FC Karpaty Lviv

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Karpaty Lviv
FC Karpaty Lviv.svg
Full name Football Club Karpaty Lviv
Nickname(s) The Lions
Founded 18 January 1963; 51 years ago (1963-01-18)
Ground Ukraina Stadium
Ground Capacity 28,051
President Petro Dyminskyi
Head coach Igor Jovicevic
League Ukrainian Premier League
2013–14 11th
Website Club home page
Current season

Football Club Karpaty Lviv (Ukrainian: Футбольний клуб «Карпати» Львів [kɐr'pɑtɪ lʲviw]) is a Ukrainian professional football club based in Lviv.

History[edit]

Early years (1963–68)[edit]

The team of Karpaty was founded on January 18, 1963. In 1962 Selmash Lvov won the championship and cup of the Lvov Region and, thus, obtained the rights to participate in the Soviet Class B championship (Soviet First League). However in 1963 the Football Federation of USSR conducted another reorganization in football national tournaments creating the Second Group of Class A and Class B became the third tier where a berth was reserved for a team from Lviv. At that time the best city team was SKA Lvov, players of which did not stay there for long leaving it at the end of their military service, while the best would be drafted to CSKA Moscow. In light of that the city administration decided to create independent from military a civilian team.

In December 1962 in the building of Regional Council of trade unions (prospekt Shevchenka) the head of the council and the regional federation Hlib Klymov gathered coaches of Selmash Yuri Zubach (former player of Ukraina Lwow) and Vasyl Solomonko as well as the director of city plant "Lvovselmash" (today - "Lvivsilmash") Ivan Kalynychenko to discuss the new name for a club. The name Silmash was recognized as inadequate for participation on such level. Among variants were Spartak, Dynamo, Halychyna, while at the end they agreed upon the regional toponym (Carpathians) Karpaty which would the best to represent the region.

In the Soviet times all sport teams were "tied" to certain industrial unions or sport societies therefore Karpaty has joined the republican sport society of trade unions "Avanhard", while the Lviv television producing plant "Elektron" became its sponsor. Out of "Silmash" only two joined Karpaty: Ihor Kulchytskyi and Josef Fales. Karpaty also adopted the same jersey colors of Silmash. Also the club was reinforced with several players from SKA Lvov and transfers. The club played its first game on April 14, 1964 against FC Zenit Izhevsk at the Dynamo Stadium (today - the building of regional Tax Administration) winning it 1:0. The goal was scored by the club's captain Aleksandr Filyaev. The first official game was against Lokomotiv Gomel on April 23, 1963, which Karpaty won 1:0 (goal scored by Anatoliy Kroshchenko).

Karpaty debuted in Group B in 1963 and had remained there for four seasons, until in 1968 they were promoted to Soviet First League.

Winning the USSR Cup[edit]

On August 17, 1969, Karpaty became the first (and the only) club in the USSR football history which won the USSR Cup while playing in the Soviet First League. The road to the cup was no less exciting as the final itself. On the way there the Lions were challenged by the Soviet heavy-weights such as FC Ararat Yerevan and FC Chornomorets Odessa. The quarterfinal round matched them with FC Trud Foronezh that in the prior round eliminated FC Spartak Moscow. After the minimal score victory Karpaty were faced with the Mykolaiv's Shipbuilders. The game was perceived by the Lvivians as the chance to avenge for the last year loss to the Mykolaivans, which cost them a ticket to the Soviet Premiers. Two-nil score was enough to secure the trip to Moscow.

In the final, Karpaty played against the Army team from Rostov-on-Don at the Lenin's Stadium. The Rostov army-men were one of the best Soviet clubs in the mid-1960s and for that game they were considered as the favorites being the representatives of the Soviet Top League. Before the start of the game the Karpaty's captain Ihor Kulchytsky traditionally shacked hands with every referee... except the side-liner Eugen Harms. The reason was that the Estonian referee in their last year game against FC Uralmash Sverdlovsk counted a goal from an obvious offside that eventually contributed to the Karpaty's denial of a promotion. Karpaty were trailing 0:1 already after the first 20 minutes and to the end of the half were not able to equalize, but numerous Karpaty's fans drove their team forward.

The torches are being inflamed on stadium stands. Afar the banner is sparkling: "The Cup for Lviv!" On it the traditional Lviv's lion holds the highest of the national football awards. And now, after the reception of the Cup, the winners are walking around the green field of the Luzhniki...

"Lvivsky Zaliznychnyk", (August 21, 1969)
(Petro Danylchuk, "Karpaty's" defender)
(Ihor Kulchytsky, "Karpaty's" captain)

In the second half the Ukrainians broke the course of the game flow and two goals from Lykhachov and Bulhakov put the Lions ahead. Near the end of the game the Rostov-men scored another goal, but from offside. The main main referee without even looking to his assistants has counted the goal and the Russians ran joyfully towards the center of the field. However a moment later he noticed the Harms' signal. The linesman clearly identified the offside. The Lvivians led the game to the victory.

In the following season, Karpaty's first opponent in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was Romanian Steaua Bucharest, that led by István Kovács advanced on 4:3 aggregate.

Soviet Top League (1970–1977)[edit]

In 1970–1977 and 1980, Karpaty played in the Soviet Top League. Karpaty's best achievement was 4th place in 1976. Karpaty placed 4th twice that year since the season was split into 2 separate championships (spring and fall). Karpaty were primed to take silver that season, but an unexpected loss in the last home game to Zenit Leningrad pushed Karpaty back into 4th place.

While playing in the Soviet First League in 1979, Karpaty were close to repeating their 1969 achievement, when they met Dinamo Moscow in the USSR Cup semi-final. The match which was played in Moscow, went into overtime with a 1:1 score. Dinamo however prevailed, scoring on a penalty kick in extra time.

SKA Karpaty (1981–1989)[edit]

In 1981, Karpaty were merged with another Lviv team, SKA Lviv. The new team, SKA Karpaty, continued playing in the Soviet First League, almost achieving promotion in 1986 when CSKA Moscow was promoted ahead of Karpaty on goal differences. In 1989 the original name of the club was restored.

Ukrainian League (1991–present)[edit]

Since Ukraine gained its independence, Karpaty have primarily participated in Ukrainian Premier League competitions. They have taken 3rd place once and were Ukrainian Cup runners-up twice, losing both times to Dynamo Kyiv in the final.

The thirteen’s season in Ukrainian Premier League became an unfortunate one for Karpaty and in 2003–04 season the team was relegated to Persha Liha. However Karpaty remained there only for two seasons and in the 2005–06 season, the club was successful in taking second place in the Persha Liha, which allowed them to participate in the Vyscha Liha the following year.

Stadium[edit]

Main articles: Ukraina Stadium and Arena Lviv

FC Karpaty play their home games at the Ukraina Stadium. The stadium was built in 1963 as Druzhba (meaning Friendship) stadium and renamed into Ukraina Stadium in 1992. The stadium was renovated on several occasions since, the latest taking place in 2001. Currently the arena has a capacity of 29,004 spectators.

The stadium was also the venue hosting the final match of the first Ukrainian Premier League season in 1992, in which Tavriya Simferopol defeated Dynamo Kyiv.

It has also been one of the venues for Ukraine national football team matches, the most recent being a 1–0 Ukraine win over Belarus on September 6, 2008 for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

Logo history[edit]

Since the club has been named after the Carpathian Mountains, the image of the forest and mountains has been present on team's logo for many years. However the logo has since been updated, inspired by Lviv's Coat of Arms with a segment of a fortress and lion shown on the new crest. The club's nickname 'The Green Lions' was also derived from their new logo.

The club also has a ceremonial logo, however, it is very rarely used, mostly during TV broadcasts or video packages.

Football kits and sponsors[edit]

Years[1] Football kit Shirt sponsor
1998-1999 adidas -
2000-2001 adidas -
2001-2004 НПК Галичина[2]
2006-2007 adidas -
2007-2009 cdma Ukraine
2008-2010 joma zik[3]
2010-2011 zik/електрон
2011-2012 лімо
2012-2014 FAVBET
2014-present лімо

Colours[edit]

Traditionally the club colours are white and green. Throughout the club's history kit has always been designed of green and white tones; other colours are almost never used and are highly criticized by fans.

Green is considered to be the dominant of the two as clubs nicknames are "Green-Lions" and "Green-Whites". For some time black was also used and was even displayed on one of the club's former logos.

Rivalries[edit]

Karpaty's biggest rival today is Volyn Lutsk. The match between is called the Halytsko-Volynske derby. This derbys are the main football events in western Ukraine. Club's main rivals are considered to be the neighbouring clubs FC Lviv, Prykarpattya Ivano-Frankivsk, Nyva Ternopil and Zakarpattia Uzhhorod. Not so long ago the rivalries with the Prykarpattya Ivano-Frankivsk and Nyva Ternopil were the most heated when the clubs were playing each other in the same division. Since then those rivalries cooled off. It seems that the new rivalry is emerging as the new FC Lviv club has entered the Premier League.


Supporters[edit]

Supporters of the club have the reputation of being "nationalist thugs".[4] One supporter claims that supporters of the club "don't start fights" and are "just giving their team support".[4] The supporter went on to say that "everything'll be fine" if supporters of other clubs don't provoke him or other supporters of Karpaty Lviv.[4] If they had foreign players at the club, they would send them back home if they could.[4] The club protects its players from its nationalist fans.[4] Danilo Avelar, a player from Brazil, stated how he "hasn't heard of nationalist fans and hopes it isn't true".[4] However, authorities have been problems in the past with violent fans in Lviv.[4] There was a riot in Lviv's old town when ultranationalist Karpaty supporters clashed with supporters of German side Borussia Dortmund where supporters from both sides were injured.[4]

European record[edit]

UEFA Cup/Europa League
Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1999-00 1st Sweden Helsingborg 1-1 1-1 2-2 (pen. 2-4)
2010-11 Q2 Iceland KR Reykjavík 3-2 3-0 6-2
Q3 Georgia (country) FC Zestafoni 1-0 1-0 2-0
Play-off Turkey Galatasaray 1-1 2-2 3-3
Gr.J Germany Borussia Dortmund 3-4 0-3 3-7
France PSG 1-1 0-2 1-3
Spain FC Sevilla 0-1 0-4 0-5
2011-12 Q3 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic F.C. 2-0 3-1 5-1
Play-off Greece PAOK 1-1 0-2 1-3
Cup Winners' Cup
Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1970-71 Qualifying Romania FC Steaua Bucureşti 0-1 3-3 3-4
1993-94 Qualifying Republic of Ireland Shelbourne 1-0 1-3 2-3

Honours[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]

Ukraine[edit]

Non-official[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 September 2014[5][6]

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

No. Position Player
1 Ukraine GK Roman Pidkivka
2 Ukraine DF Andriy Savchenko
4 Slovenia DF Gregor Balažic
5 Ukraine DF Andriy Hitchenko
7 Ukraine MF Pavlo Ksyonz
8 Ukraine DF Volodymyr Kostevych
9 Ukraine MF Denys Kozhanov (on loan from Shakhtar)
10 Ukraine MF Artur Karnoza
14 Ukraine FW Mykhaylo Serhiychuk
16 Ukraine MF Ihor Khudobyak
17 Ukraine MF Oleh Holodyuk (captain)
18 Ukraine MF Mykhaylo Kopolovets
19 Ukraine MF Yaroslav Martynyuk
No. Position Player
20 Georgia (country) MF Murtaz Daushvili
22 Ukraine DF Taras Puchkovskyi
23 Ukraine GK Roman Mysak
26 Ukraine DF Artur Novotryasov
27 Ukraine MF Vadym Strashkevych
29 Ukraine GK Oleksandr Ilyuschenkov
32 Ukraine DF Ihor Plastun
70 Ukraine DF Ivan Lobay
73 Ukraine FW Taras Zaviyskyi
79 Ukraine DF Andriy Markovych
92 Ukraine MF Ambrosiy Chachua
94 Ukraine DF Denys Miroshnichenko

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Ukraine DF Volodymyr Bidlovskyi (at PFC Oleksandriya)
Ukraine DF Ihor Ozarkiv (at Nyva Ternopil)
Ukraine DF Roman Podolyak (at Skala Stryi)
Ukraine DF Mykola Zhovtyuk (at Bukovyna Chernivtsi)
No. Position Player
Ukraine FW Ilya Mikhalyov (at Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk)
Ukraine FW Oleksandr Kasyan (at Khimik Dzerzhinsk)
Brazil FW Marcelinho (at Ituano)

League and Cup history[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1963 2nd 7 34 14 11 9 28 22 39 1/32 finals
1964 2nd 4 26 10 8 8 32 27 28 1/16 finals Second subgroup
10 26 8 8 10 29 36 24 1-14 places tournament
1965 2nd 7 30 11 11 8 36 22 33 1/16 finals Second subgroup
9 30 10 10 10 29 25 30 1-14 places tournament
1966 2nd 14 34 8 14 12 23 23 30 1/16 finals Second subgroup
1967 2nd 7 38 17 8 13 50 38 42 1/32 finals Second subgroup
1968 2nd 1 40 26 7 7 80 34 59 1/64 finals First subgroup
2 3 1 1 1 5 2 3 Promotion tournament
1969 2nd 6 42 17 12 13 63 50 46 Winner Third subgroup
1970 2nd 1 42 26 11 5 70 22 63 1/64 finals CWC First round Promoted
1971 1st 10 30 5 18 7 30 35 28 1/8 finals
1972 1st 14 30 8 8 14 27 43 24 1/2 finals
1973 1st 14 30 8 3+3 16 28 48 19 1/16 finals
1974 1st 11 30 8 12 10 33 33 28 1/16 finals
1975 1st 6 30 11 10 9 36 28 32 1/8 finals
1976 1st 4 15 7 4 4 25 19 18 1/4 finals Spring
4 15 6 5 4 22 19 17 Fall
1977 1st 15 30 6 14 10 26 30 26 1/8 finals Relegated
1978 2nd 4 38 21 10 7 60 37 52 1/16 finals
1979 2nd 1 46 27 10 9 89 43 64 1/2 finals Promoted
1980 1st 17 34 9 8 17 23 46 26 Group stage Relegated
1981 2nd 11 46 17 10 19 57 60 44 Group stage merged with SKA Lvov
played as SKA Karpaty (1982-1988)
1989 3rd 3 42 24 10 8 63 34 58 no participation 5th Group Revival
1990 3rd 3 42 23 9 10 61 36 55 1/8 finals West Zone
1991 3rd 1 42 24 11 7 47 27 59 1/32 finals West Zone Promoted

Ukraine[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1992 1st 13 18 5 6 7 15 18 16 1/8 finals
1992–93 1st 6 30 10 10 10 37 38 30 Runner-up
1993–94 1st 5 34 16 8 10 37 30 40 1/2 finals CWC Qual round
1994–95 1st 8 34 12 9 13 32 36 45 1/8 finals
1995–96 1st 8 34 12 10 12 39 39 46 1/8 finals
1996–97 1st 5 30 15 7 8 36 23 52 1/4 finals
1997–98 1st 3 30 16 9 5 36 20 57 1/8 finals
1998–99 1st 4 30 15 10 5 54 34 55 Runner-up
1999-00 1st 9 30 12 4 14 39 38 40 1/4 finals UC 1st round
2000–01 1st 10 26 9 3 14 33 42 30 1/16 finals
2001–02 1st 8 26 7 8 11 19 31 29 1/4 finals
2002–03 1st 7 30 9 9 12 29 37 36 1/16 finals
2003–04 1st 15 30 6 8 16 22 39 26 1/32 finals Relegated
2004–05 2nd 6 34 15 7 12 39 35 52 1/8 finals
2005–06 2nd 2 34 25 5 3 53 14 80 1/2 finals Promoted
2006–07 1st 8 30 9 10 11 26 32 37 1/16 finals
2007–08 1st 10 30 9 6 15 29 41 33 1/32 finals
2008–09 1st 9 30 8 10 12 33 39 34 1/16 finals
2009–10 1st 5 30 13 11 6 44 35 50 1/8 finals
2010–11 1st 5 30 13 9 8 41 34 48 1/4 finals EL Group Stage
2011–12 1st 14 30 5 8 17 27 51 23 1/2 finals EL Play-off round
2012–13 1st 14 30 7 6 17 37 52 27 1/4 finals
2013–14 1st 11 28 7 11 10 33 39 32 1/8 finals
2014–15 1st 12 5 1 1 3 5 9 4 1/8 finals

2014–2015 season is in progress'

Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jerseys of Ukrainian clubs
  2. ^ Halychyna Oil Refinery website
  3. ^ West Information Corporation website
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Reher, Markus (24 May 2012). "Could Ukrainian hooligans hamper EURO 2012?". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  5. ^ First team squad – FC Karpaty Lviv website
  6. ^ Team squad – Ukrainian Premier League website

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