FC Avanhard Kramatorsk
|Full name||FC Avanhard Kramatorsk|
|Ground||Avanhard Stadium, Kramatorsk|
|League||Ukrainian First League|
FC Avanhard Kramatorsk is a professional Ukrainian football club from the city of Kramatorsk in Donetsk oblast. The club is currently suspended from the Professional Football League of Ukraine due to the political crisis and violence in south-eastern Ukraine.
The club Avangard was reformed in 1955. Prior to World War II there existed a club that was associated with the machine industry in the city. In 1937, the club participated in the national championship as the champion of Ukraine. In 1939 the team won the Cup of Soviet Ukraine.
The team in 1936 won 1st place in Ukraine among working teams and in 1937, 1938 and 1961 reached the 1/16 finals of the Soviet National Cup, and 1/8 finals of the Soviet National Cup in 1939.
The club regularly participated in the Soviet National championship (1946, 1948, 1949, 1960–1970) and the USSR Cup (1937–1939,1949,1961-1966/1967).
In the 1998–1999 season the team started the Ukrainian Second League and was called VPS Kramatorsk. However, the club was penalized 6 points for failure to pay the licence fees to the PFL and was removed from the competition after the first round.
The team's revival brought back success as they became Donetsk oblast champions in 2010. In 2011 the club appointed head coach Serhiy Shevchenko in preparation for returning to the Second League.
On 7 October 2014 former press-attache informed that the DNR terrorists killed young goalkeeper of the club the 17 year old Stepan Chubenko. Chubenko was killed on 25 July 2014 in Horbachevo-Mykhailivka, two days after he was kidnapped on 23 July 2014 at the Donetsk Railway Station.
- Donetsk Oblast Champions
- 1996, 2010
League and cup history
Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes 2011–12 3rd "B" 2 26 19 1 6 41 15 58 1/64 finals Promoted 2012–13 2nd 7 34 15 8 11 37 26 53 1/8 finals 2013–14 2nd 15 30 7 10 13 23 27 31 1/8 finals Suspended
- (Russian) Official website
- В Першій лізі буде виступати 16 команд [In the First League will participate 16 teams] (in Ukrainian). UA-Football. 7 July 2014.
- Boris Dvorkin (2003-10-23). "Украина А-К (Ukrainian Teams A-K)". Клуб любителей истории и статистики футбола (slisf.info) (in Russian). Retrieved 2011-07-05.
- Svitlana Horulko (2010-11-25). ФК "Авангард" наградили футбольным кубком области [FC Avanhard awarded championship oblast trophy]. "Восточный проект" (Eastern project) (in Russian). Retrieved 2011-07-05.
- Aleksiy Ladyka (2011-06-01). У "Авангарда" новый тренер [FC Avanhard has a new trainer]. "Восточный проект" (Eastern project) (in Russian). Retrieved 2011-07-05.
- Avanhard Kramatorsk goalkeeper perished from the hands of DNR terrorists. Ukrayinska Pravda (Champion). 7 October 2014