FC Arsenal Kyiv

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Arsenal Kyiv
Arsenal Kyiv-2014.png
Full name Football Club Arsenal Kyiv
Nickname(s) The Cannoneers
Founded Initial 1925
First reformation 2001
Second reformation 2014
Dissolved Professionally October 29, 2013 (2013-10-29)
Ground Kolos Stadium (Borispil)
President Oleksiy Kykyreshko
Head coach Andriy Annekov
League Kiev City League
Website Club home page

Football Club Arsenal Kyiv (Ukrainian: Футбо́льний Клуб Арсена́л Ки́їв) was a Ukrainian professional football club based in Kiev that went bankrupt in late 2013.[1] The club was soon reformed and currently plays as an amateur team in the Kiev City League competition.[2][3]


Prior history[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Arsenal Kyiv[edit]

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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] On 29 August, Rabynovych stated that he had resigned from the post of club president.[1] The next day Onyschenko stated that due to the (then) present situation he could decide not to help the club.[1] On 24 October Onyschenko stated that he had stopped financing Arsenal.[1] The next day Arsenal failed to appear for a 2013–14 Ukrainian Premier League match against SC Tavriya Simferopol.[1] On 28 October 2013 it again failed to appear for a 2013–14 Ukrainian Cup match against FC Nyva Ternopil.[1] 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.[1][4][5]

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.[6] 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).[6]

Reorganization in 2014[edit]

In January of 2014 an initiative group of former club players and fans with the help of Kiev businessman and rally driver Oleksiy Kikireshko reestablished the club as FC Arsenal-Kyiv. After its last game of the 2014 Kiev city championship on November 9, 2014, which was won by FC Arsenal-Kyiv, the club's president Kikireshko announced that club submitted a preliminary application on participation in the Ukrainian Second League for the 2015–16 season.[7]

Football kits and sponsors[edit]

Years[8] Football kit Shirt sponsor Note
1998–99 Reebok Ukrspetsexport as CSKA Kyiv
1999–00 -
2000–01 Puma Shchedryi Dar[9]
2001 Nike ukrgasbank
2002 - as Arsenal Kyiv
2003–04 adidas -
2004–07 Nike -
2007–09 lotto -
2009–10 Nike -
2010–13 News One
2013–14 -


League and cup history[edit]

Arsenal Kyiv (2011–2013)
Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
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
2002–03 1st 5 30 16 8 6 24 25 56 1/4 finals
2003–04 1st 9 30 10 7 13 38 44 37 1/8 finals
2004–05 1st 9 30 9 10 11 30 33 37 1/16 finals
2005–06 1st 12 30 9 8 13 31 39 35 1/4 finals
2006–07 1st 14 30 7 9 14 28 44 30 1/32 finals
2007–08 1st 6 30 11 9 10 42 36 42 1/8 finals
2008–09 1st 11 30 8 8 14 26 33 32 1/8 finals
2009–10 1st 7 30 11 9 10 44 41 42 1/16 finals
2010–11 1st 9 30 10 7 13 36 38 37 1/2 finals
2011–12 1st 5 30 14 9 7 44 27 51 1/4 finals
2012–13 1st 8 30 10 9 11 34 41 39 1/4 finals EL 3rd qual round
2013–14 1st 14 3 1 10 10 31 10 1/8 finals Expelled [10]
2014 Amateur competition in the city of Kiev

European competitions[edit]

UEFA Europa League
Season Round Club Home Away Aggr.
2012–13 Third qualifying round Slovenia 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.



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 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)
  2. ^ Киевский "Арсенал" возвращается на футбольное поле [Arsenal Kyiv returns to the football pitch] (in Russian). terrikon. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Киевский "Арсенал" снова в строю! [Arsenal Kyiv again in uniforms]. Official Arsenal Kyiv website (in Russian). 27 April 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  4. ^ ЗАЯВЛЕНИЕ ГЕНЕРАЛЬНОГО ДИРЕКТОРА ФК "АРСЕНАЛ" (КИЕВ) ВИКТОРА ГОЛОВКО [Announcement of the general director of FC Arsenal Kyiv Viktor Holovko] (in Ukrainian). FC Arsenal Kyiv. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Киевский Арсенал снимается с чемпионата [Kiev Arsenal is withdrawing from competitions] (in Ukrainian). ua-football.com. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b 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)
  7. ^ "Arsenal kyiv submitted a preliminary application on participation in the Second League". UA-Football (in Russian). 10 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Jerseys of Ukrainian clubs
  9. ^ Shchedryi Dar website
  10. ^ On 29 October 2013, the general director of FC Arsenal Kyiv Viktor Holovko announced that the club is filling for bankruptcy and withdrawing from competitions as it was unable to find any sponsors. "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. 
    The General Assembly of the Ukrainian Premier League was unable to reach a quorum and hence no decision was made on the expulsion of the club from the UPL.Гендиректор УПЛ пояснив, чому Данілов не приїхав на Загальні збори [General Director of UPL explained why Danilov did not come to the General Assembly] (in Ukrainian). ua-football.com. 18 December 2013.  (18 December 2013)
    On 12 February 2014 Arsenal Kyiv was officially expelled from the league and all club's results were annulled."Decision #53 League Directory" (in Ukrainian). 12 February 2014. 

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