FC Lviv (Ukrainian: ФК «Львів») is a Ukrainian professional football club from the city of Lviv, that competes in the Ukrainian First League.

Full nameFootball Club Lviv
Founded2006; 17 years ago (2006)
Dissolved2023; 0 years ago (2023)
GroundArena Lviv, Lviv
PresidentBohdan Kopytko
2022–23Ukrainian Premier League, 16th of 16 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Yuriy Kindzerskyi (previous president)

While the first president of FC Lviv Oleksandr Didenko insisted that FC Lviv of 1992 has nothing to do with the later clubs, another football functionary Rostyslav Zaremba argued that it is not that simple.[1]

History edit

  • 1992 – 2001 FC Lviv (Oleksandr Didenko)
  • 2006 – 2012 FC Lviv (Kindzerskyi – Hrysio), based on Hazovyk-Skala
  • 2016 – FC Lviv (Mykhailiv – Kopytko), based on Veres

FC Lviv (2006–2012) edit

The club was founded in May 2006. It entered the Persha Liha as a replacement for the bankrupt club FC Hazovyk-Skala Stryi, which also represented Lviv Oblast. The new entity was registered on 22 May 2006[2] as a company with limited liability (Ukrainian: Товариство з обмеженою відповідальністю) "Football Club "Lviv". Later in May 2006 the PFL Bureau session adopted a decision to recognize the club as a lawful successor (Ukrainian: правонаступник) of FC Hazovyk-Skala Stryi that played in Persha Liha. This fact was also confirmed at a press-conference given at the Football Federation of Lviv Oblast on 26 May 2006.[3] The new president of the new club Yuriy Kindzerskyi informed that his club was not created as a municipal club.[3]

In its debut season FC Lviv reached 11th place and scored 45 goals. At the start of the next season, in the beginning of September 2007, the club moved to the newly built stadium Kniazha Arena in Dobromyl, west of Sambir. This arena was constructed by and named after Ukrainian insurance company Knyazha, who is the club's main sponsor. The previous home ground of the club was SKA Stadium in Lviv which fell out of favor with the FFU, PFL.

In 2007–08 season FC Lviv finished 2nd in the Persha Liha and were promoted to the Premier Liha for the first time in their history, making the club one of the founders of the newly formed Premier League. In 2008–09 FC Lviv, despite a sensational opening 2–0 win against Shakhtar, were relegated to the Persha Liha. The decisive match for them happened in the last round against another Lviv team Karpaty in the Lviv derby when they lost 2–1. The club's first, and only, season in the Premier League was spent at The Ukraina Stadium together with Karpaty under a lease contract.

In 2009, the city of Lviv lent the former land property of LORTA Plant for rent to FC Lviv. Out of 3.0542 ha FC Lviv receives 2.9 ha in rent until the spring of 2019 and the rest for only five years.[4]

On 12 July 2012 the sports director of FC Lviv Rostyslav Zaremba confirmed that the club has been withdrawn from competitions due to financial issues.[5]

FC Lviv (since 2016) edit

In 2016 the professional team of FC Lviv was renewed and its future participation in Druha Liha was announced.[6]

In May 2018, the club was promoted to the Ukrainian Premier League on pretence of merging with NK Veres Rivne and play in the 2018–19 Ukrainian Premier League.

At its official website, the club tells that all efforts of NK Veres Rivne are actually efforts of FC Lviv instead.[7] The club states that it was FC Lviv that placed 6th in the 2017–18 Ukrainian Premier League,[7] while the same claim for this achievement is laid by Veres Rivne.[8] Records however clearly show that at that time FC Lviv played in the 2017–18 Ukrainian Second League and recovered their professional status only in 2017. This claim is particularly bold as in 2017 NK Veres Rivne as a "people's club" had a big scandal with its promotion ahead of FC Desna Chernihiv.

Players edit

As of 10 August 2023[9][10]

Team squad edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   UKR Valeriy Yurchuk (on loan from Dnipro-1)
7 MF   BRA Murilo Souza
8 MF   CRO Ivijan Svržnjak
13 DF   UKR Taras Mykhavko
14 MF   BRA Léo Antônio
17 MF   UKR Serhiy Davydov
18 FW   UKR Aderinsola Eseola
No. Pos. Nation Player
26 DF   UKR Roman Nykytyuk
27 MF   UKR Vitaliy Mykhayliv
30 DF   BRA Guilherme
33 MF   UKR Artem Mylchenko
54 DF   UKR Oleksiy Dytyatyev
95 DF   BFA Oula Abass Traoré

Out on loan edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   BRA Alvaro (at   São Luiz until 30 June 2023)

Coaches and administration edit

List of presidents edit

  • 2006–2009: Yuriy Kindzerskyi
  • 2009–2012: Football Federation of Lviv Oblast (led by Yaroslav Hrysyo)
  • 2016–2018: Roman Mykhayliv[11]
  • Since 2018: Bohdan Kopytko

Administrative and coaching staff edit

Administration Coaching[12] (senior team) Coaching[13][14] (U-21/U-19 team)

Football kits and sponsors edit

Since 2006 till 2012, the main sponsor was Knyazha (insurance company), other sponsors were Dobromyl, Persha Pryvatna Brovarnia (brewery), and the technical sponsor was Lotto.

Years[16] Football kit Shirt sponsor
2008–2009 Lotto Knyazha
Vienna Insurance Group

Honours edit

Runners-up (1): 2007–08

League and Cup history edit

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Other Notes
Previous Refer to FC Hazovyk-Skala Stryi
2005–06 2nd
(Persha Liha)
6/18 34 14 10 10 35 33 52 18 finals as Hazovyk Skala-Stryi
2006–07 11/19 36 13 8 15 45 45 47 18 finals [17]
2007–08 2/20 38 23 5 10 58 29 74 18 finals Promoted
2008–09 1st
(Premier Liha)
15/16 30 6 8 16 24 39 26 18 finals Relegated
2009–10 2nd
(Persha Liha)
4/18 34 19 6 9 49 22 63 132 finals
2010–11 5/18 34 17 8 9 52 28 59 132 finals
2011–12 18/18 34 6 3 25 21 79 18 132 finals Folded
The club was idle between 2012 and 2016
2016–17 Amateurs 10/12 20 3 4 13 19 31 13 UAC 14 finals Admitted to professionals
2017–18 3rd
(Druha Liha)
5/10 27 10 6 11 28 29 36 14 finals Swapped with Veres
Merged with NK Veres Rivne (team swap)
2018–19 1st
(Premier Liha)
6/12 32 8 10 14 25 40 34 14 finals
2019–20 11/12 32 5 9 18 25 57 24 18 finals
2020–21 8/14 26 8 5 13 25 51 29 116 finals
2021–22 12/16 18 4 5 9 14 30 17 18 finals
All football competitions were suspended or abandoned on April 26 due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
2022–23 16/16 30 3 4 23 18 52 13 None Relegated

FC Lviv-2 edit

Football Club Lviv-2 (Ukrainian: Футбольний Клуб Львів-2) was a reserve team of FC Lviv that played in the Ukrainian Second League competition.[18]

The team was created based on a reserve (dublery) team that played in reserve competitions of the Vyshcha Liha in 2008–09 season. FC Lviv-2 played in the 2009-10 PFL League Cup.

League and cup history edit

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Other Notes
2009–10 3rd "A" 8 20 4 7 9 13 25 19 PFL LG QF

Coaches edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ We are getting ready to the 20th anniversary!!! (Готуємось до 20-ти річчя !!!). FC Lviv sports school. 14 February 2012.
  2. ^ Druzdyev, O. "Lviv" beginning of new history ("Львів" початок нової історії). Fan site of FC Lviv.
  3. ^ a b FC "Lviv" does not belong to the city (ФК "Львів" не належить місту). Shchodennyi Lviv. 26 May 2006
  4. ^ PFL web-site Archived 15 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ ФК "Львів" припинив своє існування. football24.ua. 12 July 2012
  6. ^ "Олег Лужний може очолити ФК Львів". champion.com.ua. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b The club's introduction card. FC Lviv.
  8. ^ History of NK Veres. NK Veres Rivne
  9. ^ "Склад команди – ФК Львів".
  10. ^ "Lviv".
  11. ^ Artur Valerko. Mykhailiv: FC Lviv will play at Arena Lviv. Stadion Ukraina is as a reserve (Михайлів: ФК Львів гратиме на Арені Львів. Стадіон Україна – в резерві). Sport Arena. 14 July 2018
  12. ^ http://pfclviv.com/trenerskyy-shtab/
  13. ^ "Тренерський штаб – Офіційний сайт клубу ПФК Львів".
  14. ^ "Тренерський штаб – Офіційний сайт клубу ПФК Львів".
  15. ^ "Coaching staff". pfclviv.com. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  16. ^ Jerseys of Ukrainian clubs Archived 25 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ The club took over operations of FC Hazovyk-Skala Stryi, which was under financial duress and moved to Lviv
  18. ^ "Визначено склад груп учасників змагань з футболу серед команд другої ліги (Confirmed group team entrants to compete in the Druha Liha))" (in Ukrainian). PFL. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  19. ^ FC Lviv Unveils New Coaching Team 15 October 2008
  20. ^ PFL website[permanent dead link]
  21. ^ Роман Марич: "Фінансування "Львова" буде покращуватися й команда прогресуватиме" [Roman Marych: Financing FC Lviv will improve and the team will progress]. ua.football.com (in Ukrainian). PFL Official Site. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011.

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