Mykhalyk with Lokomotiv Moscow in 2014
|Full name||Taras Volodymyrovych Mykhalyk|
|Date of birth||28 October 1983|
|Place of birth||Liubeshiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder / Centre back|
|FC Prypyat Liubeshiv|
|Volyn National University|
|2005||→ Zakarpattia (loan)||18||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2012
Taras Volodymyrovych Mykhalyk (Ukrainian: Тарас Володимирович Михалик; born 28 October 1983 in Liubeshiv, Volyn Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union) is a Ukrainian footballer , who currently plays as a defensive midfielder for FC Lokomotiv Moscow in the Russian Premier League. He is a versatile player, having professionally played at every position except goalkeeper.
After graduating from the Vocational technical school in his region, Mykhalyk enrolled in the Institute of Physical Education at the Volyn National University, and played in the team there that participated in the championship of the Volyn Oblast.
The 18-year-old Mykhalyk joined the Ukrainian First League club CSKA Kyiv in 2001. He established himself into the starting line-up of the squad, playing 89 matches in the four seasons that he was there. He also managed to net 10 goals.
Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kyiv bought Mykhalyk in the 2005–06 season, originally signing a five-year contract. He was almost immediately loaned off to Zakarpattia Uzhhorod. Mykhalyk has stated in an interview that he was really surprised to get a call from Dynamo Kyiv president Ihor Surkis inviting him to come and try out for the team, as he never even had any attention from scouts of his local Volyn Lutsk of the Ukrainian First League. Even more shocking was a call-up to the main Ukraine national football team by coach Oleh Blokhin not long afterward.
Mykhalyk came back to Dynamo in January 2006. The head coach at the time, Anatoliy Demyanenko recognized the player's great potential, but Mykhalyk constantly struggled to break through to the starting line-up of the team. When he did play, he was used as a central midfielder.
When Russian coach Yuri Semin took over Dynamo in December 2007, he began to make sweeping reforms. These included reforming the defence and not depending so much on long passes. During this process, Semin had Mykhalyk eventually switch entirely to defence. By the time of the 2008 Channel One Cup in Israel, which Dynamo won, Mykhalyk played the entire competition as a central defender.
During the winter transfer season of 2008–09, Mykhalyk was linked with the Serie A team A.C. Milan and even nicknamed the "Ukrainian Gattuso" due to his impressive performances in Dynamo Kyiv and internationally.
Mykhalyk renewed his contract with Dynamo Kyiv, which was due to expire at the end of 2010, in November 2008. His new contract is to last five years, ending in 2013. After three years in Dynamo, the player has earned the team's trust enough to have even been the captain on several occasions.
On 6 April 2009 Mykhalyk suffered a meniscus injury after a challenge from Metalurh Donetsk midfielder Velizar Dimitrov in the Ukrainian Premier League, which ended the player's season early. Не recovered from this injury in October 2009.
In the summer of 2013 Mykhalyk, being a free agent, signed 3-year deal with Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow. Under Lokomotiv manager Leonid Kuchuk Mykhalyk usually played at defensive midfield position. His maiden goal in RFPL scored on 5 October 2013, when he levelled the score to get his team a 2-2 draw, coincided with his first red card in Russia.
Mykhalyk was a member of the Ukrainian Under-21 National football team that finished as runners-up in the UEFA U-21 Championship 2006. He was in the main squad in Oleksiy Mykhailychenko's squad even up to the final, which Ukraine lost to the Netherlands 3–0.
Mykhalyk received his first call-up for the senior national team by head coach Oleh Blokhin for a match against Azerbaijan on 15 August 2006. Ukraine went on to win 6–0 and Mykhalyk played 30 minutes of the game. He went on to play five more games under Blokhin's leadership, two more friendly matches and three UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying games.
Mykhalyk was reunited with his former under-21 manager in 2008 when Oleksiy Mykhailychenko took the helm of the national team in its attempt to qualify for the 2010 World Cup after Blokhin's failure to qualify for the Euro. Mykhalyk established himself as one of the main players this time, playing center-back usually alongside Shakhtar Donetsk's Dmytro Chyhrynskyi. He went on to play 7 out of the 10 qualifying games as well as 3 friendlies. Ukraine finished second in its qualifying group and was drawn to play against Greece in the play-offs. However Mykhalyk did not take part in these games because of injury, neither did Chyhrynskyi who had recently transferred to FC Barcelona and did not get enough game practice there. Ukraine went on to lose the play-off round due mostly to its weak defence and the Ukrainian Football Federation did not renew Mykhailychenko's contract.
Taras Mykhalyk is not single, which he confirmed in a recent interview, stating that he spends much of spare time with his girlfriend. He also stated that on the winter breaks his favorite pastime is hunting, while in the summer he prefers to go fishing.
Mykhalyk's father works in a school as a teacher of physical education, while his mother works in the regional state administration. He is from a large family: he has one older brother and five younger sisters. He stated that he is financially aiding his parents, and helping to pay for the education of one of his sisters at the Kyiv Theological Seminary and another at the National Aviation University.
- Dynamo Kyiv
- Ukrainian Premier League: 2006–07, 2008–09
- Ukrainian Cup: 2005–06, 2006–07
- Ukrainian Super Cup: 2006, 2007
- UEFA Cup 2008-09 semifinals
- Lokomotiv Moscow
- Тарас Михалик продовжив контракт (Mikhalik renewed his contract) – official website of Dynamo Kyiv, 18 Nov 2008 (Ukrainian)
- Profile on official Dynamo Kyiv website (Ukrainian)
- Тарас Михалик: "До мене ніхто з луцьких селекціонерів не приглядався" (Taras Mykhalyk: "None of the scouts from Lutsk paid attention to me") ua-football.com (Ukrainian)
- Суперкубок Украины. "Динамо" – "Шахтер" 2:2 (4:2 по пен.). Ух, молодежжжж! – ua-football.com, Ukrainian Super Cup 2007 match report (Russian)
- Тарас Михалик став захисником (Mikhalik became a defender) – Interview of Mikhalik on official website of Dynamo Kyiv, 5 Feb 2008 (Ukrainian)
- AC Milan sound out Dynamo Kiev for Taras Mikhalik – tribalfootball.com, 16.10.08
- Milan Linked With 'Ukrainian Gattuso' – goal.com, 16 Oct 2008
- У Михалика поврежден мениск (Mikhalik's meniscus is injured) – ua-football.com (Russian)
- "Локомотив" подписал контракт с Тарасом Михаликом (in Russian). FC Lokomotiv Moscow. 18 June 2013.
- "Match protocol" (in Russian). Russian Football Premier League. 5 October 2013.
- Lineups of final match – uefa.com
- Тарас Михалик: "Ви кажете – полювання" – Interview with Mikhalik in the magazine Komanda, on official Dynamo Kyiv website; 21 Jan 2009 (Russian)