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Dynamo Moscow
Full name Футбольный клуб Динамо Москва
(Football Club Dynamo Moscow)
Nickname(s) Belo-golubye (White-blues)
Dinamiki (Louders)
Musora (Cops)
Great and Mighty
Founded 18 April 1923; 91 years ago (1923-04-18)
Ground Arena Khimki
Ground Capacity 18,636
Owner VTB Bank
Chairman Boris Rotenberg Sr.
Manager Stanislav Cherchesov
League Russian Premier League
2013–14 4th
Website Club home page
Current season

Dynamo Moscow (Dinamo Moscow, Dinamo Moskva, Russian: Дина́мо Москва́ [dʲɪˈnamə mɐˈskva]) is a Russian football club based in Khimki, currently playing in the Russian Premier League. Dynamo's traditional kit colours are blue and white. Their crest is of a blue letter "D", written in a traditional cursive style, on a white background with the name of their home town "Moscow" written in front of a football underneath. Club's motto "Power in Motion" had been proposed by Maxim Gorky, the famous Russian/Soviet author who once was an active member of the Dynamo sports society.

Dynamo Moscow is the oldest Russian football club and the only one that has always played in the top tier of the Soviet (for the Soviet era – sharing this achievement jointly with Dynamo Kyiv) and the Russian football competitions, having never been relegated to the lower divisions. Despite this, it has never won today's Russian Premier League title.

During the Soviet era it was affiliated with the MVD (Ministry of Internal Affairs – The Soviet Militia) & the KGB[1][2] and was a part of Dynamo sports society. Chief of the Soviet security and secret police apparatus (NKVD) Lavrentiy Beria was a patron of the club until his downfall.

On 10 April 2009, VTB Bank acquired 74% of the stock in the club.[3] Boris Rotenberg Sr. was appointed as a chairman, while he was listed by Forbes magazine (Russian edition) as the 100th wealthiest person in Russia in 2010, with a net worth of US $700m. As for 2014 he is on 27th place of the list with a net worth of US $4bln. He has been a friend of the Russian president Vladimir Putin since the 1960s, when they took judo lessons together. Boris Rotenberg Sr. was put into sanctions list from the US and EU sides as the result of Russian military intervention in Ukraine.


Commemorative coin of Lev Yashin, the legendary goalkeeper of the team

Dynamo Moscow has its roots in the club Morozovtsi Orekhovo-Zuevo Moskva founded as a factory team in 1887. The team was renamed OKS Moskva in 1906 and won a series of Moscow league championships from 1910 to 1914.

After the Russian Revolution, the club eventually found itself under the authority of the Interior Ministry and its head Felix Dzerzhinsky, chief of the Soviet Union's first secret police force, the notorious Cheka. The club was renamed Dynamo Moscow in 1923 and developed some infamy for its intimidating association with the Interior Ministry, often being referred to as Garbage, a Russian criminal slang term for police, by the supporters of other clubs.

Dynamo won the first two Soviet Championships in 1936 and 1937, a Soviet Cup in 1937, and another pair of national titles in 1940 and 1945. They were also the first Soviet club to tour the West and put on an impressive display during a goodwill visit to the United Kingdom in 1945. Complete unknowns, the Soviet players delivered a surprising performance, they drew 3–3 against Chelsea, before beating Cardiff City 10–1. They also defeated an Arsenal side reinforced by the presence of Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortensen and Joe Bacuzzi by a score of 4–3, in a match played in thick fog at White Hart Lane, before a 2–2 draw against Rangers.

They continued to be a strong side at home after the war, and enjoyed their greatest success through the 1950s. Dynamo captured another five championships between 1949 and 1959, as well as their second Soviet Cup in 1953. Honours were harder to come by after that time. The club continued to enjoy some success in the Soviet Cup, but has not won a national championship since 1976. Even so, Dynamo's 11 national titles make it the country's third most decorated side behind Dynamo Kiev (13 titles) and Spartak Moscow (12 titles).

Dynamo's greatest achievement in Europe to this day was in the 1971–72 European Cup Winners' Cup, where they reached the final at Camp Nou in Barcelona, losing 3–2 to Scottish side Rangers. This was the first time a Russian side had reached a final in a European competition, until CSKA Moscow won the UEFA Cup in 2005.

VTB Bank era 2009–[edit]

At the end of the 2008 season, Dynamo finished third, and qualified for the 2009–10 Champions League preliminary round. This was the first time that the club had taken part in the competition, since its re-branding from the European Cup in 1992. On 29 July 2009, Dynamo Moscow recorded an 1–0 away win against Celtic at Celtic Park,[4] which gave them a strong advantage going into the second leg. However, Celtic comfortably defeated Dynamo 2–0 in Moscow to progress,[5] and send them crashing into the Europa League play-off round, where Dynamo were eliminated by Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia after a 0–0 away draw in Sofia, and a 1–2 home defeat in Moscow.

In 2012 after the bad start Dynamo Moscow suffered, losing 5 first league games, they sacked their managing team and signed the Romanian manager Dan Petrescu. He managed to pull Dinamo Moscow out of the relegation spot to a place in the upper part of the table. For some time, team even made into position to grant European competition next season, but failure to win in the last matchday left them 7th with 2 points less than last Europa League place. On 8 April 2014, though, contract was terminated by mutual agreement after heavy loss to League outsiders FC Anzhi Makhachkala 0-4.[6] As Dynamo Moscow director of sports Guram Adzhoyev stated, "last year Dan drew the team from the complicated situation, lifted it to the certain level, but recently we have seen no progress".[7]


Main article: Oldest Russian derby

Since its establishment in 1923, Dynamo's historical rival is Spartak Moscow. Originated in the 1923 Moscow Championship, it was the most important game in the Soviet Union for more than three decades, attracting thousands of fans to every game. Ironically on New Year's Day 1936, a combined Dynamo-Spartak team traveled to Paris to face Racing Club de France, then one of Europe's top teams. Shortly after Dynamo clinched the first ever Soviet League by beating Spartak 1:0 in Dynamo Stadium, in front of 70.000 spectators. Spartak responded by winning the next championship thus starting one of the biggest sporting and political rivalries in world football. Following Dynamo's decline in the late 70's the heated rivalry has faded. After the collapse of the Soviet Union CSKA Moscow has emerged as Spartak's nemesis.

Recently there's a growing rivalry with Zenit St.Petersburg and to a lesser extent, neighbours CSKA Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow.


View of he historical Dynamo stadium, Home of Dynamo Moscow from 1928 to 2008. In 2011 it was demolished in preparation for a new stadium to be built which will be known as the VTB Arena.

Their ground used to be the historic Dynamo Stadium in Petrovsky Park, which seats 36,540. In 2008, it was closed for demolition. It is to be replaced by VTB Arena in 2016, which will have a capacity of 27,000 (adjustable up to 45,000). In the meantime, Dynamo have been sharing Arena Khimki with rivals PFC CSKA Moscow since 2010, as they too are awaiting the completion of their own new stadium.

Average attendance[edit]

Year Average
1970 30,331
1971 28,833
1972 21,787
1973 19,967
1974 24,333
1975 23,327
1976 15,529
1977 17,667
1978 8,987
1979 10,147
1980 10,088
1981 10,804
1982 8,853
1983 8,576
1984 9,359
Year Average
1985 9,129
1986 13,527
1987 16,507
1988 11,600
1989 13,813
1990 9,233
1991 7,627
1992 4,323
1993 4,465
1994 2,882
1995 3,713
1996 3,476
1997 6,000
1998 5,127
1999 8,367
Year Average
2000 8,867
2001 6,933
2002 6,800
2003 6,600
2004 5,300
2005 8,500
2006 8,067
2007 9,733
2008 13,067
2009 7,752
2010 7,116
2011-12 10,193
2012-13 7,516
2013-14 7,860
2014-15 -


Soviet Top League / Russian Premier League[8]
Soviet Cup / Russian Cup[9][10]
Soviet Super Cup / Russian Super Cup
Progress Cup
  • Champions: 1973, 1981, 1986
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Ciutat de Barcelona Trophy
  • Champions: 1976

Seasons from 1992 to present[edit]

European campaigns[edit]

For more details on this topic, see FC Dynamo Moscow in Europe.
Season Round Competition Country Opposing Team Score Venue
1972 RU Cup Winners' Cup Scotland Rangers F.C. 2-3 Camp Nou, Barcelona
1978 SF Cup Winners' Cup Austria FK Austria Wien 3-3 on aggregate 4-5(p) Two-legged
1985 SF Cup Winners' Cup Austria SK Rapid Wien 2-4 on aggregate Two-legged

UEFA ranking[edit]

As of 13 February 2015[11]
Rank Country Team Points
85 Germany Werder Bremen 23.254
86 Russia FC Dynamo Moscow 23.199
87 Wales Swansea City 22.706


Current squad[edit]

As of 3 March 2015, according to the club's official website Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Russia GK Anton Shunin
3 Netherlands DF Alexander Büttner
4 Republic of the Congo DF Christopher Samba
5 Netherlands DF Douglas
6 France MF William Vainqueur
7 Hungary MF Balázs Dzsudzsák
8 Russia MF Artur Yusupov
9 Russia FW Aleksandr Kokorin
11 Russia MF Aleksei Ionov
14 France MF Mathieu Valbuena
No. Position Player
15 Slovakia DF Tomáš Hubočan
18 Russia MF Yuri Zhirkov
21 Armenia GK Roman Berezovsky
22 Germany FW Kevin Kurányi
25 Russia DF Aleksei Kozlov
27 Russia MF Igor Denisov
28 Russia DF Boris Rotenberg
30 Russia GK Vladimir Gabulov
47 Russia MF Roman Zobnin
88 Russia MF Aleksandr Tashayev

Youth squad[edit]

The following players are registered with the RFPL and are listed by club's website as youth players. They are eligible to play for the first team.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Russia DF Grigori Morozov
33 Russia DF Andryus Rukas
34 Russia FW Artyom Katashevskiy
41 Russia GK Igor Leshchuk
43 Russia GK Stanislav Cherchesov Jr.
45 Russia DF Artem Yarmolitskiy
57 Russia DF Pavel Derevyagin
62 Russia DF Nikita Kalugin
63 Russia FW Aleksandr Maksimenko
64 Russia DF Aleksandr Shchegolkov
65 Russia MF Daniil Yamshchikov
67 Russia MF Pavel Farafonov
68 Russia DF Denis Sidnev
69 Russia MF Nikita Kireev
71 Russia MF Igor Gorbunov
72 Russia DF Aleksandr Kalyashin
73 Russia DF Sergei Evtushenko
74 Russia DF Nikita Klimov
75 Russia MF Mikhail Mogulkin
No. Position Player
76 Russia DF Anton Ivanov
77 Russia MF Anatoli Katrich
79 Russia MF Aleksandr Morgunov
80 Russia MF Vladislav Levin
81 Russia DF Yegor Danilkin
82 Russia MF Guram Adzhoyev
83 Russia GK Andrei Rebrikov
84 Russia GK Ivan Zirikov
85 Russia MF Nikita Kanavin
86 Russia MF Artyom Malakhov
87 Russia MF Valeri Saramutin
89 Russia DF Nikolai Mayorskiy
90 Russia FW Nikolai Obolskiy
91 Russia DF Aleksandr Stepanov
92 Russia FW Maksim Obolskiy
94 Russia DF Dmitri Zhivoglyadov
96 Russia MF Maksim Kuzmin
97 Russia MF Anton Altunin
98 Russia MF Anton Terekhov

Dynamo's reserve squad played professionally as FC Dynamo-d Moscow (Russian Second League in 1992–1993, Russian Third League in 1994–1997) and FC Dynamo-2 Moscow (Russian Second Division in 1998–2000). A separate team called FC Dynamo-2 Moscow played in the Soviet Second League in 1986–1989, Soviet Second League B in 1990–1991, Russian Second League in 1992–1993 and Russian Third League in 1994–1997.

Notable players[edit]

For details of Dynamo Moscow players with a Wikipedia article, see List of FC Dynamo Moscow players.

Most appearances[edit]

No. Player Nationality Games
1 Aleksandr Novikov Soviet Union Russia 327
2 Lev Yashin Soviet Union 326
3 Valery Maslov Soviet Union Russia 319
4 Aleksandr Makhovikov Soviet Union Russia 287
5 Gennady Yevryuzhikhin Soviet Union Russia 283
6 Viktor Anichkin Soviet Union 282
7 Sergei Nikulin Soviet Union Russia 280
8 Viktor Tsaryov Soviet Union Russia 279
9 Andrei Kobelev Soviet Union Russia 253
10 Aleksei Petrushin Soviet Union Russia 244

Most goals[edit]

No. Player Nationality Goals
1 Sergei Solovyov Soviet Union 127
2 Konstantin Beskov Soviet Union Russia 91
3 Vasili Kartsev Soviet Union 72
4 Valery Gazzaev Soviet Union Russia 70
5 Igor Chislenko Soviet Union Russia 68
6 Oleg Teryokhin Soviet Union Russia 67
7 Vasili Trofimov Soviet Union Russia 67
8 Vladimir Ilyin Soviet Union Russia 63
9 Vladimir Savdunin Soviet Union Russia 62
10 Vladimir Kozlov Soviet Union Russia 54

One-Club Men[edit]

Player Nationality Position Debut Last Match
Vasili Trofimov Soviet Union FW 1931 1949
Lev Yashin Soviet Union GK 1949 1971
Viktor Tsarev Soviet Union Russia MF 1955 1966
Eduard Mudrik Soviet Union Russia DF 1957 1968
Vladimir Kesarev Soviet Union Russia DF 1956 1965
Nikolai Tolstykh Soviet Union Russia DF 1977 1983


Coaching and medical staff[edit]

Stanislav Cherchesov, the current manager of Dynamo.
Role Name
Head coach Soviet Union Russia Stanislav Cherchesov
Assistant manager Soviet Union Belarus Miroslav Romaschenko
Assistant manager Soviet Union Russia Nicholai Kovardaev
Team manager Soviet Union Russia Dmitry Balashov
Administrative Manager Soviet Union Russia Gennady Samodurov
Press Office Soviet Union Russia Konstantin Alekseev
Youth team head coach Soviet Union Russia Dmitry Khokhlov
Youth team assistant coach Soviet Union Russia Sergei Chikishev
Youth team goalkeeping coach Soviet Union Russia Yevgeni Plotnikov
Goalkeeping coach Soviet Union Lithuania Gintaras Staučė
Fitness coach Soviet Union Russia Vladimir Panikov
Team doctor Soviet Union Russia Alexander Rezepov
Physiotherapist Argentina Sergio de San Martin

Former head coaches[edit]

FC Dynamo Moscow coaching history from 1936 to present



Club management[edit]

Role Name
Chairman of the Board of directors Vasily Titov
President Boris Rotenberg Sr.
First Vice-President Gennady Soloviev
Vice-President Yuri Belkin
Vice-President Yuri Lyubimov
Athletic Director Guram Adzhoyev
President advisor Alexei Smertin


In Dynamo the position of the president is not always present. Several times the head of the club was the CEO.

Nikolai Tolstykh, president of Russian Football Union since 2012. Tolstykh played his entire professional career for Dynamo from 1974 to his retirement in 1983 after a serious injury. After retiring he served as the team's President and general director on numerous occasions.
Date Position/name
1989—1990 Soviet Union Russia Vladimir Pilguy
1991—1992 Soviet Union Russia Valery Sysoev
1993—1997 Soviet Union Russia Nikolai Tolstykh
General director
1998 Soviet Union Russia Nikolai Tolstykh
1999 Soviet Union Russia Nikolai Tolstykh
General director
2000—2001 Soviet Union Russia Nikolai Tolstykh
2002 Soviet Union Russia Vladimir Ulyanov
2002—2006 Soviet Union Russia Yuri Zavarzin
2006—2009 Soviet Union Russia Dmitry Ivanov
2009—2012 Soviet Union Russia Yuri Isaev
2012—2013 Soviet Union Russia Gennady Solovyov
2013— Soviet Union Russia Boris Rotenberg Sr.


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  2. ^ Franklin Mossop, Lawrence Booth and Matthew Cunningham (8 May 2003). "Men behaving badly". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  3. ^ ВТБ получил 74 процента акций московского «Динамо»
  4. ^ McDaid, David (29 July 2009). "Celtic 0–1 Dynamo Moscow". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  5. ^ McDaid, David (5 August 2009). "D'mo Moscow 0–2 Celtic (agg 1–2)". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Match protocol" (in Russian). Russian Football Premier League. 6 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Динамо" расторгло контракт с Даном Петреску (in Russian). FC Dynamo Moscow. 8 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "USSR (Soviet Union) - List of Champions". rsssf.com. 
  9. ^ "USSR (Soviet Union) - List of Cup Finals". rsssf.com. 
  10. ^ "Russia - Cup Finals". rsssf.com. 
  11. ^ UEFA Club Coefficients – UEFA.com

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