FC Dinamo Minsk
|Full name||Football Club Dinamo Minsk|
|Founded||18 June 1927|
|Ground||Dinamo Stadium, Minsk|
|League||Belarusian Premier League|
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 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.
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.
- 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
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. Dinamo Minsk also has a big rivalry with BATE Borisov from the city of Barysaw.
- Winners (7): 1992, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995, 1997, 2004
- Runners-up: 1996, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017
- 3rd place: 2000, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018
- Winners: 1994
- Runners-up: 1989
- Winners: 1953, 1956
- Runners-up: 1951, 1975
- 3rd place: 1974, 1978
- 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
As of April 2019 
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Roman Pylypchuk||Head Coach|
|Denis Popov||Assistant Coach|
|Syarhey Amelyanchuk||Assistant Coach|
|Vital Bulyga||Head of the team|
|Alyaksandr Martseshkin||Goalkeeping Coach|
There has been several teams that served as Dinamo Minsk official reserve or farm clubs.
- Dinamo-d Minsk was the club's reserve team which competed in the Soviet Top League (or First League) Reserves championship. In 1992 this reserve team was transformed into Dinamo-2 Minsk, which eventually got promoted to Belarusian Premier League and split into new club Belarus Minsk (later renamed to more commonly known Dinamo-93 Minsk). This club disbanded in 1998.
- Dinamo-Juni Minsk was formed as an outfit for young Dinamo players in 1993 and played in Second League and First League from 1993–94 season until the end of 2004.
- New Dinamo-2 Minsk was formed 2000. They were active in the Second League during 2000–2002 and again in 2011–2012.
- Bereza-2010 was originally an independent club, which since 2010 formed a partnership with Dinamo, serving as their farm club until the dissolution in late 2015.
- Since 2001 Dinamo is always represented by a reserve team in Belarusian Premier League Reserves Championship.
|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|
|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|
|2005||1st||26||15||5||6||50–26||50||2 (14)||Round of 16|
|2009||1st||26||14||8||4||38–18||50||2 (14)||Round of 16|
|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|
|2014||1st||32||18||7||7||44–21||61||2 (12)||Round of 16|
|2018||1st||30||18||9||3||20–7||63||3 (16)||Round of 16|
- Accurate as of 9 August 2018
|European Cup / Champions League||12||3||5||4||18||18||+0||25.00|
|Cup Winners' Cup||6||2||3||1||6||4||+2||33.33|
|UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League||101||41||22||38||136||124||+12||40.59|
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||12||5||3||4||22||13||+9||41.67|
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|
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