FC Zorya Luhansk

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Zorya Luhansk
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Full name Football Club Zorya Luhansk
Founded 1923
Ground Avanhard Stadium
Ground Capacity 22,288
Chairman Yevhen Heller
Head Coach Yuriy Vernydub
League Ukrainian Premier League
2012–13 10th

FC Zorya Luhansk (Ukrainian: ФК «Зоря» Луганськ Russian: ФК «Заря» Луганск FC Zarya Lugansk), formerly known as Zorya Voroshilovgrad and Zorya-MALS, is a Ukrainian football team. Zorya Luhansk is based in the city of Luhansk (formerly known as Voroshilovgrad), Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine.

History[edit]

The history of the club takes place at the dawn of the 20th century right after in the city of Luhansk was built the first stadium. The stadium was built in 1922 under the personal order of Vladimir Lenin and later was named after him. The first games that involved participation of the Luhansk's teams first mentioned in 1911 and in 1913 in Kostyantynivka was created the regional football league of Donets basin (Russian abbreviation – Donbass). During the World War I and the following Soviet and German aggressions the league was suspended until 1920 when the situation in the region had stabilized.

The first Luhansk team was created in the Russian Empire in 1908 when the workers of the Russischen Maschinenbaugesellschaft Hartmann created the "Society of wise recreations". The football section was headed by the Czech specialist Henrich Drževikovski from Prague who was an instructor of gymnastics of the factory's ministerial school. That team played its games and conducted its training on the empty lot near the factory where today is located the sport hall "Zorya".

In 1923 the workers of the Luhansk steam train factory of the October Revolution (hence – the club's logo with a locomotive) organized their football team "Metalist" which became the forerunner of today's Zorya. The following year there was organized a championship of the newly created Luhansk okrug. In the final game the collective city team of Luhansk was victorious against its rival from the city of Snizhne winning it in overtime 1:0. In 1926 the All-Ukrainian Committee of the Mining Workers' council organized a team of Donbass miners that was based on the football players from Kadiyevka for tour games in Germany (Weimar Republic). There the Donbass team won four of their eight games. The following year in Luhansk took place an international game when the city team was challenged by their rivals from Austria. The Donbass players lost the game.

In 1936 the football teams "Metalist" and "Dynamo" united into the new team "Dzerzhynets". The name "Dzerzhynets" derives from "Felix Dzerzhinsky". A steam train with such a name was produced at the steam train factory. That year "Dzerzhynets" got the 3rd place in the Ukrainian second league.

In 1937 "Dzerzhynets" won the 1st place in the Ukrainian second league and was promoted to the Ukrainian first league. Moreover, it reached 1/8 final of the Ukrainian Сup and 1/16 final of the Soviet Cup. The team consisted of the following players: Klad'ko (coach), Grebenyuk, Svidyns'ky, Mazanov, Morozov, Krasyuk, Nosko, Movchan, Brovenko, Chernyavs'ky, Voloschenko, Lokotosh, Sytnikov, Evdokymov, Myroshnikov, Ischenko.

In 1938 "Dzerzhynets" became the champion of Ukraine after having won 9 games and having played 2 games in a draw. It was admitted to the Soviet First League.

In 1972 Zorya did not only win its only Soviet championship, but also represented, re-enforced with only three players from other clubs, the USSR at the Brazilian Independence Cup (Taça Independência) mid-year. However only Vladimir Onishchenko represented the club at the Final of the European Football Championship few weeks earlier.

In the season 2005–06 the team won the first place in the Persha Liha, and has been promoted to the Vyscha Liha. Zorya was one of the original twenty teams to debut for the first season of the Ukrainian Premier League. The team played for five seasons until the 1995–96 season in which they finished eighteenth and where sent down to the Persha Liha. Zorya relegated to Druha Liha in 1996–97 season but she returned to Persha Liha in 2003–2004 season.

As Zorya Voroshilovgrad, the club had won the USSR Championship in 1972.

Reserve team[edit]

The reserve team of Zorya, Zorya Luhansk Reserves (Ukrainian: ФК «Зоря» Луганськ дубль) are playing in the Ukrainian Premier Reserve League.

Sponsors[edit]

MediaMix Concept, D & M, Lir, and also Steel Symphony.

Football kits and sponsors[edit]

Years[1] Football kit Shirt sponsor
2006-2007 umbro -
2007-2009 puma
2009-2010 dm bank[2]
2010-2011 nike -
2011-2014 Holsten

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q
Notes
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round

Honours[edit]

Soviet Union Soviet Union[edit]

Ukraine Ukraine[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad is given according to the club's official site,[3] as of 30 May 2014.

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

No. Position Player
1 Croatia GK Krševan Santini
3 Ukraine DF Mykhaylo Pysko (on loan from Shakhtar)
4 Ukraine MF Ihor Chaykovskyi
6 Ukraine MF Mykyta Kamenyuka (captain)
7 Ukraine MF Pavlo Khudzik
8 Ukraine MF Maksym Malyshev (on loan from Shakhtar)
10 Georgia (country) FW Jaba Lipartia
15 Ukraine DF Vitaliy Vernydub
16 Ukraine DF Hryhoriy Yarmash
17 Serbia DF Nikola Ignjatijević
No. Position Player
18 Ukraine MF Ruslan Malinovskyi (on loan from Shakhtar)
22 Serbia MF Željko Ljubenović
25 Ukraine DF Maksym Bilyi
28 Ukraine FW Pylyp Budkivskyi (on loan from Shakhtar)
30 Ukraine GK Mykyta Shevchenko (on loan from Shakhtar)
34 Ukraine MF Ivan Petryak
35 Ukraine MF Oleksandr Hrytsay
37 Ukraine MF Dmytro Khomchenovskyi
45 Ukraine DF Artem Hordiyenko
94 Ivory Coast FW Yannick Boli


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 MF Oleksandr Batyschev (on loan to Stal Alchevsk)
Brazil FW Danilo (on loan to Kuban Krasnodar)
No. Position Player
Ukraine FW Yaroslav Kvasov (on loan to Sillamäe Kalev)

Famous players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

   

League and Cup history[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1992 1st 12 18 6 5 7 23 23 17 1/16 finals
1992–93 1st 15 30 10 4 16 26 46 24 1/8 finals
1993–94 1st 14 34 10 5 18 24 46 26 1/8 finals
1994–95 1st 16 34 10 5 19 35 70 35 1/16 finals
1995–96 1st 18 34 4 4 26 16 80 16 1/16 finals Relegated
1996–97 2nd 20 42 11 6 25 43 84 39 1/32 finals 2nd Stage
1997–98 2nd 19 46 16 5 25 58 84 53 1/32 finals Relegated
1998–99 3rd "C" 2 26 18 2 6 55 17 56 1/32 finals
1999–00 3rd "C" 3 26 17 2 7 42 21 53 1/8 finals 2nd League Cup
2000–01 3rd "C" 5 30 15 5 10 49 35 50 1/8 finals 2nd League Cup
2001–02 3rd "C" 9 34 15 6 13 61 51 51 Round 1
2002–03 3rd "C" 1 28 23 2 3 62 17 71 1/32 finals Promoted
2003–04 2nd 15 34 8 13 13 28 42 37 1/16 finals
2004–05 2nd 3 34 19 9 6 54 21 66 1/16 finals
2005–06 2nd 1 34 27 6 1 74 13 87 1/32 finals (forfeit) Promoted
2006–07 1st 11 30 9 7 14 23 43 34 1/16 finals
2007–08 1st 11 30 9 4 17 24 43 34 1/16 finals
2008–09 1st 13 30 8 7 15 29 45 31 1/8 finals
2009–10 1st 13 30 7 7 16 23 47 28 1/16 finals
2010–11 1st 12 30 7 9 14 28 40 30 1/4 finals
2011–12 1st 13 30 6 8 16 34 58 26 1/4 finals
2012–13 1st 10 30 10 7 13 32 43 37 1/16 finals
2013–14 1st 7 28 11 9 8 35 30 42 1/16 finals
2014–15 1st EL 2nd qual. round

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jerseys of Ukrainian clubs
  2. ^ Small local bank "DM bank"
  3. ^ http://www.zarya-lugansk.com/team.php

External links[edit]