FC Vitebsk (Belarusian: ФК Віцебск, FK Vitsebsk) is a Belarusian football club based in Vitebsk. The club plays in the Belarusian Premier League, the top division in Belarusian football. Their home stadium is Vitebsky Central Sport Complex.
|Full name||Football Club Vitebsk|
|Ground||Vitebsky Central Sport Complex,|
|League||Belarusian Premier League|
The club was founded in 1960 as Krasnoye Znamya Vitebsk (Red Flag Vitebsk). They began playing in Soviet Class B (second-tier league) the same year. After three seasons they relegated to the third tier. Vitebsk team would spend almost all of their subsequent Soviet-era seasons playing at the third level (Soviet Second League), with the exception of 1970 and 1990, when the team dropped to 4th level. The club went through several name changes. In 1963, they were renamed Dvina Vitebsk after local river. In 1985, the club was renamed Vityaz Vitebsk and in 1989 it was renamed KIM Vitebsk (both names relate to local industry companies).
In 1992 KIM joined Belarusian Premier League. During the 90s KIM (later renamed Dvina Vitebsk again in 1994 and Lokomotiv-96 Vitebsk in 1996) was one of the league top teams. They were league runners-up in 1992–93 and 1994–95, finished third in 1993–94 and 1997 and also won Belarusian Cup in 1998. Since 2000s club's results declined. They have relegated to the First League several times and promoted back and were never able to fight the title in later years. In 2003, they shortened their name to Lokomotiv Vitebsk and in 2006 to the current version, FC Vitebsk.
- 1960: founded as Krasnoye Znamya Vitebsk
- 1963: renamed Dvina Vitebsk
- 1985: renamed Vityaz Vitebsk
- 1989: renamed KIM Vitebsk
- 1994: renamed Dvina Vitebsk
- 1996: renamed Lokomotiv-96 Vitebsk
- 2003: renamed Lokomotiv Vitebsk
- 2006: renamed Vitebsk
As of September 2019
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League and Cup historyEdit
Soviet Union eraEdit
|1961||2nd||8||30||12||8||10||44–46||32||Round of 128|
|1962||2nd||15||32||9||6||17||24–40||24||Round of 64||Relegated|
|1963||3rd||10||30||11||5||14||31–37||27||Round of 1024|
|1964||3rd||14||30||8||8||14||16–29||24||Round of 2048||Zone 1 (Ukraine)|
|1965||3rd||6||30||8||14||8||29–28||30||Round of 1024|
|1966||3rd||17||32||5||7||20||14–44||17||Round of 4096|
|1968||3rd||7||38||19||8||11||39–31||46||Round of 4096|
|1969||3rd||14||32||9||10||13||30–34||28||Round of 161||Relegated2|
- 1 Separate cup for 3rd level teams, different for each zone.
- 2 Relegated due to Class B (the league where Dvina was playing) changing its status from 3rd to 4th level in 1970, and the top two levels were reorganized into three with fewer teams.
- 3 Promoted 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 and dismissal of 4th level.
- 4 In 1973 every draw was followed by a penalty shoot-out, with a winner gaining 1 point and loser gaining 0.
- 5 Despite finishing 13th from the 22 teams in 1989, KIM 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.
|1992||1st||6||15||7||3||5||21–14||17||Round of 16|
|1993–94||1st||3||30||17||9||4||32–14||43||Round of 16|
|1994–95||1st||2||30||16||13||1||46–15||45||Round of 32|
|1995||1st||7||15||5||5||5||12–12||20||Round of 32|
|1999||1st||11||30||9||7||14||40–45||34||Round of 16|
|2001||1st||12||26||4||7||15||18–51||19||Round of 16|
|2002||1st||14||26||3||0||23||20–77||9||Round of 32||Relegated|
|2005||2nd||2||30||21||7||2||76–23||70||Round of 32||Promoted|
|2006||1st||6||26||9||11||6||21–18||38||Round of 32|
|2007||1st||8||26||9||8||9||25–28||35||Round of 16|
|2008||1st||5||30||14||9||7||39–26||51||Round of 16|
|2010||1st||9||33||7||11||15||31–52||32||Round of 32|
|2011||1st||11||33||8||8||17||29–46||32||Round of 16||Relegated3|
|2012||2nd||3||28||19||2||7||57–30||59||Round of 32|
|2013||2nd||3||30||16||7||7||40–29||55||Round of 32|
|2014||2nd||3||30||15||5||10||44–30||50||Round of 32||Promoted4|
|2015||1st||13||26||4||9||13||21–47||21||Round of 8|
|2016||1st||6||30||12||6||12||30–26||42||Round of 8|
|2017||1st||8||30||12||7||11||35–38||43||Round of 16|
|2018||1st||4||30||19||5||6||47–20||62||Round of 16|
- 1 Including additional game (2–1 win) against MTZ-RIPO Minsk for the 1st place as both teams finished with equal points.
- 2 Including additional game (1–4 loss) against MTZ-RIPO Minsk for the 14th place as both teams finished with equal points.
- 3 Lost relegation play-off to Partizan Minsk (0–2 away, 2–1 home)
- 4 Won promotion play-off against Dnepr Mogilev (2–0 home, 1–1 away)
FC Vitebsk in EuropeEdit
Vitebsk played in European Cups under their former name Lokomotiv-96.
|Season||Competition||Round||Club||1st Leg||2nd Leg|
|1998–99||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||QR||Levski Sofia||1–8 (A)||1–1 (H)|
|1999||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1R||Varteks Varaždin||1–2 (H)||2–2 (A)|
|2019–20||UEFA Europa League||1QR||KuPS||0–2 (A)||1–1 (H)|
- Official Website (in Russian)