FC Minsk

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FC Minsk
FK Minsk-2 Logo.png
Full name Football Club Minsk
Founded 2006
Ground FC Minsk Stadium
Minsk, Belarus
Ground Capacity 3,000
Chairman Igor Shloido
Manager Alyaksandar Lukhvich
League Belarusian Premier League
2017 14th

FC Minsk (Belarusian: ФК Мінск) is a professional football club based in Minsk, Belarus. They play in the Belarusian Premier League, the highest division in Belarusian football. Their colours are red and navy blue.

History[edit]

The club was established in 2006 and was based on the Belarusian First League club Smena Minsk. FC Minsk took over Smena's license and was able to start immediately operating in the Belarusian First League without having to first play in the Second League, the third tier in Belarus. In the club's inaugural season in the First League, they were able to finish in first place guaranteeing them promotion to the Belarusian Premier League.

In their top tier debut season, FC Minsk showed weak performances and were relegated at end of 2007, but they managed to bounce straight back the following year with a dominant campaign in the Belarusian First League scoring 72 goals and failing to win in only 3 of the 26 games. 2008 therefore saw them once again competing in the Belarusian Premier League where they have remained ever since.

A 3rd-placed finish in 2010 saw FC Minsk embark on their first ever European campaign in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. In the first qualifying round, they were pitched against AZAL Baku of Azerbaijan and managed a 3–2 aggregate win over two legs. The second qualifying round saw them drawn against Gaziantepspor of Turkey. After a 1–1 draw at home, the away fixture in Gaziantep saw the Turkish side win 4–1 as the tie finished 5–2 on aggregate in favour of Gaziantepspor.

In 2013, FC Minsk changed their club crest for the current one. The same year they have qualified for the second qualifying round of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League by winning Belarusian Cup. This campaign was more successful as Minsk first eliminated Valletta of Malta 3–1 on aggregate before beating the Scottish team St. Johnstone in the third qualifying round. After losing 0–1 at home, FC Minsk managed to win 1–0 in Perth and prevailed in penalty shootout 3–2, advancing to the play-offs, where they have lost to Standard Liège of Belgium 5–1 on aggregate.

Club Crest[edit]

Upon their formation in 2006, FC Minsk adopted a simple white and blue crest which they kept for 7 years until 2013. In 2013, they changed their crest to the current red and navy blue.

FC Minsk logo during 2006–2013

Current squad[edit]

As of July 2018 [1]

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

No. Position Player
3 Belarus DF Dzmitry Zinovich
4 Belarus DF Ilya Lukashevich
5 Belarus FW Artsyom Vasilyew
6 Belarus DF Dmitri Prischepa
8 Lithuania DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas
9 Belarus MF Nikita Nikolayevich
10 Serbia MF Nikola Stojanović
11 Belarus FW Yevgeniy Shevchenko
14 Belarus MF Oleg Yevdokimov
15 Belarus MF Dmitriy Bessmertny
16 Belarus GK Syarhey Vyeramko
17 Belarus MF Ivan Bakhar
18 Belarus MF Andrey Shamruk
19 Belarus GK Pavel Golovenko
No. Position Player
20 Belarus MF Gleb Zherdev
21 Ukraine MF Oleksandr Vasylyev
26 Belarus DF Petr Kazantsev
27 Belarus FW Pavel Gorbach
30 Belarus GK Pavel Prishivalko
37 Belarus DF Denis Gruzhevskiy
44 Belarus DF Artem Dylevskiy
69 Belarus FW Arseniy Kontsedaylov
71 Belarus GK Jemal Kurshubadze
77 Belarus FW Dmitry Antilevsky
Belarus MF Matvey Filatov
Ukraine FW Yevhen Bokhashvili
Belarus FW Kanstantsin Kazakow

League and Cup history[edit]

Season Level Pos Pld W D L Goals Points Domestic Cup Notes
2006 2nd 1 26 17 5 4 44–13 56 Promoted
2007 1st 14 26 4 9 13 18–34 21 Semi-finals Relegated
2008 2nd 1 26 23 2 1 72–11 71 Round of 16 Promoted
2009 1st 9 26 11 3 12 33–26 36 Round of 16
2010 1st 3 33 18 6 9 59–32 60 Round of 16
2011 1st 9 33 8 11 14 33–40 35 Quarter-finals
2012 1st 6 30 11 6 13 36–46 39 Runners-up
2013 1st 9 32 10 8 14 36–40 38 Winners
2014 1st 7 32 16 4 12 45–36 52 Semi-finals
2015 1st 6 26 12 4 10 29–28 40 Round of 32
2016 1st 4 30 15 8 7 49–24 53 Semi-finals
2017 1st 14 30 3 14 13 19–39 23 Round of 16

Honours[edit]

FC Minsk in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club 1st Leg 2nd Leg Aggregate
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q Azerbaijan AZAL Baku 1–1 2–1 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Turkey Gaziantepspor 1–1 1–4 2–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 2Q Malta Valletta 1–1 2–0 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Scotland St Johnstone 0–1 1–0 (aet) 1–1 (3–2 p.) Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Belgium Standard 0–2 1–3 1–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
Notes
  • Home results are noted in bold.
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

European record[edit]

Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Europa League 8 3 3 2 9 9

Managers[edit]

Women's team[edit]

The women's team of Minsk has won the Belarusian Premier League in 2013 and 2014. It also has won the Belarusian Women's Cup in 2011, 2013 and 2014.[2]

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