- Born: 23/01/1969
- Birthplace: Kirovograd
- Nationality: Russia/Ukarine
- Debut: 26/08/1995 v Southampton (H)
Blessed with exceptional skill, Andrei Kanchelskis - whose name is an anagram of 'he's a lad in knickers' - was arguably the finest Russian player to grace the English league. But after a catalogue of personal problems, his career will be remembered by most for the wrong reasons.
Signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 1991, the winger set about tearing apart left-backs up and down the country and soon made his £650,000 price tag look at notable snip. Yet, as with many players since, Kanchelskis' career was never the same after leaving Old Trafford. A £5million transfer to Everton followed but he never truly settled at Goodison Park, and joined Fiorentina after a series of inconsistent showings.
Unfortunately, the Florence crowd were subjected to a similar standard for much of the Russian's spell in Italy, as were the fans at Ibrox after his ensuing transfer to Glasgow Rangers. Since leaving Scotland, Kanchelskis has tried, and failed, to resurrect his career with Manchester City, Southampton, Saudi side Al-Hilal and Dynamo Moscow, where he was sacked for indiscipline shortly after signing a one-year deal in January 2004. His acrimonious departure left him without a club until he was snapped up by city rivals Saturn.
He was appointed manager of FC Torpedo-ZIL Moscow in December 2009.