FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

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Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.svg
Full name Football Club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Nickname(s) Warriors of light
Founded 1918; 98 years ago (1918)
Ground Dnipro-Arena, Dnipro
Ground Capacity 33,993
Owner Ihor Kolomoyskyi
President Ihor Kolomoyskyi
Head coach Dmytro Mykhaylenko (caretaker)
League Ukrainian Premier League
2015–16 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season

Football Club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukrainian: Футбо́льний Клуб «Дніпро́» Дніпропетро́вськ IPA: [dnʲiˈprɔ dnʲiprɔpɛˈtrɔβ̞sʲk]) is a Ukrainian professional football club based in Dnipro.

Dnipro, which is the Ukrainian name of the Dnieper river in Ukraine, is a popular sports name in Dnipro. Beside the association football club there also is a bandy team under the same name,[1] basketball team and others. However, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk is not a multi-sport club. The club is owned by the Privat Group that also owns BC Dnipro and Budivelnyk Kyiv.

During the Soviet Union the club was a member of the Soviet Volunteer Sports Society "Metallurg" (therefore it carried names Metallurg/Metalurh and Stal) and until 1961 was under sponsorship of the Petrovsky Dnipropetrovsk Metallurgical Plant. After that the club was sponsored by the Southern Machine-building Plant Yuzhmash and carried both names Russian Dnepr and Ukrainian Dnipro, while Dnepr was also used for international competitions. Before the fall of the Soviet Union, the club was the second most successful club of Ukraine that participated in the Soviet Top League, winning in 1983 and 1988. Sometime after the fall of the Soviet Union, the club was privatized.

History[edit]

BRIT[edit]

The club's franchise traces its history all the way back when the first team that was formed in 1918 by the Petrovsky factory and was called as BRIT (Brianskyi Robitnychyi Industrialnyi Tekhnikum). The team participated in the regional competition (Katerynoslav championship). With the four other teams BRIT played its games on small stadium "Sokil" which was located at the corner of Pushkin street and Yuriy Savchenko street.

Petrovets – Stal – Metalurh[edit]

Due to World War I, BRIT was disbanded, but on 9 May 1925 a new team was formed in Dnipro (coincidentally, later the day became to be known as the Victory Day). The team participated under a generic name as football team of Petrovsky factory. The official name it received in 1926 when it became to be known as "Petrovets". The team entered the first Soviet competition under the name of Stal (steel, En) in 1936 in one of the lower divisions. The team participated in the three championship before World War II. After the war, in 1947, the team reentered the Soviet competition and was merged with another club from Dnipro, FC Dynamo Dnipropetrovsk. From 1949 until 1961, the team was called Metalurh (from English metal worker). During this time the team participated for three seasons, 1950–1952, among the amateurs due to poor results. In 1954, Metalurh Dnipropetrovsk reached the semi-finals of the USSR Cup, where it lost to Spartak Yerevan.

Dnepr[edit]

In 1961, the team was handed over to its new sponsor, the Yugmash (the Southern machine-producing factory), which at that time was one of the most powerful factories in the entire Soviet Union and was funded by the Ministry of Defense. It was part of the Zenit volunteer sports society. The new sponsor changed the team's name to the Russian name of Dnepr, Dnieper, as the Russian was the accepted language of the Soviet Union and the Soviet government. The team's performance did not change much until after 1968, when Dnepr obtained Andriy Biba and the new coach – Valery Lobanovsky. After that it took the team three years to get promoted to the Soviet Top League and eventually took sixth place in 1972.

Golden generation[edit]

In 1973 and 1976 Dnepr reached the semi-finals of the USSR Cup competition. In 1978 the team was relegated to the lower league for two years. Their next return to the top flight was not as inviting as their first one and the team languished at the bottom of the table for several years. In the following years, the governing body of the team hired new promising coaches – Volodymyr Yemets and Hennadiy Zhizdik. After those changes, Dnepr became a strong contender for the Soviet championship winning it twice: once with Yemets and Zhizdik in 1983, and another one with Yevhen Kucherevsky in 1988. Also, in 1989 Dnepr became the first professional football club in the Soviet Union. During those years, the team featured many notable players such as Oleg Protasov, Hennadiy Lytovchenko, Oleksiy Cherednyk, and Oleh Taran.

Dnipro[edit]

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the club took on the Ukrainian version name of Dnipro, the name of the biggest river and one of the major symbols of Ukraine. The club joined the football federation of the native country and remained one of the top contenders in the newly formed Ukrainian Premier League. The team received silver medals in 1993 as well as the bronze in 1992, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2004. The team also reached the Ukrainian Cup finals in 1995, 1997 and 2004, but lost all three to Shakhtar Donetsk. FC Dnipro is currently controlled by the Privat Group.

Success and demise[edit]

On 14 May 2015, following a historical 1–0 victory over Napoli after a 1–1 draw in Italy in the semi-finals, Dnipro qualified for their first ever European final, the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final where they played defending champions Sevilla on 27 May at the Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw, Poland.[2] Despite going up 1–0 on the 6th minute, Dnipro lost 3–2.[3] This was one of the club's greatest successes, not just in terms of records and trophies; they were also able to inspire the residents who were suffering in war torn territories. The situation was such that during the entire course of the campaign, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk had to play all of their home matches some 400 kilometres away in Kyiv due to the war.[4] On 31 March 2016, the club was excluded by UEFA from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next three seasons (i.e. the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons) for violating the Financial Fair Play regulations.[5]

Late June 2016 rumours appeared that club owner Ihor Kolomoyskyi had stopped funding the club.[6] Kolomoyskyi immediately denied this but did state "The club will not exist in the same form as before" and that it was "not normal to spend crazy amounts of money" on the then current squad.[6]

The New generation[edit]

With the starting XI and many key players gone, Dnipro will look to their youth products and academy. FC Dnipro played their first match of the 2016/2017 Ukrainian Premier League Season on July 24 against Volyn Lutsk, they won the game 5-0 with goals from Balanyuk 2x, Kohut, Vakulko, and Kocherhin whom are all 20 years old or younger.

Stadium[edit]

Main articles: Stadium Meteor and Dnipro Arena
Current Dnipro Arena

Since 1966 Dnipro's home was Stadium Meteor in Dnipro. Prior to that the club played at the Matalurh Stadium (formerly Stal Stadium). Meteor Stadium was built by the Soviet rocket company Yuzhmash on the original site and has undergone several renovations since, the last one being in 2001. However, in 2002 after several spells in European competitions, it became clear that the club needed a new modern venue. Thus, in 2005 Pryvat Group started construction of Dnipro Arena in the centre of Dnipro. The club played its last game at Meteor on 2 September 2008, against Metalist Kharkiv.

In April 2005 the club's new arena broke ground. It was constructed by Germany's largest construction company Hochtief. The construction itself took 3 years and 4 months, but a nine-month delay occurred due to a land dispute over a site where the stadium's car park was planned. The stadium's final capacity is 31,003 people and the initial estimated cost of the construction was set at €40,000,000.

The stadium was opened on 15 September 2008. The opening ceremony featured a speech by Ukrainian president Victor Yushchenko, a concert performance by a number of famous Ukrainian musicians and two football matches: Veterans of Dynamo Kyiv vs Spartak Moscow veterans, and Dnipro against Dynamo Kyiv. As a present to the club from the city the street that the stadium is situated on was renamed into Kucherevskyi Boulevard, in honour of Dnipro's late coach Yevhen Kucherevskyi. Dnipro played their first official game on 29 September 2008 against their local rivals FC Metalurh Zaporizhya, but Dnipro lost 1–2. They set a new attendance record for the Ukrainian Premier League 2008–09 season, at 31,000 spectators.

Since the beginning of conflict in Eastern Ukraine, Dnipro have played their European matches at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv at the behest of UEFA, although there has been comparatively less conflict in Dnipropetrovsk than other areas.[7]

Dnipro has since returned to their home stadium Dnipro Arena

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

The formation of the fan movement in Dnipropetrovsk began in the early 1980s, which saw the appearance of the first representatives of Dnipro ultras at the stadium. Later was established one of the largest fans unions – the Braty po Zbroyi (English: Brothers in Arms) – involving Dnipro, Dynamo Kyiv and Karpaty Lviv.

Most of the fans hold right-wing ideological views (Ukrainian nationalism). Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk is considered the third most popular club in Ukraine, and home and away matches are attended by large crowds. The largest Dnipro ultras groups are the Voice of the North Stand (Ukrainian: Рупор Північної Трибуни) and Ultras'83 (Ukrainian: Ультрас'83).

The most famous derby in eastern Ukraine is the Skhidne Derby (English: Eastern Derby) between FC Dnipro and FC Metalist Kharkiv. The game at the stadium is very hard and almost every game ends in a fight between football fans from Dnipro and Kharkiv. There is also a city derby in Dnipro between FC Dnipro and FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih.

Dnipro maintains friendly relations with Karpaty Lviv, Dynamo Kyiv (the fan union Braty po Zbroyi) and Veres Rivne. Dnipro has strained relations to Shakhtar Donetsk, Metalurg Zaporizhya, Chornomorets Odesa, Metalist Kharkiv, Kryvbas Kryvyy Rih and Arsenal Kyiv. However, all fans have currently declared a truce because of the war in Eastern Ukraine.

Sponsors[edit]

Football kits and sponsors[edit]

Years[8] Football kit Shirt sponsor
1998–2001 Adidas TM Biola
2001–2005 TM Biola
2005–2008 Umbro
2008– Nike
  • No information is known for the 2000–01 season.

Home colours[edit]

1983
1988
1991
1992
1992
1993
2000
2000
2011
2013
2014

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

European[edit]

Invitational[edit]

Other[edit]

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 23 July 2016[9][10]

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 Oleksiy Bashtanenko
2 Romania DF Alexandru Vlad
4 Ukraine MF Serhiy Kravchenko (Captain)
5 Ukraine DF Serhiy Palyukh
7 Ukraine MF Andriy Bliznichenko
8 Ukraine DF Volodymyr Polyovyi
9 Ukraine MF Yuriy Vakulko
10 Ukraine FW Vladyslav Kocherhin
11 Ukraine FW Yevhen Bokhashvili
13 Ukraine GK Danylo Kucher
14 Ukraine DF Yevhen Cheberyachko
17 Ukraine FW Denys Balanyuk
18 Ukraine FW Roman Zozulya
19 Ukraine MF Yehor Nazaryna
20 Ukraine FW Vitaliy Kiryeyev
No. Position Player
21 Ukraine DF Oleksiy Larin
23 Ukraine MF Yevhen Cheberko
24 Ukraine DF Valeriy Luchkevych
25 Ukraine MF Ihor Kohut
27 Ukraine MF Oleksandr Vasylyev
28 Ukraine MF Serhiy Nazarenko
33 Azerbaijan DF Dmytro Nagiyev
39 Ukraine DF Oleksandr Svatok
71 Ukraine DF Maksym Lopyryonok
77 Ukraine GK Denys Shelikhov
87 Ukraine FW Oleh Kozhushko
89 Ukraine MF Serhiy Politylo
91 Ukraine GK Ihor Vartsaba
99 Ukraine MF Maksym Lunyov

Coaches and administration[edit]

Administration[11] Coaching[12][13] (senior team) Coaching[12] (U-21/U-19 teams)

League and Cup history[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
Stal – Petrovsky Factory
1936 No participation 1/32
Stal
1937 4th
(Group G)
9 11 3 4 4 20 27 21 1/64
club was idle in 1938
1939 2nd
(Group B)
15 22 6 7 9 27 37 19 1/16
No competitions 1940-45, World War II
1946 2nd
(Second Group)
12 24 4 2 18 29 76 10
1947 4 24 11 8 5 54 35 30 1/16
1948 2 14 9 2 3 34 24 20
2 4 2 1 1 6 4 5
Metallurg / Metalurh
1949 2nd
(Second Group)
8 14 2 2 10 14 35 6 1/16
1950 4th
(Fitness teams)
10 9 3 0 6 11 22 6 withdrew
club was idle in 1951 - 1952
1953 2nd
(Class B)
8 14 2 2 10 14 35 6 1/16
22 2 2 0 0 5 0 4
1954 4 22 8 9 5 30 27 25 1/2
1955 10 30 14 2 14 53 47 30 1/16
1956 14 34 10 9 15 40 58 29
1957 4 34 17 8 9 65 43 42 1/32
1958 9 30 14 5 11 52 45 33 1/32
1959 4 28 14 6 8 47 37 34 1/128
1960 8 36 14 9 13 53 44 37
1961 14 36 11 10 15 35 40 32 1/128
Dnepr / Dnipro
1962 2nd
(Class B)
6 24 7 12 5 35 29 26 1/256
11 10 4 3 3 10 11 10
1963 2nd
(Class A)
8 34 13 10 11 36 34 36 1/32
1964 10 26 8 8 10 25 28 24 1/32 (2 subgroup)
22 12 4 3 5 10 13 11 (relegation group)
1965 5 30 13 10 7 31 23 36 1/32 (2 subgroup)
8 16 6 5 5 15 15 17 (promotion group)
1966 8 34 11 12 11 33 27 34 1/64 (2 subgroup)
1967 4 38 18 10 10 49 36 46 1/128 (2 subgroup)
1968 3 40 19 16 5 50 27 54 (2 subgroup)
1969 1 42 24 9 9 73 59 57 1/64 (3 subgroup)
2 3 1 1 1 2 3 3 (finals)
1970 3 42 26 9 7 58 25 61 1/64
1971 2nd
(First League)
1 42 27 9 6 83 30 63 1/16 Promoted
1972 1st
(Top League)
6 30 12 10 8 37 37 34 1/8
1973 8 30 9 9 12 36 40 26 1/2
1974 10 30 9 11 10 31 39 29 1/4
1975 7 30 10 11 9 33 30 31 1/16
1976 11 15 6 2 7 18 18 14 1/2 spring half
13 15 6 2 7 12 17 14 fall half
1977 12 30 9 9 12 24 31 27 1/8
1978 16 30 9 3 18 25 39 21 1/16 Relegated
1979 2nd
(First League)
17 46 16 14 16 57 60 44 Group stage
1980 2 46 27 8 11 60 47 62 Group stage Promoted
1981 1st
(Top League)
8 34 12 8 14 42 53 32 Group stage
1982 9 34 11 12 11 34 38 32 1/2
1983 1 34 22 5 7 63 36 49 1/4
1984 3 34 17 8 9 54 40 42 1/8 ECL 1/4
1985 3 34 16 11 7 71 41 42 1/4 UC 1/8
1986 11 30 8 12 10 41 41 28 1/16 UC 1st round
1987 2 30 15 9 6 42 22 39 1/16
1988 1 30 18 10 2 49 23 46 1/2 UC 1st round
1989 2 30 18 6 6 47 27 42 Winner ECL 1/4
1990 6 24 11 6 7 39 26 28 1/16 finals UC 1st round
1991 9 30 9 10 11 31 36 28 1/8 finals
1992 No championship 1/8 finals

Ukraine[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
Dnipro
1992 1st
(Top League)
3 18 10 3 5 26 15 23 1/4 finals Won playoff game for the third place over Shakhtar
1992–93 2 30 18 8 4 51 20 44 1/8 finals
1993–94 4 34 16 9 9 53 35 41 1/4 finals UC 2nd round
1994–95 3 34 19 8 7 60 33 65 Runner-up
1995–96 3 34 19 6 9 65 34 63 1/4 finals
1996–97 4 30 14 13 3 48 19 55 Runner-up
1997–98 4 30 17 4 9 47 27 55 1/4 finals UC 2nd qual round
1998–99 12 30 9 5 16 28 46 32 1/8 finals
1999–00 11 30 8 9 13 26 52 33 1/8 finals
2000–01 3 26 17 4 5 37 18 55 1/2 finals
2001–02 6 26 11 7 8 30 20 40 1/2 finals UC 1st round
2002–03 4 30 18 5 7 48 27 59 1/2 finals
2003–04 3 30 16 9 5 44 23 57 Runner-up UC 3rd round
2004–05 4 30 13 9 8 38 34 48 1/2 finals UC Round of 32
2005–06 6 30 11 10 9 33 23 43 1/8 finals UC Group stage
2006–07 4 30 11 14 5 32 24 47 1/4 finals
2007–08 4 30 18 5 7 40 27 59 1/16 finals UC 1st round
2008–09 1st
(Premier League)
6 30 13 9 8 34 25 48 1/8 finals UC 2nd qual round
2009–10 4 30 15 9 6 48 25 54 1/4 finals
2010–11 4 30 16 9 5 46 20 57 1/2 finals EL Play-off Round
2011–12 4 30 15 7 8 52 35 52 1/8 finals EL Play-off Round
2012–13 4 30 16 8 6 54 27 56 1/2 finals EL Round of 32
2013–14 2 28 18 5 5 56 28 59 1/8 finals EL Round of 32
2014–15 3 26 16 6 4 47 17 54 1/2 finals EL Runner-up
2015–16 3 25 16 4 5 49 21 52 1/2 finals EL Group stage
2016–17 N/A Excluded from the continental football competitions

European history[edit]

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk participates in European competitions since 1984 after playing its first against Trabzonspor. Since 2001, however, the club participates almost on annual basis with variable successes. However, this was interrupted in 2016, when, despite finishing third place, Dnipro was forbidden to play in the European competitions by UEFA.

Season Stage Notes
European Cup / UEFA Champions League
1984–85 Quarter-Finalist eliminated by France Bordeaux 1–1 in Bordeaux, 1–1 in Dnipropetrovsk
1989–90 Quarter-Finalist eliminated by Portugal Benfica 0–1 in Lisbon, 0–3 in Dnipropetrovsk
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
2014–15 Finalist defeated by Spain Sevilla 2–3 in Warsaw

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

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