FC Metalurh Zaporizhya

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Metalurh Zaporizhya
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Full name Football Club Metalurh Zaporizhya
Nickname(s) The Cossacks
Founded 1935; 79 years ago (1935)
Ground Slavutych-Arena
Ground Capacity 12,000
President Andriy Shevchuk
Head coach Oleh Taran
League Ukrainian Premier League
2012–13 Ukrainian Premier League, 16th
Website Club home page

Football Club Metalurh Zaporizhya (Ukrainian: Футбо́льний Клуб Металу́рг Запорі́жжя, Russian: Футбо́льный Клуб Металлу́рг Запоро́жье [fʊdˈbolʲnɨj klup mʲɪtɐˈlurk zəpɐˈroʐə]) is a Ukrainian professional football club based in Zaporizhya.

History[edit]

Early years (1935–1946)[edit]

The history of Metalurg began in 1935 when a steel production company, Zaporizhstal, formed the football club 'Stal'. By the end of the year a local sports union gave Stal the status of a main club in the region. Throughout the 1930s the team appeared regularly in domestic competitions and often played against clubs from the Soviet Top League, the most notable of which was FC Spartak Moscow. In 1939 and 1940 under the name of Lokomotiv won the Ukrainian championships. The tough times of World War II soon followed, however, bringing decline to both Zaporizhstal and its team. Nonetheless, in 1946 the club was revived and in 1949 Stal won the cup in Zaporizhia Oblast.

USSR era (1946–1990)[edit]

In October 1949 the team was renamed to 'Metalurg'. In 1950 Metalurg debuts in the USSR Cup and in the round of 64 they defeated Lokomotiv Petrozavodsk with the score of 5:0, but go out in the next stage, losing 2:3 to Torpedo Stalingrad. However, the very next year club went to eighth-finals, notably defeating FC Dynamo Minsk 1:0 and FC Lokomotiv Moscow 4:0 on the way. In 1953 the club debuted in the USSR Championship after becoming the champion of Ukrainian SSR in 1952. From 1953 to 1962 Metalurg played in USSR Championship division 'B'.

In 1963 Metalurg won a place in USSR Championship division 'A' and had some moderate success. They stayed there until 1971, when in the 1970 season club secured a position in division 'A' and a place in the USSR First League. In their first season they came in fourth place, which became the club's highest achievement in the USSR Championships.

Ukrainian leagues (1991–present)[edit]

In 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine became independent and Ukrainian Premier League was formed. Metalurh was among the founders of the League. The club has remained in the Vyshcha Liga for all 16 seasons with their highest achievement in the 1995/1996 season, taking 5th place. The club's best performance in a domestic cup came in 2006, when Metalurh reached the final, there they met with Dynamo Kyiv and were beaten 2 goals to none, however this performance allowed them to enter the UEFA Cup next season. Zaporizhstal still remains as a largest club sponsor and actively finances most of club's expenses.

The club had always been in the top league, since the first season in 1992 until the 2010–11 season when they finished last position and were relegated to the Ukrainian First League. After one season in the Ukrainian First League the club was promoted back to the Ukrainian Premier League.[1] Where they became last-placed of the 2012–13 Ukrainian Premier League and thus were relegated to the Ukrainian First League again.[1]

European history[edit]

Throughout its history in Ukrainian Premier League, Metalurh has entered the UEFA Cup on two occasions; the first in 2002–03 after finishing fourth in the league the previous season. In the qualifying round they beat Maltese side Birkirkara F.C. 3–0 on aggregate, before losing 2–1 to English side Leeds United in the first round.

The second time club had to wait 4 years to qualify again. After finishing as runners-up in the Ukrainian Cup in 2006, Metalurh secured a place in the 2006-07 UEFA Cup. Club entered the competition In the second qualifying round, Metalurh defeated Moldavian side Zimbru Chişinău 3–0 over two legs. However, Metalurh went out in the first stage, losing to Greek club Panathinaikos.

Stadium[edit]

Main articles: Slavutych Arena

Slavutych Arena

Throughout their history, the club has played in various stadiums around Zaporizhia, but in 2001 the Football Federation of Ukraine forbade Metalurh from playing in their stadium, Centarlnyi, and the club was forced to play at the Avto ZAZ Stadium (which formerly belong to now-bankrupt FC Torpedo Zaporizhia). Soon after, the club's board approved plans to construct a brand new stadium for the team. Construction commenced in late 2004 and on 29 July 2006, Slavutych Arena was opened, in their first game on a new stadium Metalurh faced Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kyiv. The stadium is situated in a central part of the city, on a street that has been recently renamed after legendary Ukrainian player and coach Valery Lobanovsky.

The stadium is purposed for football only use and has a total capacity of 12,000 seats. It consists out of four separate stands, north, south, east and west, two of which are covered by a roof, stadium is equipped with a single, multi-colour screen with dimensions of 6x10m and a lighting system of 1400 lux. The pitch dimensions are 105х68 м. Lately it has often been used as a venue for the Ukraine national under-21 football team.

Sponsors[edit]

The history of FC Metalurh dates back to a factory team 'Stal' that has been sponsored by one of the largest steel production companies in Ukraine, Zaporizhstal. The company has remained a sponsor of the club for over 70 years and now is a general sponsor of the club. The main partner of the club is OAO Zaporizhstalbud-1.

The official kit manufacturer for the club is company Nike and the official beer sponsor of the club is Slavutych.

Football kits and sponsors[edit]

Years[2] Football kit Shirt sponsor
1999-2004 umbro Zaporizhstal
2004-2005 lotto
2005-2006 lotto/adidas
2006-2009 adidas
2009-2010 nike/adidas
2010-2011 nike
2012-2013 nike -
2013-2014 adidas

Honours[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 26 June 2014[3][4]

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 Maksym Startsev
2 Ukraine DF Andriy Sakhnevych
3 Montenegro DF Saša Balić
4 Serbia DF Milan Ilić
5 Serbia MF Miloš Jokić
7 Ukraine MF Ivan Matyazh
9 Ukraine MF Vitaliy Havrysh
10 Ukraine MF Volodymyr Pryyomov
11 Ukraine MF Oleksiy Hodin
12 Slovakia GK Libor Hrdlička
13 Ukraine DF Ihor Korotetskiy
14 Ukraine FW Andriy Shevchuk
15 Ukraine FW Yan Kovalevskyi
17 Ukraine DF Andriy Nesterov
18 Ukraine DF Oleksandr Kapliyenko
No. Position Player
19 Ukraine MF Serhiy Rudyka (captain)
20 Ukraine FW Mykyta Tatarkov
21 Ukraine MF Yuriy Shturko
23 Ukraine GK Valeriy Yurchuk
24 Ukraine FW Ruslan Platon
25 Ukraine MF Ihor Zhurakhovskyi
27 Ukraine FW Taras Lazarovych
30 Brazil FW Léo
32 Ukraine GK Yevhen Borovyk
33 Ukraine DF Dmytro Ulyanov
44 Ukraine MF Dmytro Yusov
77 Portugal MF Serginho
Ukraine DF Pavlo Pashayev
Ukraine MF Dmytro Lyopa

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

League and Cup history[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1946 3rd UKR
South
1 14 12 2 0 37 10 26 As Bilshovyk
1946 3rd Playoffs 4 3 0 1 2 5 14 1
1947 2nd UKR 12 24 5 1 18 25 72 11
1948 2nd UKR
Group A
5 14 4 3 7 22 30 11 Renamed to Lokomotiv
1949 2nd UKR 16 34 7 7 20 46 61 21 1/16 finals Relegated
1950 1/32 finals
1951 1/8 finals
1952 1/64 finals
1953 2nd "III" 3 14 6 3 5 34 26 15 1/8 finals In playoffs Metalurh Odessa 1:4
and Torpedo Rostov/Donu 4:5
1954 2nd "III" 3 22 11 5 6 34 24 27 1/32 finals
1955 2nd "I" 8 30 13 6 11 37 33 32 1/32 finals
1956 2nd "I" 3 34 21 4 9 54 35 46
1957 2nd "I" 8 34 14 11 9 41 34 39 1/16 finals
1958 2nd "II" 2 30 17 5 8 55 29 39 1/64 finals
1959 2nd "I" 6 28 14 4 10 40 30 32
1960 2nd UKR "II" 1 36 25 9 2 78 29 59 1/128 finals Won playoff over Sudnobudivnyk
Lost playoff to FC Shakhtar Donetsk, no promotion
1961 2nd UKR "II" 4 36 15 12 9 50 37 42 1/128 finals Lost playoff to SKA Lviv, placed 8th overall
1962 2nd UKR "II" 2 24 13 5 6 42 21 31 1/64 finals Qualified for promotion group
1962 2nd Promotion 6 10 1 5 4 13 22 7 Placed 6th overall
1963 2nd 4 34 12 17 5 36 17 41 1/8 finals
1964 2nd "II" 8 26 7 12 7 19 16 26 1/32 finals Qualified for Relegation group
1964[5] 2nd "Relegation"
Total
7
17
12
38
4
11
5
17
3
10
16
35
9
25
13
39
1965 2nd "I" 14 30 8 9 13 28 37 25 1/32 finals Qualified for Relegation group
1965[6] 2nd "Relegation"
Total
14
28
16
46
3
11
6
15
7
20
16
44
23
60
12
37
1966 2nd "II" 7 34 12 12 10 35 28 36 1/32 finals
1967 2nd "II" 2 38 18 14 6 50 24 50 1/128 finals Qualified for 2ndplace playoff
1967 2nd playoff 1 4 2 1 1 6 5 5
1968 2nd "II" 9 40 14 15 11 52 42 43 1/64 finals
1969 2nd "III" 7 42 15 14 13 49 35 44 1/32 finals Relegated
1970 3rd "I Zone" 1 42 26 10 6 73 33 62 1/64 finals Promoted
1971 2nd 4 42 16 14 12 51 39 46 1/16 finals
1972 2nd 14 38 13 7 18 45 49 33 1/8 finals
1973 2nd 6 38 14 6 18 62 53 34 1/16 finals 5 other draws included as losses[7]
1974 2nd 13 38 11 12 15 42 50 34 1/16 finals
1975 2nd 13 38 11 13 14 47 45 35 1/16 finals
1976 2nd 13 38 14 8 16 38 40 36 1/16 finals
1977 2nd 16 38 11 11 16 35 48 33 1/16 finals
1978 2nd 14 38 10 14 14 39 47 34 1/32 finals
1979 2nd 10 46 19 8 19 69 65 46
1980 2nd 20 46 15 11 20 57 67 41
1981 2nd 13 42 16 14 16 57 51 44 -2 pts draw overlimit
1982 2nd 12 42 17 7 18 54 42 41
1983 2nd 5 42 21 8 13 66 46 50 1/32 finals
1984 2nd 5 42 18 12 12 57 43 48 1/16 finals
1985 2nd West Zone 7 20 7 5 8 17 25 19 1/64 finals Qualified for Group B
1985 2nd Group B 1[8] 18 9 3 6 32 27 21 13 place overall
1986 2nd 12 46 17 11 18 59 54 45 1/16 finals
1987 2nd 9 42 14 12 16 54 53 40 1/8 finals
1988 2nd 17 42 12 13 17 30 43 36 1/32 finals -1 point, draw overlimit
1989 2nd 7 42 17 12 13 55 40 46 1/64 finals
1990 2nd 3 38 19 14 5 58 30 52 1/16 finals Promoted
1991 1st 13 30 9 7 14 27 38 25 1/64 finals

Ukraine[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1992 1st 11 18 6 6 6 20 19 18 1/4 finals
1992–93 1st 7 30 10 9 11 38 35 29 1/4 finals
1993–94 1st 16 34 9 6 19 26 49 24 1/8 finals
1994–95 1st 9 34 11 10 13 47 42 43 1/8 finals
1995–96 1st 5 34 16 4 14 49 42 52 1/4 finals
1996–97 1st 8 30 12 5 13 48 44 41 1/2 finals
1997–98 1st 9 30 10 7 13 40 44 37 1/16 finals
1998–99 1st 8 30 12 6 12 46 43 42 1/2 finals
1999-00 1st 6 30 12 8 10 43 35 44 1/8 finals
2000–01 1st 8 26 8 8 10 27 31 32 1/8 finals
2001–02 1st 4 26 11 7 8 25 22 40 1/8 finals
2002–03 1st 15 30 6 8 16 22 41 26 1/16 finals UC 1st round
2003–04 1st 11 30 8 8 14 26 40 32 1/4 finals
2004–05 1st 10 30 8 11 11 25 32 35 1/8 finals
2005–06 1st 8 30 11 6 13 32 40 39 Runner-up
2006–07 1st 7 30 10 10 10 25 32 40 1/16 finals UC 1st round
2007–08 1st 7 30 9 9 12 24 32 36 1/16 finals
2008–09 1st 7 30 12 9 9 29 30 45 1/16 finals
2009–10 1st 9 30 10 5 15 31 48 35 1/4 finals
2010–11 1st 16 30 6 6 18 18 40 24 1/4 finals Relegated
2011–12 2nd 2 34 24 4 6 77 32 76 1/4 finals Promoted
2012–13 1st 16 30 1 8 21 12 64 11 1/16 finals
2013–14 1st 14 28 2 6 20 19 54 12 1/8 finals
2014–15 1st

Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Russian)"Small description of club". uafootball.com. 
  2. ^ Jerseys of Ukrainian clubs
  3. ^ First team squad – FC Metalurh Zaporizhya website
  4. ^ Team squad – Ukrainian Premier League website
  5. ^ In 1964 and 1965 seasons the league was split into two groups with the first eight teams from each qualify for promotion and the last eight teams – for relegation. Teams in the promotion group had their record recalculated and results with teams from relegation group were scratched. The teams in the promotion group played with the other candidate teams from other qualifying group. The teams in the relegation group had their records kept and also played only with the teams from the other qualifying group.
  6. ^ In 1965 the league was split into two groups with the first eight teams from each qualify for promotion and the last eight teams – for relegation. Teams in the promotion group had their record recalculated and results with teams from relegation group were scratched. The teams in the promotion group played with the other candidate teams from other qualifying group. The teams in the relegation group had their records kept and also played only with the teams from the other qualifying group.
  7. ^ In 1973 in case of a draw the game went to a penalty shoot-out. Whichever team won it would earn a point in the league standings; the losing team would earn nothing.
  8. ^ Won the Group, but placed 13 in overall standings.

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