FC Orsha

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FC Orsha.jpg
Full nameFootball Club Orsha
GroundCity Stadium
Head CoachSergey Vekhtev
LeagueBelarusian First League

FC Orsha is a football club based in Orsha, Vitebsk Oblast.


The team was founded in 1951 as Trud Orsha.[1] The club was renamed to ZShM in 1956 and then to Mashinostroitel Orsha in 1960.

In 1965 the club was renamed to Start Orsha. The 60s and the 70s were the most successful years for the club, as they won Vitebsk Oblast league in 1968, 1970, 1972 and 1977 as well as Vitebsk Oblast cup in 1961, 1971, 1972 and 1976. In 1971 they reached the final of Belarusian SSR Cup.[2] They played in Belarusian SSR top league from 1971 until 1985.

In 1992 the team was renamed to Legmash Orsha and joined newly created Belarusian Second League. In 1994 the team was renamed to Maxim-Legmash Orsha due to sponsorship. After successful 1995 season Maxim-Legmash was promoted the First League. Before the start of 1996 season the 'Legmash' part of the name was dropped due Legmash plant withdwal from team support and the team spent one season as Maxim-Orsha before being renamed again into FC Orsha in 1997. At the end of 2001 Orsha withdrew to the amateur level (Vitebsk Oblast championship) due to financial troubles.

The team returned in 2004, once again joining the Second League. The first post-return season was quite successful and Orsha was promoted to the First League for 2005 season, but they quickly relegated back and since 2006 onwards they've been playing in the Second League. In 2006 the team was known as Orsha-BelAutoService. Since 2014 they play in the First League.

Name changes[edit]

  • 1951: founded as FC Trud Orsha
  • 1956: renamed to FC ZShM Orsha
  • 1960: renamed to FC Mashinostroitel Orsha
  • 1965: renamed to FC Start Orsha
  • 1992: renamed to FC Legmash Orsha
  • 1995: renamed to FC Maxim-Orsha Orsha
  • 1996: renamed to FC Maxim-Legmash Orsha
  • 1997: renamed to FC Orsha
  • 2006: renamed to FC Orsha-BelAutoService Orsha
  • 2007: renamed to FC Orsha


Belarusian SSR cup

  • Runner-Up: 1971

Current squad[edit]

As of April 2018

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

No. Position Player
1 Belarus GK Dzmitry Kharytonaw
4 Belarus MF Vitaliy Ruzin
5 Belarus DF Dzmitry Bykaw
6 Belarus DF Artem Kozorez
7 Belarus MF Yevgeniy Zemko
8 Belarus MF Ivan Berezun
9 Belarus MF Maksim Grechikha
10 Belarus FW Nikolay Kitayev
11 Belarus MF Alyaksandr Aleksandrovich
12 Russia MF Andrei Sidenko
13 Belarus MF Gleb Zheleznikov
No. Position Player
14 Belarus DF Vladislav Kazakov
15 Belarus DF Dmitry Suzdaltsev
16 Belarus MF Aleksandr Kucherov
18 Russia DF David Samedov
19 Belarus FW Dzmitry Ivanow
20 Russia DF Kirill Karpov
21 Belarus MF Mikita Ivanow
22 Belarus DF Illya Varabyow
30 Belarus GK Yegor Davydenko
Belarus GK Vladimir Ustinovich
Belarus DF Nikita Kostomarov