FC Vorskla Poltava

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Vorskla
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Full name Football Club Vorskla Poltava
Nickname(s) Zeleno-Bili (Green-Whites)
Founded 1955
Ground Butovsky Vorskla Stadium
Ground Capacity 24,795[1]
Chairman Post vacant since former chairman Oleh Babayev was shot dead on 26 July 2014.[2]
Manager Vasyl Sachko
League Ukrainian Premier League
2015–16 5th
Website Club home page
Current season

FC Vorskla Poltava (Ukrainian: ФК "Во́рскла" Полта́ва ['vɔrsklɐ pol'tɑvɐ]) is a professional football team which plays in the Ukrainian Premier League and represents the city of Poltava.

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. For a short period of time from 1968–72 Kolos was also carrying names Silbud and Budivelnyk.

Vorskla Poltava[edit]

In 1984 the club was reanimated 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 to the collapse of the Soviet system.

Upon establishing of the Ukrainian football competitions in 1992 the club was admitted to the Ukrainian First League which it won in 1996. The team debuted in the Ukrainian Premier League in the 1996–97 season, taking that season the 3rd place, the highest achievement in team's history. Vorskla have remained in the Premier League since, and participated twice in 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.

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.

Its home games the main team plays 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. Oleksiy Dmytrovych also was a lieutenant-general of the Russian Army and a teacher. He wrote several books on the physical training in various conditions.

The biggest success of Vorskla in the European competitions was their qualification to the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League group phase.

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

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[4] from Brussels in 1997 allowed fans try their hand on the European stage.

All fans are patriots of Ukraine and their hometown. Many fans took part in the Ukrainian Revolution[5] and now also fighting in eastern Ukraine.[6] The largest group of fans is Crew of Golden Eagle.[7]

Vorskla maintains friendly relations with Shakhtar Donetsk[8] and Chornomorets Odesa fans. Strained relations with: Metalist Kharkiv,[9] 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]

1995–96 Champions

Football kits and sponsors[edit]

Years[10] 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 Torpedo Rīga 2–1 3–1 5–2
2Q Belgium Anderlecht 0–2 0–2 0–4
2000–01 UEFA Cup 1Q Republic of 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
  • Q = Qualifying
  • PO = Play-off

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 July 2016[11]

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

No. Position Player
1 Ukraine GK Bohdan Shust
3 Ukraine DF Serhiy Siminin
4 Ukraine DF Ihor Perduta
6 Ukraine MF Oleksandr Sklyar
7 Georgia (country) MF Aleksandre Kobakhidze
8 Ukraine MF Andriy Tkachuk
11 Croatia MF Mladen Bartulović
12 Ukraine GK Dmytro Nepohodov
13 Ukraine FW Dmytro Khlyobas (on loan from Dynamo)
17 Ukraine MF Volodymyr Chesnakov (captain)
19 Ukraine FW Volodymyr Odaryuk
20 Ukraine DF Mykola Kvasnyi
No. Position Player
21 Ukraine GK Oleksandr Tkachenko
23 Ukraine DF Vadym Sapay
24 Ukraine FW Oleh Barannik
26 Ukraine FW Yuriy Kolomoyets
27 Ukraine MF Oleh Holodyuk
28 Ukraine DF Vladyslav Bobrov
39 Ukraine MF Bohdan Melnyk
44 Albania DF Ardin Dallku
71 Ukraine GK Yan Vichnyi
82 Ukraine MF Pavlo Rebenok
99 Ukraine MF Yevhen Zarichnyuk

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
Ukraine FW Yevhen Budnik (on loan to Dinamo Minsk)
No. Position Player

Coaches and administration[edit]

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

Head coaches[edit]

   

League and Cup history[edit]

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

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