Klasychne derby

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Klasychne derby
Матч Динамо Шахтар.jpg
An Ukrainian classico clash in 2009
Other namesUkrainian derby
TeamsDynamo Kyiv
Shakhtar Donetsk
Latest meetingShakhtar 1–2 Dynamo
Super Cup
(28 July 2019)
Next meetingShakhtar v Dynamo
Ukrainian Premier League
(10 August 2019)
StadiumsOlympiyskiy NSC (Dynamo)
OSC Metalist[a] (Shakhtar)
Meetings total185
Most winsDomestic league: Dynamo (65)
Domestic cup: Shakhtar (10)
Other domestic tourneys: Dynamo (14)
International cup: Shakhtar (1)
Total wins: Dynamo (86)
Regular season series143
Largest victoryShakhtar 6–0 Dynamo
Soviet Top League
(26 July 1950)

Klasychne derby (Ukrainian: Класичне, as Classico), or the Ukrainian football rivalry is the football match between the two top Ukrainian clubs FC Dynamo Kyiv and FC Shakhtar Donetsk. The game between those two clubs is a focal point of each football season in Ukraine.

Dynamo and Shakhtar were the top Ukrainian clubs since introduction of the Soviet professional football competitions in 1936. They played against each other since 1938 and the rivalry between them two grew into the Ukrainian national rivalry only sometime after 1996 since the teams were two main contenders for the national title.

From 1981 to 1996, a rivalry between Dynamo Kyiv and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk was dominant. At that time Dnipro, that returned to the Soviet Top League in 1981, won two Soviet titles in the 1980s and almost became a Ukrainian champion in the 1992-93 season.

During the times of the Soviet Union, the Ukrainian rivalry was overshadowed by the rivalry between Dynamo Kiev and Spartak Moscow (see Spartak Moscow–Dynamo Kyiv derby) that has developed sometime in 1960s.

Formation of the derby[edit]

Locations of the two teams

Soviet Union[edit]

Cover of the Soviet Union. Opening day of the 1960 Soviet Top League season.

The two clubs first met back in 1938 in Kyiv in the Soviet Top League with Dynamo winning it 2-0. At the time, Dynamo Kyiv was the main representative of Ukraine in the Soviet League, while Shakhtar initially had some difficulties to secure their place there. The Donetsk team, however, was considered to be the main representative of the Ukrainian SSR other than Dynamo, representing the most industrialized and heavily urbanized Donbass region in the eastern part of Ukraine. In a few occasions Shakhtar even managed to place higher than the Dynamo's "Capitals" in League, but for the most of the time Dynamo had more success head-to-head. Their meetings were not as popular in the Soviet League outside of Ukraine as the Moscow - Kyiv face off particularly between Dynamo and Spartak.


The 1990's: Dynamo's dominance[edit]

The trend of Dynamo's total dominance continued well after the establishment of the Ukrainian Vyshcha Liha (which eventually became the Ukrainian Premier League). For several seasons Shakhtar was not even among the main contenders for the league title, which was often contested by either Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk or Chornomorets Odessa. Dynamo won every single league title in the 1990's except one, when SC Tavriya Simferopol managed to pull off an upset, winning the inaugural Ukrainian league season, with Dynamo taking the silver medals, and Shakhtar finishing fourth.

In 1996, Rinat Akhmetov became Shakhtar's president and started investing heavily into the club. Shakhtar became relevant again, placing 2nd in 1996-97, and not finishing below 2nd place in the league ever since. In an interview to Vatsko Live (Russian: Вацко Live), former Shakhtar player Andriy Vorobey said that at least since 1997 it was cultivated at Shakhtar that Dynamo is not just an opponent, but rather the enemy.[1]

The 2000's: rise of Shakhtar[edit]

It was not until the early 2000's when this fixture obtained the status of a true "derby". In the first years of the decade, Dynamo were still riding the wave of their late 1990's success, when they reached the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals and semifinals in consecutive seasons. After the death of their legendary manager Valeriy Lobanovskiy in 2002, Dynamo's success in the European and Ukrainian competitions began to decline. This coincided with the continued rise of Shakhtar, who won their first Ukrainian league title in 2001-02, which took the rivalry between the two clubs to a whole new level. In the 2008-09 season, the Ukrainian derby was contested in European competition for the first time. Shakhtar defeated Dynamo in a 2008-09 UEFA Cup semi-final and then became the first side in the sovereign Ukraine era to win a European competition.

The 2010's[edit]

During the 2015-16 Ukrainian Premier League, on 16 October, Shakhtar Donetsk beat FC Dynamo Kiev 0-3 in Kiev and set two new records. One record was that for the first time during a Ukrainian derby game in Kiev a team scored three goals. The other record was that for the first time Shakhtar had more Ukrainian derby victories, 26, than Dynamo.[2] On 1 May 2016, in the second Premier League match between them at Arena Lviv, Shakhtar won 3-0 again, making it the first time when Dynamo loses two derby matches one after another with a margin of 3 goals or more. Despite of that, Dynamo became the champions that season.[3]


current main arenas

As of recently current arenas for Dynamo is Olympiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, while for Shakhtar is Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv. At Olympiskyi stadium as its home field, Dynamo plays since 1951. Shakhtar on the other hand for the longest (1938–2001) played at his older Central Stadium "Shakhtar" (Shakhtar Stadium). In 2008 Shakhtar built new modern stadium Donbass Arena of UEFA elite class, but was forced to leave the city in 2014 due to disorders in East Ukraine and eventual occupation of Donetsk by the paramilitary forces in form of people's republics.


Record of wins[edit]

Number of wins for both clubs

Fans of Dynamo Kyiv
Scenes from 2011 Derby game in Kyiv

As of 28 July 2019

Dynamo Kyiv Competition[4] Shakhtar Donetsk
24 Ukrainian Premier League 20
5 Ukrainian Cup 9
7 Ukrainian Super Cup 5
36 Aggregate 34
Soviet Union
41 Soviet Top League 15
2 Soviet Cup 1
2 Soviet Super Cup
1 USSR Federation Cup 3
4 Cup of the UkrSSR
50 Aggregate 19
European and Worldwide
UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup 1
Aggregate 1
86 Total Aggregate 54


Number of titles for both clubs

Dynamo Kyiv Competition Shakhtar Donetsk
15 Ukrainian Premier League 12
11 Ukrainian Cup 13
8 Ukrainian Super Cup 8
34 Aggregate 33
Soviet Union
13 Soviet Top League
9 Soviet Cup 4
3 Soviet Super Cup 1
7 Cup of the UkrSSR
32 Aggregate 5
European and Worldwide
2 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup 1
1 UEFA Super Cup
3 Aggregate 1
69 Total Aggregate 39

Year-by-year league's standings[edit]

The table lists the place each team took in each of the seasons.

1992 92/93 93/94 94/95 95/96 96/97 97/98 98/99 99/00 00/01 01/02 02/03 03/04 04/05 05/06 06/07 07/08 08/09 09/10 10/11 11/12 12/13 13/14 14/15 15/16 16/17 17/18 18/19
Teams 20 16 18 18 18 16 16 16 16 14 14 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 14 14 12 12 12
Dynamo Kyiv 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 3 4 1 1 2 2 2
Shakhtar Donetsk 4 4 2 4 10 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1

Top goalscorers[edit]

  • Players in bold are still active
  • In parenthesis are goals scored from penalty kicks
  • Included players who scored at least six goals in games between Dynamo–Shakhtar

As of 3 August 2018[5]

Player Club Domestic League Domestic Cup Super Cup Other Europe Total
Oleh Blokhin Dynamo 11 (1) 3 1 15
Artem Milevskiy Dynamo 4 1 3 8
Vitaliy Khmelnytskyi Shakhtar (2) / Dynamo (5) 7 7
Alex Teixeira Shakhtar 5 2 7
Andriy Biba Dynamo 7 (1) 7
Diogo Rincón Dynamo 5 (1) 2 7
Anatoliy Byshovets Dynamo 6 6
Ihor Belanov Dynamo 6 6
Serhiy Rebrov Shakhtar (1) / Dynamo (5) 6 6
Andriy Shevchenko Dynamo 6 6
Andriy Vorobey Shakhtar 4 2 6
Luiz Adriano Shakhtar 4 2 6
Eduardo Shakhtar 3 3 6
Jádson Shakhtar 5 (1) 1 6
Andriy Yarmolenko Dynamo 5 (1) 1 6
Oleh Husyev Dynamo 3 (2) 1 2 (1) 6
  • Own goals – Mykola Krasyuk (Shakhtar), Abram Lerman (Dynamo), Oleksandr Pollak (Shakhtar), Oleksiy Drozdenko (Shakhtar), Anatoliy Konkov (Dynamo), Dmytro Chygrynskiy (Shakhtar), Serhiy Fedorov (Dynamo), Goran Gavrančić (Dynamo), Adrian Pukanych (Shakhtar), Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo, 2), Davit Khocholava (Shakhtar), Oleksandr Kucher (Shakhtar)
  • Hat-tricks – Volodymyr Bohdanovych (Dynamo), Valeriy Yaremchenko (Shakhtar), Ihor Petrov (Shakhtar), Ihor Belanov (Dynamo)
  • Both teams – Viktor Fomin, Vitaliy Khmelnytskyi, Oleh Bazylevych, Serhiy Rebrov

Crossing the divide[edit]

Junior Moraes (in 2018)
Oleksandr Karavayev (in black uniform, 2015)

Soviet Union[edit]

In bold are players who transferred directly from one club to the other.

Shakhtar then Dynamo
Dynamo then Shakhtar


Since Ukrainian independence, there had been only three direct transfer moves in each direction (Dynamo to Shakhtar, Shakhtar to Dynamo).[6] Most of the direct transfers, however, took place in 1990's, when the rivalry between the clubs was virtually non-existent.

In bold are players who transferred directly from one club to the other.

Shakhtar then Dynamo
Dynamo then Shakhtar


  1. ^ Shakhtar is forced to play away from home due to the 2014 Russian invasion of Ukraine.


  1. ^ Vorobey: Dynamo is rather the enemy than the main opponent (Воробей: Динамо – скорее враг, чем принципиальный соперник). UA-Football. 7 May 2018
  2. ^ http://www.ua-football.com/ukrainian/high/1445016829-shahter-ustanavlivaet-rekord-klassicheskogo-i-obhodit-dinamo.html
  3. ^ Динамо вперше в історії програє Шахтарю два матчі поспіль з великим рахунком [For the first time in the history Dynamo loses to Shakhtar two matches one after another with a big score] (in Ukrainian). ua-football.com. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Динамо" - "Шахтар". Статистика всеукраїнського дербі (in Ukrainian)
  5. ^ Before the 173rd Klasychne. Statistical details of the great rivalry (Напередодні 173-го Класичного. Статистичні деталі великого протистояння). Football 24. 20 April 2017
  6. ^ Not only Moraes. All transfer cases from Dynamo to Shakhtar during the years of independence (Не Мораешем единым. Все случаи переходов из Динамо в Шахтер за годы Независимости). UA-Football. 18 June 2018

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