Ukrainian in MJ
Forgive us, football fans from Russia who persistently consider Manchester United’s English star of the early 1990s as their footballer, but we will take the liberty to include a Ukrainian by origin who was born in Ukraine and brought up in Ukrainian football schools, yet in the list of prominent Ukrainian personalities football
Andrei as a child did not particularly stand out from his peers, and when he started playing football at the Pioneer stadium in Kirovograd Sports School under the guidance of Vasily Kapinus, he was awarded the nickname Shket. Perhaps for a small growth, speed of thinking and speed. Andrew’s perseverance and hard work did not go unnoticed by the coaches of the Kharkiv sports sport, where Kanchelskis continued to comprehend the basics of football science.
At the age of 17, the young midfielder returned to Kirovograd and made his debut in the Star. On August 29, 1986, Kanchelskis scored his first goal for the Kirovograd club against the Bukovina Chernivtsi goal. At the end of the debut season in the second league of the USSR championship, the career of the future star of English football was threatened due to a serious illness. But Andrew was able to defeat the disease and returned to the football field. The reward for dedication was 50 matches in the championship of the Union, three goals and a huge number of accurate and assists on teammates.
The desire for victory and the indomitable desire to play allowed Kanchelskis to move to Kiev kanchelskis2 Dynamo, where Valery V. Lobanovsky was a mentor at the time. Then the composition of Kiev was unusually strong, and it took Andrei a year and a half to come to the base. And when it was close to the cherished goal, he took … and left for Shakhtar in Donetsk. It was from Donetsk that Kanchelskis, who became the leader of the team, went to the European Youth Championship, where he won the gold medal. The young team full of talents, by the way, beat Yugoslavia in the final, which was played by all the stars of Balkan football of the 1990s.
At the youth Euro, then in the matches of the USSR national team against Scotland in Glasgow and West Germany in Dortmund, Kanchelskis was closely followed by Alex Fergusson, who was not yet a legend trainer, but only the manager of a team that had not won the English championship since 1963. It all ended with the fact that on April 26, 1991, Andrew left Donetsk for 650 thousand pounds (approximately $ 1 million) to the Red Devils camp. Peter Schmeichel, Paul Ince, Erik Cantona and Ryan Giggs were already waiting for him there. Kanchelskis was the stroke that turned the team into an invincible car.
Immediately after his arrival, Manchester won the Cup Winners’ Cup, the European Super Cup. In the first full season, Andrei received two cups at once for his club – England and the English League, but in the championship the team finished second. However, in 1993 and 1994 there were no equal “devils” in England. It is the first half of the 1990s that many world observers call the beginning of the “great” Manchester United.
In the midst of all this holiday, a situation occurred that made Andrei a “Russian”. After the European Championship in 1992, where after the collapse of the USSR, a team without a name and a hymn, a group of players who did not want to miss the 1994 World Cup, took Russian citizenship. As it turned out later, the Russian Football Union constantly violated financial obligations to football players. Because of this, Kanchelskis did not go to the 1994 World Cup, and Euro 1996, which became the last international forum of the former Kirovohrad, passed in mutual complaints and scandals. Whether it was worth changing citizenship, perhaps only Andrei himself knows.
But back to Old Trafford. Who was Kanchelskis for “Manchester” can be explained by one fact: in 1995, the British group “Status Quo” together with the club “Manchester United” recorded the subsequently cult anthem of Mankunians called “Come on you, Reds” . In this hymn, in addition to such great players “MJ” of different times, as Charlton, Best, Schmeichel, Cantona, Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis is also mentioned. His name in the list of players who have earned the honor of being mentioned in the song for his services to the club goes between Brian Robson and Ryan Giggs.
Like many football players in the 1990s, Kanchelskis was not very friendly with the regime, and even when he became a real star in England, he even allowed himself sharp discussions with Ferguson about this. When in the double of the English grandee young David Beckham grew to replace the main motor of the team, the club management decided not to renew the contract with the Ukrainian and sell it for 5 million pounds in Everton. This deal was a record for the Liverpool club, but no one ever regretted it.
In Everton, Kanchelskis glittered even brighter than in Manchester. Of course, he did not play in the Champions Cup, but in the championship of England he worked wonders. Fans wore him in their arms, for example, because he scored all three goals of his team in confrontations with Liverpool (2: 1 and 1: 1), two of them on Anfield Road did not succeed.