FC Dynamo Moscow

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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 Moscow, 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. The son of chairman Boris Rotenberg Jr. plays for Dynamo since 2011, previously playing for Zenit St. Petersburg — the club under the patronage of Alexey Miller who is another acquaintance of Vladimir Putin during the time of his duty at Saint Petersburg Mayor's Office.


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 (debatable) 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).

Since 1937
Since 1953
Since 1967
Since 1970
Since 1977
Since 1984

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. 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.


Dynamo's historical rival is Spartak Moscow. Originated in the late 30's, 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 Kharkov, in front of 60.000 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. Other rivalries are with Zenit St.Petersburg and Lokomotiv Moscow.


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 33,000 (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.

Seasons 2012-2013 and 2013-2014[edit]

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]


Domestic competitions[edit]

1936 (spring), 1937, 1940, 1945, 1949, 1954, 1955, 1957 1959, 1963, 1976
1937, 1953, 1967, 1970, 1977, 1984, 1995
  • Runners-up (1): 1984
1973, 1981, 1986

International competitions[edit]



League and cup history[edit]

Chart showing the progress of Dynamo's league finishes from 1992 season to 2012-2013 season
Russia Russia
Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Top Scorer Head Coach
1992 1st 3 26 14 6 6 55 29 34 UC 3rd round (Last 16) Azerbaijan Gasimov – 16 Russia Gazzaev
1993 1st 3 34 16 10 8 65 38 42 Semi-finals UC 3rd round (Last 16) Russia Simutenkov – 16 Russia Gazzaev
Russia Golodets
1994 1st 2 30 13 13 4 55 35 39 Semi-finals UC 1st round Russia Simutenkov – 21 Russia Beskov
1995 1st 4 30 16 8 6 45 29 56 Winner UC 2nd round (Last 32) Russia Terekhin – 11 Russia Beskov
Russia Golodets
1996 1st 4 34 20 7 7 60 35 67 Semi-finals CWC Quarter-finals Russia Cheryshev – 17 Russia Golodets
1997 1st 3 34 19 11 4 50 20 68 Runner-Up UC 1st round Russia Terekhin – 17 Russia Golodets
1998 1st 9 30 8 15 7 31 30 39 Quarter-finals Russia Terekhin – 12 Russia Golodets
Russia Yartsev
1999 1st 5 30 12 8 10 44 41 44 Runner-Up UC 2nd round (Last 32) Russia Terekhin – 14 Russia Yartsev
Russia Petrushin
2000 1st 5 30 14 8 8 45 35 50 Quarter-finals Russia Gusev – 12 Russia Gazzaev
2001 1st 9 30 10 8 12 43 51 38 Round of 16 UC 1st round Russia Khazov – 10 Russia Gazzaev
Russia Novikov
2002 1st 8 30 12 6 12 38 33 42 Quarter-finals UC 2nd round Serbia Koroman – 6 Russia Novikov
Ukraine Prokopenko
2003 1st 6 30 12 10 8 42 29 46 Round of 32 Russia Bulykin – 9 Ukraine Prokopenko
Czech Republic Hřebík
2004 1st 13 30 6 11 13 27 38 29 Round of 16 Russia Korchagin – 4 Czech Republic Hřebík
Russia Bondarenko
Russia Romantsev
2005 1st 8 30 12 2 16 36 46 38 Round of 16 Portugal Derlei – 13 Russia Romantsev
Brazil Wortmann
Russia Kobelev
2006 1st 14 30 8 10 12 31 40 34 Quarter-finals Portugal Derlei – 7 Russia Semin
Russia Kobelev
2007 1st 6 30 11 8 11 37 35 41 Quarter-finals Russia Kolodin – 9 Russia Kobelev
2008 1st 3 30 15 9 6 41 29 54 Round of 16 Russia Kerzhakov – 7 Russia Kobelev
2009 1st 8 30 12 6 12 31 37 42 Semi-finals CL
3rd qualifying round
Play-off round
Russia Kerzhakov – 12 Russia Kobelev
2010 1st 7 30 9 13 8 39 31 40 Round of 8 Germany Kurányi – 9 Russia Kobelev
Montenegro Božović
2011/12 1st 4 44 20 12 12 66 50 72 Runner-Up Germany Kurányi – 13 Montenegro Božović
Russia Silkin
2012/13 1st 7 30 14 6 10 41 34 48 Quarter-finals EL PO Germany Kurányi – 10
Russia Kokorin - 10
Russia Silkin
Russia Khokhlov
Romania Petrescu
2013/14 1st 4 30 15 7 8 54 37 52 Round of 32 Russia Kokorin – 10 Romania Petrescu
Russia Cherchesov

European campaigns[edit]

For more details on this topic, see FC Dynamo Moscow in Europe.
Season Achievement
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
1971–72 Final defeated by Rangers 2–3
1977–78 Semi Final eliminated by Austria Wien 2–1 in Moscow, 1–2 in Wien
1979–80 Quarter Final eliminated by Nantes 0–2 in Moscow, 3–2 in Nantes
1984–85 Semi Final eliminated by Rapid Wien 1–3 in Wien, 1–1 in Moscow
1995–96 Quarter Final eliminated by Rapid Wien 0–1 in Moscow, 0–3 in Wien


Current squad[edit]

As of 3 August 2014, 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
10 Russia FW Fyodor Smolov
11 Russia MF Aleksei Ionov
13 Russia DF Vladimir Granat (captain)
14 France FW Mathieu Valbuena
No. Position Player
16 Ecuador MF Christian Noboa
18 Russia MF Yuri Zhirkov
21 Armenia GK Roman Berezovsky
22 Germany FW Kevin Kurányi
23 Bulgaria MF Stanislav Manolev
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
99 Russia FW Aleksandr Prudnikov

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
34 Russia FW Artyom Katashevskiy
41 Russia GK Igor Leshchuk
45 Russia DF Artem Yarmolitskiy
41 Russia DF Pavel Derevyagin
61 Russia DF Semen Matviychuk
62 Russia DF Nikita Kalugin
63 Azerbaijan FW Eldar Allahverdiyev
64 Russia DF Aleksandr Shchegolkov
65 Russia MF Daniil Yamshchikov
67 Russia MF Pavel Feofanov
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
No. Position Player
75 Russia MF Mikhail Mogulkin
76 Russia DF Anton Ivanov
77 Russia MF Anatoli Katrich
78 Russia FW Ruslan Suanov
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
87 Russia MF Valeri Saramutin
88 Russia MF Aleksandr Tashayev
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 all Dynamo Moscow players with a Wikipedia article, see List of FC Dynamo Moscow players.

Player records[edit]

As of 30 November 2009

One-Club Men[edit]

Name Nationality Position Dynamo
Last Match
Vasili Trofimov Soviet Union FW 1931 1949
Lev Yashin Soviet Union GK 1949 1971
Viktor Tsarev Soviet Union MF 1955 1966
Eduard Mudrik Soviet Union DF 1957 1968
Vladimir Kesarev Soviet Union DF 1956 1965

Coaching staff[edit]

Former head coaches[edit]


Notable past players[edit]

For further list, see List of FC Dynamo Moscow players.



  1. ^ James Appell (14 August 2008). "Kiev make mincemeat of Spartak". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  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. 

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