Soviet Super Cup

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Soviet Super Cup
Founded1977 (introduced)
RegionSoviet Union
Number of teams2
Current championsdefunct
Most successful club(s)Dynamo Kyiv
(3 titles)

The USSR Super Cup, or Season's Cup (Russian: Кубок сезона) was an exhibition game (or game series) that featured the winners of the previous season's Soviet Top League and USSR Cup in a one- or two-legged playoff for the trophy.

History[edit]

The mini-tournament was conducted on the initiative of the Komsomolskaya Pravda editor's administration out of Moscow. The tournament was unofficial and never was part of the Football Federation of the Soviet Union. It was played seven times in the last 15 years of Soviet football. It was not until 1983 that the Super Cup was played every year. The Super Cup was made to take place during midseason and further complicated clubs' schedules.

In 1987, with Spartak Moscow winning league honors and Dynamo Kyiv winning the USSR Cup, the Super Cup match was scheduled to take place in Chişinău, Moldova. However, the match never took place because of inadequate facilities in Chişinău. The last USSR Super Cup took place in Sochi, Russia, where the match was played in front of 1,500 fans.

Finals by year[edit]

1977 Season's Cup

Dinamo Moscow1 – 0Dinamo Kiev
Minayev Goal 54' Report
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: G.Bakanidze (Tbilisi)

1981 Season's Cup


1984 Season's Cup, consisted out of two games

Shakhter Donetsk2 – 1Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk
Vyshnevsky Goal 54' (o.g.)
Morozov Goal 54'
Report Litovchenko Goal 40'
Attendance: 32,840
Referee: V.Butenko (Moscow)

Shakhtar won the Cup play-off 3-2


1985 Season's Cup, consisted out of two games

Zenit Leningrad2 – 1Dinamo Moscow
Pozdnyakov Goal 33' (o.g.)
Gerasimov Goal 71'
Report Ataulin Goal 5'
Attendance: 31,000
Dinamo Moscow0 – 1Zenit Leningrad
Report Melnikov Goal 20'
Attendance: 12,200

Zenit won the Cup play-off 3-1


1986 USSR Super Cup


1987 USSR Super Cup


1988 USSR Super Cup


1989 USSR Super Cup

Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk1 – 1 (a.e.t.)Metallist Kharkov
Shakhov Goal 64' (pen)
Son Goal 97'
Lyuty Goal 103'
Report Adzhoyev Goal 62'
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: A.Kirillov (Moscow)

Winners by year[edit]

Year Location Winner Score Runner-up
1977 Tbilisi,  Georgia Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Dynamo Moscow
(qualified as cup winner)
1 – 0 Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Dynamo Kyiv
(qualified as league winner)
1981 Simferopol,  Ukraine Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Dynamo Kyiv
(qualified as league winner)
1 – 1 (aet)
5 – 4 (penalties)
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Shakhtar Donetsk
(qualified as cup winner)
1984 Leg 1: Donetsk,  Ukraine
Leg 2: Dnipropetrovsk,  Ukraine
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Shakhtar Donetsk
(qualified as cup winner)
Leg 1: 2 – 1
Leg 2: 1 – 1
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
(qualified as league winner)
1985 Leg 1: Leningrad,  Russia
Leg 2: Moscow,  Russia
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Zenit Leningrad
(qualified as league winner)
Leg 1: 2 – 1
Leg 2: 1 – 0
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Dynamo Moscow
(qualified as cup winner)
1986 Kiev,  Ukraine Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Dynamo Kyiv
(qualified as league winner)
2 – 2 (aet)
3 – 1 (penalties)
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Shakhtar Donetsk
(qualified as losing cup finalist)
1987 Moscow,  Russia Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Dynamo Kyiv
(qualified as league winner)
1 – 1 (aet)
5 – 4 (penalties)
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Torpedo Moscow
(qualified as cup winner)
1988 Chisinau,  Moldavia ppd
1989 Sochi,  Russia Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
(qualified as league winner)
3 – 1 (aet) Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Metalist Kharkiv
(qualified as cup winner)

Performance by club[edit]

Club Republic Winners Runners-Up Years Won
Dynamo Kyiv UKR 3 1 1981, 1986, 1987
Shakhtar Donetsk UKR 1 2 1984
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk UKR 1 1 1988
Dynamo Moscow RUS 1 1 1977
Zenit Leningrad RUS 1 0 1985
Metalist Kharkiv UKR 0 1
Torpedo Moscow RUS 0 1

Performance by republic[edit]

Republic Winners Runners-Up Winning Clubs
 Ukrainian SSR 5 5 Dynamo Kyiv (3), Shakhtar Donetsk (1), Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (1)
 Russian SFSR 2 2 Dynamo Moscow (1), Zenit Leningrad (1)

See also[edit]

National super cups of former Soviet republics:

References[edit]