FC Partizan Minsk

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Partyzan Minsk
Full name Football Club Partyzan Minsk
Founded 2002
Ground SOK Alimpiysky, Minsk
Ground Capacity 1,500
Head coach Andrey Lawryk
League Belarusian Second League
2013 11th

FC Partyzan Minsk (Belarusian: ФК Партызан Мiнск) is a Belarusian football club based in Minsk. The club was formerly a part of Russian-Lithuanian businessman Vladimir Romanov's soccer holding which also includes Scottish Premier League club Hearts and Lithuanian A Lyga side FBK Kaunas, before he withdrew his financial support in 2012. The club made their top flight debut in 2004.

History[edit]

The old MTZ-RIPO logo.

The club was founded as MTZ-RIPO in 2002 as a merger of two Minsk teams from the Second League - Traktor Minsk, a club with a 55-year history, and Trudovye Rezervy-RIPO, a football academy-based team which only spent one season in the Second League. The merge allowed the new team to have their own football school to recruit young players from as well as financial supply from the Minsk Tractor Works, the main sponsor of Traktor Minsk.

MTZ-RIPO Minsk started playing in the Second League in 2002. In their first season the team finished first, and then did the same in the First League in 2003. Since 2004 they play in Belarusian Premier League.

Before the start of the 2010 season the club announced a name change.[1] On January 27, 2010 the new name was revealed to be Partyzan Minsk.

Partyzan finished the 2010 Belarusian Premier League bottom of the table and hence were relegated. The following season in the Belarusian First League they finished second and had to face FC Vitebsk in a two-legged play-off, which they won 3-2 on aggregate to secure a place in the 2012 Belarusian Premier League.

In early 2012 the club was abandoned by their main sponsor Vladimir Romanov and consequently wasn't able to keep any of the first team players or obtain the Premier League license.[2] Partyzan withdrew from the Premier League, leaving it with only 11 teams.[3] The team spent 2012 season playing at the amateur level in Minsk Championship. In 2013 they renamed to Partyzan-MTZ Minsk and joined the Second League, before renaming back to Partyzan Minsk in 2014.

Honours[edit]

Former managers[edit]

League and Cup history[edit]

Season Level Pos Pld W D L Goals Points Domestic Cup Notes
2002 3rd 1 24 22 2 0 102–21 68 Promoted
2003 2nd 2 311 22 4 5 64–17 70 Round of 32 Promoted
2004 1st 14 312 7 9 15 36–57 30 Round of 16
2005 1st 3 26 16 1 9 43–30 49 Winners
2006 1st 4 26 16 3 7 54–24 51 Round of 16
2007 1st 5 26 11 9 6 32–25 42 Quarterfinals
2008 1st 3 30 17 6 7 65–37 57 Winners
2009 1st 11 26 8 6 12 34–38 30 Quarterfinals
2010 1st 12 33 5 8 20 24–70 23 Quarterfinals Relegated
2011 2nd 2 30 20 5 5 59-26 65 Quarterfinals
1 2 1 0 1 3-2 3 Promotion Play-Off
2012 4th 5 14 6 4 4 17–17 22 Promoted
2013 3rd
  • 1 Including additional game (1–2 loss) against Lokomotiv Vitebsk for the 1st place.
  • 2 Including additional game (4–1 win) against Lokomotiv Vitebsk for the 14th place.

MTZ-RIPO in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club 1st Leg 2nd Leg
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q Hungary Ferencváros 2–0 (A) 1–2 (H)
2Q Czech Republic Teplice 1–1 (H) 1–2 (A)
2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy 5–1 (A) 1–3 (H)
2R Russia Moscow 0–2 (A) 0–1 (H)
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Slovakia Žilina 2–2 (H) 0–1 (A)
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić 1–1 (A) 2–1(aet) (H)
2Q Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk 0–3 (A) 1–2 (H)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New name will be announced soon". mtz-ripo.by. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  2. ^ Partyzan with not play in Premier League, pressball.by, retrieved 2012-01-31
  3. ^ 11 teams will participate in 22nd Belarusian championship, pressball.by, retrieved 2012-02-03

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