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Zirka Kropyvnytskyi
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Full nameFC Zirka Kropyvnytskyi
Nickname(s)"Zirka" – Star
Founded1911
Ground"Zirka" Stadium, Kropyvnytskyi
Capacity14,628
ChairmanMaksym Berezkin
ManagerSamir Hasanov[1]
LeagueUkrainian Amateur League
2018-19UFL, 15th (withdrew)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

FC Zirka Kropyvnytskyi (Ukrainian: ФК "Зірка Кропивницький") is a Ukrainian professional football club from Kropyvnytskyi, Kirovohrad Oblast, with its team currently playing in the Ukrainian Amateur League.

The club traces its history of a football team that existed at the British factory of Elvorti since 1911. After the occupation of Ukraine by Bolsheviks, the factory was "nationalized", its team was dissolved, and the factory was converted into Soviet factory "Chervona Zirka", hence the club's name. The Soviet football team Chervona Zirka was formed in 1922. The club's professional football history however started in 1958 when it was admitted to the Class B competitions.

History[edit]

Newspaper article of 1911 about a game between the Sports Society Elvorti and the 1st Team of Male Gymnasium

The club traces its history back to the former Russian sports club Elvorti Yelizavetgrad that was founded in 1911 at the Elvorti Factory. The factory was later nationalized with establishment of the Soviet power and changed its name to "Chervona Zirka" (Red Star). After start of World War I and the Ukrainian-Soviet War, most sports events in the region were suspended and in 1917 the club dissolved. Sports competitions were resumed in Lyzavetghrad in 1921 that saw participation of a team.

Zirka Kropyvnytsky in 2016-17

In 1922, based on the former sports club Elvorti Yelizavetgrad were created two Soviet clubs Chervona Zirka and Chervony Profintern that participated in Soviet competition. Some of Zirka's club shields contain 1922 as the club's year of establishment. In 1928 Chervona Zirka changed its name to Metallist Zinovyevsk (Metalist Zinovyivsk) and in 1934 – Selmash Kirovo (Silmash Kirove). During the World War II the team was dissolved once again.

It was not revived until 1948 when by being a member of the former Volunteer Sports Society Selmash, it was reorganized as Traktor Kirovograd (Traktor Kirovohrad) and after 1953 – Torpedo.

In first post-War years 1946–47 Kirovograd (Kirovohrad) was represented in football competitions by a law enforcement team "Dynamo".

In 1958, the club was renamed into Zvezda Kirovograd (Zirka Kirovohrad) when it advanced to the professional level of Soviet competitions, the B Class. As Zirka the club existed until 2006 when it went bankrupt. In 1962 the club temporarily did not participate in Soviet competitions and Kirovohrad was once again represented by Dynamo. From 1993 to 1997 the club carried a name of its title sponsor NIBAS as Zirka-NIBAS. In 2007 the club was revived in amateur regional competitions. On July 15, 2008 the Professional Football League of Ukraine approved exchange names between Zirka and another club from Kirovohrad, FC Olimpik Kirovohrad, that competed at professional level to yield its place in the Ukrainian Second League.[2]

Previously, Zirka debuted at a top level for the 1994–95 season, where they finished 6th. In the 1999–2000 season they finished in last place and were relegated to the Ukrainian First League. They were promoted immediately as champions once again for the 2003–04 season, but finished in last place and were demoted again.

In July 2016, the name of Zirka's hometown was renamed to Kropyvnytskyi.[3] The next day the club announced it had changed its name to FC Zirka Kropyvnytskyi and its logo accordingly.[4]

Team names and crest[edit]

Emblem
2008–11
Emblem
Zirka-NIBAS
Emblem before 2008
Year Name Meaning
1922–27 Chervona Zirka Red Star
1928–35 Metalist Steeler
1935–40 Silmash portmanteau for Mechanised agriculture
1941–45 club was dissolved due to the World War II
1946-48 Dynamo
1949–51 Traktor Tractor
1951–57 Torpedo
1958–61 Zirka Star
1962 Dynamo
1963–93 Zirka Star
1993–97 Zirka-NIBAS Star-[NIBAS]
1998–present Zirka Star

Crest[edit]

Great coat of arms of Kropyvnytskyi

Current club's crest (logo) was adopted in 2012. In 2016 as part of decommunisation process, the club changed its city's name and year of establishment claiming its heritage of the previously existing team of British factory "Elvorti".

In 2008-2011 the club's crest contained the Red Star (the club's former name and the name of factory which owned the club) and most of elements of coat of arms of the city of Kropyvnytskyi.

Owners (sponsors)[edit]

  • 1911–1993: Elvorti factory (Chervona Zirka), Kirovohrad
  • 1993–1998: Agrarian company Nibas, Petropavlivka (Dnipropetrovsk Oblast)[5]
  • 1998–2011: City authorities, Kirovohrad[5]
  • 2011–present: Creative Industrial Group, Kropyvnytskyi

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2019[6][7]

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

No. Position Player
7 Ukraine MF Maksym Averyanov
9 Ukraine FW Danylo Kondrakov
10 Ukraine MF Ivan Rudnytskyi
14 Ukraine FW Mykhaylo Bozdaganyan
15 Ukraine MF Andriy Savitskyi
17 Ukraine MF Artem Syomka
23 Ukraine DF Oleksandr Matkobozhyk
24 Ukraine MF Kyrylo Pavliyk
29 Ukraine FW Maksym Pryadun
37 Ukraine MF Dmytro Nerubenko
No. Position Player
41 Ukraine GK Roman Lyopka
50 Ukraine DF Oleksandr Duhiyenko
74 Ukraine GK Mark Medvedyev
77 Ukraine MF Dmytro Kasimov
81 Ukraine FW Oleksandr Tarasyuk
85 Ukraine MF Mykyta Khodorchenko
90 Ukraine MF Ihor Lopushenko
93 Ukraine MF Stanislav Pisaryev
96 Ukraine GK Mykyta Zelenskyi
97 Ukraine DF Maksym Konovalenko

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

Coaches and administration[edit]

Administration[8] Coaching[9] (senior team) Coaching (U-21 and U-19 teams)

Honors[edit]

  • Cup of the Ukrainian SSR
    • Winner (3): 1953, 1973, 1975
  • Ukrainian First League
    • Winner (3): 1995, 2003, 2016
  • Ukrainian Second League
    • Winner (1): 2009

Football kits and sponsors[edit]

Years[10] Football kit Shirt sponsor
2003–2009 lotto/nike  –
2009–2013 nike/joma  –
2013–2014 joma  –
2014–present joma Carlsberg

League and cup history[edit]

Soviet competitions
The republican football competitions in Ukraine during the Soviet period is poorly documented, so there is little information available about the Zirka's competition record before 1958.


Ukrainian competitions


  Tier 1
  Tier 2
  Tier 3
  Tier 4
  Amateurs

Soviet Union[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1983 3rd
(Vtoraya Liga)
17 50 15 14 21 48 56 44
1984 8 24 8 7 9 31 29 23
18 14 5 4 5 23 20 14
1985 2 26 12 7 7 35 27 31
10 14 5 1 8 21 33 11
1986 10 26 9 4 13 28 51 22
21 14 7 1 6 20 28 15
1987 23 52 13 13 26 44 77 39
1988 23 50 13 15 22 39 60 41
1989 14 52 16 17 19 44 52 49 Relegated
1990 3rd (lower)
(Vtoraya Nizshaya Liga)
19 36 7 7 22 32 61 21 1/8 final
1991 25 50 12 13 25 55 90 37 1/4 final admitted to Ukrainian Second League

Ukraine (1992-2007)[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1992 3rd "B"
(Druha Liha)
4 16 8 3 5 35 24 19 Did not qualify
1992–93 4 34 16 9 9 50 33 41 132 finals
1993–94 3 42 25 7 10 60 41 57 132 finals Promoted
1994–95 2nd
(Persha Liha)
1 42 27 10 5 68 26 91 132 finals Promoted
1995–96 1st
(Vyshcha Liha)
6 34 14 8 12 37 33 50 116 finals
1996–97 10 30 11 3 16 31 55 36 18 finals
1997–98 11 30 9 6 15 27 48 33 116 finals
1998–99 11 30 9 7 14 31 40 34 Semi finals
1999-00 16 30 0 9 21 16 66 9 Semi finals Relegated
2000–01 2nd
(Persha Liha)
15 34 10 10 14 27 34 40 116 finals
2001–02 9 34 11 13 10 29 28 46 4th round
2002–03 1 34 22 5 7 45 22 71 116 finals Promoted
2003–04 1st
(Vyshcha Liha)
16 30 3 8 19 16 43 14[11] 132 finals Bankrupt
2004–05 3rd "B"[12]
(Druha Liha)
12 26 7 6 13 29 38 27 132 finals
2005–06 9 28 11 4 13 23 37 37 132 finals Bankrupt[13]
2007 4th
(Amatory)
2 8 4 1 3 12 12 13

After 2008[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
2007–08 3rd "B"
(Druha Liha)
as FC Olimpik Kirovohrad
2008–09 1 34 23 3 8 56 26 72 116 finals Promoted[14]
2009–10 2nd
(Persha Liha)
12 34 11 13 10 38 40 43 132 finals –3[15]
2010–11 12 34 12 7 15 43 44 43 132 finals
2011–12 11 34 13 5 16 53 49 44 116 finals
2012–13 8 34 14 10 10 46 37 52 132 finals
2013–14 6 30 12 8 10 36 34 44 116 finals
2014–15 4 30 14 7 9 42 27 49 116 finals
2015–16 1 30 20 5 5 49 22 65 18 finals Promoted
2016–17[16] 1st
(Premier League)
9 32 9 7 16 29 43 34 116 finals
2017–18[17] 10 32 7 10 15 22 40 31 116 finals Relegated[18]
2018–19 2nd 15 17 1 1 15 10 49 4 116 finals Withdrawn

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Samir Hasanov: "Zirka" will build its plans for the Ukrainian championship among amateurs (Самір Гасанов: "Зірка" буде будувати плани під чемпіонат України серед аматорів"). Footboom. 18 May 2019
  2. ^ The PFL of Ukraine Bureau decision No.2 (ПОСТАНОВА № 2 Бюро ПФЛ України). Professional Football League of Ukraine. 15 July 2008
  3. ^ Sweeping out Soviet past: Kirovohrad renamed Kropyvnytsky, UNIAN (14 July 2016)
  4. ^ (in Ukrainian) Official statement of FC "Zirka" to change the name of the city, FC Zirka Kropyvnytskyi official website (15 July 2016)
  5. ^ a b Zirka and other stars of the Kirovohrad region. FFU website.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-12. Retrieved 2016-08-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://pfl.ua/teams/52-zirka
  8. ^ Management
  9. ^ Coaches
  10. ^ Jerseys of Ukrainian clubs Archived September 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ PFL deducted 3 points for violations
  12. ^ The club sought administration and became solvent. Club requested to be relegated to the Ukrainian Second League
  13. ^ Club is bankrupt and is dissolved July 11, 2006
  14. ^ Club name changed to FC Zirka, the name of the team that has represented Kirovohrad historically
  15. ^ "PFL Disciplinary committee decision № 24" (PDF) (in Ukrainian). PFL. January 28, 2010. Retrieved March 11, 2010. Deducted 3 points for failure of payment to contracted players. (January 28, 2010)
  16. ^ Competition was played in two phases. Official final league standings are cumulative from both phases. Zirka 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.
  17. ^ Competition was played in two phases. Official final league standings are cumulative from both phases. Zirka competed in the Relegation Group in Phase II.
    Fussball, Fedya (13 June 2018). "Ukrainian Premier League 2017/18". Rsssf.
  18. ^ Lost 1–5 to Desna Chernihiv in playoffs

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