Dmitri Alenichev

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Dmitri Alenichev
Arsenal Tula - Lokomotiv (1).jpg
Alenichev managing an Arsenal game in 2014
Personal information
Full name Dmitri Anatolievich Alenichev
Date of birth (1972-10-20) 20 October 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Melioratorov, Pskov Oblast, Soviet Union
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989 SKIF-Express Velikie Luki ? (?)
1990–1991 Mashinostroitel Pskov 38 (7)
1991–1993 Lokomotiv Moscow 69 (6)
1994–1998 Spartak Moscow 122 (18)
1998–2000 Roma 28 (2)
1999–2000 Perugia (loan) 15 (0)
2000–2004 Porto 84 (12)
2004–2006 Spartak Moscow 21 (3)
National team
1996–2005[1] Russia 55 (6)
Teams managed
2010–2012 Russia U18
2011–2015 Arsenal Tula
2015–2016 Spartak Moscow
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dmitri Anatolyevich Alenichev (Russian: Дмитрий Анатольевич Аленичев; born 20 October 1972, Melioratorov, Pskov Oblast, Russian SFSR) is a retired Russian footballer, current coach and politician.


Alenichev in 2008

Despite being a Spartak Moscow fan, Alenichev debuted 1991 for Moscow rivals Lokomotiv, where he played four years before moving to Spartak, where in five years he won three Russian leagues and two cups, and was also elected Russian player of the year in 1997. He won a transfer to Serie A side AS Roma, played 21 matches in the first season, but after only seven matches played, he moved to AC Perugia in December 1999. His stint in Italy overall proved to be unsuccessful and he was eventually considered to be one of Italian football's biggest foreign flops.[2]

In 2000, he was bought by FC Porto, where he made a good first impression (scored the tying against Sporting in the Portuguese Super Cup), and made a good first season where Porto captured the Portuguese cup 2–0 against CS Marítimo, Alenichev scoring the second goal. In the following season, Alenichev suffered some animosity from new Porto coach Octávio Machado (the same happened with compatriot Sergei Ovchinnikov) and spent most of the first half of the season sidelined, under the shadow of Deco. As soon as Octávio was fired and replaced with José Mourinho, Alenichev's luck changed. Although he still didn't play in the starting eleven, he was usually the first player to jump from the bench, especially when Mourinho passed from a 4–3–3 to a 4–4–2 formation. A starting player in the UEFA Cup final and mid-game substitute in the Champions League final, Alenichev scored on both: against Celtic he scored the second goal, following a pass from Deco, and against AS Monaco he closed the scoreline with a powerful volley shot following a deflected through cross from Derlei. This made him one of only three players to score goals in two consecutive Cup Finals of different European competitions, the others being Ronald Koeman and Ronaldo.

During Euro 2004, where he played all three matches Russia played, he announced his desire to return to Spartak Moscow, and in appreciation for the services done for the club, the FC Porto board made no objections to the transfer.

On 8 April 2006 Sport-Express published Alenichev's interview containing severe criticism of Aleksandrs Starkovs, Spartak's head coach at the time.[3][4] Following that, Alenichev was fined, dismissed from the first team, transfer listed 14 April[5] and on 10 September his contract was finally terminated by mutual agreement.[6] This became the end of Alenichev's football career.

Alenichev then joined the United Russia party. On 14 June 2007 he was voted the representative of the Omsk Oblast in the Federation Council of Russia.[7] He represented it until 2010, when he accepted the position of the head coach with the Russian national under-18 team.[8]

In 2009, he was part of the Russia squad that won the 2009 Legends Cup. In June 2015 Alenichev became the manager of FC Spartak Moscow, where he had played previously.[9] He resigned as Spartak manager on 5 August 2016, following Spartak's elimination in the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round by AEK Larnaca.[10]

His older brother Andrei Alenichev also played football professionally.


Spartak Moscow[edit]


Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Soviet Union League Cup League Cup Continental Total
1991 Lokomotiv Moscow Top League 16 0
Russia League Russian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1992 Lokomotiv Moscow Premier League 24 2
1993 29 4
1994 Spartak Moscow Premier League 17 3
1995 27 4
1996 32 7
1997 33 2
1998 13 2
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Roma Serie A 21 1
1999–00 7 1
1999–00 Perugia Serie A 15 0
2000–01 0 0
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
2000–01 Porto Portuguese Liga 28 3
2001–02 20 3
2002–03 18 4
2003–04 17 2
Russia League Russian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2004 Spartak Moscow Premier League 13 3
2005 8 0
Total Soviet Union 16 0
Russia 196 27
Italy 43 2
Portugal 83 12
Career total 338 41

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 February 1996 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Valletta  Malta 2–0 3–1 Friendly
2. 11 October 1997 Dynamo Stadium, Moscow  Bulgaria 1–0 4–2 1998 World Cup qualifier
3. 4–0
4. 31 March 1999 Republican Spartak Stadium, Vladikavkaz  Andorra 6–1 6–1 Euro 2000 qualifier
5. 6 June 2001 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 1–0 2–1 2002 World Cup qualifier
6. 14 November 2001 Skonto Stadium, Riga  Latvia 2–0 3–1 Friendly


  1. ^ "Dmitriy Anatolyevich Alenichev - International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 
  2. ^ "Dmitrij Alenitchev | Il freddo e anonimo precedessore del nipponico Nakata". 1972-10-20. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 April 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2006. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 April 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2006. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 April 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2006. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Новости :: Футболист Дмитрий Аленичев с подачи Бориса Грызлова забил на спорт и стал сенатором от Омской области". 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "Аленичев официально возглавил "Спартак"". (in Russian). Interfax. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  10. ^ ДМИТРИЙ АЛЕНИЧЕВ ПОКИДАЕТ «СПАРТАК» (in Russian). FC Spartak Moscow. 5 August 2016. 

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