FC Vorskla Poltava

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Vorskla
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Full nameFootball Club Vorskla Poltava
Nickname(s)Zeleno-Bili (Green-Whites)
Founded1955
GroundButovsky Vorskla Stadium
Capacity24,795[1]
Honorary PresidentKostyantyn Zhevago
PresidentRoman Cherniak
ManagerVitaliy Kosovskyi
LeagueUkrainian Premier League
2018–19UPL, 7th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

FC Vorskla Poltava (Ukrainian: ФК "Во́рскла" Полта́ва [ˈvɔrsklɐ polˈtɑvɐ]) is a professional football club in Poltava, Ukraine that competes in the Ukrainian Premier League, the top flight of Ukrainian football.

History[edit]

Kolos Poltava[edit]

The club draws its history from 1955 when in the city of Poltava was established a football club Kolhospnyk within the republican trade union sports society Kolos. In 1957 the club obtained its professional status and was included in the competitions of the Soviet third division (then "Class B"). However, in 1982 the club went into bankruptcy and was dissolved. In 1983 many players moved to play for an amateur football team Kooperator from Poltava that represented the Poltava Institute of Cooperation. During its history for a short period of time from 1968 to 1972 Kolos was also carrying names Silbud and Budivelnyk.

Vorskla Poltava[edit]

In 1984 the club was reanimated based on the Kolos academy (sports school) as Vorskla after the river Vorskla, which flows through Poltava. In 1986 Vorskla entered the Soviet professional ranks of the third division where it participated until the collapse of the Soviet system.

Upon establishing of the Ukrainian football competitions in 1992 the club was admitted to the Ukrainian First League (the second tier of Ukrainian football) which it won in 1996. At that time Vorskla was sponsored by "Poltavagasprom".[2] The team debuted in the Ukrainian Premier League in the 1996–97 season, taking that season the 3rd place. Vorskla have remained in the Premier League since, and participated twice in the UEFA Cup. In 2009 Vorskla met Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2009 Ukrainian Cup Final. Mykola Pavlov's men won the match 1–0 after Vasyl Sachko's goal in the 49th minute.

In 2003-2005 the club was named Vorskla-Naftogaz due to sponsorship reasons.

As a Domestic Cup winner Vorskla participated in the annual opening game of the season Ukrainian Super Cup meeting the champions Dynamo Kyiv. After a 0–0 draw at full-time, Vorskla lost the cup to Dynamo on penalties.

The first team plays its home matches at Butovsky Memorial Vorskla Stadium which is named after one of the founders of the modern Olympic games and the International Olympic Committee in 1894.

One of the biggest successes of Vorskla in European competition was their qualification to the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League group phase.

On 26 July 2014, the club's president Oleh Babayev was shot dead, while police has opened a criminal cases under Article “premeditated murder".[3][4]

In the 2017-18 season, the club finished third in the top division for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

Stadium[edit]

Vorskla plays its games at Oleksiy Butovskyi Vorskla Stadium (Ukrainian: Стадіон «Ворскла» імені Олексія Бутовського). Vorskla has been playing there since 1955. The stadium underwent significant reconstruction between 1968 and 1975 and 1995 and 2000.

Supporters & Rivalries[edit]

Development of fan movement in Poltava started in 1985. Then on the stadium began to appear first green-white scarves and fan chants. In the 1990s fans began to actively go abroad. In particular Vorskla fans were present at the legendary match between Ukraine and Russia October 9, 1999 in Moscow. European competition games with FC Daugava from Latvia and Anderlecht[5] from Brussels in 1997 allowed fans try their hand on the European stage.

The largest fan club is known as the Crew of Golden Eagle.[6]

Vorskla maintains friendly relations with Shakhtar Donetsk[7] and Chornomorets Odesa fans. Strained relations with: Metalist Kharkiv,[8] Karpaty Lviv, Dynamo Kyiv, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Zorya Luhansk and Obolon Kyiv. Now all fans have declared a truce because of the war in Eastern Ukraine.

Reserve team[edit]

The reserve team of Vorskla, Vorskla Poltava Reserves (Ukrainian: ФК "Ворскла" Полтава дубль) are playing in the Ukrainian Premier Reserve League.

Honours[edit]

Football kits and sponsors[edit]

Years[9] Football kit Shirt sponsor
2000–01 Lotto/Adidas  –
2001–03 Adidas
2002–04 Puma НАФТОГАЗ
України
2004–05 Puma/Lotto
2005–06 Adidas/Puma FERROEXPO
Poltava Mining
2006–07 Adidas
FERROEXPO
2007–14 FERROEXPO

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponents Home Away Aggregate
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1Q Latvia Daugava Rīga 2–1 3–1 5–2
2Q Belgium Anderlecht 0–2 0–2 0–4
1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Iceland Leiftur 3–0 3–0 6–0
2R Denmark AB 1–1 2–2 3–3 (a)
3R Netherlands Fortuna Sittard 2–2 0–3 2–5
2000–01 UEFA Cup 1Q North Macedonia Rabotnički 2–0 2–0 4–0
1R Portugal Boavista 1–2 1–2 2–4
2009–10 UEFA Europa League PO Portugal Benfica 2–1 0–4 2–5
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q Northern Ireland Glentoran 3–0 2–0 5–0
3Q Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers 0–0 2–0 2–0
PO Romania Dinamo București 2–1 3–2 5–3
Group B Germany Hannover 96 1–2 1–3 4th
Belgium Standard Liège 1–3 0–0
Denmark Copenhagen 1–1 0–1
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 3Q Slovakia Žilina 3–1 (a.e.t) 0–2 3–3 (a)
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 3Q Croatia Lokomotiva 2–3 0–0 2–3
2018–19 UEFA Europa League Group E England Arsenal 0–3 2–4 3rd
Portugal Sporting CP  1–2  0–3
Azerbaijan Qarabag  0–1  1–0
  • Q = Qualifying
  • PO = Play-off

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 August 2019[10][11]

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

No. Position Player
2 Ukraine DF Zurab Ochigava
4 Ukraine DF Ihor Perduta (vice-captain)
5 Ghana DF Najeeb Yakubu
6 Ukraine MF Oleksandr Sklyar
7 Brazil MF Luizão (on loan from Porto B)
8 Ukraine MF Artem Habelok
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Edin Šehić
10 Albania FW Rubin Hebaj
12 Ukraine GK Danylo Kanevtsev
17 Ukraine MF Volodymyr Chesnakov (captain)
21 Ukraine GK Oleksandr Tkachenko
22 Ukraine FW Andriy Stryzhak
23 Ukraine DF Vadym Sapay
25 Ukraine DF Yevhen Martynenko
No. Position Player
26 Ukraine FW Yuriy Kolomoyets
27 Ukraine DF Volodymyr Bayenko
29 Ukraine MF Dmytro Kravchenko
31 Ukraine GK Dmytro Riznyk
32 Ukraine FW Oleh Lyha
38 Ukraine MF Artem Chelyadin
40 Ukraine DF Taras Sakiv
48 Ukraine DF Denys Taraduda
50 Mali DF Ibrahim Kane
66 Brazil DF Artur
77 Ukraine FW Denys Vasin
82 Ukraine MF Pavlo Rebenok
94 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Todor Petrović

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
55 Ukraine DF Ihor Honchar (on loan to Hirnyk-Sport)
No. Position Player
Ukraine DF Myroslav Mazur (on loan to Sfântul Gheorghe)

Coaches and administration[edit]

Administration[12] Coaching[13] (senior team) Coaching[13] (U-21 team)

Head coaches[edit]

   

League and Cup history[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]

Kolos
Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1955 4th
(Ukrainian championship)
3 14 8 2 4 25 13 18 qualified for final group
8 7 0 2 5 15 24 2
1956 4th
(Ukrainian championship)
2 14 8 4 2 23 11 20
1957 2nd
(Klass B)
12 34 12 4 18 43 57 28
Vorskla
Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
club reorganized Vorskla based on the Kolos academy
1984 4th
(KFK (Ukraine))
1 16 11 3 2 33 13 25 qualified for final group
1985 1 14 11 2 1 37 10 24 qualified for final group
3 5 3 1 1 8 3 7
1986 1 16 13 1 2 45 13 27 qualified for final group
1 5 4 1 0 11 1 9 Promoted
1987 3rd
(Vtoraya Liga)
9 52 22 14 16 74 59 58 Ukrainian Championship
1988 2 50 30 8 12 70 42 68 Ukrainian Championship
1989 8 52 24 10 18 62 55 58 Ukrainian Championship
1990 12 42 15 11 16 47 51 41 116 finals Zone West
1991 19 42 10 11 21 39 60 31 132 finals Zone West
1992 no competition 164 finals

Ukraine[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1992 2nd
(Persha Liha)
8 26 12 5 9 33 25 29 1/16 finals Group B
1992–93 4 42 21 9 12 57 46 51 1/32 finals
1993–94 8 38 15 7 16 30 52 37 1/16 finals
1994–95 11 42 17 8 17 49 48 59 1/8 finals
1995–96 1 42 32 7 3 92 37 103 1/32 finals Promoted
1996–97 1st
(Vyshcha Liha)
3 30 17 7 6 50 26 58 1/4 finals
1997–98 5 30 15 4 11 41 46 49 1/4 finals UC 2nd qual round
1998–99 10 30 10 5 15 36 43 35 1/4 finals
1999–00 4 30 14 7 9 50 34 49 1/8 finals
2000–01 12 26 6 5 15 16 29 23 1/16 finals UC 1st round
2001–02 11 26 6 7 13 19 33 25 1/16 finals
2002–03 11 30 8 8 14 26 41 32 1/4 finals
2003–04 14 30 6 9 15 26 49 27 1/8 finals
2004–05 14 30 8 6 16 18 35 30 1/16 finals
2005–06 10 30 9 10 11 28 34 37 1/4 finals
2006–07 13 30 7 10 13 23 28 31 1/16 finals
2007–08 8 30 9 9 12 28 30 36 1/4 finals
2008–09 1st
(Premier Liha)
5 30 14 7 9 32 26 49 Winners
2009–10 10 30 6 13 11 29 32 31 1/16 finals EL Play-off Round
2010–11 6 30 10 9 11 37 32 39 1/8 finals
2011–12 8 30 9 10 11 38 43 37 1/8 finals EL Group stage
2012–13 12 30 8 7 15 31 36 31 1/8 finals
2013–14 8 28 10 10 8 36 38 40 1/8 finals
2014–15 4 26 11 9 6 35 22 42 1/8 finals
2015–16 5 26 11 9 6 32 26 42 1/4 finals EL 3rd qual. round
2016–17[14] 7 32 11 9 12 32 32 42 1/4 finals EL 3rd qual. round
2017–18 3 32 14 7 11 37 35 49 1/4 finals
2018–19 1/4 finals EL Group stage

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/EuroExperience/competitions/UEFACup/01/67/58/86/1675886_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  2. ^ Ozirnyi, O. In anticipation of Sevastopol: the best newcomers of the elite (В ожидании Севастополя: лучшие новички элиты). Football.ua. 14 July 2013
  3. ^ "Mayor of central Ukrainian city shot dead". uk.reuters.com. Reuters. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  4. ^ Mayor of central Ukrainian city shot dead, Reuters (26 July 2014)
    Former Azerbaijani Deputy of Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada, mayor of Kremenchuk Oleh Babayev murdered Archived 2014-07-30 at the Wayback Machine, Azerbaijan Press Agency (26 July 2014)
    У Кременчуці застрелили мера (Ukrainian)
  5. ^ Artemio2014 (11 April 2010). "Vorskla Poltava - Anderlecht 0:2, 1997/1998 qualifiers". Retrieved 2 April 2018 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Crew of Golden Eagle official site Archived 2014-12-18 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Фанати "Динамо", "Шахтаря" та "Ворскли" готують марш єдності перед Кубком України". tsn.ua. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  8. ^ football24.ua. "Ультрас "Металіста" побили фанатів "Ворскли" у Полтаві. ФОТО - Футбол 24". Футбол 24. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  9. ^ Jerseys of Ukrainian clubs Archived September 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Vorskla". vorskla.com.ua.
  11. ^ https://upl.ua/en/clubs/view/5?id=5
  12. ^ http://www.vorskla.com.ua/ua/club/guidance/
  13. ^ a b "Тренерський штаб – ФК Ворскла, Полтава". vorskla.com.ua. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  14. ^ Competition was played in two phases. Official final league standings are cumulative from both phases. Vorskla competed in the Relegation Group in Phase II.
    "Ліга Парі-Матч Сезон 2016/17" [League Pari-Match 2016–17 Season]. Ukrainian Premier League. 31 May 2017. Archived from the original on 31 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.

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