Andriy Leonidovych Husin

Andriy Husin is a legend of Ukrainian football

Andriy Leonidovych Husin , born December 11, 1972, in Zolochiv was a Ukrainian footballer, most notable for his seven championships won with Dynamo Kyiv.

Husin began his career in 1991 at Karpaty Kamianka-Buzka where he made two appearances before moving to Hazovyk Komarne in 1992. It was here he made an impression making 16 appearences and scoring 3 goals for the team. He moved to Karpaty Lviv in 1992/93 and he made his debut in the Premier League on September 6, 1992. That season Karpaty reached the final of the Cup, losing out to Dynamo Kyiv. His performances caught the eye of Dynamo Kyiv and the following season he was signed by the capitol outfit. It was at Dynamo that he was the spend most of his successful career.

His career started slowly at Dynamo. Husin played alot of games for Dynamo-2 in the first two season at the club and he was loaned out to CSKA-Borysfen Kyiv for the 1995/96 season. Earlier in his career, Husin played as an attacking midfielder, a position that then Dynamo Kyiv manager Mykhailo Fomenko thought they had enough players of. Once he returned from his loan spell at Borysfen Kyiv, he got his break in the first team under new manager Valeriy Lobanovsky. Lobanovsky decided to move Husin to a more defensive role, and he found his new position as a defensive midfielder.

Husin would become an integral part of both club and national teams over the next ten years, cementing his name in the history books. He helped his Dynamo team win 5 consecutive titles from 1997-2001 including three doubles in the process in 1998, 1999 and 2000. He went on to win a further two titles in 2003 and 2004 and another Ukrainian cup in 2003. He also added a Ukrainian super cup to his trophy cabinet in 2004. Husin helped Dynamo reach the quarter finals of the champions league in the 1997/98 seasoon and was an instrumental part of the Dynamo Kyiv squad which reached the semi final of the UEFA Champions League 1998/99 season. He continued to be a key player in the squad of Dynamo after that, even after head coach’s, Valery Lobanovsky’s death, and the change of coaches that followed.

For country, Husin played a total of 71 times, scoring 9 goals. He was integral part of the national set up for a good ten years. He remains the fifth most capped player for Ukraine and joint fourth top goalscorer with his 9 goals. One of his most memorable moments for Ukraine was in the 1-0 victory over Greece in the qualifiers for the World Cup in 2006 in Germany. On the 8th June 2005, Ukraine were playing Greece in Piraeus, when in the 82nd minute Husin scored the winner. Husin got a lucky break when a stray pass fell into his path, where he would run on and score with a thundering shot past the Greek ‘keeper.

Husin was picked in Oleh Blokhins Ukraine national squad for the 2006 world cup, where they reached the quarter finals, losing out to Italy. Following the 2006 World Cup, Husin announced his retirement from international football, ending a successful 13 year international career. When announcing his international retirement he praised Ukraine’s achievement of reaching the quarter-finals in their first appearance in the tournament, in which he played an instrumental role for the Ukrainian team. However, on 15 August 2006, following lengthly conversations with his teammates, Husin announced his decision to remain in the Ukrainian team for the time being. After Ukraine’s qualification for the 2006 World Cup, Husin left Dynamo Kyiv to captain Russian side FC Krylia Sovetov Samara, stating that he wanted to focus on the national team instead of club football and because he had a conflict with coach Yozhef Szabo.

He moved to Krylia in 2005 and spent two seasons there before retiring and moving to FC Saturn Ramenskoe as assistant manager. In 2008, he decided to come out of retirement and play again for Saturn where he made 13 appearences. with the change of the coaching staff in the middle of the fall, Husin was sent away from the club for supposedly disrupting the club’s unity. Husin and others deny this and say that he was sent away because new coach Jürgen Röber wanted to establish his authority at the new club.

In the summer of 2009 he signed with the Russian club FC Khimki. He failed to make an appearance for the Russian club due to obtaining two injuries in pre season and deciding that the time was right to retire from the game fully. He had a short spell at Anzhi Makhachkala as assitant manager before moving back to his former stomping ground of Dynamo Kyiv in 2010.

In December 2010, he was appointed manager of Dynamo-2 in the Ukrainian first league where they finished 8th in his only full season in charge. He continued to manage Dynamo-2 until 2013 when he returned to Krylia as assistant.  He was only briefly at Krylia as he soon returned to Anzhi-Machachkala as assistant manager.

Andriy Husin tragically died on 17th September 2014, while racing motorbikes in Kyiv.  His impact will never be forgotten on Ukrainian football and in the history of Dynamo Kyiv.  Rest in Peace legend.

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Profile by Andriy Luczka, member of the UK Ukrainian Sports Supporters Club and Co-founder of the Viktor Leonenko Hall of Fame.  Follow Andriy on twitter – @luczka

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