Top facts about Maxim Mikhailov, The Machine Gun

Fri 10 June 2022 | 4:30

A multiple gold medalist and three-time in a row winner of the Champions League, Maxim Mikhaylov is also an Olympic champion from London 2012 and a double European champion in 2013 and 2017. Read on to find out more facts about Maxim Mikhailov.

Maxim Mikhailovich Mikhailov (born March 19, 1988 in Kuzmolovsky, Leningrad Region) is a Russian volleyball player, forward for Kazan Zenit and the Russian national team, champion of the Olympic Games in London, two-time European champion, and Honored Master of Sports of Russia.

Maxim Mikhailov’s age

is 34.

One of the most decorated volleyball players of the decade, Maxim Mikhaylov, achieved fantastic results on the court over the past 10 years. But if he says he is not completely satisfied, it may be because he aims so high.

“This decade has passed unusually quickly for me. It was productive and interesting. I was able to play with many great athletes... I keep only positive emotions, though everything was not always 100 per cent successful,” Mikhaylov told in an interview.

Mikhaylov won countless individual awards, including MVP of the World Cup, the VNL, the World League, EuroVolley and the Champions League. He was also Best Scorer and Best Spiker of the London Olympics.

At the Rio Olympics in 2016, he topped the best spikers’ statistical ranking. And in 2017, the European Volleyball Confederation named him European Male Player of the Year.

Mikhaylov can serve very hard at almost every part of the court in comparison to players who traditionally have hard serve zones, but in other zones they use only a short or an average speed serve. This fact makes his serve quite unpredictable, even though some consistencies can be found.

Top facts about Maxim Mikhailov:

An important fact about Maxim Mikhailov is that he is a gold medalist at the Olympic Games London 2012, silver medalist at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and bronze medalist at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008.

In the Leningrad area, Maxim Mikhaylov began playing volleyball. He was an outside striker for Yaroslavich Yaroslavl, a club from Yaroslavl, from 2003 until 2010. He went to Zenit Kazan in 2010.

Russia won the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, with Mikhaylov. Following Sunday's five-set victory against silver medalist Poland, Mikhaylov guided Russia achieve a 10-1 record and the World Cup 2011 gold title.

His squad won gold in the next Olympics, the 2012 Olympic Games in London. At the 2012 Olympics, Mikhaylov was awarded best spiker and greatest scorer. In September 2013, his national team won the European Championship gold medal after defeating Italy in the final (3–1).

Maxim Mikhailov early life


Maxim Mikhailov’s childhood

, it should be mentioned that he began playing volleyball at the age of eight with coach Valery Emelyanovich Bezprozvannykh in Kuzmolovsky.

He then continued his career at the Olympic reserve sports school "Screen" in St. Petersburg with Russia's renowned coach Elena Konstantinovna Nikolaeva.  There is no information regarding

Maxim Mikhailov’s parents


He moved to Yaroslavl when he was 15 years old. In the 2004/05 season, he played for the "Neftyanik", which was the base team of the junior Russian team, in the highest league "B" of the Russian championship.

An important fact about Maxim Mikhailov is that he was a year younger than all teammates when the coach of the junior team, Vladimir Kondra, included Mikhailov in the squad for the World Championship in Algeria in 2005. In the championship's final match, the Russians defeated their Brazilian opponents in five games.

Maxim Mikhailov personal life

Maxim Mikhailov is a graduate of the Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University named after K. D. Ushinsky's Faculty of Physical Education.

In June 2014, he married Anastasia, the granddaughter of famous Yaroslavl restorer Alexei Yegorov. Their son Nikita was born on July 15, 2015 in their family.

Maxim Mikhailov professional career

Maxim Mikhaylov started playing volleyball in the Leningrad region under the guidance of Valery Besprozvannykh. Starting from 2003 Maxim performed as an outside striker in different Yaroslavl clubs.

An important

fact about Maxim Mikhailov

is that he was forced to miss the first few weeks of the 2013 season due to a shoulder injury, and he missed the majority of the 2014 season due to ailments to both ankles that necessitated surgery.

He competed at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, receiving a silver medal in the latter. Mikhaylov joined Zenit Kazan in 2010. He won the CEV Champions League with Zenit in 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18, and finished third in the World Championship Club in 2011.

Mikhaylov was named MVP of the CEV Champions League finals in 2016–17. Mikhaylov has a son named Nikita and is married to Anastasia.

Maxim Mikhailov volleyball career

Maxim Mikhailov has played in the Russian youth team. As a key member of the youth team, he won gold at the European Championship in Kazan in September 2006, and silver at the World Championship in Morocco in July 2007, where he was the best server and second in overall performance among all tournament participants.

Meanwhile, Mikhailov has been a diagonal striker for Yaroslavl since 2006, and in the 2007/08 Russian Championship, as part of a team that returned to the Super League after a one-year hiatus and changed its name to Yaroslavich, he was the most productive player. Vladimir Alekno called him up to the Russian national team at the end of the season.

First national team games

An important fact about Maxim Mikhailov is that he played the first match for the national team in the World League on June 14, 2008, in Suwon, defeating the Republic of Korea team.

He was selected for the World League's "Final Six" and performed particularly well in the match for third place, in which the Russian team defeated the Brazilians for the first time since 2002 - he scored 21 points in four sets, completing 68 percent of attacks.

Mikhailov, 20, was the Russian team's youngest player at the Beijing Olympics, appearing in all of Vladimir Alekno's matches and finishing second in the tournament in terms of total points scored (127) after American Clayton Stanley.

An important fact about Maxim Mikhailov is that he scored 31 points in a tense semi-final match in which the US team defeated Russia 3-2, and 20 points in a three-set match against the Italians, which earned the Russian team bronze medals.


Maxim Mikhailov returned to Yaroslavich after the Olympics, where he was the most productive player in the Russian championships in both seasons. On February 27, 2010, he set a personal best with 40 points in a match against Fakel in Novy Urengoy.

In the Russian Championship-2009/10, he averaged 26.6 points per game and finished the season 164 goals ahead of the nearest competitor. "Yaroslavich" finished eighth in the Super League after losing in the quarterfinal series to Kazan "Zenith."


Negotiations on Mikhailov's transfer to the Kazan club lasted about two years, and the transfer finally took place in the summer of 2010.

An important fact about Maxim Mikhailov is that he won the Russian championship for the first time as a member of Zenit in 2011, and the following season he received the Andrey Kuznetsov Prize, which was awarded to the best player in the national championship, and won the Champions League title for the first time in his career.

National success and Olympic

Maxim Mikhailov, the Russian national team's main diagonal, won individual awards in all official competitions in 2010-2011.

In 2011, he won gold in both the World League and the World Cup and was named the tournament's most valuable player in both.

An important

fact about Maxim Mikhailov

is that he was the only diagonal player in the Russian national team's application for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and despite an ankle injury sustained in a control match with the Bulgarian national team two days before the first game at the Olympics.

Maxim Mikhailov captained Zenit Kazan during the 2012/13 season. He took a short break from playing for the national team in the summer of 2013 to recover from a shoulder injury, and rejoined the team before the World League's final round.

As a member of the Russian national team led by Andrey Voronkov, he won the World League for the second time, as well as the gold medal at the European Championship and the silver medal at the World Champions Cup.


In April 2014, shortly before the start of the Russian Championship's "Final Six," he was injured during one of "Zenith's" training sessions; in June, he underwent surgery on both ankles.

An important fact about Maxim Mikhailov is that he missed the season with the Russian national team and returned to Zenit in September during the preliminary stage of the National Cup, where he played for the Kazan team as a libero due to jumping restrictions.

Throughout the season, he maintained his usual high level, and in March 2015, as a member of the Kazan club, he won the Champions League and was named the best diagonal Final Four in Berlin.

Maxim Mikhailov rejoined the Russian national team in 2015. He was an after-player in the World Cup under the leadership of Vladimir Alekno, who led the national team again, and he returned to his usual playing function in the subsequent tournaments.

Preparation for the Olympics, as it was four years ago, proved difficult due to health issues, but he was the Russian team's main diagonal and most productive player at the Games in Rio de Janeiro. According to the results of the Olympic tournament, Vladimir Alekno's team finished fourth.

Success with Kazan

Maxim Mikhailov, a member of Zenit, won his third consecutive and fourth Champions League title in April 2017 in Rome.

In the final match, Kazan defeated the Italian Perugia, and Maxim scored 19 points on 75 percent of his attacks, earning him the Final Four MVP award as well as the gold medal.

Following the results of the Russian Championship final tournament, which also ended with the Kazan team's victory, he won another MVP award.

An important fact about Maxim Mikhailov is that he won the European championship for the second time in September 2017, scoring a decisive point on match points in the fifth game with a score of 14:13, and was named the tournament's best player.

He entered the top three most productive players in the championship, trailing only the German Georg Grozer (117) and the Bulgarian Tsvetan Sokolov in terms of points scored (90).

An important

fact about Maxim Mikhailov

is that he was named Europe's best volleyball player of the season on November 17, 2017, at the European Volleyball Confederation gala evening in Moscow.

Club world championship

In the 2017/18 season, he won the club world championship for the first time with Zenit Kazan, the Russian championship gold for the fifth time in a row, and the Champions League for the fourth time in a row. As a result of the "Final Four" of the main European Cup, he was awarded the MVP prize a year earlier.

Maxim Mikhailov of the Russian national team won and was named MVP of the first Nations League tournament in July 2018.

An important fact about Maxim Mikhailov is that he executed 73 percent of the attacks and scored 19 points in the final match against the French national team, which ended with a score of 3: 0. The Russian team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 European Championship, where Mikhailov shared playing time with Viktor Poletaev.

Maxim Mikhailov spent the 2019/20 season, Zenit Kazan's tenth, as an outside player, which was associated with the departure of the main player of this role, Matthew Anderson, from the Kazan camp and the appearance of diagonal Tsvetan Sokolov.

"Many doubted," said Alexei Verbov, who led Zenit that season, "but after the Cup of Russia, where Maxim became the MVP, they probably recognized that it works".

"The important point was that Verbov promised to personally work with me on admission," the volleyball player said. “Nobody else could possibly have persuaded me.". Mikhailov returned to a more familiar diagonal position the following season.

Tokyo Olympics

In June 2021, he played for the Russian team in the League of Nations, finishing third among all participants in the tournament, and entered the Russian team's application for the Tokyo Olympics. Maxim Mikhailov and fencer Sofia Velikaya carried the Russian Olympic Committee flag at the Games' opening ceremony on July 23.

Another important fact about Maxim Mikhailov is that he was the most productive player on the Russian team again at his fourth Olympiad, receiving an individual prize for the best diagonal tournament and adding a silver medal to his previously won bronze and gold.

Maxim Mikhailov social media


Maxim Mikhailov social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (


) with more than 46k followers. On the page, we can see various pictures of him along with his fans and family.

Maxim Mikhailov body measurements

Speaking about

Maxim Mikhailov body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the player is 202cm and 106kg.

Maxim Mikhailov net worth and salary

Maxim Mikhailov's net worth

is estimated to be around $11 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.

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