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Dmitri Anatolyevich Alenichev (Russian: Дмитрий Анатольевич Аленичев; born 20 October 1972) is a Russian football coach, former player and politician.

Dmitri Alenichev
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Alenichev managing an Arsenal game in 2014
Personal information
Full name Dmitri Anatolievich Alenichev
Date of birth (1972-10-20) 20 October 1972 (age 46)
Place of birth Melioratorov, Pskov Oblast, Soviet Union
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989 SKIF-Express Velikie Luki 17 (4)
1990–1991 Mashinostroitel Pskov 38 (7)
1991–1993 Lokomotiv Moscow 69 (6)
1994–1998 Spartak Moscow 122 (18)
1998–2000 Roma 28 (2)
1999–2000Perugia (loan) 15 (0)
2000–2004 Porto 84 (12)
2004–2006 Spartak Moscow 21 (3)
Total 394 (52)
National team
1996–2005[1] Russia 55 (6)
Teams managed
2010–2012 Russia U18
2011–2015 Arsenal Tula
2015–2016 Spartak Moscow
2017–2019 Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



Alenichev in 2008

Despite being a Spartak Moscow fan, Alenichev debuted 1991 for Moscow rivals Lokomotiv Moscow, where he played four years before moving to Spartak, where in five years he won three Russian leagues and two cups, and was also elected Russian player of the year in 1997. He won a transfer to Italian Serie A side Roma, played 21 matches in the first season, but after only seven matches played in his second season, he moved to Perugia in December 1999. His stint in Italy overall proved to be unsuccessful and he was eventually considered to be one of Italian football's biggest foreign flops.[2]

In 2000, he moved to Portuguese Primeira Liga side Porto, where he made a strong first impression, scored the equalizing goal against rivals Sporting CP in the first leg of the 2000 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira. He was also impressive overall in first season, as Porto captured the Taça de Portugal after winning the final 2–0 against Marítimo, Alenichev scoring the second goal. The following season, Alenichev suffered some animosity from new Porto head coach Octávio Machado (similar to his compatriot Sergei Ovchinnikov) and spent most of the first half of the season sidelined, under the shadow of Deco. When Octávio was sacked and replaced with José Mourinho, Alenichev's prospects changed. Although he was not a regular in the starting 11, he was usually the first player substituted onto the pitch, particularly when Mourinho shifted from a 4–3–3 to a 4–4–2 formation. A starting player in the 2003 UEFA Cup Final and mid-match substitute in the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final, Alenichev scored in both contests. In the former, against Celtic, he scored the second goal, following a pass from Deco; and in the latter, against Monaco, he closed the scoreline with a powerful volley shot following a deflected through cross from Derlei. This made him one of only three players to score goals in two consecutive cup finals of different European competitions, the others being Ronald Koeman and Ronaldo.

During UEFA Euro 2004, in which Alenichev played in all three of Russia's matchups, he announced his desire to return to Spartak Moscow. In appreciation for the services done for the club, the FC Porto board made no objections to the transfer.

On 8 April 2006, Sport-Express published Alenichev's interview containing severe criticism of Aleksandrs Starkovs, Spartak's head coach at the time.[3][4] Following that, Alenichev was fined, dismissed from the first team, transfer listed 14 April[5] and on 10 September his contract was finally terminated by mutual agreement.[6] This became the end of Alenichev's football career.

Alenichev then joined the United Russia party. On 14 June 2007, he was voted the representative of the Omsk Oblast in the Federation Council of Russia.[7] He represented it until 2010, when he accepted the position of head coach of the Russia national under-18 team.[8]

In 2009, Alenichev was part of the Russia squad that won the 2009 Legends Cup.

In 2011, he joined FC Arsenal Tula as a manager and led the club through three promotions in 3 seasons from fourth-level Russian Amateur Football League to the top-level Russian Premier League. Arsemal was relegated after just one season in the top tier, and Alenichev left Tula.

In June 2015, he became manager of his former club Spartak Moscow.[9] He resigned as Spartak manager on 5 August 2016 following Spartak's elimination in the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round by AEK Larnaca.[10] At the end of that season, Spartak won the Russian Premier League for the first time in 16 years under the management of former Alenichev's assistant Massimo Carrera.

On 5 June 2017, Alenichev signed a two-year contract with Russian second division club Yenisey Krasnoyarsk.[11] In his first season, he led Yenisey to promotion to the Russian Premier League for the first time in club's history. He was replaced as Yenisey coach after the club was relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2018–19 season.[12]

Style of playEdit

A technically gifted and offensive-minded midfielder, Alenichev's favoured role was as a number 10 behind the strikers; he was also deployed as a central midfielder on occasion throughout his career, although he lacked both the physicality and tactical sense to excel in this position.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

His older brother Andrei Alenichev also played football professionally.

Career statisticsEdit

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Soviet Union League Cup League Cup Continental Total
1991 Lokomotiv Moscow Top League 16 0
Russia League Russian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1992 Lokomotiv Moscow Premier League 24 2
1993 29 4
1994 Spartak Moscow Premier League 17 3
1995 27 4
1996 32 7
1997 33 2
1998 13 2
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Roma Serie A 21 1
1999–00 7 1
1999–00 Perugia Serie A 15 0
2000–01 0 0
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
2000–01 Porto Portuguese Liga 28 3
2001–02 20 3
2002–03 18 4
2003–04 17 2
Russia League Russian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2004 Spartak Moscow Premier League 13 3
2005 8 0
Total Soviet Union 16 0
Russia 196 27
Italy 43 2
Portugal 83 12
Career total 338 41

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 February 1996 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Attard   Slovenia 2–0 3–1 1996 Rothmans International Tournament
2. 11 October 1997 Dynamo Stadium, Moscow   Bulgaria 1–0 4–2 1998 World Cup qualifier
3. 4–0
4. 31 March 1999 Republican Spartak Stadium, Vladikavkaz   Andorra 6–1 6–1 Euro 2000 qualifier
5. 6 June 2001 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg   Luxembourg 1–0 2–1 2002 World Cup qualifier
6. 14 November 2001 Skonto Stadium, Riga   Latvia 2–0 3–1 Friendly



  1. ^ "Dmitriy Anatolyevich Alenichev - International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  2. ^ "Dmitrij Alenitchev | Il freddo e anonimo precedessore del nipponico Nakata". 20 October 1972. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 April 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2006.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 April 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2006.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 April 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2006.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 June 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Новости :: Футболист Дмитрий Аленичев с подачи Бориса Грызлова забил на спорт и стал сенатором от Омской области". 8 June 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Аленичев официально возглавил "Спартак"". (in Russian). Interfax. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  10. ^ ДМИТРИЙ АЛЕНИЧЕВ ПОКИДАЕТ «СПАРТАК» (in Russian). FC Spartak Moscow. 5 August 2016.
  11. ^ Дмитрий Аленичев возглавил "Енисей" (in Russian). FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk. 5 June 2017. Archived from the original on 21 June 2017.
  12. ^ "АЛЕКСАНДР АЛЕКСЕЕВ — НОВЫЙ ГЛАВНЫЙ ТРЕНЕР "ЕНИСЕЯ"" [Aleksandr Alekseyev is the new head coach of Yenisey] (in Russian). FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk. 17 June 2019.
  13. ^ Guidi, Marco (12 July 2017). "De La Peña, Lehmann e la meteora Blanchard: i peggiori acquisti del mercato '98-'99". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 12 July 2019.

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