonov has played his farewell match as Spartak defeated his former team, Krylya Sovetov, 3–0. Tikhonov made an assist and participated in another attack that ended with a goal before being substituted just before the end of the first half.[5]

Coaching careerEdit

On 1 June 2017, he left FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk to join FC Krylia Sovetov Samara as a manager.[6] He returned FC Krylia Sovetov Samara back to the Russian Premier League at the end of the 2017–18 season. After 9 games in the 2018–19 season, with Krylia in the 15th place, Tikhonov was dismissed from Krylia Sovetov.[7]

Records and honoursEdit

Personal lifeEdit

His son Mikhail Tikhonov is now a professional footballer.


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  2. ^ "Крылья Советов" (Самара) – Официальный сайт профессионального футбольного клуба
  3. ^ Дневники футболиста /
  4. ^ Тихонов может сыграть за «Спартак»
  5. ^ Spartak crushed Krylya Sovetov in Tikhonov's farewell match (in Russian)
  6. ^ Андрей Тихонов покинул ФК "Енисей" (in Russian). FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk. 1 June 2017. Archived from the original on 4 June 2017.
  7. ^ Андрей Тихонов покидает "Крылья Советов" (in Russian). FC Krylia Sovetov Samara. 5 October 2018.
  10. ^ Лауреаты сезона 2010–го года Archived 17 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine

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