Kalinichenko in 2010
|Full name||Maksym Serhiyovych Kalynychenko|
|Date of birth||26 January 1979|
|Place of birth||Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, USSR|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Maksym Serhiyovych Kalynychenko (Ukrainian: Максим Сергійович Калиниченко; born on 26 January 1979 in Kharkiv, USSR) is a professional Ukrainian football midfielder, sometimes playing in central midfield or as a winger. Observers have noted his pace, creativity, and accuracy in free kicks / penalties. This is offset by his reputation for mercurial play.
Kalynychenko's father was a goalkeeper for an amateur side in Kharkiv, and the young Kalynychenko often acted as striker for his father to practise saves. He was enrolled in the Kharkiv Sportinternat, a sports boarding school where despite his smaller frame, tutors noted his tactical ability. The young Kalynychenko, like most of his family and friends, was a supporter of Dynamo Kyiv but was told jokingly that he played in the style of Dynamo's Soviet era rival 'Spartak Moscow'.
At the age of 17, Kalynychenko was talent-spotted by Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk coach Viacheslav Grozny. Kalynychenko progressed to the first team within a year, and also made appearances for the Ukraine national under-21 football team. However, disputes with Dnipro management led to the dismissal of Grozny and several team members, including Kalynychenko.
Following this, Grozny and Kalynychenko migrated to Spartak Moscow.
With Spartak Moscow, Kalynychenko has helped his team win the Russian Premier League Championship title in 2000 and 2001. His team was also runners-up for the Russian Premier League in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and got third place in the Russian league in 2002. Kalynychenko also won the Russian Cup in 2003, and was a runner-up in 2006.
Kalynychenko has overcome two injuries which have commonly signalled the end of footballers' careers: a torn cruciate ligament in his elbow, and a severed achilles tendon. These injuries, and the months spent in recovery, have dampened Kalynychenko's progress and placed him on the bench for long periods of 2005 and 2006. However, he is credited with having overcome these setbacks, steadily improving in skill since his comeback(s).
Despite being in his mid-twenties Kalynychenko is considered something of a veteran of Spartak and in the 2005 season was lauded for his penalty kicks taken from long distance, several times coming onto the field as a late substitute and changing the course of the game. Most recently, in the UEFA Champions League 2006 elimination rounds, Kalynychenko scored key goals in matches against Bayern Munich and Sporting Clube de Portugal, allowing Spartak to qualify for the UEFA Cup.
Kalynychenko was also voted the best Ukrainian left midfielder for 2006 by a poll in the press, one of 33 of a list of best Ukrainian footballers.
After capturing international attention for his World Cup 2006 debut, Kalynychenko was linked with clubs such as Manchester United, Valencia C.F., Borussia Dortmund and most recently, Wigan Athletic. He and Spartak Moscow management have since denied the existence of firm transfer offers in the Russian press. In the winter transfer window of 2006, after Kalynychenko expressed frustration at being left on the bench for long periods, concrete offers came through from Dynamo Kyiv and his former club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, with a price of 7 millions Euros cited.
Return to Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
After playing an away match on Saturday, 16 August 2008, against rivals Illychivets Mariupol during which Maksym Kalynychenko scored the winning goal in the 66th minute – helping Dnipro win 2:1, he was named by UA-Football as the of the two best attacking midfielders along with Constantinos Makrides of Metalurh Donetsk, of the fifth round in the Ukrainian Premier League.
World Cup 2006
Previous to the World Cup, Kalynychenko's appearances for a Russian club and lingering rumours surrounding his departure from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk led to a low profile in Ukraine's senior national side. Kalynychenko did not feature in the 2006 qualification campaign, His surprise inclusion on the squad was due (by his own reckoning) to his good form in the tail end Spartak's 2005 season. In the run-up to Germany 2006, coach Oleh Blokhin played Kalynychenko in friendlies against Luxembourg, Costa Rica and Italy.
The player also did not feature in the first of Ukraine's proper World Cup games, in which the team were defeated 4–0 by Spain.
Called to the starting 11 in the next game against Saudi Arabia, Kalynychenko provided the opening assist from which Andriy Rusol scored Ukraine's first ever World Cup final goal. He set up another goal headed in by Andriy Shevchenko, who in turn fed Kalynychenko for the 4th and last goal of the game. Kalynychenko was named Man of the Match for his technical contributions. This game was the turning point for Ukraine, paving the way for their subsequent route to the quarter-finals.
Kalynychenko put in a notable performance in the quarter-final against Italy, with dangerous crosses and a shot on goal from a rebounded attempt by Oleh Husyev. However, none of these chances was converted and Ukraine bowed out of the tournament on a score of 3–0 to Italy.
Euro 2008 Qualifying
Maksym Kalynychenko was a regular player in the Ukraine squad in the Euro 2008 Qualification. He was called up to the team for almost every game, except for three. He also managed to score a goal in a 5–0 win over Faroe Islands. However, Ukraine did not manage to qualify for the tournament, finishing fourth in its group, behind France, Italy, and Scotland.
Kalynychenko is married to Tatiana and they have one daughter, Alexandra.
- Spartak without Titov (Russian)
- CHERCHESOV ABOUT FUTURE OF TITOV AND KALYNYCHENKO – Official website of Spartak Moscow. Retrieved 6 August 2008
- Калиниченко будет играть за "Днепр" под номером 26 Accessed 5 August 2008 (Russian)
- (Russian)Сборная 5-го тура по версии UA-Футбол 19 August 2008
- Man of the Match: FIFA World Cup 2006
- Ukraine reflect on a memorable debut
- Ukraine rout lifts spirits in Kiev – Euro2008.UEFA.com
- Official website of Kalynychenko (Russian)
- Profile on Official Spartak website
- Profile on website Football Ukraine
- Lengthy Interview with Kalynychenko – Sport-express.ru (Russian)