Pyotr Kachura

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Pyotr Kachura
Personal information
Full name Pyotr Pyatrovich Kachura
Date of birth (1972-08-02) 2 August 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Orsha, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Dinamo Minsk 4 (0)
1992–1993 Dinamo-93 Minsk 61 (28)
1994–1996 Dinamo Minsk 60 (52)
1996–2000 Sheffield United 95 (19)
2000 Chengdu Wuniu 19 (5)
2001–2002 Dinamo Minsk 29 (16)
2002–2005 Sokol Saratov 82 (24)
2005 Dinamo Minsk 1 (0)
National team
1994–2002 Belarus 29 (5)
Teams managed
2006 Dinamo Minsk (assistant)
2006–2007 Dinamo Minsk
2010–2011 Neman Grodno (assistant)
2012– Dinamo Minsk (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 January 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 January 2012

Pyotr Pyatrovich Kachura (Belarusian: Пятро Качура, Russian: Петр Качуро, Petr Kachuro) (born 2 August 1972 in Orsha, Belarusian SSR, Soviet Union) is a former Belarusian footballer. Starting off with his home town club Dynamo Minsk he went on to have spells at Sheffield United in England and Chengdu Wuniu in China before returning to his homeland, playing for Minsk for a second spell and later for Sokol Saratov. Following his retirement he went on to have a spell as manager at Dinamo Minsk in 2006–07. As a player he also played for the Belarus national side on 29 occasions, scoring five goals.[1]

During his time in England he used an Anglicised version of his name and was referred to as Petr or Peter Katchouro.

Playing career[edit]

Kachura started his playing career at his hometown club FC Dinamo Minsk, the most successful team in Belarus having won the Belarusian Premier League a record seven times since it began in 1992. Kachura was part of the side which won the Belarusian Premier League in 1995.

In July 1996, Sheffield United signed Kachura for ₤650,000. He scored 14 goals in his first season as the Blades finished in fifth place in Division One and qualified for the Playoffs. However, the Blades lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace in the final at Wembley, with a last minute David Hopkin goal shattering United's promotion dream. Kachura was awarded for his performances by being given the 1996/97 player of the season award at Bramall Lane.

The following season he made just 16 appearances, due to injuries, as the Blades qualified for the playoffs once again by finishing in sixth place. This time they lost in the semi-finals, with Sunderland defeating the Blades 3-2 on aggregate, after the Blades had held a 2-1 lead going into the second leg. Kachura failed to score that season, but made amends in the next season, as he scored six goals in 16 appearances as the Blades failed to qualify for the playoffs by finishing in a disappointing eighth place, nine points from the playoffs. Kachura missed a large part of the season due to a punctured lung injury in the 4-0 home defeat to Sunderland.

His final season in England saw him score three goals in 30 appearances as the Blades woeful start condemned them to a 16th place finish, as Neil Warnock replaced Adrian Heath as manager in early December and rescued the Blades from relegation.

In March 2000 Kachura was transferred to Chinese side Chengdu Wuniu on a free transfer. He stayed there for one season before re-joining his hometown club F.C Dinamo Minsk in August 2000.

After he retired from playing, Kachura became a football coach. His former club, FC Dinamo Minsk, appointed him in November 2006, but replaced him after the first match of the 2007 Belarusian Premier League season.[2]

International career[edit]

Kachura made his debut for the national team on 25 May 1994, in the 1:3 loss against Ukraine in a friendly match.[3]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 July 1995 Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania  Lithuania 1 – 1 1–1 Friendly
2 1 May 1996 Stal Stadium, Mielec, Poland  Poland 1 – 1 1–1 Friendly
3 27 May 1996 Haradzki Stadium (Maladzechna), Maladzechna, Belarus  Azerbaijan 1 – 0 2–2 Friendly
4 7 September 1997 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, Scotland  Scotland 1 – 3 1–4 1998 World Cup qualifier
5 17 April 2002 Stadion Oláh Gábor Út, Debrecen, Hungary  Hungary 5 – 1 5–2 Friendly

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