FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg

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Dynamo St. Petersburg
FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg logo.png
Full name Football Club Dynamo Saint Petersburg
Nickname(s) The Blues
Founded 1922
Ground MSA Petrovskiy, Saint Petersburg
Ground Capacity 2,809[1]
Owner Boris Rotenberg
Chairman Dmitry Rubashko (Director General)
Manager Aleksandr Tochilin
League Russian National Football League
2016–17 PFL, Zone West, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page
Current season

FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg is an association football club from Saint Petersburg, in Northwest Russia. The club is one of the oldest clubs in Saint Petersburg, and until 1984 was the most popular football club in Saint Petersburg.

They will play in the second-level Russian National Football League in the 2017–18 after being promoted from the Russian Professional Football League.

Main sponsor is Baltic Marine Group owned by Director-General Dmitry Rubashko. In July 2015, the club was purchased by Boris Rotenberg.


The glorious past[edit]

The club was founded in 1922 as part of the All-Union Sport Society "Dinamo" that had its different sport clubs in variety of sports throughout the whole Soviet Union. That society was the main sponsor of the club at that time. Dinamo debuted in the Soviet Top League in 1936 among the original seven teams in the very first edition of the Soviet Top League. The club reentered the Soviet Top League right after World War II as the member of the interrupted edition of 1941. The club then participated in the Top League between 1936 and 1954, finishing in the top five, three times. In 1954, however, it was decided to replace Dynamo with another club, TRL, after the people in charge of football in Saint Petersburg were left unimpressed with the team's tenth-place finish in the League. From 1955-1961, they had only Jewish striker, Israel "Zolik" Olshanetsky.

The new beginning[edit]

Coincidentally, the club was resurrected in 1960 in place of the TRL and spent the next two seasons in "Class B", the second tier of the Soviet league pyramid, before finding its way back to the Top Division.

The other Dark Ages[edit]

Dynamo lost its professional status in 2000, because of the lack of financing. The club, however, was immediately re-established by a local building society, but lost its professional status once again in 2004.

FC Petrotrest Saint Petersburg[edit]

The new Dynamo Saint Petersburg was established on the base of another Saint Petersburg club FC Petrotrest Saint Petersburg in 2007. After their relegation from the Russian First Division in 2010, they returned to the name Petrotrest and a new team was established as FC Dynamo to play in the Amateur Football League.

The United FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg[edit]

In preparations to 2013–14 season, FC Petrotrest and Dynamo signed on an agreement of merging FC Petrotrest into Dynamo in order to play in the Russian First Division, now called the National Football League.

At the end of the 2014–15 season, the club was relegated to the third level league, the Russian Professional Football League. Following the season, the club was purchased by the billionaire Boris Rotenberg (technically, a new club called FC Dynamo-Saint Petersburg was formed, with SMP Racing becoming the new sponsor) and at the end of June 2015 "Dynamo" has with the new founders and sponsors were allowed to participate in the Second Division.

The first season of the renewed team was not easy - meeting in full strength only a few days before the start of the Championship, Dynamo failed to show good performances in the first round, once in the basement of the standings at the end of the first part of the season. But in spring 2016, thanks to high-quality training in the winter and breeding spot, Dynamo straighten their figures, nearly becoming the best team in the "West" zone on the results of matches of the second stage of the Championship. in November 2016 The team finish in the 1st place in the table standing of Western Zone in the 2nd Division. They secured the top spot in their PFL zone and promotion back to the Russian National Football League on 21 May 2017.[2]

Team name history[edit]

Dynamo in action
  • Dynamo Leningrad (1936–1990)
  • FC Prometey-Dynamo St. Petersburg (1991–1995)
  • FC Dynamo St. Petersburg (1995–1999)
  • FC Dynamo-Stroyimpuls St. Petersburg (2000)
  • FC Dynamo-SPb St. Petersburg (2001–2003)
  • FC Dynamo St. Petersburg (2007–2010)
  • dissolved (2010)
  • FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg (2011)
  • dissolved (2012)
  • FC Dynamo St. Petersburg (Since 2013)

Home Stadium[edit]

Dynamo Stadium[edit]

In 1929, Dinamo gained its own stadium, Dinamo.

The Dynamo Stadium was built and design by the architects O. Lyalin and Y. Svirskiy. The stadium was located on Krestovsky Island in Leningrad and was the home stadium for Dynamo F.C., the stadium had a capacity of 500 fans.

On May 22, 1936 the stadium host 12,000 fans in the first ever game of the Soviet Championship. The game was between Dynamo Leningrad and Lokomotiv Moscow and finished with winning of Lokomotiv 1:3. During the Siege of Leningrad, On May 31, 1942, the stadium host The Siege Game, between Dynamo Leningrad and the local football clubs.

Nowadays, the stadium used as a training compound for Dynamo. In 2007 the Saint Petersburg City Administration announced on the project to destroy the stadium and replace it with a housing building and a business center. In 2009 the compound become a full municipal property after the City Administration was purchased the ground from Dymano's owners.

In 2008 The Dynamo stadium has become as a Training center for Dynamo.

Petrovsky Stadium[edit]

Since the end of the 2000s, Dinamo plays at Sport Complex Petrovsky in Saint Petersburg. The complex consists of two arenas (stadiums): the central sport arena (CSA) and the minor sport arena (MSA). Dinamo shares the complex with four other professional teams. In 2008 Zenit plays at CSA, the MSA is used by Dinamo, Zenit-2, Zenit-D, and Sever (Murmansk). The MSA provides 2,835 seats to its spectators. There are talks that Zenit will move out of this complex to its new stadium that will be built in 2009 in place of the Kirov Stadium. This migration might provide Dinamo with full exploitation of the whole complex.

League and cup history[edit]

Soviet Union Soviet Union
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1936 (Spring) 1st (Group A) 6/(7) 6 1 1 4 5 12 9 3 pts for win, 2 - draw, 1 – lost
1936 (Autumn) 1st (Group A) 7/(8) 7 1 3 3 7 15 12 ¼ finals 3 pts for win, 2 - draw, 1 – lost
1937 1st (Group A) 7/(9) 16 2 9 5 21 25 29 1/16 3 pts for win, 2 - draw, 1 – lost
1938 1st (Group A) 7/(26) 25 12 6 7 52 32 30 1/2 shifted to the two point system
1939 1st (Group A) 10/(14) 26 8 6 12 41 56 22 1/16
1940 1st (Group A) 5/(13) 24 11 5 8 47 44 21 No competition
1941 1st (Group A) 2/(15) 10 5 4 1 18 8 14 No competition Unofficial (did not finish due to World War II)
1942 Did not played due to World War II
1943 Did not played due to World War II
1944 1/4 Did not played due to World War II
1945 1st (1st Group) 5/(12) 22 11 3 8 42 29 25 1/4
1946 1st (1st Group) 5/(12) 22 10 4 8 37 35 24 1/8
1947 1st (1st Group) 10/(13) 24 7 5 12 32 48 19 1/2
1948 1st (1st Group) 6/(14) 26 10 5 11 42 47 25 1/8
1949 1st (1st Group) 9/(18) 34 12 10 12 53 53 34 1/16
1950 1st (Class A) 8/(19) 36 14 10 12 63 50 38 1/16
1951 1st (Class A) 9/(15) 28 11 5 12 46 53 27 1/16
1952 1st (Class A) 5/(14) 13 5 5 3 17 17 15 1/2
1953 1st (Class A) 10/(11) 20 5 4 11 20 33 14 1/8
1954 1st (Class A) 4/(13) 24 8 10 6 29 25 26 ? as TRL
1955 1st (Class A) 10/(12) 22 5 6 11 28 41 16 ? as TRL
1956 1st (Class A) 12/(12) 22 3 7 12 25 47 13 ? as TRL
1957 2nd ? as TRL
1958 2nd ? as TRL
1959 2nd ? as TRL
1960 2nd (II Zone) 9 28 9 6 13 46 43 24 ? reestablished in place of TRL
1961 2nd (II Zone) 3 30 18 9 3 58 28 45 1/128 Promoted
1962 1st (Class A) 16 30 8 6 16 27 49 22 1/16 replaced the disbanded FC Admiralteets Leningrad
1963 1st (Class A) 16 38 7 15 16 37 51 29 1/4 relegated
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Current squad[edit]

As of 24 June 2017, according to the PFL website.

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

No. Position Player
1 Russia GK Yegor Generalov
Russia GK Denis Kniga
30 Russia GK Anton Tsvetkov
5 Russia DF Igor Alexeyev
4 Russia DF Oleg Babenkov
Russia DF Andrei Bychkov
Russia DF Igor Chernyshov
14 Russia DF Valeri Kaptilov
15 Russia DF Mikhail Kovalenko
72 Russia DF Andrei Lukanchenkov
Russia DF Artyom Pasko
2 Russia DF Dmitri Shishkanov
44 Russia DF Igor Smirnov
77 Russia DF Maksim Starkov
Russia DF Sandro Tsveiba
31 Russia DF Andrei Yakovlev
20 Russia DF Igor Yurganov
Russia DF Aleksei Zhitnikov
No. Position Player
21 Russia MF Semyon Fedotov
Russia MF Yevgeni Gavrilov
10 Russia MF Vitali Komisov
32 Russia MF Artyom Kulishev
7 Russia MF Yevgeni Pesegov
47 Russia MF Andrei Pochipov
11 Russia MF Maksim Rogov
Russia MF Valeri Saramutin
Russia MF Ivan Solovyov
Russia MF Dmitri Sukonkin
27 Russia FW Anton Apatin
8 Russia FW Dmitri Avramenko
Russia FW Maksim Barsov
13 Russia FW Aleksandr Korotayev
18 Russia FW Mikhail Kozlov
9 Armenia FW Mikhail Markosov
98 Russia FW Bogdan Zhbanov

Notable players[edit]

These are players who won international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Dynamo.


Honours and Achiements[edit]

Soviet Cup:

  • Semi-Finals: 1938, 1947, 1952

City Championship:

  • Gold medal icon.svg Champion (29): 1926-1927, 1930-1931, 1933, 1935-1936, 1938, 1945, 1948, 1950-1951, 1953, 1963-1964, 1966-1968, 1970-1978, 1980-1981, 1993

FC Petrotrest[edit]

FC Petrotrest Saint Petersburg
Logo of FC Petrotrest.jpg
Full name Football Club Petrotrest Saint Petersburg
Founded 2001; 16 years ago (2001)
Dissolved 2013; 4 years ago (2013)

FC Petrotrest Saint Petersburg (Russian: ФК "Петротрест" Санкт-Петербург) is a former association football club from Saint Petersburg, Russia, founded in 2001.

In 2002 the team played in Amateur Football League (North-West zone), in 2003, 2004, 2006 and since 2011 - in Second Division (West zone), in 2005 - in First Division (was relegated).

From 2007 to 2010 the team played under the name of FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg. After the team was relegated to the Russian Second Division after the 2010 season, the team returned to their previous name FC Petrotrest and another independent team called FC Dynamo was organized to play in the Amateur Football League. In 2012 the club was finished in the 1st place and was promoted to the First division. In 2013 it was merged into Dynamo Saint Petersburg.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stadium characteristics on the official web-site
  2. ^ Питерское «Динамо» и курский «Авангард» вышли в ФНЛ (in Russian). Russian National Football League. 21 May 2017. 
  3. ^ Dynamo finished the season in 4th place, but the Russian Football Federation has decided to give technical losses to Dynamo in some games, due to breaking some regulations in the league. These losses dropped Dynamo to 16th position. Russian Source: Сообщение ЦОС ПФЛ от 27 ноября 2002 года

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