FC Arsenal Kyiv
|Full name||Football Club Arsenal Kyiv|
|Dissolved||October 29, 2013|
|Head coach||Yuriy Bakalov|
|League||Ukrainian Premier League|
|Website||Club home page|
In the 1950s, a different club under the same name Arsenal Kiev, established in 1925 as a team of the Arsenal Factory in Kiev, won the 1958 Ukrainian SSR Championship under the name of Mashynobudivnyk Kiev. However in 1963 the club was renamed Temp Kiev. In 1964 the club was replaced by Dynamo-2 Kyiv in the Soviet Second League and ceased to exist.
Contemporary club origin
The origin of the contemporary Arsenal club is disputed; some consider it to be part of the CSKA Kyiv heritage, others - of FC Boryspil. In 1994 CSKA merged with FC Boryspil under the name CSKA-Borysfen Boryspil (soon thereafter - CSKA-Borysfen Kyiv). After a series of successful seasons FC Boryspil made its way from the Ukrainian Third League to the Ukrainian First League before the merge, while CSKA prior to that was relegated in two seasons from the Ukrainian First League to the Ukrainian Third League. The original CSKA team became a farm team (CSKA-2) of the merged CSKA-Borysfen. The newly merged team advanced to the top flight (from the First League to the Higher League) in one season. Since the 1995–96 season, the club has continuously competed in the top flight.
In 1996 CSKA-Borysfen went through another transformation when it split into two different clubs: CSKA Kyiv and Borysfen Boryspil. The management of CSKA-Borysfen decided to recreate a club in Boryspil, while CSKA was reorganized by the Ministry of Defense as the first team of CSKA. Simultaneously, the actual CSKA that was competing at the lower division won a promotion and was later reorganized as the second team, CSKA-2. Borysfen after competing at the amateur level of the Kyiv Oblast applied to enter the professional competitions and gained entry to the lower divisions of the championship.
The army-men also managed to appear in the domestic cup's finals twice (1998 and 2001), where they lost both times: first against city-rivals Dynamo Kyiv and then against Shakhtar Donetsk. The club's greatest achievements include a successful UEFA Cup run in the season of 2001–02, defeating the now defunct Finnish side Jokerit and Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade.
After the 2000 financial crisis at CSKA, the club, as a state company of the Sports Committee of Ministry of Defense, had its budget cut and was on the brink of being dissolved. The Kyiv city government on the initiative of Oleksandr Omelchenko bought the club in 2001 reorganizing it under the name of 'Arsenal', grandfathering everything from CSKA Kyiv. The First League second team CSKA-2 Kyiv continued to be affiliated with the Ministry of Defense and once again became the primary team of the Army football club, FC CSKA Kyiv.
While under the city government's ownership, Arsenal struggled financially, resorting to loaning many of its first team's squad players. The city had decreased funding to the club significantly as it sought to reduce its numerous sports holdings. In May 2007, it was announced that the club would be demoted due to financial issues, however soon afterwards it was revealed that Arsenal would be purchased by Ukrainian oligarch, Vadim Rabinovich. The new owner started actively financing the club and its transfers. In January 2009 the Mayor of Kiev Leonid Chernovetskyi bought Arsenal Kyiv for 1 hryvnia from Rabynovich; Chernovetskiy's 30-year-old son Stepan became the club's president. The following year Rabynovich bought the club back due to the poor management.
In January 2013 the owner Rabynovych stated that the club could be liquidated. During the next month it was announced that Ukrainian oligarch Oleksandr Onyschenko was ready to finance the club and claimed that he had paid all the debts. He also accused the previous leadership of the club of not passing the documents for signing the agreements on the transfer of corporate rights to the club. On 29 August, Rabynovych stated that he had resigned from the post of club president. The next day Onyschenko stated that due to the (then) present situation he could decide not to help the club. On 24 October Onyschenko stated that he had stopped financing Arsenal. The next day Arsenal failed to appear for a 2013–14 Ukrainian Premier League match against SC Tavriya Simferopol. On 28 October 2013 it again failed to appear for a 2013–14 Ukrainian Cup match against FC Nyva Ternopil. The next day general director Viktor Holovko announced that the club was filing for bankruptcy and withdrawing from competitions as it was unable to find any sponsors.
On 15 November 2013 FC Shakhtar Donetsk Chairman Rinat Akhmetov announced that after financial help from the other teams in the league; the Arsenal squad would be able to complete its 2013–14 (Ukrainian Premier League) season. But the next day Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk refused to (re)play the (16th round) match Arsenal had earlier failed to appear for (due to its bankruptcy).
Football kits and sponsors
|Years||Football kit||Shirt sponsor||Note|
|1998–99||Reebok||Ukrspetsexport||as CSKA Kyiv|
|2002||-||as Arsenal Kyiv|
League and cup history
|Previous||Refer to CSCA Kyiv|
|2001–02||1st||12||26||6||5||15||18||28||23||1/4 finals||UC||2nd round||Name changed to Arsenal|
|2012–13||1st||8||30||10||9||11||34||41||39||1/4 finals||EL||3rd qual round|
|2001–02||Qualifying round||FC Jokerit||2–0||2–0||4–0|
|First round||Red Star Belgrade||3–2||0–0||3–2|
|Second round||Club Brugge K.V.||0–2||0–5||0–7|
|2012–13||Third qualifying round||ND Mura 05||0–31||2–0||2–3|
- Note 1: UEFA awarded Mura 05 a 3–0 win due to Arsenal Kyiv fielding a suspended player in the first leg. The original match had ended in a 3–0 win for Arsenal Kyiv.
- Oleh Kuznetsov (July 1, 2001–June 30, 2002)
- Vyacheslav Hroznyi (July 1, 2002–June 30, 2004)
- Oleksandr Baranov (July 1, 2004–Nov 1, 2005)
- Oleksandr Zavarov (Nov 10, 2005–Jan 28, 2010)
- Vyacheslav Hroznyi (Jan 28, 2010–April 16, 2010)
- Yuriy Bakalov (interim) (April 22, 2010–May 18, 2010)
- Yuriy Bakalov (May 18, 2010–May 29, 2011)
- Leonid Kuchuk (June 2, 2011–Dec 31, 2012)
- Yuriy Bakalov (Jan 5, 2013–Nov 21, 2013)
- Arsenal Kyiv director general says club out of all competitions, bankruptcy procedures launched, Interfax-Ukraine (1 November 2013)
FC Arsenal (Kyiv) starts bankruptcy procedure, drops out of competition, says director, Interfax-Ukraine (31 October 2013)
- (Ukrainian)"ЗАЯВЛЕНИЕ ГЕНЕРАЛЬНОГО ДИРЕКТОРА ФК «АРСЕНАЛ» (КИЕВ) ВИКТОРА ГОЛОВКО" [Announcement of the general director of FC Arsenal Kyiv Viktor Holovko]. FC Arsenal Kyiv. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- (Ukrainian)"Киевский Арсенал снимается с чемпионата" [Kiev Arsenal is withdrawing from competitions]. ua-football.com. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- PRESS: Owners of Ukrainian Premier League clubs willing to help FC Arsenal Kyiv financially, Interfax-Ukraine (16 November 2013)
(Russian) "Днепр" не поддержал предложение реанимации "Арсенала" "Dnipro" does not supported the resurrection of "Arsenal", Gazeta.ua (17 November 2013)
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