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FC Dinamo Minsk (Belarusian: ФК Дынама Мінск, FK Dynama Minsk; Russian: ФК Динамо Минск) is a professional football club based in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk.

Dinamo Minsk
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Full nameFootball Club Dinamo Minsk
Founded18 June 1927; 91 years ago (1927-06-18)
GroundDinamo Stadium, Minsk
Capacity22,000
ChairmanSergei Chizh
ManagerRoman Pylypchuk
LeagueBelarusian Premier League
20183rd
WebsiteClub website

It was founded in 1927 as part of the Soviet Dinamo Sports Society, and was the only club from the Byelorussian SSR that competed in the Soviet Top League, playing 39 of the 54 seasons, and winning the title in 1982. Since the independence of Belarus the club participates in the Belarusian Premier League, having won 7 league titles and 3 Belarusian Cups.

Dinamo plays its home games in the 16,500 capacity Traktor Stadium. Dinamo is the second Belarusian team, after BATE Borisov to reach UEFA Europa League group stages (2014–15 and 2015–16).

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HistoryEdit

Soviet UnionEdit

Dinamo Minsk was founded in 1927 as a part of the Soviet Dinamo Sports Society. They spent some of their history in the lower leagues of the Soviet Union, but in 1940, they promoted in the Soviet Top League, becoming the first and only Belarusian team to compete in the Soviet top division. They relegated to second level in 1952, but immediately returned top level at next year. In 1954, they finished a third place, their best performance in the top flight to date, and were dissolved, being re-founded as Spartak Minsk, only to be renamed in Belarus Minsk in 1959, in honor of the Soviet republic in the national championship. However, in 1962, they return to the original name of Dinamo Minsk. They relegated again from top level in 1955 and in 1957. They played top level again in 1960 season. They relegated again in 1973 and returned to top level in 1975 season. But they relegated immediately in 1976. They returned top level after 2-year.

In 1982, Dinamo Minsk won the Soviet championship for the first and only time in their history. The following year saw them debuting in the European Cup against Grasshopper of Switzerland. They reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup after eliminating Grasshoppers and Győri ETO of Hungary, only to be eliminated by Dinamo Bucureşti. In 1984–85 season, Dinamo Minsk reached the quarter-finals of UEFA Cup after beating HJK Helsinki, Sporting CP and Widzew Łódź, but were eventually stopped by Željezničar Sarajevo. 1988 saw Dinamo Minsk up to a new European performance, the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, passing through Gençlerbirliği and Real Sociedad, but being eliminated by KV Mechelen.

Dinamo Minsk also participated in Belarusian SSR league. Since mid-50s their appearances were only sporadic and they were represented by youth teams in later seasons. They have won the championship 7 times.

BelarusEdit

Dinamo Minsk won the inaugural season of the Belarusian Premier League in 1992. They become the top team in the new Belarusian championship and won 5 league titles until 1995, making only one appearance in the UEFA Champions League, in 1993. However, after a title in 1997, Dinamo Minsk last won the championship in 2004. The 2000s saw Dinamo Minsk failing to secure any league title in the battle against BATE Borisov, thus finishing on lower places, mostly second.

In 2014, Dinamo Minsk beat MYPA, CFR Cluj and Nacional to be drawn in Group K of Europa League, along with Italian side Fiorentina, French team Guingamp and Greek side PAOK, becoming the second team, after BATE Borisov, to reach group stages of Europa League. Dinamo finished at the bottom with four points, after a draw with Guingamp and a historical 2–1 victory over Fiorentina.

Name historyEdit

  • 1927, club founded as Dinamo Minsk
  • 1954, re-founded as Spartak Minsk
  • 1959, renamed to Belarus Minsk
  • 1962, renamed to Dinamo Minsk

Supporters and RivalriesEdit

Dinamo Minsk is one of the most popular teams in Belarus. Among ultras groups, the largest is called Blue White Will. Fans of Dinamo Minsk are friends with Dinamo Brest fans.

The ultras of Dinamo Minsk are famous for their right-wing political orientation and there have been several riots, clashes with the police forces and chants against the Belarusian authoritarian regime, led by long-time President Alexander Lukashenko.

Their political views as well as geographic proximity and contest for dominance of the city make them huge rivals with neighbours Partizan Minsk, whose fans tend to be strongly left-wing.[1][1] Dinamo Minsk also has a big rivalry with BATE Borisov from the city of Barysaw.[2]

HonoursEdit

  Belarus

Belarusian Premier League

Belarusian Cup

Season Cup

  • Winners: 1994

  Soviet Union

Soviet Top League

Soviet Cup

Federation Cup

  • Runners-up: 1989

Soviet First League:

  • Winners: 1953, 1956
  • Runners-up: 1951, 1975
  • 3rd place: 1974, 1978

  Belarusian SSR League

  • Winners: 1937, 1938, 1939, 1945, 1951, 1953, 1956, 1975
  • Runners-up: 1934, 1935, 1946, 1952, 1977
  • 3rd place:1940, 1947

Belarusian SSR Cup

  • Winners: 1936, 1940
  • Runners-up: 1945

Current squadEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Role
  Roman Pylypchuk Head Coach
  Denis Popov Assistant Coach
  Syarhey Amelyanchuk Assistant Coach
  Vital Bulyga Head of the team
  Alyaksandr Martseshkin Goalkeeping Coach

ReservesEdit

There has been several teams that served as Dinamo Minsk official reserve or farm clubs.

Notable managersEdit

League historyEdit

  Belarus

Season Level Pld W D L Goals Points Pos Domestic Cup
1992 1st 15 11 3 1 38–7 25 1 (16) Winner
1992–93 1st 32 26 5 1 90–25 57 1 (17) Semi-finals
1993–94 1st 30 24 4 2 76–20 52 1 (16) Winner
1994–95 1st 30 20 8 2 83–24 48 1 (16) Round of 16
1995 (autumn) 1st 15 12 2 1 42–13 38 1 (16) Round of 16
1996 1st 30 23 6 1 83–20 75 2 (16) Finals
1997 1st 30 21 7 2 74–24 70 1 (16) Semi-finals
1998 1st 28 11 6 11 39–38 39 8 (15) Finals
1999 1st 30 14 9 7 51–30 51 6 (16) Round of 16
2000 1st 30 19 5 6 49–21 62 3 (16) Round of 16
2001 1st 26 16 5 5 52–21 53 2 (14) Semi-finals
2002 1st 26 12 6 8 44–28 42 7 (14) Quarter-finals
2003 1st 30 20 4 6 62–24 64 3 (16) Winner
2004 1st 30 24 3 3 64–18 75 1 (16) Quarter-finals
2005 1st 26 15 5 6 50–26 50 2 (14) Round of 16
2006 1st 26 15 7 4 44–22 52 2 (14) Quarter-finals
2007 1st 26 8 11 7 27–28 35 9 (14) Quarter-finals
2008 1st 30 19 5 6 49–29 62 2 (16) Semi-finals
2009 1st 26 14 8 4 38–18 50 2 (14) Round of 16
2010 1st 33 17 5 11 49–34 56 4 (12) Quarter-finals
2011 1st 33 14 7 12 50–43 49 4 (12) Round of 16
2012 1st 30 16 8 6 37–19 56 3 (11) Round of 16
2013 1st 32 15 9 8 44–33 54 3 (12) Finals
2014 1st 32 18 7 7 44–21 61 2 (12) Round of 16
2015 1st 26 15 8 3 36–13 53 2 (14) Semi-finals
2016 1st 30 15 10 5 46–28 55 3 (16) Quarter-finals
2017 1st 30 22 2 6 46–15 68 2 (16) Quarter-finals
2018 1st 30 18 9 3 20–7 63 3 (16) Round of 16
2019 1st 30 Semi-finals

European recordEdit

Accurate as of 9 August 2018
Competition Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Win%
European Cup / Champions League 12 3 5 4 18 18 +0 025.00
Cup Winners' Cup 6 2 3 1 6 4 +2 033.33
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 101 41 22 38 136 124 +12 040.59
UEFA Intertoto Cup 12 5 3 4 22 13 +9 041.67
Total 131 51 33 47 182 159 +23 038.93

Legend: GF = Goals For. GA = Goals Against. GD = Goal Difference.

Season Competition Round Club 1st Leg 2nd Leg
1983–84 European Cup 1R   Grasshopper 1–0 (H) 2–2 (A)
2R   Raba ETO 6–3 (A) 3–1 (H)
QF   Dinamo Bucureşti 1–1 (H) 0–1 (A)
1984–85 UEFA Cup 1R   HJK Helsinki 4–0 (H) 6–0 (A)
2R   Sporting CP 0–2 (A) 2–0 (p. 5–3) (H)
3R   Widzew Łódź 2–0 (A) 0–1 (H)
QF   Željezničar Sarajevo 0–2 (A) 1–1 (H)
1986–87 UEFA Cup 1R   Raba ETO 2–4 (H) 1–0 (A)
1987–88 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Gençlerbirliği 2–0 (H) 2–1 (A)
2R   Real Sociedad 1–1 (A) 0–0 (H)
QF   Mechelen 0–1 (A) 1–1 (H)
1988–89 UEFA Cup 1R   Trakia Plovdiv 2–1 (A) 0–0 (H)
2R   Victoria Bucureşti 2–1 (H) 0–1 (A)
1993–94 UEFA Champions League 1R   Werder Bremen 2–5 (A) 1–1 (H)
1994–95 UEFA Cup QR   Hibernians 3–1 (H) 3–4 (a.e.t.) (A)
1R   Lazio 0–0 (H) 1–4 (A)
1995–96 UEFA Cup QR   Universitatea Craiova 0–0 (A) 0–0 (p. 3–1) (H)
1R   Austria Wien 2–1 (A) 1–0 (H)
2R   Werder Bremen 0–5 (A) 2–1 (H)
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1Q   Bohemian 1–1 (A) 0–0 (H)
2Q   Beşiktaş 2–1 (H) 0–2 (A)
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1Q   Kolkheti-1913 Poti 1–0 (H) 1–2 (A)
2Q   Lillestrøm 0–2 (H) 0–1 (A)
1998–99 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Skonto Riga 0–0 (A) 1–2 (H)
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Hobscheid 6–0 (H) 1–1 (A)
2R   Hapoel Haifa 2–0 (H) 1–0 (A)
3R   Wolfsburg 3–4 (A) 0–0 (H)
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR   CSKA Sofia 1–4 (H) 0–1 (A)
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR   Brøndby 0–3 (A) 0–2 (H)
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Odra Wodzisław 0–1 (A) 2–0 (H)
2R   Sartid Smederevo 1–2 (H) 3–1 (a.e.t.) (A)
3R   Lille 1–2 (A) 2–2 (H)
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Anorthosis 1–1 (H) 0–1 (A)
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q   Zagłębie Lubin 1–1 (A) 0–0 (H)
2Q   Artmedia Petržalka 1–2 (A) 2–3 (H)
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q   Skonto Riga 1–1 (A) 2–0 (H)
2Q   Odense 1–1 (H) 0–4 (A)
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Renova 2–1 (H) 1–1 (A)
2Q   Tromsø 0–0 (H) 1–4 (A)
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Sillamäe Kalev 5–1 (H) 5–0 (A)
3Q   Maccabi Haifa 0–1 (A) 3–1 (H)
PO   Club Brugge 1–2 (A) 2–3 (H)
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Kruoja Pakruojis 3–0 (A) 5–0 (H)
2Q   Lokomotiva 1–2 (H) 3–2 (A)
3Q   Trabzonspor 0–1 (H) 0–0 (A)
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q   MyPa 3–0 (H) 0–0 (A)
3Q   CFR Cluj 1–0 (H) 2–0 (A)
PO   Nacional 2–0 (H) 3–2 (A)
Group K   PAOK 1–6 (A) 0–2 (H)
  Fiorentina 0–3 (H) 2–1 (A)
  Guingamp 0–0 (H) 0–2 (A)
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Cherno More 1–1 (A) 4–0 (H)
3Q   Zürich 1–0 (A) 1–1 (a.e.t.) (H)
PO   Red Bull Salzburg 2–0 (H) 0–2 (A) (p. 3–2)
Group E   Viktoria Plzeň 0–2 (A) 1–0 (H)
  Rapid Wien 0–1 (H) 1–2 (A)
  Villareal 0–4 (A) 1–2 (H)
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Spartaks Jūrmala 2–1 (H) 2–0 (A)
2Q   St Patrick's Athletic 1–1 (H) 1–0 (A)
3Q   Vojvodina 1–1 (A) 0–2 (H)
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q   NSÍ Runavík 2–1 (H) 2–0 (A)
2Q   Rabotnički 1–1 (A) 3–0 (H)
3Q   AEK Larnaca 0–2 (A) 1–1 (H)
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Derry City 2−0 (A) 1−2 (H)
2Q   Dunajská Streda 3−1 (A) 4−1 (H)
3Q   Zenit Saint Petersburg 4−0 (H) 1−8 (a.e.t) (A)
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Partizan Minsk - the DIY Football Club from Belarus - Futbolgrad". futbolgrad.com. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Rivals look to knock BATE off their Belarus perch". UEFA.com.
  3. ^ "FC Dinamo-Minsk first team". dinamo-minsk.by. Retrieved 8 February 2017.

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