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FC Dynamo Moscow (Dinamo Moscow, FC Dinamo Moskva,[1] Russian: Дина́мо Москва́ [dʲɪˈnamə mɐˈskva]) is a Russian football club based in Khimki, Moscow Oblast. Dynamo has returned to the Russian Premier League for the 2017–18 season after one season in the second-tier Russian Football National League.[2]

Dynamo Moscow
Full nameФутбольный клуб Динамо Москва
(Football Club Dynamo Moscow)
Nickname(s)Belo-golubye (White-blues)
Dinamiki (Loudspeakers)
Menty (Cops)
Musora (Cops)
Founded18 April 1923; 96 years ago (1923-04-18)
GroundVTB Arena, Moscow
OwnerVTB Bank (through "Dynamo Management Company")
ChairmanKlochko Igor Petrovich
ManagerDmitri Khokhlov
LeagueRussian Premier League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Dynamo was the only club that had always played in the top tier of Soviet football (along with Dynamo Kyiv) and of Russian football from the end of the Soviet era until they were relegated in 2016. Despite this, it has never won the modern Russian Premier League title and won Russian Cup only once, in the season of 1994–95.

During the Soviet era, it was affiliated with the MVD (Ministry of Internal Affairs – The Soviet Militia) and with the KGB[3][4] and was a part of Dynamo sports society. Chief of the Soviet security and secret police apparatus NKVD, Lavrentiy Beria, was a patron of the club until his downfall.

From 10 April 2009 the VTB Bank has been the owner of Dynamo after acquiring a 74% share in the club.[5] Boris Rotenberg Sr. was chairman until he resigned on 17 July 2015.[6] On 29 December 2016, Dynamo Sports Society agreed to buy VTB Bank shares back for 1 ruble.[7] On 14 February 2019, Dynamo Sports Society agreed to sell the club back to VTB for 1 ruble.[8][9]

Dynamo's traditional colours are blue and white. Their crest consists of a blue letter "D," written in a traditional cursive style on a white background, with "Moscow" written below it, partially covering a football underneath. The club's motto is "Power in Motion," initially proposed by Maxim Gorky, the famous Russian author, who was once an active member of the Dynamo sports society.



Commemorative coin of Lev Yashin, the legendary goalkeeper of the team.

Dynamo Moscow has its roots in the football Club Sokolniki Moscow.

After the Russian Revolution, the club eventually found itself under the authority of the Interior Ministry and its head Felix Dzerzhinsky, chief of the Cheka, the Soviet Union's secret police. The club was renamed Dynamo Moscow in 1923 but was also referred to disparagingly as "garbage", a Russian criminal slang term for "police", by some of the supporters of other clubs.

Dynamo won the first two Soviet Championships in 1936 and 1937, a Soviet Cup in 1937, and another pair of national titles in 1940 and 1945. They were also the first Soviet club to tour the West when it played a series of friendlies in the United Kingdom in 1945. Complete unknowns to the British, the Soviet players first drew 3–3 against Chelsea and then defeated Cardiff City 1–10. They defeated an Arsenal side reinforced with Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortensen and Joe Bacuzzi by a score of 3–4 in a match played in thick fog at White Hart Lane. They drew 2–2 against Scottish side Rangers.

They continued to be a strong side at home after World War II, and enjoyed their greatest success through the 1950s. Dynamo captured another five championships between 1949 and 1959, as well as their second Soviet Cup in 1953. Honours were harder to come by after that time. The club continued to enjoy some success in the Soviet Cup, but has not won a national championship since 1976. Even so, Dynamo's 11 national titles make it the country's third-most decorated side behind Dynamo Kyiv (13 titles) and Spartak Moscow (12 titles).

Dynamo's greatest achievement in Europe was in the 1971–72 European Cup Winners' Cup, where they reached the Final at Camp Nou in Barcelona, losing 3–2 to Rangers. This was the first time a Russian side had reached a final in a European competition, a feat not repeated until CSKA Moscow won the UEFA Cup in 2005.

VTB Bank era (2009–2016)Edit

At the end of the 2008 season, Dynamo finished third, qualifying for the 2009–10 Champions League preliminary round. On 29 July 2009, Dynamo recorded a 0–1 away win against Celtic at Celtic Park,[10] which gave them a strong advantage going into the second leg. However, Celtic comfortably defeated Dynamo 0–2 in Moscow to progress,[11] sending Dynamo into the Europa League play-off round where the club was eliminated by Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia after a 0–0 away draw in Sofia and a 1–2 home defeat in Moscow.

In 2012, after a poor start to the season in which it lost its first five league games, Dynamo replaced interim manager Dmitri Khokhlov with the Romanian Dan Petrescu, who managed to pull the club out of the relegation zone into a position in the upper-half of the league table. The team was close to qualifying for a place in European competition, but a failure to win in the last matchday left them in seventh, two points below the last Europa League qualifier position. Despite his efforts, Petrescu's contract was terminated on 8 April 2014 by mutual agreement after a heavy loss to league outsiders Anzhi Makhachkala 0–4.[12] As Dynamo Director of Sports Guram Adzhoyev stated, "Last year Dan drew the team from the complicated situation, lifted it to the certain level, but recently we have seen no progress."[13] Petrescu was replaced by Stanislav Cherchesov as manager. Under his management, Dynamo qualified for the group stage of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League in which they won every game before falling to Napoli in the Round of 16. Dynamo was only able to finish in fourth place in the 2014–15 season after a string of poor results in the latter stages.

In June 2015, Dynamo was excluded from 2015–16 Europa League competition for violating Financial Fair Play break-even requirements.[14][15] As a result, VTB Bank proposed to transfer 74 percent of the shares of the club to the Dynamo sports society. Under the proposed plan, the society would own 100 percent of shares of Dynamo as it did in 2009, while the shares of the VTB Arena would still be held by the Bank. The move would allow the club to comply with the requirements of Financial Fair Play, and VTB Bank would continue to provide support to Dynamo to the extent consistent with Financial Fair Play regulations.

Manager Stanislav Cherchesov was replaced by the returning Andrey Kobelev, and many foreign players, such as Mathieu Valbuena, Balázs Dzsudzsák and Kevin Kurányi, subsequently left Dynamo. Several young Dynamo prospects, such as Grigori Morozov, Aleksandr Tashayev and Anatoli Katrich, who won the Under-21 competition in the 2014–15 season, were introduced to the first-team squad.

On 22 December 2015, Chairman of Dynamo's board of directors Vasili Titov announced that the shares had not been transferred to the Dynamo society; that FFP compliance rather than the share transfer was the top priority for the club; and that he expected the club to achieve compliance by April 2016.[16]

After the winter break of the 2015–16 season, Dynamo won only one game out of 12 played in 2016 and Kobelev was fired with 3 games left in the season. On the final day of the season, Dynamo lost 0-3 to FC Zenit St. Petersburg at home, dropped to 15th place in the table and was relegated from the Premier League for the first time in the club's history.

In October 2016, with Dynamo leading the second-tier Russian Football National League at the time, the newly appointed club president Yevgeni Muravyov claimed that club's debts stand at 13 billion rubles (approximately 188 million euros) and unless a new owner is found shortly or VTB re-commits to covering the club's debts, the club might declare bankruptcy. That would most likely mean the loss of professional license and relegation to the fourth-level Russian Amateur Football League.[17]

Dynamo Society era (2016 to 2019)Edit

On 29 December 2016, Dynamo Sports Society agreed to buy VTB Bank shares back for 1 ruble.[7] On 13 January 2017, VTB Bank announced they will sponsor Dynamo Sports Society to the amount of 10.64 billion rubles for the period from 2017 to 2019 (approximately 167 million euros as of that date). HC Dynamo Moscow and other teams of the society will also be financed under that deal.[18] On 1 February 2017, former club president Boris Rotenberg said that the 75 million euro debt the football club owes to Rotenberg's companies has been restructured and "is not harming anybody".[19] On 12 April 2017, with 7 games left to play in the 2016–17 season, Dynamo secured the return to the top level Russian Premier League for 2017–18. That is the FNL record for the earliest a team secured promotion.[2]

On 14 March 2018, Yevgeni Muravyov was dismissed as the club president due to unauthorized payment made as a "bonus" to a third company during the transfer of Konstantin Rausch from 1. FC Köln.[20]

Return to VTB (from 2019)Edit

The new stadium for the club, VTB Arena was completed in late 2018. Following that, the stadium majority owner and football club's major sponsor VTB Bank expressed interest in reacquiring the control over the club. On 14 February 2019, Dynamo Sports Society agreed to sell back the club shares to "Dynamo Management Company" (the company that owns the stadium and has VTB bank as the majority owner).[8] The price was the same symbolic 1 ruble.[9] On 26 April 2019, it was reported that the deal is close to be finalized formally, but the price for the stock increased to 10 billion rubles (approximately €138 million). This reported larger number includes accumulated debts and the cost of the club's training centre.[21] On 30 April 2019, VTB confirmed that the deal has been closed and formal price is 1 ruble, the debts outstanding from the football club to Dynamo society has been restructured to a 8-year term, and Yuri Belkin will be appointed club's general director.[22]


Spartak vs Dinamo in Luzhnikí on 14 March 2010.

Since its establishment in 1923, Dynamo's historical rival has been Spartak Moscow. Clashes between the clubs were seen by their fans and more generally as the most important games in the Soviet Union for more than three decades, attracting thousands of spectators. (Ironically, however, on New Year's Day in 1936, it was a combined Dynamo-Spartak team that traveled to Paris to face Racing Club de France, then one of Europe's top teams.) Dynamo clinched the first-ever Soviet League by beating Spartak 1–0 at Dynamo Stadium in front of 70,000 spectators. Spartak responded by winning the championship the following year. But after Dynamo's decline in the late 1970s, the rivalry has faded. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, first CSKA Moscow and then Zenit Saint Petersburg have emerged as the top clubs in Russian football, with the rivalries between Dynamo and its Moscow neighbours such as Spartak Moscow and Lokomotiv assuming less significance.


View of the historical Dynamo Stadium, home of Dynamo from 1928 to 2008. In 2011, it was demolished in preparation for a new stadium to be built, which will be known as the VTB Arena.

Dynamo's ground used to be the historic Dynamo Stadium in Petrovsky Park, which seats 36,540. In 2008, it was closed for demolition. It is to be replaced by VTB Arena in 2019, with the first game to be played being a Moscow derby against Spartak Moscow, on March 10, 2019. The stadium will have a capacity of 27,000 (adjustable up to 45,000). Until its completion, Dynamo has been sharing Arena Khimki with rivals CSKA Moscow since 2010, before the new ground for the latter, Arena CSKA, was completed in 2016.

Average attendanceEdit

Year Average
1970 30,331
1971 28,833
1972 21,787
1973 19,967
1974 24,333
1975 23,327
1976 15,529
1977 17,667
1978 8,987
1979 10,147
1980 10,088
1981 10,804
1982 8,853
1983 8,576
1984 9,359
1985 9,129
Year Average
1986 13,527
1987 16,507
1988 11,600
1989 13,813
1990 9,233
1991 7,627
1992 4,323
1993 4,465
1994 2,882
1995 3,713
1996 3,476
1997 6,000
1998 5,127
1999 8,367
2000 8,867
2001 6,933
Year Average
2002 6,800
2003 6,600
2004 5,300
2005 8,500
2006 8,067
2007 9,733
2008 13,067
2009 7,752
2010 7,116
2011-12 10,193
2012-13 7,516
2013-14 7,860
2014-15 8,176
2015–16 5,956
2016–17 4,089
2017–18 6,795


League and cup historyEdit

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Top Scorer Head Coach
1992 1st 3 26 14 6 6 55 29 34 UC 3rd round (Last 16)     Gasimov – 16     Gazzaev
1993 1st 3 34 16 10 8 65 38 42 Semi-finals UC 3rd round (Last 16)     Simutenkov – 16     Gazzaev
1994 1st 2 30 13 13 4 55 35 39 Semi-finals UC 1st round     Simutenkov – 21     Beskov
1995 1st 4 30 16 8 6 45 29 56 Winner UC 2nd round (Last 32)     Terekhin – 11     Beskov
1996 1st 4 34 20 7 7 60 35 67 Semi-finals CWC Quarter-finals     Cheryshev – 17     Golodets
1997 1st 3 34 19 11 4 50 20 68 Runner-Up UC 1st round     Terekhin – 17     Golodets
1998 1st 9 30 8 15 7 31 30 39 Quarter-finals     Terekhin – 12     Golodets
1999 1st 5 30 12 8 10 44 41 44 Runner-Up UC 2nd round (Last 32)     Terekhin – 14     Yartsev
2000 1st 5 30 14 8 8 45 35 50 Quarter-finals   Gusev – 12     Gazzaev
2001 1st 9 30 10 8 12 43 51 38 Round of 16 UC 1st round   Khazov – 10     Gazzaev
2002 1st 8 30 12 6 12 38 33 42 Quarter-finals UC 2nd round   Koroman – 6     Novikov
2003 1st 6 30 12 10 8 42 29 46 Round of 32   Bulykin – 9     Prokopenko
2004 1st 13 30 6 11 13 27 38 29 Round of 16   Korchagin – 4   Hřebík
2005 1st 8 30 12 2 16 36 46 38 Round of 16   Derlei – 13     Romantsev
2006 1st 14 30 8 10 12 31 40 34 Quarter-finals   Derlei – 7     Semin
2007 1st 6 30 11 8 11 37 35 41 Quarter-finals   Kolodin – 9     Kobelev
2008 1st 3 30 15 9 6 41 29 54 Round of 16   Kerzhakov – 7     Kobelev
2009 1st 8 30 12 6 12 31 37 42 Semi-finals CL
3rd qualifying round
Play-off round
  Kerzhakov – 12     Kobelev
2010 1st 7 30 9 13 8 39 31 40 Round of 8   Kurányi – 9     Kobelev
2011–12 1st 4 44 20 12 12 66 50 72 Runner-Up   Kurányi – 13   Božović
2012–13 1st 7 30 14 6 10 41 34 48 Quarter-finals EL PO   Kurányi – 10
  Kokorin - 10
2013–14 1st 4 30 15 7 8 54 37 52 Round of 32   Kokorin – 10   Petrescu
2014–15 1st 4 30 14 8 8 53 36 50 Round of 16   Kurányi – 10     Cherchesov
2015–16 1st 15 30 5 10 15 25 47 25 Quarter-finals EL Disqualified   Kokorin – 4
  Ionov – 4
  Kozlov – 4
2016–17 2nd 38 Round of 16 TBD     Kalitvintsev

European campaignsEdit

Season Round Competition Country Opposing Team Score Venue
1972 RU Cup Winners' Cup   Rangers 2–3 Camp Nou, Barcelona
1978 SF Cup Winners' Cup   Austria Wien 3–3 on aggregate, 4–5(p) Two-legged
1985 SF Cup Winners' Cup   Rapid Wien 2–4 on aggregate Two-legged

UEFA rankingEdit

As of 1 November 2018[26]
Rank Country Team Points
81   Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC 16.000
82   Dynamo Moscow 16.000
83   Red Star Belgrade 14.750


Current squadEdit

As of 14 January 2019, according to the RFPL official website Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Anton Shunin
2   DF Grigori Morozov
3   DF Sebastian Holmén
4   DF Vladimir Rykov
5   MF Abdul Aziz Tetteh
6   MF Artur Yusupov
7   FW Yevgeni Markov
8   FW Kirill Panchenko
9   MF Miguel Cardoso
10   MF Fiodor Černych
11   MF Ivan Temnikov
17   MF Anton Terekhov
No. Position Player
19   MF Vladimir Moskvichyov
20   MF Vyacheslav Grulyov
22   MF Joãozinho
23   MF Anton Sosnin
24   DF Roman Yevgenyev
25   DF Aleksei Kozlov
27   MF Samba Sow
31   GK Igor Leshchuk
34   MF Konstantin Rausch
44   DF Toni Šunjić
48   FW Yevgeni Lutsenko
78   MF Danil Lipovoy

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  DF Maksim Nenakhov (at SKA-Khabarovsk until 30 June 2019)
  MF Maksim Kuzmin (at Fakel Voronezh until 30 June 2019)
No. Position Player
  MF Aleksandr Zotov (at Yenisey Krasnoyarsk until 30 June 2019)
  FW Nikolay Obolsky (at Sochi until 30 June 2019)

FC Dynamo-2 MoscowEdit

Following Dynamo's relegation from the Russian Football Premier League (which holds its own competition for the Under-21 teams of the Premier League clubs) at the end of the 2015–16 season, the reserve squad FC Dynamo-2 Moscow received professional license and was registered to play in the third-tier Russian Professional Football League, beginning with the 2016–17 season. It stopped playing professionally in the 2017–18 season, with players returning to the RFPL U-21 tournament.

Notable playersEdit

For details of Dynamo Moscow players with a Wikipedia article, see List of FC Dynamo Moscow players.

Most appearancesEdit

R Player Nat. App.
1 Aleksandr Novikov     327
2 Lev Yashin   326
3 Valery Maslov     319
4 Aleksandr Makhovikov     287
5 Gennady Yevryuzhikhin     283
6 Viktor Anichkin   282
7 Sergei Nikulin     280
8 Viktor Tsaryov     279
9 Andrei Kobelev     253
10 Aleksei Petrushin     244

Most goalsEdit

R Player Nat. Goals
1 Sergei Solovyov   127
2 Konstantin Beskov     91
3 Vasili Kartsev   72
4 Valery Gazzaev     70
5 Igor Chislenko     68
6 Oleg Teryokhin     67
7 Vasili Trofimov     67
8 Vladimir Ilyin     63
9 Vladimir Savdunin     62
10 Kevin Kurányi   55

One-club menEdit

Player Nationality Position Debut Last Match
Vasili Trofimov   FW 1931 1949
Lev Yashin   GK 1949 1971
Viktor Tsaryov     MF 1955 1966
Eduard Mudrik     DF 1957 1968
Vladimir Kesarev     DF 1956 1965
Nikolai Tolstykh     DF 1977 1983

Coaching and medical staffEdit

Role Name
Head coach   Dmitri Khokhlov
Assistant manager   Yuriy Nikiforov
Goalkeeping coach   Yevgeni Plotnikov
Director of sports Vacant
Team manager   Aleksandr Udaltsov
Administrative manager   Gennady Samodurov
Press office   Konstantin Alekseyev
Youth team head coach   Sergei Chikishev
Physiotherapist   Sergio de San Martin

Former head coachesEdit

FC Dynamo Moscow coaching history from 1936 to present



Club managementEdit

Role Name
Chairman of the Board of directors Vladimir Pronichev
General Director Yevgeni Muravyov
International Affairs and Development Director Alexey Smertin
Player Development Director Sergei Silkin
Security Director Pavel Konovalov


In the Dynamo organization, the position of "president" has not always been present; several times the head of the club was titled as "chief executive officer (CEO)."

Nikolai Tolstykh, president of Russian Football Union in 2012–2015. Tolstykh played his entire professional career for Dynamo from 1974 to his retirement in 1983 after a serious injury. After retiring, he served as the team's president and general director on numerous occasions.
Date Position/name
1989–90   Vladimir Pilguy
1991–92   Valery Sysoyev
1993–97   Nikolai Tolstykh
General director
1998   Nikolai Tolstykh
1999   Nikolai Tolstykh
General director
2000–01   Nikolai Tolstykh
2002   Vladimir Ulyanov
2002–06   Yuri Zavarzin
2006–09   Dmitry Ivanov
2009–12   Yury Isayev
2012–13   Gennady Solovyov
2013–15   Boris Rotenberg
General director
2015–16   Sergey Sysoyev
2016–   Yevgeni Muravyov


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