FC Metalist Kharkiv


FC Metalist Kharkiv
Metalist Kharkiv
FC Metalist Kharkiv logo
Full name Football Club Metalist Kharkiv
Nickname(s) Zhovto-Syni (Yellow-Blues)
Founded 1925
Ground Metalist Stadium
(Capacity: 38,633)
Chairman Oleksandr Yaroslavsky
Manager Myron Markevych
League Ukrainian Premier League
2010–11 3rd
Home colours
Away colours

FC Metalist Kharkiv (Ukrainian: ФК «Металіст» Харків) is a Ukrainian professional football club based in Kharkiv. It competes in the Ukrainian Premier League, the highest football level in the country. Founded in 1925, the team worked its way up the rungs of the Soviet football system, eventually being promoted to the Soviet Top League in 1960. After a rough period which included relegation, Metalist was promoted to the Top League again in 1982, where it remained until the league's dissolution. The team has won the Soviet Cup once, and were runners-up once. They have also won the bronze title of the Ukrainian Premier League five times in a row, starting in the 2006–07 season.

Metalist's home is the 38,633 capacity multi-use Metalist Stadium. The stadium was originally built in 1926. Recently, it was reconstructed to host Euro 2012 football matches to reach its current capacity.

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History

USSR competitions

The team has played under the following names: KhPZ (1936–1946), Dzerzhinets (1947–1956), Avangard (1956–1965), Metallist (1965–1991) and FC Metalist (since 1992). FC Metalist Kharkiv was initially founded in 1925, when a local train construction facility (KhPZ) provided funding and allowed use of its territory to start a football club. Ten years later, the club won the city of Kharkiv championship, which allowed the club to enter the USSR Cup in the following season. Following World War II, the club resumed its play in local competitions, promoting itself to the Soviet Second League B in 1947 only to be demoted three seasons later.

In 1956, Metalist returned to the Soviet Second League B and would be promoted at first to Soviet First League in 1958 later to the Soviet Top League in 1960. She stayed in Top League for 4 seasons and demoted to First League in 1963. She continued her decline and demoted to Second League. In 1978, the club was promoted to the Soviet First League and two years later, the club finished third in the competition barely missing promotion to the top flight. The following season, the club improved on their previous performance and won the Soviet First League outright to earn a spot in Soviet Top League. The club would appear in the remaining 10 seasons of the Soviet Top League with several successes on the domestic front. In 1983, Metalist was the runner-up in the USSR Cup (losing 1–0 to Shakhtar Donetsk) and a few years later in 1988 would win the cup, beating Torpedo Moscow by a score of 2–0. As a result, Metalist Kharkiv earned a trip to the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Metalist would only advance to the 1/16 finals of the competition, beating Yugoslavian side Borac Banja Luka and losing to the Dutch club Roda JC.

Ukrainian Premier League

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the formation of an independent Ukraine, Metalist would take part in the premier season of the Ukrainian Premier League in 1992. That season, Metalist took 5th place, an achievement it would never top until the 2006–07 season, finishing in 5th place three more times since, the most notable coming during the 2001–02 season. The club finished with 40 points, on par with FC Metalurh Zaporizhzhya and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk for a three-way tie. Metalist was expected to take 4th place (and subsequently compete in the UEFA Cup) by virtue of having the best three-way head-to-head record among the three teams (which is the official tie-breaker to be used in domestic competitions), but following a protest by FC Metalurh Zaporizhzhya and an arbitrary decision by PFL (the administrative body of the UPL), FC Metalurh Zaporizhzhya was awarded 4th place on grounds that they had better head-to-head records independently against either side.[1] Following unsuccessful protests from Metalist, a disheartened management, team and fan base would see the club finish last the following season and earning a demotion to the Ukrainian First League. However, the club would return to the UPL after one season and following a financial crisis and a takeover of the club by UkrSibbank co-owner Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, steady investment would see Metalist show improvement and balanced performance.

European Competitions

In the 2006–07 season, Metalist finished third place in the league, qualifying for the UEFA Cup 2007–08, for their second appearance in a UEFA competition. They were drawn against English club Everton. The first leg, away at Goodison Park, ended in a 1–1 draw. Everton won the second leg 3–2, eliminating Metalist.

Metalist's next European competition was the UEFA Cup 2008–09 season. Metalist beat Beşiktaş 4–2 on aggregate in the first round to qualify for the group stage. Here they were grouped with Galatasaray, Olympiacos, Hertha Berlin, and Benfica. Metalist finished top of the group, beating Galatasaray, Olympiacos, and Benfica, and drawing 0–0 with Hertha. In the Round of 32 Metalist defeated Italian club Sampdoria 3–0 on aggregrate, setting up for an all-Ukrainian Round of 16 tie versus Dynamo Kyiv. After losing in Kiev 1–0, Metalist won the return leg to win the match 3–2, but were eliminated on the away goals rule.

Stadium

As Metalist Stadium is scheduled to be one of the venues for Euro 2012, the management decided to reconstruct and expand the arena and turn it into a modern recreational and leisure facility. Capacity of the stadium has been increased by 13,000, with final capacity is 41,411. Restoration works commenced in the fall of 2006 and had been finished by the end of 2009. In May 2008, Metalist Arena was the venue for 2008 Ukrainian Cup Final, this is the first and so far only occasion that the Cup has traveled away from Kiev.

Sponsors

The main sponsor is DCH – Development Construction Holding, the club technical sponsor is Adidas.

Honours and achievements

Ukraine

Ukrainian Premier League

  • Third placed: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11

Ukrainian Cup

  • Runners-up: 1992

USSR

USSR Cup

  • Winners: 1988
  • Runners-up: 1983

USSR Super Cup

  • Runners-up: 1988

USSR Federation Cup

  • Runners-up: 1987

Players

Current squad

As of August 2, 2011:[2] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Ukraine GK Maksym Startsev
2 Ukraine DF Oleksandr Romanchuk
3 Argentina DF Cristian Villagra
4 Ukraine DF Andriy Berezovchuk
5 Ukraine MF Oleh Shelayev
6 Argentina DF Marco Torsiglieri (on loan from Sporting CP)
7 Ukraine MF Serhiy Valyayev
8 Ukraine MF Edmar
9 Ukraine FW Andriy Vorobey
10 Brazil MF Cleiton Xavier (captain)
11 Argentina MF José Ernesto Sosa
15 Brazil DF Fininho
17 Ukraine DF Serhiy Pshenychnykh
18 Ukraine MF Dmytro Yeremenko
19 Argentina MF Juan Manuel Torres
No. Position Player
21 Argentina FW Jonathan Cristaldo
22 Serbia DF Milan Obradović (vice-captain)
23 Argentina MF Sebastián Blanco
24 Ukraine FW Yevhen Budnik
27 Ukraine MF Yurіy Chonka
29 Ukraine GK Oleksandr Goryainov
30 Senegal DF Papa Gueye
33 Ukraine FW Marko Devich
37 Moldova DF Vitalie Bordian
71 Russia MF Sergei Tkachyov
77 Brazil FW Taison
80 Slovakia DF Lukáš Štetina
81 Ukraine GK Vladimir Dišljenković
99 Ukraine MF Artem Radchenko

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Ukraine MF Vyacheslav Sharpar (on loan to Volyn Lutsk)
Ukraine MF Anton Postupalenko (on loan to Stal Alchevsk)
No. Position Player
Ukraine FW Volodymyr Lysenko (on loan to Kryvbas)

Former players

  • For all Metalist Kharkiv players with a Wikipedia article see Category:FC Metalist Kharkiv players.

Player records

[3] [4]

Top goalscorers

# Name Years League Cup Europe Other Total
1 Soviet Union Nikolai Korolyov 1956-1966, 1969 82 4 - - 86
2 Soviet Union Yuri Tarasov 1983-1994 61 11 2 10 84
3 Soviet Union Vladimir Linke 1976-1985
1994-1996
77 4 - - 81
4 Soviet Union Nodar Bachiashvili 1978-1982 67 1 - - 68
5 Ukraine Marko Devich 2006-н.в. 54 3 3 - 60
6 Soviet Union Yuri Tsymbalyuk 1973-1977, 1981 52 4 - - 56
7 Ukraine Oleksandr Karabuta 1992-2000 46 5 - - 51
8 Soviet Union Stanislav Bernikov 1977-1983 37 4 - - 41
9 Soviet Union Sergey Melko 1974-1975
1978-1982
38 2 - - 40
10 Soviet Union Stanislav Kostuyk 1960-1966 36 - - - 36
10 Soviet Union Aleksandr Prizetko 1988-1993
2004-2005
30 5 - 1 36
10 Brazil Jajá 2008-2010 30 2 4 - 36
  • Other - National Super Cup & USSR Federation Cup

Most appearances

# Name Years League Cup Europe Other Total
1 Ukraine Oleksandr Horyainov 1993-1995
1997-2003
2005-н.в.
372 27 16 - 415
2 Soviet Union Vladimir Linke 1976-1985
1994-1996
351 25 - - 376
3 Soviet Union Nikolai Korolyov 1956-1966
1969
353 8 - - 361
4 Soviet Union Ivan Panchishin 1985-1994
1996-1997
282 35 4 18 339
5 Soviet Union Yuri Sivuha 1976
1979-1988
268 38 2 13 321
6 Soviet Union Evgeniy Panfilov 1958-1969 312 8 - - 320
7 Soviet Union Yuri Tarasov 1983-1994 234 25 4 16 279
8 Soviet Union Aleksandr Savchenko 1965-1973 260 15 - - 275
9 Soviet Union Viktor Suslo 1981-1984
1986-1990
232 24 3 14 273
10 Soviet Union Viktor Aristov 1967-1973 254 16 - - 270
  • Other - National Super Cup & USSR Federation Cup

Former coaches

  • Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Adam Bem (1947–48)
  • Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Ivan Zolotukhin (1957–58)
  • Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Vitaliy Zub (1959)
  • Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Oleksandr Ponomaryov (1960–61)
  • Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Vitaliy Zub (1962)
  • Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Viktor Zhilin (1962–63)
  • Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Viktor Novikov (1963–64)
  • Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Yevhen Eliseev (1965–66)
  • Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Viktor Kanevski (1966–71)
  • Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Vitaliy Zub (1974–75)

League and Cup history

Soviet Union

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1978 3rd 1 44 29 12 3 66 20 70 Promoted
Champions Ukraine
1979 2nd 7 46 19 10 17 43 47 48 Group stage
1980 2nd 3 46 24 12 10 76 40 60 Group stage
1981 2nd 1 46 25 12 9 68 33 62 Group stage Promoted
1982 1st 12 34 10 11 13 32 34 30 Group stage
1983 1st 11 34 12 8 14 38 40 32 Finalist
1984 1st 12 34 12 5 17 42 53 29 1/8
1985 1st 10 34 12 7 15 39 55 31 1/16
1986 1st 12 30 9 9 12 21 25 27 1/16
1987 1st 11 30 10 7 13 23 32 27 1/4
1988 1st 11 30 8 10 12 29 36 26 Winner
1989 1st 7 30 10 10 10 30 33 30 1/8 CW 2nd Round First international participation
1990 1st 11 24 5 8 11 13 28 18 1/4
1991 1st 15 30 8 9 13 32 43 25 1/16 Joined Ukrainian Supreme League

Ukraine

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1992 1st 6 18 8 5 5 21 16 21 Runner-up quit Soviet Cup[5]
1992–93 1st 5 30 12 7 11 37 34 31 1/2 finals
1993–94 1st 18 34 6 8 20 22 63 20 1/16 finals Relegated
1994–95 2nd 10 42 17 9 16 48 44 60 Second round
1995–96 2nd 19 42 10 9 23 40 54 39 1/32 finals
1996–97 2nd 12 46 18 9 19 55 53 63 Second round
1997–98 2nd 3 42 26 11 5 74 29 89 1/16 finals Promoted
1998–99 1st 6 30 14 5 11 31 32 47 1/4 finals
1999-00 1st 5 30 12 8 10 41 35 44 1/16 finals
2000–01 1st 9 26 8 7 11 27 37 31 1/8 finals
2001–02 1st 5 26 11 7 8 35 36 40 1/4 finals
2002–03 1st 16 30 6 5 19 19 43 23 1/16 finals Relegated
2003–04 2nd 2 34 19 9 6 51 24 66 1/16 finals Promoted
2004–05 1st 11 30 9 7 14 25 37 34 1/16 finals
2005–06 1st 5 30 12 7 11 35 42 43 1/8 finals
2006–07 1st 3 30 18 7 5 40 20 61 1/2 finals
2007–08 1st 3 30 19 6 5 50 27 63 1/8 finals UC 1st Round
2008–09 1st 3 30 17 8 5 44 25 59 1/2 finals UC Round of 16
2009–10 1st 3 30 19 5 6 49 23 62 1/8 finals EL Play-off Round
2010–11 1st 3 30 18 6 6 58 26 60 1/16 finals EL Round of 32
2011–12 1/8 finals EL Group G

Metalist in Europe

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
1988–89 Cup Winners' Cup 1 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Borac Banja Luka 4–0 0–2
2 Netherlands Roda JC 0–0 0–1
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1 England Everton 2–3 1–1
2008–09 UEFA Cup Play-off Turkey Beşiktaş J.K. 4–1 0–1
Group Germany Hertha BSC 0–0
Turkey Galatasaray 1–0
Greece Olympiacos 1–0
Portugal Benfica 1–0
1/16 Italy Sampdoria 2–0 1–0
1/8 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 3–2 0–1
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 3Q Croatia Rijeka 2–0 2–1
Play-off Austria Sturm Graz 0–1 1–1
2010–11 UEFA Europa League Play-off Cyprus Omonia 2–2 1–0
Group Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–2 0–0
Italy Sampdoria 2–1 0–0
Hungary Debrecen 2–1 5–0
1/16 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 0–4 0–2
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off France Sochaux 0–0 4–0
Group Netherlands AZ Alkmaar 1-1
Austria Austria Vienna 2–1
Sweden Malmö FF 4-1

See also

References

Notes
  1. ^ "Ukraine 2001/02". RSSSF. http://rsssf.com/tableso/oekr02.html. Retrieved May 30, 2007. 
  2. ^ FC Metalist Kharkiv squad
  3. ^ Metalist-Kh-stat.net
  4. ^ Metalist-Kh-stat.net
  5. ^ Forfeited its quarterfinal game with FC Lokomotiv Moscow on March 25 and along with the two other Ukrainian clubs quit the competition

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