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.
Tikhonov with Spartak Moscow in 2011
|Full name||Andrey Valeryevich Tikhonov|
|Date of birth||16 October 1970|
|Place of birth||Korolyov, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2000||Maccabi Tel Aviv||8||(1)|
|2001–2004||Krylia Sovetov Samara||98||(19)|
|2008||Krylia Sovetov Samara||28||(7)|
|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|
|* 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. 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.
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.
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.
On 1 June 2017, he left FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk to join FC Krylia Sovetov Samara as a manager. 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.
Records and honoursEdit
- Scored 8 goals in one game for FC Spartak-d Moscow in a 1993 Russian Second League 8–0 victory over FC Rekord Aleksandrov. That was a Russian professional football record for most goals in one game he shared with Sergey Maslov and Gennady Korkin until Igor Kiselyov scored 10 goals in one game in 2001.
- Russian First Division best player: 2005, 2010.
- CIS Cup top goalscorer: 1997 (shared)
His son Mikhail Tikhonov is now a professional footballer.
- "Крылья Советов" (Самара) – Официальный сайт профессионального футбольного клуба
- Дневники футболиста / Sports.ru
- Тихонов может сыграть за «Спартак»
- Spartak crushed Krylya Sovetov in Tikhonov's farewell match (in Russian)
- Андрей Тихонов покинул ФК "Енисей" (in Russian). FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk. 1 June 2017. Archived from the original on 4 June 2017.
- Андрей Тихонов покидает "Крылья Советов" (in Russian). FC Krylia Sovetov Samara. 5 October 2018.
- МАСЛОВ ПОВТОРЯЕТ ГОЛЕВОЙ РЕКОРД ТИХОНОВА
- Игорь КИСЕЛЕВ: ВТОРОЙ РАЗ В ЖИЗНИ ЗАБИЛ ДЕСЯТЬ МЯЧЕЙ ЗА ИГРУ
- Лауреаты сезона 2010–го года Archived 17 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine