Olexandr Melaschenko is a Ukrainian international footballer who played as a striker. He was born in Poltava on 13th December 1978.
It was in Poltava where Melaschenko took his first steps as a football when he joined the Vorskla Poltava youth team. He made the step up from youth to professional by signing his first pro contract in 1997. Melaschenko became a regular player for Vorskla over the coming seasons and impressed in his early days.
Melaschenko was very highly rated as a youngster and was soon snapped up by Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kyiv, as with many young Ukrainian strikers he was labelled the next ‘Andriy Shevchenko’. Melaschenko signed for Dynamo in 2001 after making over fifty appearances for Vorskla scoring 10 goals at senior level. In his first season with Dynamo, Melaschenko continued to live up to his billing as the next big thing by finishing third in the Ukrainian Player of the Year Award, behind winner Andriy Shevchenko and Hennadiy Zubov.
2001 was a big year on the international stage for Melaschenko as well. He made his debut in a friendly against Georgia which finished in a 0:0 draw. He went on to feature 16 times for Ukraine and scored 3 goals, the first of which was against Cyprus.
At Dynamo, Melaschenko enjoyed the golden period of his career as he twice won the Ukrainian Premier League and added a Ukrainian Cup in 2003. Despite a positive start to his Dynamo career, Melaschenko could not make his position stick and with changes taking place at Dynamo he found himself moving down the pecking order. He did however have an impressive strike rate of better than one in three at the Kyiv club but his services were no longer required and he moved to Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in 2003.
Melaschenko stayed at Dnipro for three years making 58 appearances and scoring 13 goals, however towards the end of his Dnipro career he began to decline as a footballer. He left Dnipro in 2007 and moved to Kryvbass Kryviy Rih. In his two year stint at Kryvbass he made fifty appearances but only managed 4 goals. Following this he moved to Metalurh Zaporizhya but failed to make an impact and left the professional game. Melaschenko decided to continue his career at amateur level and is currently playing for Nove Zhyttya in the Poltava Oblast League. At this level, Melaschenko has rediscovered the golden touch and won the Poltava Oblast Cup in 2010. Following his spell at Nove Zhyttya, Melaschenko moved to Dynamo Reshetylivka.
He may not have fulfilled the promise his early career showed but Olexandr Melaschenko, we welcome you to the Viktor Leonenko Hall of Fame.