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FC Gomel (Belarusian: ФК Гомель), or FK Homel, is a Belarusian football club, playing in the city of Gomel. Their home stadium is Central Stadium.

FC Gomel
FC Gomel logo.png
Full nameFootball Club Gomel
Founded1959
GroundCentral Stadium,
Gomel, Belarus
Capacity14,307
ChairmanVitaliy Kushner
ManagerAlyaksandr Kulchy
LeagueBelarusian Premier League
201812th

HistoryEdit

Teams from Gomel (usually city or raion selection or railway-based team Lokomotiv, but not always) played in Belarusian SSR championships since the early 1920s.[1] In 1946 Belorusian SSR league for one season becomes one of the zones of USSR 3rd level league, and Lokomotiv Gomel became the first city team to play in Soviet league.[2]

The modern Gomel team was founded in 1959 as Lokomotiv Gomel. They played at the 2nd level of Soviet football between 1959 and 1968. The results varied between seasons, as the team managed to finish 1st in their zone in 1962 as well as last in 1959 and 1963. However, because Soviet league system structure was changing almost every season in the 1950s and 60s, Lokomotiv wasn't promoted or relegated until another league reorganisation in 1969.

Gomselmash played at the 3rd level of Soviet football between 1969 and 1989, until further league reorganisation in 1990, after which the team was relegated to the 4th level.

In 1992 Gomselmash joined the newly formed Belarusian Premier League. The first years were unsuccessful and the team relegated in 1995. They changed name to the current one, FC Gomel, the same year. In 1998 Gomel returned to Premier League and achieved much better results than before (champions title in 2003, 2nd place in 2007 and 3rd in 1999). The team also won Belarusian Cup in 2002 and made it to the final in 2004.

In 2012, they played English club Liverpool in the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds. In the first leg they lost 0–1 and lost again away at Anfield in the second leg 3–0.

Name changesEdit

  • 1959: Lokomotiv Gomel
  • 1965: Spartak Gomel
  • 1969: Gomselmash Gomel
  • 1976: Mashinostroitel Gomel
  • 1978: Gomselmash Gomel
  • 1995: Gomel

HonoursEdit

Current squadEdit

League and Cup historyEdit

  Soviet Union
Season Level Pos Pld W D L Goals Points Domestic Cup Notes
1959 2nd 151 28 0 7 21 17–61 7
1960 2nd 9 30 11 8 11 36–38 40 Round of 128
1961 2nd 3 30 14 8 8 37–24 36 Round of 256
1962 2nd 1 32 18 10 4 43–19 46 Round of 32
2 2 0 1 1 0–1 1 Promotion/relegation play-off2
1963 2nd 183 34 4 12 18 13–46 20 Round of 32
1964 2nd 25 38 6 15 17 19–37 27
1965 2nd 24 46 13 17 16 34–43 43 Round of 64
1966 2nd 15 32 7 12 13 16–29 26 Round of 128
1967 2nd 7 38 11 19 8 27–24 41 Round of 64
1968 2nd 21 40 6 12 22 21–50 24 Round of 256
2 2 0 1 1 0–2 1 Promotion/relegation play-off4
1969 3rd 2 32 16 9 7 44–18 41
1 2 0 2 0 3–3 2 Promotion/relegation play-off5
1970 3rd 226 42 7 10 25 22–55 24 Round of 256
1971 3rd 6 38 16 13 9 47–28 61
1972 3rd 10 38 15 9 14 39–45 54
1973 3rd 12 32 7 9 16 32–49 197
1974 3rd 11 40 13 13 14 53–57 39
1975 3rd 13 34 9 10 15 28–47 28
1976 3rd 11 38 14 9 15 37–41 37
1977 3rd 16 40 12 8 20 32–49 32
1978 3rd 14 46 16 9 21 56–60 41
1979 3rd 21 46 7 14 25 34–71 28
1980 3rd 6 32 12 8 12 31–33 32
1981 3rd 8 40 13 7 20 50–58 33
1982 3rd 7 30 13 8 9 33–27 34
1983 3rd 8 32 12 8 12 40–39 32
1984 3rd 5 34 18 7 9 44–30 43
1985 3rd 15 30 7 6 17 24–41 20
1986 3rd 8 30 11 9 10 36–39 31
1987 3rd 14 34 8 11 15 29–47 27
1988 3rd 14 34 9 8 17 26–44 26
1989 3rd 14 42 17 7 18 39–46 41 Relegated8
1990 4th 7 32 14 4 14 48–48 32
1991 4th 16 42 13 5 24 40–54 31
  • 1 Finished last in its zone, but saved from relegation due to 2nd level (Class B) expansion from 7 to 9 territorial zones (from 101 to 142 teams) in 1960.
  • 2 No promotion to the Top League in 1962 was awarded due to Top League (Class A) reduction from 22 to 20 teams in 1963. Lokomotiv's play-off performance didn't affect its next season league allocation. Winning their zone allowed them to stay on the second level (Class B), which was reduced from 10 zones (150 teams) in 1962 to a single group of 18 teams in 1963.
  • 3 Finished last, but saved from relegation due to 2nd level (Class A Second Group) expansion from 18 to 27 teams in 1964.
  • 4 Play-off with the best-placed Belarusian team from the 3rd level (Class B) in 1968 for the right to play on the 2nd level (Class A Second Group) in 1969.
  • 5 Play-off with the lowest-placed Belarusian team from the 2nd level (Class A Second Group) in 1969 for the right to play in Class A Second Group (which becomes the 3rd level league next year due to introduction of Class A Top Group as the Top level) in 1970.
  • 6 Finished last in its zone, but saved from relegation due to 3rd level (Class A Second Group, renamed to Second League since next season) expansion from 3 to 6 territorial zones (from 66 to 124 teams) in 1971.
  • 7 In 1973 every draw was followed by a penalty shoot-out, with a winner gaining 1 point and loser gaining 0.
  • 8 Though finished 14th from the 22 teams in 1989, Gomselmash relegated as the Second League (3rd level) was reduced from 9 zones (195 teams) to 3 zones (66 teams) and the Second Lower League with 9 zones was introduced as a 4th level.
  Belarus
Season Level Pos Pld W D L Goals Points Domestic Cup Notes
1992 1st 16 15 1 3 11 5–32 5 Round of 16
1992–93 1st 10 32 9 8 15 23–40 26 Round of 16
1993–94 1st 15 30 7 5 18 36–47 19 Round of 16
1994–95 1st 15 30 6 6 18 26–59 18 Round of 32 Relegated
1995 2nd 9 14 5 2 7 19–17 12 Quarter-finals
1996 2nd 4 24 11 9 4 42–19 42
1997 2nd 1 30 27 1 2 83–9 82 Round of 32 Promoted
1998 1st 5 28 12 9 7 36–30 45 Round of 32
1999 1st 3 30 19 6 5 57–28 63 Quarter-finals
2000 1st 6 30 17 2 11 50–41 53 Semi-finals
2001 1st 6 26 13 5 8 36–24 44 Quarter-finals
2002 1st 6 26 13 4 9 46–33 43 Winners
2003 1st 1 30 23 5 2 56–12 74 Semi-finals
2004 1st 5 30 13 7 10 42–41 46 Runners-up
2005 1st 7 26 12 3 11 34–32 39 Quarter-finals
2006 1st 5 26 12 6 8 33–32 42 Semi-finals
2007 1st 2 26 12 8 6 49–28 44 Round of 16
2008 1st 11 30 9 6 15 35–47 33 Quarter-finals
2009 1st 12 26 8 5 13 31–48 29 Quarter-finals Relegated
2010 2nd 1 30 27 1 2 80–16 82 Round of 16 Promoted
2011 1st 3 33 13 15 5 36–24 54 Winners
2012 1st 4 30 14 8 8 39–24 50 Semi-finals
2013 1st 6 32 11 7 14 34–40 40 Quarter-finals
2014 1st 6 32 10 8 14 29–41 38 Quarter-finals
2015 1st 14 26 5 3 18 22–41 18 Round of 16 Relegated
2016 2nd 1 26 19 6 1 48–11 63 Round of 16 Promoted
2017 1st 10 30 9 8 13 24–25 35 Round of 32
2018 1st Round of 16

FC Gomel in EuropeEdit

Season Competition Round Club 1st Leg 2nd Leg
1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Hradec Králové 0–1 (A) 1–0 (p. 2–1) (H)
2R   Hammarby 0–4 (A) 2–2 (H)
2000–01 UEFA Cup QR   AIK 0–1 (A) 0–2 (H)
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR   HJK Helsinki 1–0 (H) 4–0 (A)
1R   Schalke 04 1–4 (H) 0–4 (A)
2004–05 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Tirana 0–2 (H) 1–0 (A)
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q   Legia Warsaw 0–0 (A) 1–4 (H)
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 3Q   Bursaspor 1–2 (A) 1–3 (H)
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Víkingur 6–0 (A) 4–0 (H)
2Q   Renova 2–0 (A) 0–1 (H)
3Q   Liverpool 0–1 (H) 0–3 (A)

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