FC Torpedo Zaporizhia

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Torpedo Zaporizhia
Torpedo Zaporizhya logo
Full nameFC Torpedo Zaporizhia
Nickname(s)Automobilists, Automakers
Founded1982
Dissolved2003
GroundAutoZAZ Arena
Capacity15,000
ChairmanUkraine
Head CoachUkraine
LeagueUkrainian Premier League

FC Torpedo Zaporizhia is a former professional football team based in Zaporizhia, Ukraine.

History[edit]

Founded in 1982, the club played in the Ukrainian Premier League from 1992 through 1998, after being initially chosen to participate for being one of the top 9 (of 11) Ukrainian teams from the West Division of the Soviet Second League in 1991. Prior to 1982 there were number of the Torpedo predecessors among which "Komunarivets", "Traktor", "Mashynobudivnyk", and others.

Torpedo Zaporizhya's best achievement in the Ukrainian Premier League was 7th place (thrice, in 1992 (prorated), 1994–95, and 1995–96). The club has successfully competing in the domestic cup competition in early years being eliminated only in semi-finals twice in a row and reaching the best of eight the next year. In April of 1996 the club's creator (Stepan Kravchun)[1] and the factory general director was removed from governing of the club[2] which had reflected in further club's performance.

Following relegation during the 1997–98 season, Torpedo Zaporizhya competed successfully in the Ukrainian First League, taking third place and achieving promotion back to the Ukrainian Premier League. However despite this finish, the club applied for bankruptcy following the conclusion of the 1998–99 season and were suspended by the Ukrainian Football Association. In early March of 2000 in press media appeared information that the club may cease its operations because the Professional Football League of Ukraine received a letter from the club's president Serhiy Kharhenko which informed that the team is withdrawing from the 1999–2000 season due to lack of financing.[3] The club returned to the Ukrainian Second League in 2002 and 2003, but was relegated to the amateur league thereafter.

FC Torpedo Zaporizhya played its games at the AutoZAZ Stadium with maximum capacity of 15,000.

In 2002–03 under Torpedo Zaporizhia brand played a football team of the Zaporizhia Institute of State and Municipal Administration (ZIGMU), formerly FC Viktor Zaporizhia. After relegation the team was renamed into ZIGMU-Spartak Zaporizhia and continued to play in regional competitions.

Colours are white shirts, blue shorts.

Honours[edit]

League and cup history[edit]

Soviet Union Soviet Union

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1985 3rd 24 40 10 14 16 39 44 34 VI Zone
Group 2 (12 place)
1986 3rd 9 40 17 7 16 49 47 41 VI Zone
Group 2 (6 place)
1987 3rd 20 52 12 16 24 54 81 40 VI Zone
1988 3rd 24 50 13 12 25 55 71 38 VI Zone
1989 3rd 13 52 19 12 21 51 62 50 Relegated[4]
VI Zone
1990 4th 1 36 23 8 5 53 25 54 Promoted
I Zone
1991 3rd 7 42 18 10 14 63 50 46 West Zone

Ukraine Ukraine

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1992 1st 4 18 6 7 5 21 26 19 1/2 finals Group A
1992–93 1st 13 30 9 7 14 32 40 25 1/2 finals
1993–94 1st 13 34 9 10 15 27 39 28 1/4
1994–95 1st 7 34 15 3 16 49 49 48 1/8
1995–96 1st 7 34 15 3 16 40 45 48 1/8
1996–97 1st 14 30 8 5 17 25 56 29 1/8
1997–98 1st 16 30 2 7 21 20 69 13 1/8 Relegated
1998–99 2nd 3 38 24 5 9 55 29 77 1/32 Filed a bankruptcy
1999-00 2nd 18 34 5 1 28 21 32 16 1/16[5] Reinstated after the bankruptcy
Relegated and Folded
2001–02 3rd 15 34 7 10 17 22 57 31 1/16*[6] Reinstated second time
2002–03 3rd 16 30 4 7 19 19 52 19 1/32 Relegated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pavlenko, Ihor. The father of football-type "Torpedo" (Отец футбольного "Торпедо"). Footboom. 5 March 2018
  2. ^ Mylenko, Vladimir. Why Torpedo died. An attempt for exhumation (Почему умерло Торпедо. Попытка эксгумации). Football.ua. 20 July 2009
  3. ^ Sport-quiz: Football (СПОРТ-БЛІЦ: ФУТБОЛ). Newspaper "Postup". 5 March 2000
  4. ^ New tier added for the next season.
  5. ^ The team forfeited its game to Dynamo Kyiv.
  6. ^ Second League Cup

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