FC Metalist Kharkiv

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Metalist Kharkiv
FC Metalist Kharkiv.svg
Full name Football Club Metalist Kharkiv
Founded 1925; 89 years ago (1925)
Ground OSC Metalist
Ground Capacity 40,003
President Serhiy Kurchenko
Head coach Ihor Rakhayev
League Ukrainian Premier League
2013–14 3rd
Website Club home page

Football Club Metalist Kharkiv (Ukrainian: Футбо́льний Клуб Металі́ст Ха́рків, Russian: Футбо́льный клуб Металли́ст Ха́рьков [fʊdˈbolʲnɨj klup mʲɪtɐˈlʲist ˈxarʲkəf]) is a Ukrainian and a former Soviet professional football club based in Kharkiv.

It competes in the Ukrainian Premier League, the top football league in the country. Founded in 1925, the team worked its way up the rungs of the Soviet football system, eventually being promoted to the Soviet Top League in 1960. After a difficult period which included relegation, Metalist was promoted to the Top League again in 1982, where it remained until the league's dissolution. The club won the Soviet Cup once, and were also runners-up once. They have also won the bronze title of the Ukrainian Premier League six times in a row, starting in the 2006–07 season.

Metalist's home is the 40,003 capacity multi-use Metalist Stadium. The stadium was originally built in 1926 and was recently reconstructed to its current capacity to host Euro 2012 football matches.

History[edit]

USSR competitions[edit]

The team has played under the following names: KhPZ (1936–1946), Dzerzhinets (1947–1956), Avangard (1956–1965), Metallist (1965–1991) and FC Metalist (since 1992).

FC Metalist Kharkiv was initially founded in 1925, when a local locomotive construction facility (today the Malyshev Factory) provided funding and allowed use of its land to start a football club. Ten years later, the club won the city of Kharkiv championship, which allowed the club to enter the USSR Cup in the following season. Following World War II, the club resumed playing in local competitions, promoting itself to the Soviet Second League B in 1947 only to be demoted three seasons later.

In 1956, Metalist as Avanhard returned to the Soviet Second League B replacing its city rivals Lokomotyv Khakriv. Soon thereafter it was promoted first to Soviet First League in 1958, and later to the Soviet Top League in 1960. The club stayed in Top League for 4 seasons, but was demoted to First League in 1963, continuing its decline with demotion to Second League. In 1978, the club was promoted to the Soviet First League and two years later, the club finished third in the competition narrowly missing promotion to the top flight. The following season, the club improved on their previous performance and won the Soviet First League outright to earn a spot in Soviet Top League. The club sustained 10 seasons of the Soviet Top League with several successes on the domestic front. In 1983, Metalist was the runner-up in the USSR Cup (losing 1–0 to Shakhtar Donetsk) and a few years later in 1988 would win the cup, beating Torpedo Moscow 2–0. As a result, Metalist Kharkiv earned a trip to the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Metalist only advanced to the last sixteen of the competition, beating Yugoslavian side Borac Banja Luka and losing to the Dutch club Roda JC.

Ukrainian Premier League[edit]

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the formation of an independent Ukraine, Metalist joined the inaugural season of the Ukrainian Premier League in 1992. The club finished in 5th place, an achievement it would never top until the 2006–07 season, finishing in 5th place three more times since, the most notable coming during the 2001–02 season. The club finished with 40 points, on a par with FC Metalurh Zaporizhzhya and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk for a three-way tie. Metalist was expected to take 4th place (and subsequently compete in the UEFA Cup) by virtue of having the best three-way head-to-head record among the three teams (which is the official tie-breaker to be used in domestic competitions), but following a protest by FC Metalurh Zaporizhzhya and an arbitrary decision by PFL (the administrative body of the UPL), FC Metalurh Zaporizhzhya was awarded 4th place on grounds that they had better head-to-head records independently against either side.[1] Following unsuccessful protests from Metalist, a disheartened management, team and fan base would see the club finish bottom in the following season and earning a demotion to the Ukrainian First League. However, the club would return to the UPL after one season and following a financial crisis and a takeover of the club by UkrSibbank owner Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, steady investment would see Metalist show improvement and balanced performance. Yaroslavsky sold the club to new owner Serhiy Kurchenko late December 2012.[2] Kurchenko left Ukraine in February 2014 and his current whereabouts are unknown.[3]

European Competitions[edit]

In the 2006–07 season, Metalist finished third place in the league, qualifying for the UEFA Cup 2007–08, for their second appearance in a UEFA competition. They were drawn against English club Everton. The first leg, away at Goodison Park, ended in a 1–1 draw. Everton won the second leg 3–2, eliminating Metalist.

Metalist's next European competition was the UEFA Cup 2008–09 season. Metalist beat Beşiktaş 4–2 on aggregate in the first round to qualify for the group stage. Here they were grouped with Galatasaray, Olympiacos, Hertha Berlin, and Benfica. Metalist finished top of the group, beating Galatasaray, Olympiacos, and Benfica, and drawing 0–0 with Hertha. In the Round of 32 Metalist defeated Italian club Sampdoria 3–0 on aggregrate, setting up for an all-Ukrainian Round of 16 tie versus Dynamo Kyiv. After losing in Kiev 1–0, Metalist won the return leg 3–2, but were eliminated on the away goals rule.

When the competition was re-branded as the Europa League for the 2009-10 season, Metalist beat Croatian side HNK Rijeka 4-1 on aggregate in the third qualifying round before losing 2-1 on aggregate to Austrian side SK Sturm Graz despite holding them 1-1 in Graz. The following season they finished 2nd in Group I behind Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven, thus qualifying for the Round of 32 where they were thrashed 6-0 on aggregate by German side Bayer Leverkusen. They reached the quarter-finals the following season beating Greek side Olympiacos on away goals in the round of 16. However Sporting Lisbon eliminated Myron Markevych's side. The following season they faced Bayer Leverkusen again two seasons on from the Germans' 6-0 aggregate hammering of Myron Markevych's team in the round of 32 in the 2010-11 competition. After beating Leverkusen 2-0 on 22 November 2012, Metalist finished above Sami Hyypiä's team on head-to-head points as they both finished on 13 points and had played out a goalless draw at the BayArena. Next, they faced English club Newcastle United in the round of 32. After holding them to a goalless draw at St James' Park in the 1st leg on February 14 in which Magpies striker Papiss Cisse had two goals wrongly disallowed for off-side, Shola Ameobi's penalty sent Alan Pardew's team through 1-0 on aggregate.

In August 2013 UEFA disqualified Metalist Kharkiv from UEFA 2013/2014 competitions.[4][nb 1]

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Metalist Stadium

As Metalist Stadium was one of the venues for Euro 2012, the management decided to reconstruct and expand the arena and turn it into a modern recreational and leisure facility. In May 2008, Metalist Arena was the venue for 2008 Ukrainian Cup Final.

Honours and achievements[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Ukrainian Premier League:

Soviet / Ukrainian First League:

  • Winners (1): 1981
  • Runners-up (1): 2003-04

Championship of the Ukrainian SSR:

  • Winners (1): 1978

Soviet / Ukrainian Cup:

  • Winners (1): 1988
  • Runners-up (2): 1983, 1992

Soviet League Cup:

  • Runners-up (1): 1987

Soviet / Ukrainian Super Cup:

  • Runners-up (1): 1989

International[edit]

United Tournament:

  • Runners-up (1): 2014

Football kits and sponsors[edit]

Years[7] Football kit Shirt sponsor
2000-2001 Puma -
2001-2002 Puma/Adidas -
2002-2003 Lotto TECHNOCOM[8]
2002-2003 adidas АВЭК[9]
2004-2006 adidas UKRSIBBANK
2006-2008 UKRSIBBANK
BNP Paribas Group
2007-2008 UKRSIBBANK/DCH[10]
2008-2012 DCH
2012-2013 DCH/ВЕТЭК[11]
2013-present ВЕТЭК

Rivalry[edit]

Metalist Kharkiv supporters biggest rival today is Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.[12] Despite this fans of both clubs marched in support of a "united Ukraine" in Kharkiv during the April 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine.[12]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 25 July 2014[13][14]

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

No. Position Player
3 Argentina DF Cristian Villagra
4 Ukraine DF Andriy Berezovchuk
5 Ukraine MF Oleh Shelayev
6 Argentina DF Marco Torsiglieri
8 Ukraine MF Edmar Halovskyi
10 Brazil MF Cleiton Xavier
11 Argentina MF José Ernesto Sosa
13 Brazil DF Rodrigo Moledo
14 Ukraine FW Volodymyr Homenyuk
15 Argentina MF Alejandro Gómez
16 Ukraine MF Serhiy Kostyuk
17 Ukraine DF Serhiy Pshenychnykh
19 Argentina MF Juan Manuel Torres
22 Ukraine MF Denys Kulakov
No. Position Player
23 Argentina MF Sebastián Blanco
24 Nigeria DF Ayila Yussuf
29 Ukraine GK Oleksandr Horyainov
30 Senegal DF Papa Gueye (captain)
32 Ukraine MF Oleh Krasnopyorov
35 Ukraine GK Bohdan Shust
41 Ukraine MF Illya Cherednychenko
43 Ukraine MF Yuriy Tkachuk
45 Ukraine DF Oleksandr Osman
46 Ukraine FW Artem Radchenko
50 Brazil FW Jajá
77 Ukraine MF Vasyl Kobin (from Shakhtar)
81 Serbia GK Vladimir Dišljenković
82 Ukraine MF Pavlo Rebenok

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 GK Artur Denchuk (at Sumy)
Ukraine MF Vyacheslav Sharpar (at Metalurh Donetsk)
Ukraine MF Oleksandr Noyok (at Metalurh Donetsk)
Brazil MF Diego Souza (at Sport Recife)
No. Position Player
Ukraine MF Andriy Oberemko (at Illichivets Mariupol)
Ukraine MF Oleksandr Andriyevskyi (at Hirnyk-Sport)
Argentina FW Jonathan Cristaldo (at Palmeiras)

Player records[edit]

Still active players in bold.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 25 May 2014[15]

# Name Years League Cup Europe Other Total
1 Serbia and MontenegroSerbiaUkraine Marko Dević 2006 - 2012
2013-2014
84 4 10 0 98
2 Soviet Union Nikolai Korolyov 1956- 1966 70 3 8 0 86
3 Soviet Union Vladimir Linke 1976-1985
1994-1996
77 4 0 0 81
4 Soviet Union Yuri Tarasov 1983-1991
1993-1994
61 11 2 0 74
5 Soviet Union Nodar Bachiashvili 1978-1982 67 1 0 0 68
6 Soviet Union Yuri Tsymbalyuk 1973-1977
1981
52 4 0 0 56
7 Ukraine Oleksandr Karabuta 1991-2000 46 5 0 0 51
8 Brazil Cleiton Xavier 2010- 38 10 0 0 48
9 Soviet Union Stanislav Bernikov 1977-1983 37 4 0 0 41
10 Soviet Union Sergey Melko 1974-1975
1978-1982
38 2 0 0 40
  • Other - National Super Cup

Most appearances[edit]

As of 25 May 2014[16]

# Name Years League Cup Europe Other Total
1 Ukraine Oleksandr Horyainov 1993-1995
1997-2003
2005-
422 32 37 0 491
2 Soviet Union Vladimir Linke 1976-1985
1994-1996
351 25 0 0 376
3 Soviet Union Nikolai Korolyov 1956-1966
1969
353 8 0 0 361
4 Soviet Union Ivan Panchishin 1985-1990
1992-1994
1996-1998
282 35 4 0 321
5 Soviet Union Evgeniy Panfilov 1958-1969 312 8 0 0 320
6 Soviet Union Yuri Sivuha 1976
1979-1988
268 38 2 0 308
7 Soviet Union Aleksandr Savchenko 1965-1973 260 15 0 0 275
8 Soviet Union Viktor Aristov 1967-1973 254 16 0 0 270
9 Senegal Papa Gueye 2006- 206 14 49 0 269
10 Soviet Union Alexander Kosolapov 1974-1978
1980-1983
249 17 0 0 266
  • Other - National Super Cup

League and Cup history[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1982 1st 12 34 10 11 13 32 34 30 Group stage
1983 1st 11 34 12 8 14 38 40 32 Finalist
1984 1st 12 34 12 5 17 42 53 29 1/8
1985 1st 10 34 12 7 15 39 55 31 1/16
1986 1st 12 30 9 9 12 21 25 27 1/16
1987 1st 11 30 10 7 13 23 32 27 1/4
1988 1st 11 30 8 10 12 29 36 26 Winner CW 2nd Round First international participation
1989 1st 7 30 10 10 10 30 33 30 1/8
1990 1st 11 24 5 8 11 13 28 18 1/4
1991 1st 15 30 8 9 13 32 43 25 1/16 Joined Ukrainian Supreme League

Ukraine[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1992 1st 6 18 8 5 5 21 16 21 Runner-up quit Soviet Cup[17]
1992–93 1st 5 30 12 7 11 37 34 31 1/2 finals
1993–94 1st 18 34 6 8 20 22 63 20 1/16 finals Relegated
1994–95 2nd 10 42 17 9 16 48 44 60 Second round
1995–96 2nd 19 42 10 9 23 40 54 39 1/32 finals
1996–97 2nd 12 46 18 9 19 55 53 63 Second round
1997–98 2nd 3 42 26 11 5 74 29 89 1/16 finals Promoted
1998–99 1st 6 30 14 5 11 31 32 47 1/4 finals
1999–00 1st 5 30 12 8 10 41 35 44 1/16 finals
2000–01 1st 9 26 8 7 11 27 37 31 1/8 finals
2001–02 1st 5 26 11 7 8 35 36 40 1/4 finals
2002–03 1st 16 30 6 5 19 19 43 23 1/16 finals Relegated
2003–04 2nd 2 34 19 9 6 51 24 66 1/16 finals Promoted
2004–05 1st 11 30 9 7 14 25 37 34 1/16 finals
2005–06 1st 5 30 12 7 11 35 42 43 1/8 finals
2006–07 1st 3 30 18 7 5 40 20 61 1/2 finals
2007–08 1st 3 30 19 6 5 50 27 63 1/8 finals UC 1st Round Bronze stripped
2008–09 1st 3 30 17 8 5 44 25 59 1/2 finals UC Round of 16
2009–10 1st 3 30 19 5 6 49 23 62 1/8 finals EL Play-off Round
2010–11 1st 3 30 18 6 6 58 26 60 1/16 finals EL Round of 32
2011–12 1st 3 30 16 11 3 54 32 59 1/8 finals EL 1/4 finals
2012–13 1st 2 30 20 6 4 59 25 66 1/8 finals EL Round of 32
2013–14 1st 3 28 16 9 3 54 29 57 1/4 finals UCL 3rd qual. rnd.[18]
2014–15 1st EL Play-off Round

Metalist in Europe[edit]

UEFA Team ranking[edit]

Rank Country Team Points
1 Ukraine FC Dynamo Kyiv 48.426
2 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht 48.320
3 Italy S.S.C. Napoli 46.887
4 Ukraine FC Metalist Kharkiv 46.888
5 Spain Sevilla FC 46.342
6 France Lille OSC 44.000
7 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. 43.380

Last update: August 10, 2013
Source: xs4all.nl

European history[edit]

Metalist Kharkiv participates in European competitions since 1988 after playing its first against Borac Banja Luka. Since 2007, however, the club continuously participates on annual basis with variable successes.

Best results:

Season Achievement Notes
UEFA Cup / Europa League
2011–12 Quarter-Finalist eliminated by Portugal Sporting CP 1–2 in Lisbon, 1–1 in Kharkiv


Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ On 14 August 2013 UEFA announced that Metalist was banned from the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League due to an ongoing match fixing investigation related to match fixing arising from a game played against FC Karpaty Lviv in April 2008.[5] The club appealed the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but it rejected Metalist's request, disqualifying the club from European 2013-14 competitions on 16 August 2013.[5] The club was on the verge of competing in the qualifying phase of the tournament at the time of the decision.[6] The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced its final decision on Metalist’s complaint on 28 August 2013 (thus one day after the clubs final match in the qualifying phase of the tournament would have taken place); it upheld UEFA’s decision to disqualify FC Metalist Kharkiv from European competitions.[4][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ukraine 2001/02". RSSSF. Retrieved May 30, 2007. 
  2. ^ New owner of FC Metalist intends to win Ukrainian Cup, ready to buy city's share in stadium, Kyiv Post (25 December 2012)
    Kernes:Yaroslavsky sold Metalist in anticipation of court's decision on fixed matches, Kyiv Post (25 December 2012)
    Akhmetov shocked to learn of Metalist sale, Kyiv Post (27 December 2012)
  3. ^ EU imposes assets freeze on Yanukovich and ‘family’, Financial Times (March 6, 2014)
    Russia's Rosneft might buy Ukraine's Odessa refinery: newspaper, Reuters (March 3, 2014)
  4. ^ a b c Lausanne court upholds UEFA decision to disqualify FC Metalist from European competitions, says club’s vice president, Interfax-Ukraine (28 August 2013)
    UEFA happy with CAS decision on Metalist complaint, Interfax-Ukraine (28 August 2013)
  5. ^ a b Lausanne court rejects Metalist’s request to suspend UEFA decision barring club from European competition, Interfax-Ukraine (16 August 2013)
  6. ^ a b Lausanne court dismisses Metalist repeat request to suspend its disqualification, Interfax-Ukraine (20 August 2013)
    CAS to announce final decision on Metalist’s complaint on August 28, Interfax-Ukraine (20 August 2013)
    UEFA welcomes CAS’s decision to reject Metalist’s request to suspend its disqualification from Europe, Interfax-Ukraine (20 August 2013)
    FC METALIST KHARKIV V. UEFA – Second request for urgent provisional measures rejected, Court of Arbitration for Sport (20 August 2013)
  7. ^ Jerseys of Ukrainian clubs
  8. ^ Technocom website
  9. ^ Avec website
  10. ^ DCH website
  11. ^ VETEK website
  12. ^ a b Mayor of Ukraine’s 2nd-biggest city shot in the back, New York Post (28 April 2014)
  13. ^ First team squad – FC Metalist Kharkiv website
  14. ^ Team squad – Ukrainian Premier League website
  15. ^ http://metalist-kh-stat.net.ua/gvardiya/rekkordsmeny-all-time2.html
  16. ^ http://metalist-kh-stat.net.ua/gvardiya/rekkordsmeny-all-time.html
  17. ^ Forfeited its quarterfinal game with FC Lokomotiv Moscow on March 25 and along with the two other Ukrainian clubs quit the competition
  18. ^ a b Note: Metalist was disqualified by UEFA due to match fixing in the 2007–08 season.
    "Metalist disqualified from UEFA competitions". UEFA. 14 August 2013. 

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