Maksim Tsyhalka

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Maksim Tsyhalka
Personal information
Full name Maksim Tsygalko
Date of birth (1983-05-27) 27 May 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Minsk, Belarusian SSR
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1999–2001 Dinamo Minsk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Dinamo-Yuni Minsk 27 (17)
2000Dinamo-2 Minsk 10 (3)
2001–2005 Dinamo Minsk 53 (24)
2006–2007 Naftan Novopolotsk 24 (3)
2007–2008 Kaisar 21 (7)
2008 Banants 4 (2)
2008 Savit Mogilev 8 (2)
National team
2002–2004 Belarus U21 11 (3)
2003 Belarus 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Maksim Tsyhalka (Belarusian: Максім Цыгалка, Russian: Максим Цыгалко, Maksim Tsygalko) (often spelled Maxim Tsigalko) (born 27 May 1983) is a former Belarusian football player. He had to end his professional career early (at the age of 26) in 2010 due to persistent injuries.

He began his playing career at a youth team Dinamo-Yuni Minsk before moving up to play for the Dinamo Minsk first team, he spent 5 years with the club before moving to fellow Belarus team Naftan Novopolotsk, after an unsuccessful 2 seasons there Tsyhalka soon moved on to Kazakhstan club Kaisar Kyzylorda. Tsyhalka spent 2 seasons with the club before moving in the summer of 2008 to Armenian team Banants Yerevan, where he would spend only a short stint. He spent the rest of the season for now defunct Belarus club Savit Mogilev. He scored 2 goals in his short spell at the club before being released after Savit were relegated and dissolved.

Tsyhalka also has a twin brother Yuri who played as a goalkeeper. The brothers played alongside each other at Dinamo Minsk.

In popular culture[edit]

Maksim and, to a lesser extent, his brother Yuri both achieved a small amount of fame and worldwide renown after they were featured in the Championship Manager / Football Manager computer game series by Sports Interactive, especially in CM 01/02. Both players were present in the database with good starting stats and a very high potential, and Maksim (spelled "Maxim Tsigalko" in the game) in particular was capable of becoming a world class player, to the degree that he is very well known amongst fans of the Football Manager series and considered one of the game's legends.[1][2]

International goal[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 April 2003 Dynama Stadium (Minsk), Belarus  Uzbekistan 1 – 0 2–2 Friendly


Dinamo Minsk


  1. ^ "Spotlight on CM/FM Legends : Maxim Tsigalko and Cherno Samba". December 17, 2009. Archived from the original on June 25, 2012.
  2. ^ Rob Smyth (November 14, 2008). "The Joy of Six: great Championship/ Football Manager players". The Guardian.

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