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Oleksiy Oleksandrovych Mykhaylychenko ( ) ( ) (born March 30, 1963 in Kievmarker) is a former Sovietmarker Ukrainianmarker professional footballer who played for Dynamo Kyiv, Sampdoria and Rangers. He is currently the head-coach of Ukraine national football team.



Mykhaylychenko 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 Oleksiy 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.

National Team

At national level Mykhaylychenko was capped 41 times, scoring nine goals for the USSR. 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.


After retiring from playing football in 1997, Oleksiy went back to Ukrainemarker to begin coaching under the legendary Kyiv manager Valeri Lobanovsky, remaining his assistant for five years. When Lobanovsky died in 2002 Mykhaylychenko took over as caretaker manager, before assuming full control of the team in the 2002/03 season. Mykhaylychenko 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 Mykhaylychenko 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. Mykhaylychenko was announced as head coach of the Ukraine national football team on January 11, 2008.

Individual honours

As a player

As coach


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