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Oleksiy Oleksandrovych Mykhaylychenko (Ukrainian: Олексій Олександрович Михайличенко; born March 30, 1963) is a Ukrainian football coach and former professional football player. He is a Distinguished Master of Sports of the USSR and a Distinguished Coach of Ukraine. During his playing days he was a versatile midfielder known for his stamina and passing capability. Also noted for his technique, Mykhaylychenko usually played as central attacking midfielder.

Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko
Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko in 2016.jpg
Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko in 2016
Personal information
Full name Oleksiy Oleksandrovych Mykhaylychenko
Date of birth (1963-03-30) March 30, 1963 (age 56)
Place of birth Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dynamo Kyiv (manager)
Youth career
1973–1981 Dynamo Kyiv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1990 Dynamo Kyiv 137 (39)
1990–1991 Sampdoria 24 (3)
1991–1996 Rangers 134 (24)
Total 295 (66)
National team
1987–1991[1] USSR 36 (9)
1992[1] CIS 5 (0)
1992–1994[1] Ukraine 2 (0)
Teams managed
2002–2004 Dynamo Kyiv
2004–2008 Ukraine U-21
2008–2009 Ukraine
2011–2013 Dynamo Kyiv (sportive director)
2012–2013 Dynamo Kyiv (assistant)
2013–2019 Dynamo Kyiv (sportive director)
2019– Dynamo Kyiv
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mykhailychenko currently holds an administrative position in his home club, Dynamo Kyiv, as director of sport. His name is commonly romanised as Alexei Mikhailichenko from the Russian spelling of his name (Алексей Александрович Михайличенко).

Mikhailichenko played for Dynamo Kyiv, Sampdoria and Rangers. He then became a coach, starting with assistant coach to Dynamo Kyiv's legendary Valeriy Lobanovsky. Following the death of Lobanovsky, Mykhailychenko replaced him as head coach. In 2004, he took charge of the Ukraine's national under-21 team. He was head coach of the Ukraine national football team senior side for two years after that.[2]



Mikhailichenko began his football career in the youth system of Dynamo Kyiv, under the guidance of Anatoliy Byshovets. He made his debut in the Soviet Top League in 1981, and went on to have a great career with Dynamo, winning four championships and three runner-up medals. He also won the Soviet Cup three times. His biggest success with Dynamo came when they won the 1986 European Cup Winner's Cup. He was awarded the Soviet Footballer of the Year award in 1988, as well as two Ukrainian Footballer of the Year awards in 1987 and 1988. In 1990, he was signed by the Italian club Sampdoria, who won their first Serie A title that season.

The following season he moved to play with the Scottish Premier Division team Rangers. With Rangers Mikhailichenko managed to win another five champion's medals. All-in-all Mykhaylychenko won championship medals in 3 different leagues, and for 7 consecutive seasons – USSR in 1990, Italy in 1991 and Scotland from 1992 to 1996. He remained in Scotland until retiring from playing on May 31, 1996.

His first season at Ibrox was undoubtedly his most successful, as they completed the double of the league title and Scottish Cup and Mikhailichenko was a regular in the side with 10 goals from 27 league games. He featured in 29 league games as Rangers won a domestic treble a year later, but managed just five goals. He was even more frequent a choice in the first team during 1993–94, playing 34 games but managed just five goals. But then came the arrival of Brian Laudrup, whose presence in the team restricted Mikhailichenko to a mere nine league appearances and two goals in 1994–95. He made 11 goalless league appearances in the 1995–96 (during which Wolverhampton Wanderers made an unsuccessful approach for him) before retiring from playing at the age of 33.[1]

National teamEdit

At national level Mikhailichenko was capped 41 times, scoring nine goals for the USSR/CIS. He won the Gold Medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics, and was part of the silver-medal-winning Soviet squad at Euro 88. He also played in the Euro 92 championship but injury deprived him of a place in the Italia 90 squad and he was sorely missed as the Soviets crashed out in the first round. Mykhaylychenko also played twice for Ukraine.

In 1983 Mikhailichenko took part in the Summer Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR in the team of Ukrainian SSR.[3]

His first game for the Soviet team Mykhailychenko played on April 29, 1987 home against GDR team. On October 28, 1992 Mykhailychenko at age 29 played for the Ukrainian team away against Belarus.


After retiring from playing football in 1997, Mikhailichenko went back to Ukraine to begin coaching under the legendary Kyiv manager Valeri Lobanovsky, remaining his assistant for five years. When Lobanovsky died in 2002 Mikhailichenko took over as caretaker manager, before assuming full control of the team in the 2002/03 season. Mikhailichenko led the team to two league titles and the 2003 Ukrainian Cup, but was replaced in August 2004. In 2004, he became the head coach of the Ukraine national under-21 football team. In that capacity he led the team to the final of the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, which they lost to Netherlands.

On June 16, 2006, it was reported that Mikhailichenko would take over as head coach of Scottish Premier League club, Heart of Midlothian. Hearts did not follow up their reported interest and instead appointed caretaker Valdas Ivanauskas on a full-time basis. Mikhailichenko was announced as head coach of the Ukraine national football team on January 11, 2008.[4] After Mikhailichenko's contract expired on December 1, 2009 the Football Federation of Ukraine did not renew the contract after the national team failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.[2]

Career statisticsEdit


Soviet Union national team
Year Apps Goals
1987 6 1
1988 12 3
1989 5 1
1990 4 2
1991 9 2
Total 36 9
CIS national team
Year Apps Goals
1992 5 0
Ukraine national team
Year Apps Goals
1992 1 0
1994 1 0
Total 2 0

International goalsEdit

Score and results list Soviet Union's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 9 September 1987 Central Lenin Stadium, Moscow   France 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying
2. 18 June 1988 Waldstadion, Frankfurt   England 2–1 3–1 UEFA Euro 1988
3. 19 October 1988 Republican Stadium, Kiev   Austria 1–0 2–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 23 November 1988 Adailiya Stadium, Kuwait City   Kuwait 0–1 0–1 Friendly
5. 10 May 1989 Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Istanbul   Turkey 0–1 0–1 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 16 May 1990 Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv   Israel 2–2 3–2 Friendly
7. 29 August 1990 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow   Romania 1–2 1–2 Friendly
8. 17 April 1991 Népstadion, Budapest   Hungary 0–1 0–1 UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying
9. 29 May 1991 Central Lenin Stadium, Moscow   Cyprus 2–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying


Olympic medal record
Men’s football
  1988 Seoul Team


Dynamo Kyiv


Soviet Union


Ballon d'OrEdit

As coachEdit


  1. ^ a b c Arnhold, Matthias. "Olexiy Oleksandrovich Mykhailychenko - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ a b Ukraine decides not to renew coach's contract, Kyiv Post (December 23, 2009)
  3. ^ Composition of teams at the Summer Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR.
  4. ^ "Mikhailichenko takes Ukraine reins". article from Archived from the original on January 13, 2008. Retrieved January 16, 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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