FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg is a Russian football club from Saint Petersburg, in Northwest Russia. Founded in 1922, the club was one of the oldest in the city. It plays in the third-tier Russian Football National League 2.
|Full name||Football Club Dynamo Saint Petersburg|
|Ground||Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg|
|League||FNL 2, Group 2 (1)|
They were a regular in the Soviet Top League until relegation in 1963. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, their highest status was in the second-level Russian National Football League for several seasons, and the fifth place in the league is their greatest achievement.
In July 2015, the club was purchased by Boris Rotenberg. In June 2018, the team moved to Sochi, becoming PFC Sochi; in Saint Petersburg there remained Dynamo youth team. In April 2019 Dynamo was reestablished by Clubs' Veterans on resources of FC LAZ Luga. Since August 2021, Chinese trucks manufacturer SAIC Iveco Hongyan is the main sponsor.
The glorious pastEdit
The club was founded in 1922 as part of the All-Union Sport Society "Dinamo" that had clubs in a variety of sports throughout the Soviet Union. The society was the main sponsor of the club. Dinamo debuted in the Soviet Top League in 1936 among the original seven teams in the first edition of the Soviet Top League. The club reentered the Soviet Top League following the end of World War II as the member of the interrupted edition of 1941. The club then participated in the Top League between 1936 and 1954, finishing in the top five, three times. In 1954, its record was cause to replace Dynamo with TRL after the team's tenth-place finish in the League. From 1955 to 1961, they had only Jewish striker, Israel "Zolik" Olshanetsky.
The club was resurrected in 1960 in the place of TRL and spent the next two seasons in "the second tier (Class B) of the Soviet league, before making it back to the Top Division.
Loss of professional statusEdit
Dynamo lost its professional status in 2000 with the lack of financing; a local building society stepped in. Professional status was lost in 2004.
FC Petrotrest Saint PetersburgEdit
|Full name||Football Club Petrotrest Saint Petersburg|
FC Petrotrest Saint Petersburg (Russian: ФК "Петротрест" Санкт-Петербург) was a former association football club from Saint Petersburg, Russia, founded in 2001. In 2002 the team played in Amateur Football League (North-West zone), in 2003, 2004, 2006 and since 2011 - in Second Division (West zone), in 2005 - in First Division (was relegated).
From 2007 to 2010 the team played under the name of FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg. After the team was relegated to the Russian Second Division after the 2010 season, the team returned to their previous name FC Petrotrest and another independent team called FC Dynamo was organized to play in the Amateur Football League. In 2012 the club was finished in the 1st place and was promoted to the First division. In 2013 it was merged back into Dynamo Saint Petersburg.
The United FC Dynamo Saint PetersburgEdit
In preparations to 2013–14 season, FC Petrotrest and Dynamo signed on an agreement of merging FC Petrotrest into Dynamo in order to play in the Russian First Division, now called the National Football League.
At the end of the 2014–15 season, the club was relegated to the third level league, the Russian Professional Football League. Following the season, the club was purchased by the billionaire Boris Rotenberg (technically, a new club called FC Dynamo-Saint Petersburg was formed, with SMP Racing becoming the new sponsor) and at the end of June 2015 "Dynamo" has with the new founders and sponsors were allowed to participate in the Second Division.
The first season of the renewed team was not easy - meeting in full strength only a few days before the start of the Championship, Dynamo failed to show good performances in the first round, once in the basement of the standings at the end of the first part of the season. But in spring 2016, thanks to high-quality training in the winter and breeding spot, Dynamo straighten their figures, nearly becoming the best team in the "West" zone on the results of matches of the second stage of the Championship. in November 2016 The team finish in the 1st place in the table standing of Western Zone in the 2nd Division. They secured the top spot in their PFL zone and promotion back to the Russian National Football League on 21 May 2017.
The move to SochiEdit
Dynamo Saint Petersburg was re-established on the base of another Saint Petersburg club, this time it was FC LAZ Luga in 2019, and they won the Champions Cup of North-West Championship.
In May 2020, it was reported that the club will be reorganize as a private football club to compete in the Russian Professional Football League during 2020–21 season. Former Zenit's goalkeeper, Vyacheslav Malafeev, was attached to manage the club.
As of 27 December 2021, according to the FNL 2 website.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Team name historyEdit
- Dynamo Leningrad (1936–1990)
- FC Prometey-Dynamo St. Petersburg (1991–1995)
- FC Dynamo St. Petersburg (1995–1999)
- FC Dynamo-Stroyimpuls St. Petersburg (2000)
- FC Dynamo-SPb St. Petersburg (2001–2003)
- FC Dynamo St. Petersburg (2007–2010)
- FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg (2011)
- FC Dynamo St. Petersburg (2013–2018, 2019–)
In 1929, Dinamo gained its own stadium, Dinamo.
The Dynamo Stadium was built and design by the architects O. Lyalin and Y. Svirskiy. The stadium was located on Krestovsky Island in Leningrad and was the home stadium for Dynamo F.C., the stadium had a capacity of 500 fans.
On May 22, 1936 the stadium host 12,000 fans in the first ever game of the Soviet Championship. The game was between Dynamo Leningrad and Lokomotiv Moscow and finished with winning of Lokomotiv 1:3. During the Siege of Leningrad, On May 31, 1942, the stadium host The Siege Game, between Dynamo Leningrad and the local football clubs.
Nowadays, the stadium used as a training compound for Dynamo. In 2007 the Saint Petersburg City Administration announced on the project to destroy the stadium and replace it with a housing building and a business center. In 2009 the compound become a full municipal property after the City Administration was purchased the ground from Dymano's owners.
Since the end of the 2000s, Dinamo plays at Sport Complex Petrovsky in Saint Petersburg. The complex consists of two arenas (stadiums): the central sport arena (CSA) and the minor sport arena (MSA). Dinamo shares the complex with four other professional teams. In 2008 Zenit plays at CSA, the MSA is used by Dinamo, Zenit-2, Zenit-D, and Sever (Murmansk). The MSA provides 2,835 seats to its spectators. There are talks that Zenit will move out of this complex to its new stadium that will be built in 2009 in place of the Kirov Stadium. This migration might provide Dinamo with full exploitation of the whole complex.
League and cup historyEdit
|Season||Division (Name)||Pos./Teams||Pl.||W||D||L||GS||GA||P||Domestic Cup||Europe||Notes|
|1936 (Spring)||1st (Group A)||6/(7)||6||1||1||4||5||12||9||3 pts for win, 2 - draw, 1 – lost|
|1936 (Autumn)||1st (Group A)||7/(8)||7||1||3||3||7||15||12||¼ finals||3 pts for win, 2 - draw, 1 – lost|
|1937||1st (Group A)||7/(9)||16||2||9||5||21||25||29||1/16||3 pts for win, 2 - draw, 1 – lost|
|1938||1st (Group A)||7/(26)||25||12||6||7||52||32||30||1/2||shifted to the two point system|
|1939||1st (Group A)||10/(14)||26||8||6||12||41||56||22||1/16|
|1940||1st (Group A)||5/(13)||24||11||5||8||47||44||21||No competition|
|1941||1st (Group A)||2/(15)||10||5||4||1||18||8||14||No competition||Unofficial (did not finish due to World War II)|
|1942||Was not played due to World War II|
|1943||Was not played due to World War II|
|1944||1/4||Was not played due to World War II|
|1945||1st (1st Group)||5/(12)||22||11||3||8||42||29||25||1/4|
|1946||1st (1st Group)||5/(12)||22||10||4||8||37||35||24||1/8|
|1947||1st (1st Group)||10/(13)||24||7||5||12||32||48||19||1/2|
|1948||1st (1st Group)||6/(14)||26||10||5||11||42||47||25||1/8|
|1949||1st (1st Group)||9/(18)||34||12||10||12||53||53||34||1/16|
|1950||1st (Class A)||8/(19)||36||14||10||12||63||50||38||1/16|
|1951||1st (Class A)||9/(15)||28||11||5||12||46||53||27||1/16|
|1952||1st (Class A)||5/(14)||13||5||5||3||17||17||15||1/2|
|1953||1st (Class A)||10/(11)||20||5||4||11||20||33||14||1/8|
|1954||1st (Class A)||4/(13)||24||8||10||6||29||25||26||?||as TRL|
|1955||1st (Class A)||10/(12)||22||5||6||11||28||41||16||?||as TRL|
|1956||1st (Class A)||12/(12)||22||3||7||12||25||47||13||?||as TRL|
|1960||2nd (II Zone)||9||28||9||6||13||46||43||24||?||reestablished in place of TRL|
|1961||2nd (II Zone)||3||30||18||9||3||58||28||45||1/128||Promoted|
|1962||1st (Class A)||16||30||8||6||16||27||49||22||1/16||replaced the disbanded FC Admiralteets Leningrad|
|1963||1st (Class A)||16||38||7||15||16||37||51||29||1/4||relegated|
Following Dynamo's promotion to the Russian National Football League at the end of the 2016–17 season, the club organized a farm-club FC Dynamo-2 Saint Petersburg and entered it into the Russian Professional Football League.
These are players who won international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Dynamo.
Honours and AchievementsEdit
- 5th Place: 1940, 1945, 1946, 1952
- Semi-Finals: 1938, 1947, 1952
- Eighth final: 2003, 2018
- Champion (29): 1926–1927, 1930–1931, 1933, 1935–1936, 1938, 1945, 1948, 1950–1951, 1953, 1963–1964, 1966–1968, 1970–1978, 1980–1981, 1993
- Runner-up (1): 2019
- Питерское «Динамо» и курский «Авангард» вышли в ФНЛ (in Russian). Russian National Football League. 21 May 2017.
- В Петербурге появится частный клуб «Динамо». Малафеев может занять руководящий пост
- В Санкт-Петербурге может появиться частный футбольный клуб «Динамо»
- Малафеев в «Динамо»? «Ловите инсайд» – о будущем экс менеджера «Зенита»
- Соседом "Зенита" по Санкт-Петербургу может стать новый клуб "Динамо", Vesti.ru
- "Итоги заседания Комиссии РФС по лицензированию футбольных клубов" (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 16 June 2021.
- Dynamo finished the season in 4th place, but the Russian Football Federation has decided to give technical losses to Dynamo in some games, due to breaking some regulations in the league. These losses dropped Dynamo to 16th position. Russian Source: Сообщение ЦОС ПФЛ от 27 ноября 2002 года Archived 2008-06-23 at the Wayback Machine