FC Metalist Kharkiv
|Full name||Football Club Metalist Kharkiv|
|Nickname(s)||Hor'ky (The Weasels)|
|Founded||11 December 1925|
|Head coach||Yuriy Rudynskyi|
|League||Ukrainian First League|
|Website||Club home page|
It competed in the Ukrainian Premier League, the top football league in the country. Founded in 1925, the team worked its way up the rungs of the Soviet football system, eventually being promoted to the Soviet Top League in 1960. After a difficult period which included relegation, Metalist was promoted to the Top League again in 1982, where it remained until the league's dissolution. The club won the Soviet Cup once, and were also runners-up once. They have also won the bronze title of the Ukrainian Premier League six times in a row, starting in the 2006–07 season.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Honours and achievements
- 4 Rivalry
- 5 Squad
- 6 Player records
- 7 League and Cup history
- 8 Metalist in Europe
- 9 Managers
- 10 Notes
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The team has played under the following names: KhPZ (1936–1946), Dzerzhinets (1947–1956), Avangard (1956–1965), Metallist (1965–1991) and FC Metalist (since 1992).
FC Metalist Kharkiv was initially founded on 11 December 1925, when a local locomotive construction facility (today the Malyshev Factory) provided funding and allowed use of its land to start a football club. Ten years later, the club won the city of Kharkiv championship, which allowed the club to enter the USSR Cup in the following season. Following World War II, the club resumed playing in local competitions, promoting itself to the Soviet Second League B in 1947 only to be demoted three seasons later.
In 1956, Metalist as Avanhard returned to the Soviet Second League B replacing its city rivals Lokomotyv Khakriv. Soon thereafter it was promoted first to Soviet First League in 1958, and later to the Soviet Top League in 1960. The club stayed in Top League for 4 seasons, but was demoted to First League in 1963, continuing its decline with demotion to Second League. In 1978, the club was promoted to the Soviet First League and two years later, the club finished third in the competition narrowly missing promotion to the top flight. The following season, the club improved on their previous performance and won the Soviet First League outright to earn a spot in Soviet Top League. The club sustained 10 seasons of the Soviet Top League with several successes on the domestic front. In 1983, Metalist was the runner-up in the USSR Cup (losing 1–0 to Shakhtar Donetsk) and a few years later in 1988 would win the cup, beating Torpedo Moscow 2–0. As a result, Metalist Kharkiv earned a trip to the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Metalist only advanced to the last sixteen of the competition, beating Yugoslavian side Borac Banja Luka and losing to the Dutch club Roda JC.
Ukrainian Premier League
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the formation of an independent Ukraine, Metalist joined the inaugural season of the Ukrainian Premier League in 1992. The club finished in fifth place, an achievement it would never top until the 2006–07 season, finishing in fifth place three more times since, the most notable coming during the 2001–02 season. The club finished with 40 points, on a par with Metalurh Zaporizhzhya and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk for a three-way tie. Metalist was expected to take fourth place (and subsequently compete in the UEFA Cup) by virtue of having the best three-way, head-to-head record among the three teams (which is the official tie-breaker to be used in domestic competitions), but following a protest by Metalurh Zaporizhzhya and an arbitrary decision by PFL (the administrative body of the UPL), Metalurh Zaporizhzhya was awarded fourth place on the grounds that it had better head-to-head records independently against either side.
Following unsuccessful protests from Metalist, a disheartened management, team and fan base would see the club finish bottom in the following season and earning a demotion to the Ukrainian First League. However, the club would return to the UPL after one season and following a financial crisis and a takeover of the club by UkrSibbank owner Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, steady investment would see Metalist show improvement and balanced performance. Yaroslavsky sold the club to new owner Serhiy Kurchenko late in December 2012. Kurchenko left Ukraine in February 2014 and his current whereabouts are unknown.
In the 2006–07 season, Metalist finished third place in the league, qualifying for the 2007–08 UEFA Cup, their second appearance in a UEFA competition. They were drawn against English club Everton. The first leg, away at Goodison Park, ended in a 1–1 draw while Everton won the second leg 3–2, eliminating Metalist.
Metalist's next European competition was the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. The club beat Beşiktaş 4–2 on aggregate in the first round to qualify for the group stage, where they were grouped with Galatasaray, Olympiacos, Hertha BSC and Benfica. Metalist finished top of the group, beating Galatasaray, Olympiacos and Benfica, whilst drawing 0–0 with Hertha. In the round of 32, Metalist defeated Italian club Sampdoria 3–0 on aggregrate, setting up for an all-Ukrainian round of 16 tie against Dynamo Kyiv. After losing in Kiev 1–0, Metalist won the return leg 3–2, but were eliminated on the away goals rule.
When the competition was re-branded as the Europa League for the 2009–10 season, Metalist beat Croatian side HNK Rijeka 4–1 on aggregate in the third qualifying round before losing 2–1 on aggregate to Austrian side Sturm Graz, despite holding them 1–1 in Graz. The following season, they finished second in Group I behind Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven, thus qualifying for the round of 32 where they were thrashed 6–0 on aggregate by Bayer Leverkusen. They reached the quarter-finals the following season, beating Olympiacos on away goals in the round of 16, but falling to Sporting CP. The following season, they then faced Bayer Leverkusen again—after beating Leverkusen 2–0 on 22 November 2012, Metalist finished above the side on head-to-head points (13), as they both finished on 13 points and had played out a goalless draw at the BayArena. In the round of 32, Metalist then faced English club Newcastle United. After holding them to a goalless draw at St James' Park in the first leg on 14 February, Shola Ameobi's penalty sent Newcastle through 1–0 on aggregate.
As Metalist Stadium was one of the venues for UEFA Euro 2012, the management decided to reconstruct and expand the arena and turn it into a modern recreational and leisure facility. In May 2008, Metalist Arena was the venue for 2008 Ukrainian Cup Final.
Honours and achievements
- Runners-up (1): 2012–13
- Third placed (6): 2006–07,
2007–08(stripped), 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14
- Winners (1): 1981
- Runners-up (1): 2003–04
- Winners (1): 1978
- Winners (1): 1988
- Runners-up (2): 1983, 1992
- Runners-up (1): 1987
- Runners-up (1): 1989
- Runners-up (1): 2014
Football kits and sponsors
|Years||Football kit||Shirt sponsor|
BNP Paribas Group
Metalist Kharkiv supporters biggest rival today is Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. Despite this fans of both clubs marched in support of a "united Ukraine" in Kharkiv during the April 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine.
Team plays in the Kharkiv Oblast Championship.
- As of 18 July 2016
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Still active players in bold.
As of 25 May 2014
- Other – National Super Cup
As of 25 May 2014
- Other – National Super Cup
League and Cup history
|1988||1st||11||30||8||10||12||29||36||26||Winner||CW||2nd round||First international participation|
|1991||1st||15||30||8||9||13||32||43||25||1/16||Joined Vyshcha Liha|
|1992||no league competition||1/4||withdrew from the Soviet Cup|
|2007–08||1st||3||30||19||6||5||50||27||63||1/8 finals||UC||1st round||Bronze stripped|
|2008–09||1st||3||30||17||8||5||44||25||59||1/2 finals||UC||Round of 16|
|2009–10||1st||3||30||19||5||6||49||23||62||1/8 finals||EL||Play-off round|
|2010–11||1st||3||30||18||6||6||58||26||60||1/16 finals||EL||Round of 32|
|2011–12||1st||3||30||16||11||3||54||32||59||1/8 finals||EL||1/4 finals|
|2012–13||1st||2||30||20||6||4||59||25||66||1/8 finals||EL||Round of 32|
|2013–14||1st||3||28||16||9||3||54||29||57||1/4 finals||UCL||3rd qual. round|
|2014–15||1st||6||25||8||11||6||34||32||35||1/4 finals||EL||Group stage|||
|2016||Club reforms as SC Metalist Kharkiv and participates in Kharkiv Oblast competitions.|
Metalist in Europe
UEFA Team ranking
Last update: May 5, 2016
Metalist Kharkiv participates in European competitions since 1988 after playing its first against Borac Banja Luka. From 2007 to 2014, however, the club continuously participated on annual basis with variable successes. This ended when Metalist failed to qualify.
|UEFA Cup / Europa League|
|2011–12||Quarter-Finalist||eliminated by Sporting CP 1–2 in Lisbon, 1–1 in Kharkiv|
|Games of Metalist in UEFA competitions|
|1988–89||Cup Winners' Cup||First round||Borac Banja Luka||4–0||0–2||4–2|
|Second round||Roda JC||0–0||0–1||0–1|
|2007–08||UEFA Cup||First round||Everton||2–3||1–1||3–4|
|2008–09||UEFA Cup||First round||Beşiktaş J.K.||4–1||0–1||4–2|
|Group B||Hertha BSC||0–0||—||1st|
|Round of 32||Sampdoria||2–0||1–0||3–0|
|Round of 16||Dynamo Kyiv||3–2||0–1||3–3 (a)|
|2009–10||UEFA Europa League||Third qualifying round||Rijeka||2–0||2–1||4–1|
|Play-off round||Sturm Graz||0–1||1–1||1–2|
|2010–11||UEFA Europa League||Play-off round||Omonia||2–2||1–0||3–2|
|Group I||PSV Eindhoven||0–2||0–0||2nd|
|Round of 32||Bayer Leverkusen||0–4||0–2||0–6|
|2011–12||UEFA Europa League||Play-off round||Sochaux||0–0||4–0||4–0|
|Round of 32||Red Bull Salzburg||4–0||4–1||8–1|
|Round of 16||Olympiacos||0–1||2–1||2–2 (a)|
|2012–13||UEFA Europa League||Play-off round||Dinamo București||2–1||2–0||4–1|
|Group K||Bayer Leverkusen||2–0||0–0||1st|
|Round of 32||Newcastle United||0–1||0–0||0–1|
|2013–14||UEFA Champions League||Third qualifying round||PAOK||1–1||2–0||3–1|
|Play-off round||Schalke 04||Disqualified due to match-fixing|
|2014–15||UEFA Europa League||Play-off round||Ruch Chorzów||0–0||1–0||1–0|
|Group L||Legia Warsaw||0–1||1–2||4th|
- Oleksandr Ponomarov (1960–61)
- Viktor Zhylin (1962–63)
- Yevgeni Yeliseyev (1965–66)
- Viktor Kanevskyi (1968–71)
- Viktor Terentiev (1972)
- Yuriy Voynov (1972–73)
- Oleg Oshenkov (1975–76)
- Yevhen Lemeshko (1977–88)
- Leonid Tkachenko (1984–??)
- Oleksandr Dovbiy (1990–91)
- Viktor Aristov (1993)
- Oleksandr Dovbiy (1994)
- Mykhaylo Fomenko (July 1996 – June 2000)
- Oleksandr Dovbiy (1999–2000)
- Mykhaylo Fomenko (July 2001 – Nov 2002)
- Hennadiy Lytovchenko (July 2003 – Dec 2004)
- Oleksandr Zavarov (Jan 2005 – June 2005)
- Myron Markevych (July 2005 – 24 Feb 2014)
- Ihor Rakhayev (24 Feb 2014 – 4 June 2015)
- Oleksandr Sevidov (4 June 2015 – 18 April 2016)
- Oleksandr Pryzetko (interim) (18 April 2016 – May 2016)
- Yuriy Rudynskyi (14 July 2016 – present)
- On 14 August 2013 UEFA announced that Metalist was banned from the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League due to an ongoing match fixing investigation related to match fixing arising from a game played against FC Karpaty Lviv in April 2008. The club appealed the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but it rejected Metalist's request, disqualifying the club from European 2013–14 competitions on 16 August 2013. The club was on the verge of competing in the qualifying phase of the tournament at the time of the decision. The CAS announced its final decision on Metalist's complaint on 28 August 2013 (thus one day after the clubs final match in the qualifying phase of the tournament would have taken place); it upheld UEFA's decision to disqualify Metalist from European competitions.
- "Metalist" celebrates anniversary, SQ (12 December 2015) (Russian)
- "Ukraine 2001/02". RSSSF. Retrieved May 30, 2007.
- New owner of FC Metalist intends to win Ukrainian Cup, ready to buy city's share in stadium, Kyiv Post (25 December 2012)
Kernes:Yaroslavsky sold Metalist in anticipation of court's decision on fixed matches, Kyiv Post (25 December 2012)
Akhmetov shocked to learn of Metalist sale, Kyiv Post (27 December 2012)
- EU imposes assets freeze on Yanukovich and ‘family’, Financial Times (March 6, 2014)
Russia's Rosneft might buy Ukraine's Odessa refinery: newspaper, Reuters (March 3, 2014)
- Lausanne court upholds UEFA decision to disqualify FC Metalist from European competitions, says club’s vice president, Interfax-Ukraine (28 August 2013)
UEFA happy with CAS decision on Metalist complaint, Interfax-Ukraine (28 August 2013)
- Lausanne court rejects Metalist’s request to suspend UEFA decision barring club from European competition, Interfax-Ukraine (16 August 2013)
- Lausanne court dismisses Metalist repeat request to suspend its disqualification, Interfax-Ukraine (20 August 2013)
CAS to announce final decision on Metalist’s complaint on August 28, Interfax-Ukraine (20 August 2013)
UEFA welcomes CAS’s decision to reject Metalist’s request to suspend its disqualification from Europe, Interfax-Ukraine (20 August 2013)
FC METALIST KHARKIV V. UEFA – Second request for urgent provisional measures rejected, Court of Arbitration for Sport (20 August 2013)
- Jerseys of Ukrainian clubs
- Technocom website
- Avec website
- DCH website
- VETEK website
- Mayor of Ukraine’s 2nd-biggest city shot in the back, New York Post (28 April 2014)
- SC Metalist Kharkiv new squad
- Стало відомо, хто очолить СК "Металіст"
- Forfeited its quarterfinal game with FC Lokomotiv Moscow on March 25 and along with the two other Ukrainian clubs quit the competition
- Note: Metalist was disqualified by UEFA due to match fixing in the 2007–08 season.
"Metalist disqualified from UEFA competitions". UEFA. 14 August 2013.
- The Round 26 match between Chornomorets Odesa and Metalist Kharkiv was not played as per recommendation of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
Матч "Чорноморець" – "Металіст" не відбудеться [Match between Chornomorets Odesa – Metalist Kharkiv will not take place] (in Ukrainian). Ukrainian Premier League. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
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- Vadim Shevyakin. Первый «Металлист» Маркевича (The first Metalist of Markevych). "mediaport". 7 September 2013.