|Full name||Maksim Tsygalko|
|Date of birth||27 May 1983|
|Place of birth||Minsk, Belarusian SSR|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2000||→ Dinamo-2 Minsk||10||(3)|
|* 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.
In popular culture
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 April 2003||Dynama Stadium (Minsk), Belarus||Uzbekistan||1 – 0||2–2||Friendly|
- "Spotlight on CM/FM Legends : Maxim Tsigalko and Cherno Samba". footmanager.co.uk. December 17, 2009. Archived from the original on June 25, 2012.
- Rob Smyth (November 14, 2008). "The Joy of Six: great Championship/ Football Manager players". The Guardian.
- Maksim Tsyhalka at National-Football-Teams.com